Your Best Friend

David Brandt Berg

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All of us have been guilty of getting down in the dumps. It’s a terrible state to be in, especially because we can never be down in the dumps alone. We always drag somebody down with us. We can’t keep our problems and our draggy spirits to ourselves. Others can just take one look at us and know that we’re in the dumps. We can’t hide a bad spirit that radiates gloom and doom any more than we can hide a good spirit that radiates happiness and light.

Happiness is what[...] read more

Staying Alive

David Brandt Berg

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The signs of life are principally manifested by motion, action: There must be change, movement. Just so, to stay alive spiritually, we must have movement. In our lives with the Lord, there are only two directions we can move; there is no standing still. We are either moving forward or backward. When we stop making progress, we’re backsliding.

It reminds me of the story about the little boy who fell out of bed. When his mother asked him why it happened, he said, “I guess[...] read more

Attack Your Fears

David Brandt Berg

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Fear!—We don’t realize how much of it is subconscious until we analyze it and try to put it into words; yet we’re often afraid to talk about our fears, or even confess to ourselves that we’re afraid, because that would expose our innermost selves.

But being afraid to talk about our fears is one of the worst fears of all, because fear is like a disease: We can’t find the cure until we confess we have it and reveal the symptoms. And it often seems like a shameful disease,[...] read more

Fighters

“Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

David Brandt Berg

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Many people, when they receive Jesus as their Savior, assume that they’ll immediately become very happy and all their problems will be solved. They think they’ll never have any more difficulties, but this usually isn’t the case.

When discussing the tests and trials that new Christians often face, especially those who are witnessing their newfound faith to others, my mother used to say, “The Devil doesn’t start[...] read more

Dumps

David Brandt Berg

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This morning I was discouraged and frustrated about something. My wife sensed it, so she cheerfully began to sing this chorus:

Cheer up, you saints of God, there’s nothing to worry about,
Nothing to make you feel afraid, nothing to make you doubt!
Our God has never failed, so why not trust Him and shout?
You’ll be glad you trusted Him tomorrow!

The problem is that when we’re downcast, if we start talking about the situation, we usually end up voicing our complaints and[...] read more

Love Never Fails

David Brandt Berg

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All the introspection, analyzing, and agonizing over your weaknesses, failures, and faults are merely works of the flesh that will have to be repeated next week. Battles never cease! “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).

Only God can do it! Our salvation is only by grace, never by our own works or battling in the flesh with our sins. If God can’t deliver us, nobody can!

If you’re trying to attain a state[...] read more

Run the Race

A Bible Study on Hebrews 12:1

David Brandt Berg

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“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which [does] so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1 KJV).

The original text of this epistle was not divided into chapters. The translators did that. So you’ve got to keep in mind the preceding chapter in order to understand what “great cloud of witnesses” Paul[...] read more