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Beauty for Ashes

David Brandt Berg

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We used to sing a little song about the Lord:

He gives me joy in place of sorrow,
He gives me love that casts out fear,
He gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And beauty for ashes dear.

In order to bring forth the sweetness, there has to be some suffering. To bring about the beauty of the flame, something must go to ashes.

Blessings come from suffering—”beauty for ashes” (Isaiah 61:3). This is borne out so well in Hebrews 12, verse 11, which says: “Now no chastening[...] read more

Falling Upward

David Brandt Berg

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Life is one big learning experience, and for those who know and love Jesus, He is our Teacher. More than anything else, He wants to teach each of us all we need to know about Him, His love and salvation, and how we can be of greatest service to Him and others.

God knows that none of us can accomplish any real good if we depend on our own supposed strength and wisdom. In fact, Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But the Bible also says that[...] read more

But If Not

–What to Do When God Doesn’t Seem to Answer Your Prayers

David Brandt Berg

A girl wrote me:

I started serving the Lord a couple of years ago for eight months, but then I stopped because my face became very spotty. It sounds so silly, but it was my biggest trial! I prayed that God would heal me, but for some reason He didn’t. Then I started working for the Lord again about two months ago, and my face has become all spotty again. I have worked myself into such a state over it that it keeps[...] read more

Your Best Protection

David Brandt Berg

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Dear One,

Greetings in Jesus’ name. Thank you for writing and telling me so much about yourself.

I’m sorry to hear about all the troubles you’ve experienced, but I’m also very thankful that you love the Lord and are trying your best to serve Him. I’m sure that you are being a great help to others in your current ministry.

I pray that you will find a place of service where you can be content and feel fulfilled and satisfied with your tasks, however humble they may sometimes[...] read more

Trust God Anyhow

–Victory from Seeming Defeat
David Brandt Berg

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The Lord lets us go through tests sometimes. He can even make it appear as if He is being a little too hard on us, so that we’re tempted to think, “How could God let us suffer like this? How can He let that sort of thing happen?” The Devil is always around to try to make you doubt and even criticize the Lord, like he did with Job.

God said about Job, “There is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears[...] read more

Who Deserves the Credit?

David Brandt Berg

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There is no worse pride than self-righteous religious pride. It causes some people to have no sympathy or compassion for anyone whom they perceive to be weaker in the faith or more sinful. The hypocritical religious people can be so proud of their own successes and righteousness that they look down on others and thank God that they are not like[...] read more

God’s Chesspiece

David Brandt Berg

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–You Can’t, but He Can!

The Lord wants you to be yourself and not try to be somebody else or pretend to be something you’re not. When I was teaching music, I used to point to a note on the musical scale and tell my students, “That’s what I want you to be—B natural!”

God doesn’t want you to try or pretend to be something you’re not and couldn’t possibly be. However, He teaches in His Word that almost anybody can be almost anything—if they have faith and[...] read more