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1091st -- Looking For Diamonds


It is important that we always have the right perspective in life. We 
should always see the challenges, the difficulties and the setbacks that 
come our way as opportunities to learn something new and become better 
than we were before that situation. We must have the right attitude 
despite the wrongs that come our way and have a strong resolve that every 
negative will be used for our benefit and our betterment. When we have 
our minds made up that we will look at the good no matter how tempted we 
are to focus on the bad, then we are making a conscious decision that no 
matter what may come our way, we will come out of that situation better 
than we were before it. 

We must remember and keep in mind that life is all about choices. We have 
a choice on how we will lead our life. We have a choice when we wake up 
every morning. We can either wake up and say “Good Morning Lord” or we 
can say “Oh Lord, it's morning.” We can look at our cup as being 
half-full or half-empty. It is all within our power on how our days will 
be spent. We can be at peace and filled with joy and contentment or we 
can murmur, complain and have pity party about all that is going wrong in 
our life. Doing the latter will only make our life more miserable and 
more difficult, but if we dare to believe God's Word and trust that all 
things will work together for good to them that love God, to them that are 
all according to His purposes, then we will have a trusting faith 
believing that nothing can come our way without God already making 
provision for it. (Romans 8:28) (Philippians 4:19) (Hebrews 13:5-6)

I encourage you to see every challenge that comes your way as an 
opportunity to make you better. See every challenge, every setback, every 
detour as a chance to improve your life. How can a negative situation 
improve your life you might ask? The answer is very simple; through the 
challenges, we gain wisdom, we gain patience, we gain understanding, we 
gain sympathy, we gain humility, we gain resolve, we gain faith and trust 
in the Lord and most importantly we gain in Love for God because at the 
end of that trial or challenge we see how the Lord worked it all out for 
our good. (Romans 5:1-5) (Ephesians 3:20-21)

He is faithful to us much more than we could ever think or imagine. Our 
job is to have the right attitude and the right perspective while we are 
going through that situation and when we do, we will come out of it as 
Purely Refined Gold. Be encouraged to have and keep the right perspective 
all the days of your life and you will see your days blessed beyond 
measure. (Isaiah 30:21) (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see every 
challenge as an opportunity to become better than you were before.


Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
Once discovered, such opportunities are like valuable diamonds hidden in 
the sand.

Several years ago I spoke at church about how we are surrounded by 
“diamonds,” if we could only recognize them. A man stopped by to see me. I 
remembered him as somebody who had suffered through a painful divorce and 
was examining his life's priorities. His outstretched hand contained a 
small, plastic gem stone.

“I stepped on this gem stone when I was leaving church last Sunday,” he 
explained. “It became lodged in the sole of my shoe. You had spoken about 
recognizing opportunities - diamonds. I put the plastic stone in my pocket 
to remind me to look for those diamonds that I need.”

“I have been trying to sell my business,” he continued. “On Monday morning,
a man stopped by who seemed interested in purchasing some of my stock. I 
thought, 'Here's my diamond - don't let it get away!' I sold the entire 
stock to him by noon.”

“Now,” he said through a broad smile, “my next diamond is to find a new job!”

Not long afterward he did find a new and better job. He resolved to keep 
his gem stone with him from then on as a reminder to look for diamonds as 
he digs through the difficulties of life.

Richard DeVos is accurate when he points out, “This is an exciting world. 
It is cram-packed with opportunity. Great moments wait around every 
corner.” Those moments are diamonds that, if left unrecognized, will be 
forever lost.

Are you looking for diamonds every day? If not, you may easily pass them 
by! Perhaps there is a diamond of opportunity hidden in that difficulty 
you're experiencing now.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto 
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall 
direct thy paths.”

Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into 
this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And 
not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation 
worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And 
hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our 
hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath 
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, 
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace 
unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are 
sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and 
anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all 
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem67.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: STEPHANIE'S TESTIMONY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony188.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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