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Come Away My Beloved

FRANCES J. ROBERTS
ORIGINAL EDITION


© 1973 by Frances J. Roberts
ISBN 978-1-60260-114-7


This book is dedicated to the glory of God and to all who desire a closer walk with Him.


Preface

Come Away My Beloved was forged in the crucible of life. In the midst of each day’s joys and trials has come the ministering spirit of the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, bringing words of encouragement, hope, comfort, and conviction.

To gain the maximum blessing from this book, read it carefully and prayerfully, a little at a time, searching always for the special treasure of truth for your own need. He who knows you by name and understands your deepest longings will speak to your heart from these pages, shutting out the world about you and bringing you into fellowship with Himself.

Whether you are just beginning your Christian walk or have grown into a fuller stature in Christ, you will be equally challenged and helped. Some books give instruction for Christian living; others inspire to greater devotion. Come Away My Beloved will do both as you open your soul to its living message.

With this book go many prayers that God will enrich every life it touches. Surely we are all bound together in one family in Christ through the bonds of His Holy Spirit.
—FJR

Lovest Thou Me?

Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
JOHN 21:15

Lovest Thou Me?

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The Call of Love 13
The Need for Greater Faith 14
Resignation 14
Faith and Action 15
Sincerity 16
Guidance 17
On the Waters of Sorrow 18
Set Thy Course by My Promises 19
Dependence on God 19


The Call of Love


O My beloved, abide under the shelter of the lattice—for I have betrothed thee unto Myself, and though ye are sometimes indifferent toward Me, My love for thee is at all times as a fl ame of fi re. My ardor never cools. My longing for thy love and affection is deep and constant.

Tarry not for an opportunity to have more time to be alone with Me. Take it, though ye leave the tasks at hand. Nothing will suffer. Things are of less importance than ye think. Our time together is like a garden full of fl owers, whereas the time ye give to things is as a fi eld full of stubble.

I love thee, and if ye can always, as it were, feel My pulsebeat, ye shall know many things the knowledge of which shall give thee sustaining strength. I bare thy sins and I wish to carry thy burdens. Ye may have the gift of a light and merry heart. My love bower is the place where ye shall fi nd it, for My love dispels all fear and is a cure for every ill. Lay thy head upon My breast and lose thyself in Me. Thou shalt experience resurrection life and peace; the joy of the Lord shall become thy strength; and wells of salvation shall be opened within thee.

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The Need for Greater Faith

Page 14

O My child, do not expect the trials to be lighter than in the past. Why should ye think the testings would be less severe? Lo, I prove all things, and there are areas of thy life that I have not touched as yet. Do not look for respite. The days ahead may call for greater endurance and more robust faith than ye have ever needed before. Welcome this, for ye must surely know by this time how precious are the lessons learned through such experiences. If it is not fully possible to anticipate them with joy, it is certainly not diffi cult to gain an appropriate appreciation of them afterwards, in retrospect.

Apply thine heart to learn wisdom. This goal transcends every other aim, and any other good that comes out of a pressure period is an added blessing in excess.

Seek Me above all else.

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Resignation

Page 14

Incline thine heart unto Me, and let thine ear be attuned to My voice. For lo, I would speak to thee, and I have an urgent message to give thee.

Go not about to establish thine own designs. Lo, I have already set in motion My divine will and purpose and I would not have thee interfere. I am jealous about My children: Lo, they are Mine, saith the Lord; and ye shall not intrude in any way such as would hinder My plans from working out. Yea, ye may do many things, but only that which I direct thee to do can have My blessing upon it.

Resign all into My hands—thy loved ones as well as thine own self. Be obedient to the still small voice. Thine own imaginings may speak more loudly, but wait upon Me always. Ye shall see the wisdom and the glory in this in due time. Fret not about carnal things, but concern thyself fi rst and always about spiritual values. Truly, My promise is still: “Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God, and all the other needful things SHALL BE ADDED unto thee.”

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Faith and Action

Page 15

My promises are of no avail to thee except as ye apply and appropriate them by faith. In thy daily walk, ye shall be victorious only to the degree that ye trust Me. I can help thee only as ye ask. I shall meet you at every point where ye put action alongside thy prayers. Only as ye WALK shall the waters of adversity be parted before thee. Overburdened as the world is with trouble and sickness, I need those who have proved My suffi ciency in everyday, personal experience to lead the suffering to the fountains of life. I need those who have found Me as burdenbearer to help bring deliverance to the oppressed.

Never begrudge time given to chronic complainers, but recognize in each encounter the opportunity to speak a word that may lead to their liberation. No case is too hard for Me. Never be taken by surprise when I use you to change a pattern. Do not judge a man by what he appears to be, but see him as what he CAN be if he give himself unreservedly to Me.

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Sincerity

Page 16

Marvel not that I have said that ye must be born anew. Of the fl esh, nothing that is spiritual can ever be produced. Spiritual life shall bring forth that which is spiritual; and likewise, carnal flesh shall bring forth only more carnality.

