Life in the Pit Chapter 1


Beth Moore (Get Out of That Pit, Thomas Nelson 2007)

A pit wasn’t meant to be accepted. ”  Author Beth Moore

Is God calling you out of the pit? Not sure what a pit is? Join me as I journal Beth Moore’s book.  I too am a pit dweller, so we will be in good company.  Beth shares these three samples of pits for us:

  1.  “You FEEL stuck!”   Know you are in a pit. Acknowledge it for what it is.  You can’t get out yourself.  A pit only gets deeper.
  2. “You can’t stand up!”  Your soul has a very real enemy.  He is not flesh and blood.
    • Eph.-  6:11 Take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
    • Eph. – 6:13 Stand your ground, and after you have done everything, stand.
    • One way to know you are in a pit is that you FEEL ineffective and utterly powerless against attack. We are convinced we have nowhere to go.

Beth says:

“we will define pit this way:  A pit is an early grave that Satan digs for you in hopes he can bury you alive.”

  • He can’t make you stay.
  • God won’t make you leave.

     3.  “You’ve lost vision!” A pit is poorly lit: we can’t even see the obvious anymore.

  • We are convinced we have nowhere to go.
  • We become “stiff-necked” per the Bible.
  • Endless echo’s of self-absorption.
  • Being nearsighted, it breeds hopelessness.
  • Buried in our present state we FEEL no passion about a promised future.

Beth reminds us we were created in the image of God.

“All image-bearers of God were intended to overflow with effervescent life, stirring and spilling over with God-given vision.”

We don’t have to be in a stronghold of sin to be in a pit.

We just have to:

Feel Stuck

Feel we can’t stand up to our enemy

Feel like we have lost our vision

Well, what do you think, now?  Are you in a pit.  I know I have seen some pits in my day.  I’ve crawled out of some, but yet I still find myself on the edge of another one often.

How in the world does a person get into a pit?

How in the world does a person get out of a pit?

I think the next chapter and blog will give us more answers.  Be sure to register with WordPress to follow me and choose “by email” and you will know when the next post has come.

Keep your head up until we meet again in Chapter 2.  Feel free to share and like my blog with others. Also comment for a rich dialogue.

To God be the Glory                           With love, Shelley





Author: shelleybea12153

New to blogging, but have been doing Women's Interest like Bible Study for over 26 years now. Married, three boys, 5 grandkids. Love God's Word and helping Women discover the power in Jesus' name by getting together with them often. Monthly meeting called Seasoned Sisters.

4 thoughts on “Life in the Pit Chapter 1”

  1. Oh I agree too that the Lord uses pits to chisel our character and to draw is closer to him. Sometimes it’s to let us just sit there until we realize it’s the enemy or even ourselves keeping us there. Everyone else’s fault. No friends. That’s a dark and attractive pit for occasional pity parties. Those pits grieve the Lord but he will let us sit there until we learn from them.


    1. Welcome to life in the Pit. Yes Deb, God is with us even when we are pit-dwellers. There is much to learn. I loved this book. I hope you will continue with my blog to the end. You and I probably know all Beth teaches but she had practical ideas how to deal with them that I needed reminded of. Thanks again.


  2. I understand what Beth is saying, but the truth is, sometimes God allows the pit to refine us or prepare us, and we don’t get out until He is ready for us to move on. (Thinking of the story of Joseph here.) Or maybe I’m missing something. Interesting.

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    1. no I agree Dawn. You are right. I know from experience that I have been in a pit way longer than I thought needed and I just had to wait on the Lord. BUT I always find waiting on the Lord involves a deeper study or more repentant attitude or reading His word more which I feel is what He was probably waiting for me to do. I had done some of what it took to get out but there is often a little more heart change that needs to be done in me or sometimes in others or situations. Waiting is hard but the next pit is the hardest of them all. It’s a bad pit.
      Thanks for your thoughts. Glad you are joining me in this adventure.


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