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I was just reading a devotional that encouraged me to read John 15 4-11 and wherever it said “you” to put in my name. Here’s what I did, I invite and encourage you to do the same:

“Beverly, Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you Beverly, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. (When) Beverly abides in Me and I in her, Beverly bears much fruit, for apart from Me, Beverly can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. (now understand this is not His throwing us away, but it is the natural cause and effect of a life of striving on our own) If Beverly abides in Me, and My words abide in Beverly, ask whatever ( fruit ) you wish, and it will be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that Beverly bears much fruit and so proves to be My disciple. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved Beverly (THAT IS THE POINT HERE! ). Abide in My love. (Oh Lord, reveal to me what it means to abide, to dwell, to remain, to live in Your LOVE) 10 If Beverly keeps My commandments, Beverly will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to Beverly, that My joy may be in Beverly, and that her joy may be full.”

My friends, I am praying for you now that you will hear Jesus’ voice calling to you to live in His love, and that your life will bear MUCH fruit, so that the world around you will know who HE is as a result of it.

With much love, Beverly

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Un-offendable

Good morning friends, I just read this and it touched a core in me. I hope it will strengthen you. With much love, Beverly

Matt. 24:9-14 “…and you will be hated by all nations because of Me and at that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, many false prophets will appear and deceive many.  Because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of MOST will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.”

“We stumble over little things not huge boulders…The scriptures tell us, that because lawlessness abounds iniquity increases and the love of MOST will grow cold…Cold love comes from a hardened heart, a heart that thinks it’s waited long enough for the promise.

A hardened heart comes because we’re looking at the problem instead of the promise Giver and disillusionment is allowed in because of disappointed expectations in God or man and its usually both. Little by little discouragement can creep into our soul and discouragement will offend and wound if taken in.  Therefore discouragement causes our love to grow cold because we cast away our confidence in the Lord, and people.

Jesus linked the cause of apostasy not to wrong doctrine, but to wrong reactions.  We get offended in our “expectations” at God or man. Like Joseph, do you realize Father will even allow brokenness to make room for our healing.  Sometimes he shows us our deep pride and has to break that thing open to cleanse us and lead us into the new pathways of humility to make room for our healing!  He still gives grace to the humble!  This is the juncture of “offense or trust” with God.  Is He mean or truly a GOOD God to us?   Our destiny unfolds or dies at this “juncture of offense” and how we handle it is the key to our tomorrow!”

“Lord, grant us a new heart that can walk as you did, through a world of offenses without stumbling.  Help us to interpret offenses as opportunities that lead to genuine transformation (which is what we actually prayed for anyway).   Grant us Lord Jesus, the pulse and beat of your UNOFFENDABLE HEART!”   Amen
Friends,  As I read this and think of you all I am overwhelmed with the reality of how broken many of your hearts have been. People you thought you could have trusted have betrayed you. Situations that you counted on fell through and your dreams were so crushed that you have put dreaming in the grave and lived in the safety of surviving. All of these things can work a slow and unseen hardness to our hearts and love becomes guarded at best. Jesus said that because of lawlessness,( because there would be such a rampant disregard for the laws and ways of God), that something would happen…not only that sin would become apocalyptic, but far worse-love would become cold. Love is His highest priority because it is the fullness of who He is ( 1 John 4:8 ) and it is His sole intention for us. I pray for myself and for you my friends, that in whatever ways we have been wounded or disappointed or offended that we would receive the grace to humble ourselves before the goodness and safety of our God and receive the promise of Ezekiel 36:26.

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Believing with you, Beverly

 

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