This is why I said I loathed your sacrifices. It was not that I despised the ordinance in itself, but that I perceived that it was a product of the flesh—an expression of self-righteousness and indifference to the claim of God upon thy heart.

My ordinances are good and holy, but they are to be entered into with deep sincerity and with awareness of their true signifi cance. To sacrifi ce in carelessness and ignorance is to damage thine own soul. Let thy spirit never become callous.

Without holiness, no man shall see God. This could be as truly stated, “Without a tender heart and sensitive, attentive spirit, none shall see God,” for without these, no true holiness will ever be attained.

The fool shall not discern the value, and shall cast aside great treasure. The practiced eye knoweth the true worth of a gem and shall not let it escape him. Thus shall ye be in spiritual matters.

Train thine eye to discern that which is of true worth, and let it not escape thee.

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Guidance

Page 17

My child, hear My voice, and give no heed to the voice of the stranger. My paths are straight, and they are narrow, but ye shall have no diffi culty in fi nding them if ye watch Me. I am guiding thee. Ye need not look to man for direction. Ye may learn much by fellowship with the saints, but never allow any to take the part that is rightfully Mine—to direct thy steps. As it is written, “The steps of a good man are ORDERED BY THE LORD”—not by the preacher, not by some Christian worker, but by the Lord.

Trust Me to do it, and give Me the time and the opportunity to do it. Be not hasty, and lean not upon thine own intelligence.

Rest in Me. I shall bring to pass My perfect will in thy life as ye believe and live in faith.

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On the Waters of Sorrow

Page 18

O My child, I am coming to thee walking upon the waters of the sorrows of thy life; yea, above the sounds of the storm ye shall hear My voice calling thy name.

Ye are never alone, for I am at thy right hand. Never despair, for I am watching over and caring for thee. Be NOT anxious. What seemeth to thee to be at present a diffi cult situation is all part of My planning, and I am working out the details of circumstances to the end that I may bless thee and reveal Myself to thee in a new way.

As I have opened thine eyes to see, so shall I open thine ears to hear, and ye shall come to know Me even as did Moses, yea, in a face-to-face relationship. For I shall remove the veil that separates Me from thee and ye shall know Me as thy dearest Friend and as thy truest Comforter.

No darkness shall hide the shining of My face, for I shall be to thee as a bright star in the night sky. Never let thy faith waver. Reach out thy hand, and thou shalt touch the hem of My garment.

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Set Thy Course by My Promises

Page 19

Be not afraid. I will not allow thine adversaries to swallow thee up. Thou art My child, I shall deliver thee and honor thee and I shall be glorifi ed through thee. Because of My faithfulness unto thee, even thine enemies shall recognize My power. I shall keep thee in sickness, and in death I shall be thy sure comfort. I shall walk with thee through the valley, and thou shalt fear no shadow. Hold to My promises. They are given to thee as a chart is given to a ship, and a compass to the hunter. Ye may set thy course or fi nd thy way by My promises. They will lead thee and guide thee in places where there is no trodden path. They will give thee direction and wisdom and will open up thine own understanding.

Study My Word, the Bible. Lo, it aboundeth with nuggets of courage. They will strengthen thee and help thee, and even in eternity ye shall partake of their far-reaching effects.

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Dependence on God

Page 19

My people, heed My words; yea, walk not carelessly; neither lay out thine own paths on which to travel. Ye cannot know what lieth in the distance, nor what adversity ye may encounter tomorrow. So walk closely with Me, that ye may be able to draw quickly upon My aid. Ye need Me; and no matter how well20 developed is thy faith nor how mature is thy growth in grace, never think for a moment that ye need My support any less. Nay, but the truth is that ye need it even more. For I shelter the new-born from many a trial and testing such as I permit to confront those who are growing up in spiritual stature. Yea, verily, ye cannot grow unless I do bring into your lives these proving and testing experiences.

So hold thee more fi rmly to My hand as ye journey on in thy Christian walk. Trust not in thine own increasing strength; for verily, it is not thy strength but rather My strength within thee that ye feel. Ye are as vulnerable to the treachery of the enemy and as frail as ever; but thy knowledge of Me has deepened, and because of this thy trust in Me should come easier.

Move forward with courage and confi dence; but always allow Me to walk ahead and choose the right path for thee.

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The below link will direct you to the list of books by Frances J. Roberts that are published by Barbour Books:
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Barbour Publishing

© 1973 by Frances J. Roberts
ISBN 978-1-60260-114-7

Original editions: Learn to Reign © 1963; Launch Out! © 1964; Listen to the Silence © 1964; Living Water © 1965; The Sounding of the Trumpet © 1966; Lovest Thou Me? © 1967; Come Away My Beloved © 1970 by Frances J. Roberts.

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Contents of
Come Away My Beloved

Preface 7
Lovest Thou Me? 9
Living Water 43
Launch Out! 87
Learn to Reign 131
Listen to the Silence 173
The Sounding of the Trumpet 215



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