A Diamond in the Rough

By Kendra Clarke

Our life experiences (both good and bad) often influence or shape who we are or who we have become. If not addressed, the negative experiences tend to have a more serious impact on our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being, thus holding us back or keeping us stagnant. This is because those negative experiences become more prominent in our minds and become imprinted on our hearts and our souls. We dwell on them night and day until soon, they become all that we see. This causes us to lose focus of our diamond status.

Stand Firm

The enemy, who is opportunistic, then seeks to build strongholds for our minds and souls by causing us to recall those experiences which have us bound. He lies and deceives us into believing we are not worthy and that God does not love us. He throws our mistakes at us constantly, to mask the truth of who we are and who Jesus is. We begin to believe his lies rather than focusing on God’s truths, thus we end up stuck. Ephesians 6:11 tells us that we must, “Put on the full armor of God, so that we will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” 

God Works Hard

God’s Word tears down those strongholds and releases us from the enemy’s clutches. It rids us of those self-defeating thoughts and reveals to us and within us, who God intends for us to be. What is awesome about our God is that though we sometimes find ourselves mired in the muck of our circumstances and stained with our sin, He never looses sight of the gem, the masterpiece that He created. However, we have to do our part and come prepared to fight with God’s Word and the proper weapons of warfare. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

God’s Diamond in the Rough

Don’t ever forget that you are God’s diamond in the rough who when mined and refined will radiate magnificent light. You are His masterpiece, cracks and all. “His handiwork; You were created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do” (Ephesians 2:10). He knows the way you take and that when He has tried and tested you, you will come out as pure as gold (Job 23:10).

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