The exquisite and stunning diamond is one of the best
known and most sought after gemstones. While nature
determines the color of the diamond...
the hand of a master craftsman is needed to release
its fire and beauty.
Diamonds are well known to transmit light and sparkle
intensely. The beauty, sparkle, and clarity of diamonds
comes from the harsh and extreme pressure they endured
during the refining process. Once they are cut (with the
proper proportions), then shaped, buffed, and polished...
their inner beauty is revealed.
The same holds true for each of us. Just as the diamond...
our Master Craftsman is needed in order that our fire
and beauty might be revealed.
Let us not be surprised if and when Satan comes along to
torment and trample our souls to the dust in an effort
to deceive us. Satan is notorious for pointing out our past
mistakes, "I remember who you were."
But we can confidently bind and rebuke Satan,
in Jesus' Name,
and send him and his misery back to the pit of hell
with our answer of,
Yes, I may have been, but seasons change.
I'm not there anymore.
God has a way of allowing us to bloom wherever
we have been planted. It matters not about the fertilizer
we have gone through. God has strategically allowed us
to be placed precisely where we needed to be,
at each stage of our journey, for such a time as this.
Our quality of character, righteousness, and worth are
forged in the furnace of affliction to teach us, prepare us,
equip us, perfect us, and purify us for greater works. Yes,
our inner beauty, sparkle, and clarity comes from
the extreme pressures endured during our refining seasons
of trials and tribulations.
God's intentions toward us are always pure
and for our good. At times, a certain amount of pain
and suffering is what God will use to help shape,
mold, and transform us.
God is much like a Master Gardener.
God prunes and lifts up every branch in us,
whether the branch is a person, place, or thing that bears
no fruit, misdirects us, weakens the energy of our
spiritual life, stagnates us, or diminishes our
growth in Him.
God desires for each of His children the very same things
we desire for our own offspring. God seeks maturity
in terms of our relationship with Him.
God calls us to make a difference as we abide in Him.
We are called to bear fruit in this world so the world
will know God.
Apart from God we cannot produce a fruitful life.
We are not independent, but completely dependent on God
to produce fruit.
God created us to be fruitful, to multiply, and transmit
light... regardless of who we are or what may have
happened in our past.
God wants us to grow, increase, abound, flourish,
and reproduce much fruit.
Although life is filled with physical and
emotional bumps, bruises, and setbacks... these
experiences are not meant to deplete us of
our spiritual oxygen. God loans us these golden moments
and uses even our times of suffering to mold and shape us
for His purposes and our ultimate good.
According to Romans 8:29, Trials and tribulations have a
divine purpose. Trials and tribulations can push us forward
and develop godly character which can enable us to
"Rejoice in our suffering."
We know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character... confidence.
God's ultimate purpose for
allowing trials and tribulations is for
us to grow more and more into
the image of His Son.
As we turn within for healing, deeper truths,
and Divine Guidance... we discover that life's bumps,
bruises, and setbacks can be excellent teachers
who remind us of the greater gifts inherent in our wounds.
Pain can transform us and work for our ultimate good.
Pain and suffering has a way of stripping away
those things that will not bring out the best in us.
Pain can often help us find a new sense of purpose,
a beautiful and new chapter in our lives, and the
realization of our inner peace.
Some have come to realize, hidden in their pain,
was God's purpose for their lives. They were able to
make their greatest strides, in their Spiritual development
and personal growth... in the midst of their pain and
The most terrible events... can contain sublime
expressions and powerful purposes to prepare us
for greater callings. God can take our most extreme
despair and create something profoundly beneficial
in us and through usthat can possibly help and heal
others and ourselves.
Consider the complete and absolute complexity
and sheer genius of God's marvelous works and
design. God is masterful enough to orchestrate all of
our experiences in such a way that they reveal facets
that we would have never thought possible.
Ultimately, God, in His loving kindness, draws us towards
being the people He desires for us to be, so we can do
the good things He planned for us long ago.
No one comes out of the valley of pain and suffering
unchanged. God shows Himself strong on our behalf and
works out a much higher perfection than was attainable in
our own strength. God can do what would be impossible
for us to ever accomplish on our own.
God helps us to grow by allowing us to be challenged
beyond our strength. In our own strength we may stay
wounded. We gather strength for our journey
by trusting God and feasting on God's Word.
When our backs are against the wall...
it's the eleventh hour and all we can see before us
is the Red Sea... it forces us to cry out to the One Who can
give us rest. God is in control of every hour,
created all there is, and is perfectly able to part the Seas.
God is able to make all grace abound to us,
so that in all things, at all times, having all that we need,
we will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Only God can be God.
It is God and God alone Who has the power to save
us, rescue us, help us grow, change us, perfect
us, and deliver us.
We must be willing to
trust God's process.
