This is a pit of innocence. The kind believers don’t realize exists. Beth Moore gives us some examples:
- Sudden tragedy
- Violent crime
- Loved ones mental illness
- Alcoholic of addicted family member
- Spouse leaving after 20 years
- Parent suddenly leaves the home
- Life threatening disease
- Birth of a handicapped child
- Traumatic financial loss
- Parent, spouse, child in Prison
- Molestation as a child by a close relative
- Sudden death of a sibling or child
First step: Recognize it and talk about it.
“Once in it you might see more clearly that it wasn’t meant to harm you or hurt you.” offers Beth. See it clearly for what it is. Talk with trusted advisors. It will be easier to climb back out.
Second step: Forgive.
Beth reminds us how important this step is. “It is the only way to see the sky rather than dirt by digging deeper.”
Forgive even those who don’t care to be forgiven.
- Humbly forgiving them for:
- Their destructive actions.
- The ignorance of not knowing it.
- Without forgiving them:
- You become bitter.
- You become a grudge holder.
- You become enslaved.
Forgiveness is Divine Power!
- “It is not a “”feeling””, it is a “”willingness””, Beth shares further
- “It is your right as a child of God.
- First you Will it then you will Feel it.”
Two Wrong Thinking’s Beth wants us to remember:
1. “Its all my fault.”
- leads to self loathing
- I’m innocent now but what about the other times….?
- You can be in a pit innocently even if you haven’t always been innocent
- Ask yourself, have I done the wrong that fits the pit?
- Satan is a master at using your own insecurity against us. He knows the hardest person to forgive is ourselves.
2. “It’s all God’s fault.”
- Satan’s question to us from the garden was:
- Is God really good?
- Satan wants to talk us into distrusting God, distancing ourselves from Him.
- Feelings are a wrong reflection of truth.
- God cannot- does not wrong His Children.
- He can’t. Inconceivably holy, God cannot sin.
- He has no dark side.
“God has made a plan for your life. You are a much better person healed than you would have been well.” Beth assures us. “Use your pit pain to help others in the pit.”
Beth ends this revealing chapter with some great words of wisdom:
“Beloved, if God allowed you to be thrown into a pit, you weren’t picked on; you were picked out. God entrusted that suffering to you because He has faith in you.”
How about you? I learned a lot from this chapter. I always take the blame and fall deep into a pit of depression. Unable to see my way out. Are you like me?
Let me know what you are thinking so far. See you Friday.