The “Acre of Diamonds” principle.

There are only a handful of people that have not read “Acre of diamonds”. It’s really an amazing story. If I would summarise it I would say it’s about a farmer who never knew what he had in his own backyard. He sells his farm so he can pursue a rumor about diamonds but eventually kills himself because he can’t can’t find them. The new owner finds a strange rock the size of an egg only to find that it’s a diamond. Apparently the farm was filled with diamonds!!! If only the previous owner had looked at what he had first before looking outwardly.

A lot of us do that as well. We always look to the outside for answers, for solutions and so on. Don’t get me wrong, we need advice from people. We need each other. In fact, the word says in the multitude of counselors there is safety. What i am talking about is taking responsibility for your life. No one else is responsible for you. Stop blaming other people for where you are. Stop using other people as an excuse to do nothing. You have so much in you. God has given you so much. You just have to open your eyes. Ask God to show you what He has given you. You’d be surprised at the things He shows you.

Lets look at a very interesting portion of scripture. This is where i have taken the “acre of diamonds” principle. The scripture is in Proverbs 21:20:
There are precious treasures and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a self-confident and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.

If you are wise there are precious treasures and oil in your dwelling. Do you know that? It may not seem like but its true.
What this scripture is saying is, precious treasures come our way. God blesses us all with these treasures but the wise man knows what to do with them. In fact, the thing that makes a wise man wise in this context is that he can recognise the treasure. And because he can recognise it he knows how to use it. That’s what makes him wise.
So let me ask you this, as you read this are things coming to mind? Maybe it could be a course that you did. It could be a degree or diploma that is just sitting gathering dust at home. Maybe you have a gift that you don’t use that could actually be the answer to your prayer. Maybe you have influence with people but you don’t recognise it. Maybe you have a vehicle that could be used for God’s glory. The list goes on and on. The point is this, what are you doing with what God has given you. Its a fact that He has given you “precious treasures and oil”. It all just boils down to what you doing with it.
When i got this revelation i looked at my life and realised that there were a lot of “precious treasures and oil” that He had given me that i could use. I realised how i didn’t see them the same way God saw them. God saw them as “precious treasures” and i saw them as “those things”. We need to change the way we view God’s blessings. Familiarity will make us lose the importance of what has been given to us. Kill familiarty at all costs. It will short circuit Gods blessing in our life.

Lets move to the last part of that scripture which says:
“but a self confident and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it”.

The thing that seperates a wise man and a foolish man is what they do with what they know. And this last portion shows us that. A foolish man will waste his “treasure and oil”. There is a good chance that he hasn’t got the faintest idea what is in his hands. He has not got a revelation of what he has been given. And that is why he swallows it up and wastes it.
Don’t waste the talent God has given you. Don’t waste the gifts He has blessed you with. Don’t waste the “treasure and oil” He has given you.
You have a choice to make today. You can either use your “treasure and oil” to accomplish your destiny or you can swallow and waste what God has given you. The choice is yours. Don’t be like Esau who never realised what he had. He was the first born which meant he would inherit the best of what his father owned. But he threw it away all because he was hungry! This is what the word says: Then Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils, and he ate and drank and rose up and went his way. Thus Esau scorned his birthright as beneath his notice. Genesis 25:34.
He failed to see and recognise what God had given him and because of that he “scorned” it! That’s what happens when you treat the blessings of God in your life lightly.
As i close i want you to ask God to show you the “precious treasures and oil” he has given you. Ask Him to help you not take it for granted. Ask Him to give you a revelation of how important a role they play in your life.
So what you going to choose? I pray you make the right one today.
Make the right decision today.

God bless


Conviction- Part 2.

Your personal convictions [on such matters]-exercise [them] as in God’s presence, keeping them to yoursef [striving only to know the truth and obey His will]. Blessed (happy to be envied) is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves [who does not convict himself by what he chooses to do]. Rom 14:22
At the end of the previous post i was talking about how a man or woman of conviction sticks behind what he decides. He or she is confident about what they decide to do. They are sure of themselves. To be a man or woman of conviction you need to be confident about who you are. Know who you are. If you don’t know who you are look into the word of God. Your identity comes from Him and no one else.

The second part of that scripture says:
But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful]. Romans 14:23

There was a time i remember when i seen this principle in action. I was invited to a friends house for lunch. It was a bit difficult for me i have to admit. At that time i still lacked confidence and had no self esteem. It was bad. Anyway, as lunch was being prepared my friend and i were watching tv. I didn’t want to watch tv. I thought it was a waste of time. There were so many other things we could do. But guess what? I didnt say a thing. Later that day my friend and their family had visitors. It was cool but still awkward for me. One of the visitors started smoking and to make it worse he was right next to me. So all that smoke came my way. But guess what, i still never moved away!I stayed put. The smoke was killing me but i never said a thing or moved. At the end of it all i did not enjoy, all because i tried to please people despite what i really felt. I never stuck to my convictions. I was not true to my convictions. Was that a sin, maybe. But how many of us have the same things happen where we don’t stand up for what we think is right? Its important that we stick to our convictions. We stand condemned if we don’t.

But thats the other thing, a lot of us don’t know what to stand up for! We have been taught to just live. We let life pass us by because we don’t know what our purpose is. We allow life to happen to us instead of making life happen. Why are you here on this earth? You have a purpose. Everything on this earth has a purpose. Think about a knife. When someone created it, he had a purpose in mind? A knife was not made just for the sake of just making it. It was made to cut things, specific things. You can’t use a butter knife to cut a whole cow. Thats just crazy.
But just like that knife, you have a purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a purpose for you. A plan of peace and not evil. You have an assignment on this earth. You have a mission. But you have to ask God to show you.
Martin Luther King Jr knew what his assignment was and that is why he was so strong in his coviction. Same goes for William Wallace and Mother Teresa.
Jesus Christ knew His assignment. He gave His life for the assignment. He is a man of conviction.
Let me touch on the last part of that verse.
“For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin. Romans 14: 23
Everything we do must be in faith. Without faith we are nothing. Without faith we cannot please God says Hebrews 11:6. Conviction and faith must go together. They cannot work without each other.
All these things that i have spoken about contribute towards being a man or woman of conviction. You need to have faith. You need to be cofident in who you are and remember that your identity comes from God. You need to ask God to reveal what your assignment is on this earth. What is your God-given mission? You do have one. Everyone does.
And that is the conclusion of how to be a man or woman of conviction.

Rolain. P