Even for those who are enlightened, let us not think
of ourselves more highly than we ought. Knowledge can
puff us up, making one arrogant, haughty, and even falling
into the temptation of trusting in their own understanding
rather than God's sufficient grace.
Proverbs strongly encourages us to trust in the Lord
with all our hearts and not lean on our own understanding.
May we willingly be emptied of self and humbly live to
bring glory to God. Let us keep our egos at zero and not
give too high of an estimate of our own powers or allow
pride to keep us from coming into the fullness
of all that God has for us.
According to Romans 8:13,
"By the Spirit... put to death the deeds of the body"
God is still God...
Creator of the universe
(matter, energy, space, and time).
God's power and ability to
deliver are far beyond our
None of us are qualified
to behold the glory of God.
Our margin of error shrinks each day...
no matter who we are.
It is the power, greatness, and strength that comes
from God that meets our deepest needs.
Through the raging storms and our bleakest struggles...
It is God and God alone
Who carries and sustains us.
No one else deserves the praise and worship
that we give to glorify God.
Isaiah 42:8 confirms this: "I am the Lord;
that is My Name! I will not give My glory to another or
My praise to idols."
To glorify God is to honor God
for Who God really is.
Glorifying God begins with taking
God at His Word,
especially about Himself.
May we glorify God in our thoughts,
words, and actions.
It is abundantly clear that
Only God is Supreme.
It is impossible for the finite to adequately and completely
define God; however, we have listed a few of God's
attributes gleaned from God's Word:
God is Divine and absolutely Holy.
God is Ever-Present (Omnipresent),
and all-knowing (Omniscient).
God is all Powerful (Omnipotent).
God is able to accomplish any task.
God is the self-existent One...
having no need of being created.
God existed forever and is the cause
of all things, including the dimension
of time... to which He is not subject.
God is the Most High.
God is the Creator, Sustainer, and
Ruler of the Universe.
God is Compassionate, God is
Ultimate Reality, God is Trustworthy,
and Awesome in Glory.
God is Life and God is Glorious in
God is Majestic, Immeasurable,
Boundless, Eternal Spirit,
Infinite Mind, and not restricted by
Time or Place.
God is Endless, Immense,
Universally Vast, and Complete.
God is Faultless and Forever.
God is, according to His Word,
ultimately Incomprehensible to us,
God is Rich in Mercy. God is
Absolute, yet Personal.
God Knows all, Sees all,
and Hears All.
God is Totally Sufficient in Every
Aspect of His Ways and Being,
and Beyond Our Capacity to
Understand or Explain Exhaustively.
We cannot go it alone. Regardless of
our race, creed, color, religion,
language, educational background,
experiences, or realities... if we are not
connected to the Power Source... we
Let us rely, boast, and be in awe
only in God,
and live in a manner that glorifies God Who leads
us through the Valley of Death so that we will
trust in Him alone.
When we are at our weakest... we cannot sustain
God's grace is sufficient.
In our brokenness...
if we are struggling with any issues in life...
God's power is made available,
and God's grace is omni-sufficient.
Let us ponder, for a moment,
all the ways God displays His power.
Who else, but God controls the raging torrential storms?
Who else but God can cause the pompous, haughty,
arrogant kings of the world to rise and fall?
When the odds are impossible and there is no way, under
normal circumstances, one can win... Who else but God
can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat?
When problems seem to be compounded, all seems lost,
and we are overwhelmed with the sense of imminent
defeat... Who else but God allows us to reach deep
within and find the strength to press on to victory?
As Believers, the refining process
can reach particularly great heights.
When going through...
let us always remember and never
forget the examples and sacrifices of
Suffering can call us to a
greater trust in God.
By turning to God for help during times of trials and
tribulations we can become more aware of how
God works through our suffering
to call us to a greater awareness
of His love for us.
The more we are aware of God's love for us... the more we
love God and draw close to God. This intimacy with God
builds our spiritual strength and stability. The more we are
strengthened... the more we desire to serve, praise, honor,
worship, glorify God, and reflect God's character.
Let us glorify God, acknowledge God's greatness
and give God honor by praising and worshiping God,
primarily because God alone, deserves to be praised,
honored, and worshipped.
As we walk under God's authority
and in God's strength... we come to
realize when we depend on God...
there is no trial too overwhelming or
daunting for God to overcome.
Whatever God requires of us...
He also supplies.
As God faithfully pours out His grace
upon us, in God's strength,
we can overcome.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power
is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9
Overcoming trials is about God's
grace, God's power, God's comfort,
and God's truth.
As long as we faithfully serve God...
God will strengthen us to overcome
and benefit from every trial.
God can accomplish anything.
God makes it clear that we should
have a healthy fear of Him.
May we yield to the strength that God provides
us, and recognize that God's power is the greatest
and is best displayed when we are at our weakest.
No one can do God's work or stop it.
To leave God out of the equation is to
overlook our only solution.
Let us never forget...
we can find the solution as we
look to God.