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

Discouragement!–How to Fight It!

Based on the writings of David Berg

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Once you have received Jesus into your heart, you are “born again” as God’s new child, and you are the Lord’s FOREVER! From then on, the Bible says that your daily walk with the Lord is to be “a path that is like a shining light, that shines MORE and MORE until the perfect day!” (Proverbs 4:18) Receiving [...] read more

Praise Power

David Brandt Berg

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My wife, Maria, was feeling very tired and had such a headache earlier today that she had become discouraged about her health. As I prayed for her, I was reminded of the verse that tells us not to be weary and faint in our minds (Hebrews 12:3 KJV). I think the Lord wanted to inspire her to have a little more fight.

Our spiritual enemy, the Devil, really fights us, but[...] read more

Count Your Blessings

David Brandt Berg

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The Lord had me review my whole life this morning to see how He has blessed me and taken care of me. It was like one of those near-death experiences that you hear about in which people see their whole lives in an instant, only I didn’t have to almost die to see mine.

The review started when I was practically still a baby, and it included all the outstanding things the Lord has done especially for me—experiences and accomplishments and promises that He kept. He reminded[...] read more

Be So Happy!

David Brandt Berg

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There once was a poor young man who wanted to impress upon a rich lady how hungry he was, hoping to get a handout in the way of a good meal. So he got down on his hands and knees on her front lawn and pretended to eat the grass. When the lady saw him from a window, she rushed to the front door. “Oh, my dear poor boy!” she exclaimed. “Why don’t you go around to the backyard? The grass is much longer there!” The generosity of some people!

We all need a good sense of[...] 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

Hallelujah for Happiness!

David Brandt Berg

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In many religions the more the devotees suffer and the sadder they are, the more religious they are considered to be. But for the born-again Christian, it’s supposed to be just the opposite! One measure of Christians’ spirituality or religiosity is whether they’re victorious and smiling and really happy.

God hasn’t made religion difficult and grievous, and Jesus certainly didn’t make it that way. Not even Moses, with all the strict laws he laid down, made it that[...] read more