Tribute to my friend, David Lynn Berst

Lynn Jesus SavesDavid (Lynn) Berst was my friend, and he died this past Sunday from cancer, in St. Louis.  I was his Durable Power of Attorney and have been taking care of his affairs since early 2011. He was 77 and a believer in Christ, and attended Amazing Grace Fellowship where my brother-in-law and sister pastor.  For his funeral, which was Wednesday morning, he desired these things to be shared with his loved ones. As he neared death, he spoke them to me, and I wrote them down.  I DECIDED to also share them on a blog entry as a way of tribute to our friendship. Interestingly, my deceased spouse, who I cared for as he neared death from cancer too, was also named David Lynn. I figure that’s a “God Thing”! 

  • Agree with God! Amos 3:3 
  • Say what God Says about you…make it a daily practice.
  • Faith is a way of life…a movement is when you have to go to the bathroom! Creflo 
  • You can receive what you believe and speak  Mark 11:23
  • You can change anything with your words…yet you can’t take them back.
  • As you set aside time for the prayer and the word daily, by all means, be diligent to speak God’s words daily!
  • The more time you spend in this practice, the better for you.
  • Be consistent! Don’t skip days!
  • Let God’s word do the work for you!
  • Life and death is in the power of the tongue. Let’s speak life!
  • With the Increase of our lips we shall be filled.
  • I am a Joint Heir with Christ.
  • Jesus and me are One Spirit!
  • I am seated with Christ in heavenly places.
  • I have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ.
  • I have been delivered from the power of darkness and have been translated into the kingdom of light.
  • Jesus not only defeated the Devil but made a show of him openly triumphing over him.
  • The name Jesus is above and greater than all names of diseases, sicknesses, leaders, everything! Use it!
  • There is now no fear in me, for he has given me power, love, and a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7
  • I now have Wisdom. Righteousness. Redemption.
  • All the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ. II Cor 1:20
  • God watches over His Word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12
  • What time I am afraid I will trust in Him. Psalm 56:3
  • Whatever I bind on earth (declare illegal and improper) God binds in heaven. Whatever I loose on earth, God looses in heaven. Matt 16:19
  • No weapon formed against me shall prosper and ever tongue that rises against me in judgment I will condemn. Isaiah 54:16, 17

Note: This is as he spoke it, in one sitting, even giving me the references!

To all this I close with this passage of my own that I was given at my husband’s death and find applicable to David Lynn, my friend, as well:

Isaiah 57:1-2

57 The righteous perish,
and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly
enter into peace;
   they find rest as they lie in death.

5 thoughts on “Tribute to my friend, David Lynn Berst

  1. Greetings….

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend but he appears to have left quite a legacy!

    Trust you are well.

    Lots of stuff going on here but God is soverenign and good…all the time.


  2. Your friend’s last words were closest to Peter’s (see 2Pe 1) in admonishment so that saints may prosper and be prepared for that everlasting kingdom (what is to come).

    Last Words of…
    1. Isaac, blessing & things to come; he thought he should soon die (yet he would live another 43 years!), and that he was blessing his eldest [Ge 27]
    2. Jacob, blessing & things to come [Ge 48-49]
    3. Joseph, his bones in regard things to come [Ge 50; see He 11]
    4. Moses, blessing & things to come [Ge 33]
    5. Joshua, things to come [Jos 23-24]
    6. Elijah, preparation for things to come [1Ki 19]
    7. Elisha, king of Israel of things to come [2Ki 13]
    8. David, house of the Lord (things to be done) [1Ch 29]
    9. Simeon, Messiah & things to come [Lk 2]
    10. Jesus, forgiveness (famous last 7 sayings) fulfillment of Scripture [Lk 23]
    11. Peter, remembrance of entrance into the everlasting kingdom [2Pe 1]
    12. Paul, things to come [1Ti 4]

    The overcoming saint’s last words are always prophetic because God is not finished what He is doing – they are always passing on what He has shown and given to those who remain:
    Isa 46:10-12
    10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
    11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
    12 ¶Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
    13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

    God never does anything except He first show it to His prophets, and they declare it. Finishing your friends mention of Amos 3:3…
    Amo 3:1-7
    1 ¶Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
    2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
    3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
    4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
    5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
    6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
    7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

    These things (the things revealed, what is to come to complete the purpose and pleasure of the Almighty) are the things that the saints have to pass on.

    I love it!

    • Thanks Allen… wonderful feedback!… Great reminder of the saints who gave blessings at the end of their lives, and it really helped me to see the context of the Amos 3:3 mentioned by Lynn, and verse 7 there, that says God does nothing without revealing his secrets…

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