|The Making Of A
with Minister Ginger D. London, MA, BCC
|SPIRITUAL DIAMOND Challenge Day 1
Spiritual Diamond Day 1 Worksheet Below
Welcome to the first day of The Making Of A Spiritual Diamond Challenge.
My spiritual goal is that over the course of this challenge (next 7 days) you will honestly examine yourself spiritually
acknowledging where you are now and stretch and commit yourself to growing toward spiritual maturity because you are
uncomfortable with where you are now or you have a desire to grow more spiritually.
The most challenging, demanding growth is growth toward spiritual maturity because it demands that you acknowledge and
accept a real need to be more mature. During this challenge I will compare the stages of the "cutting" process a stone goes
through before becoming the diamond we see in the stores to the stages of growing toward spiritual maturity. You will
experience 7 powerful and exciting days of spiritual growth that will propel and help you to go from faith to faith and glory to
glory in your spiritual growth.
Are you ready? Great! Let’s begin.
Today is all about The Nature of Diamonds…Your challenge today is to take the time to: Understand The Nature You
Have Been Living By Spiritually.
Have you ever seen a picture of a diamond in the rough? It's the stone before it becomes the
beautiful diamond gem we see in stores. I want to share with you some information about the
nature of diamonds. A diamond is a very precious stone, usually colorless, formed of pure carbon.
It is the hardest know mineral. Historically, diamonds were found in river beds, then later they were
found deep in the earth in rock formation. They are found as rough stones and then processed to
create a sparkling gem that is ready for purchase.
Spiritually, as you look back over your life before becoming a Christian, you could be found in some ungodly places, situations
or circumstances. Once you were found by Jesus Christ and accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, people now can find you
deeply rooted in and standing on the solid rock formation of biblical principles and beliefs.
I want to discuss two natures of man that can hinder you spiritually and keep you in the "rough" stages of life and then the
nature that positions you for spiritual growth and maturity.
The first nature is the Natural Man - with this nature you can be good, but not godly. What is produce from your life in this
nature is human goodness. You cannot understand anything spiritual with this nature. The scripture teaches in 1 Corinthians
2:14 (New Living Translation) "But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds
foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means."
I like the way The Message Bible says it - "The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s
Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit
and our spirits in open communion."
The second nature is the Carnal Man - this nature is also known as the flesh. This nature is positionally related to Christ but
experientially is controlled by himself. When you are controlled by your carnal nature nothing produced in your life is pleasing
to God. When you live carnally you are controlling your own life.
When you are controlled by either of these two natures - you will remain a "diamond in the rough." There will be great potential
inside of you, but until the rough is removed you will not grow spiritually or experience a spiritual relationship with God.
The nature that positions you for spiritual growth is the Spiritual Man - this nature is positionally related to Christ through
justification and is controlled by the Holy Spirit. Only through the new birth experience can you be spiritual. The spiritual person
is what we are made for and is the nature pleasing to God.
Usually when you are not growing spiritually - something is getting in the way of your growth. It may be causing you to
lose your joy, peace, your trust in God or the like. What is it? The Bible teaches you in James 1:1 "James, a servant of God
and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings." I want to focus on two words
in this scripture: Servant and Greeting.
The first word Servant means one who is in a permanent servitude to another, his will is altogether consumed by the will of the
other. I want to ask you two questions - Are you a servant of God? and Does God's will consume your will?
The second word Greeting means to rejoice or have joy as a direct result of God's grace. Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace
you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God."
What's getting in the way of your spiritual growth? What are you putting up with?
In my experience as a leader in the Body of Christ, when a person is not growing spiritually it is because something is getting in
the way. It is important for you to discover and acknowledge what it is and then do something about it.
You assignment today will help you to discover what is getting in the way of your spiritual growth. Your assignment includes a
self-assessment and a worksheet called "What Am I Putting Up With?" The self-assessment will help you to examine where you
are now in your spiritual growth and the worksheet will help your identify and list the things that are getting in the way of your
After completing the assessment, remember to make a comment about what the challenge for today has helped you to
understand about yourself and growing spiritually.
I will be checking your comments to learn about your breakthroughs.
Are You Ready … LET'S GROW!
In His Love,
|**Remember to leave your challenge comment below**