Do you feel as if you are under immense pressure?
During this time of testing and pressure…God is doing work within you!
3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wildflower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
According to Wikipedia, the most natural DIAMONDS are made under immense pressure and extremely high heat temperatures. Special gemological techniques have been developed to distinguish natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds, and diamond simulants. The word is from the ancient Greek ἀδάμας – adámas “unbreakable“.
So what in the world would “diamonds, pressure, and testing mean to you and to me?”
The word of God explains so very clearly that the pressure that you are feeling in your life right now is actually “testing your faith and developing perseverance.” Just as a diamond is pressed upon, shaken and prone to the exposure of fiery hot heat…you yourself may be feeling the heat and pressure in your own life.
So many times we do not see what God is doing in the midst of the trials that we face, but we have to always know and understand that during these times of testing that God has never left our side! God may not be speaking quite as loudly to you and that does not mean he is not there, that means that the TEACHER is just being quiet during the TEST.
God wants to see how you decide to study for the test….
Do you give up at the very beginning?
Do you try to seek advice or all the answers from someone other than him?
Do you fully trust in HIS will and HIS way and allow him to polish you and mold you into who you are created to be?
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
Growth happens when your faith is being tested, promotion happens when your faith is being tested and your reliance on God lacks nothing!
The enemy wants nothing more other than for you to give up during this time of immense pressure and intense heat. Sadly many, many Christians do give up. They decide that God is just not enough to see them through and the diamond that God had intended them to be cracks and crumbles under the pressure.
That is not what God wants or has planned for his children!
Once you have endured through to the end, not giving up, and staying steadfast planted firm on the rock, the beautiful diamond that you are is born. You will indeed be “unbreakable” and you will lack nothing other than to seek God more intensely in all that you do. Your foundation of faith will be as strong as 1,000 men. HALLELUJAH!! GLORY BE TO GOD!!
THERE IS A DIAMOND WITHIN EACH ONE OF US….
CAN YOU HANDLE THE PRESSURE?
CAN YOU PASS THE TEST?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you today asking that during these hard times of pressure and heat in our lives that we stay strong and true to your word. I pray that we do not give up! Help us to see what you are doing in and through us during this time, Lord. Make us and mold us into the beautiful diamonds that you know we are God. We love you and thank you for everything you are doing. Forgive us when we fail you, in Jesus precious name we pray…AMEN!
Do not give up!!!
The pressure is molding you and making you into who you are created to be!