When You Slip Into A Pit

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Join me and others as I journal from Beth Moore’s Book:  Get Out of That Pit

Today is the second way to find yourself in a pit.  Beth give us a few samples:

  • We put ourselves into one by sliding in.
  • We didn’t mean to.
  • It wasn’t planned.
  • You aren’t sure how it happened.

“This one is easy to fall back into after climbing out.” Beth informs us:

  • Can be physical-like needing to adjust a schedule.
  • Can be relational-just when you think you are out someone brings it back up

God is busy at work when we are in this pit.  He is refining and humbling us,  often breaking our wills.  Again Beth warns us:

  • Can be a pit of despair, hopelessness.

“But we who are in Christ possess the very essence-become the very embodiment-of hope.  Hopelessness means” says Beth, “we’ve believed the evil one’s report over God. 

We must put our hope in God!  If not:

  • We talk ourselves into a pit.
    • Caused by our own ignorance or foolishness.
      • We are relentlessly haunted by what could have been. Grief and sorrow.

Don’t let responsibility and guilt keep you in the pit.  God wants you out.  God has a vision for you.

You do have the power to stand up against the enemy.  

  • John 15:18-“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
  • John 10:10-“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Reference: biblehub.com  New International Version

Cry out to God. Ask Him to do as His Word says:

  • Psalms 94:18-If I should say, “My foot has slipped,” Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.
  • Psalms 94:19-When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.
Reference: biblehub.com  New International Version

Trade your innocence for integrity.  Come out smartened up to Satan’s agenda.

Knowledge is a gift.

  • Ephesians 6:10-14-“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then.”
Reference:biblehub.com/Ephesians/6-10.htm New International Version

Distraction  = Stronghold

Addiction     =  Comes to live there

Destruction = Takes over

  • Recognize Satan’s work
    • Wise up to Satan-see the warning signs
    • Immediately make adjustments
    • Set up safeguard and accountability
    • Practice integrity

The last thing God wants is for us to live in fear.  1John4:4 Built in alarm- the Holy Spirit

  • Satan will back you into a corner
    • Scripture is the only way out.
    • Cry out to god until He delights your soul.
    • Don’t stop until the enemy is sorry he ever messed with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When You are Thrown in the Pit

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Join me as I journal from Beth Moore’s book:  Get Out of That Pit.

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.

Life in the Pit Chapter 1

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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

 

 

 

 

When Faith’s Song Goes Silent — BLOG

Blogger Dawn Wilson posted this recently.  I love it!  I wanted to share it so more of you could appreciate it.  It is wonderful and goes alone with the theme of my blog, Resting in His Word.  Silence can and is often a part of resting.  Enjoy this shared blog.

When I think of Cynthia Ruchti, I think of hope and wisdom. It’s the hallmark of her life and ministry. In this Spiritual Growth UPGRADE, she calls us to value the unique song of silence. “What happens,” Cynthia says, “when faith’s song goes silent? Or is missing key notes? Or grates on our nerves because…

via When Faith’s Song Goes Silent — BLOG

August 8, Don’t wait

Hi there friends and blog followers.  490EUAB9I thought we would finish up our summer reading plan with Get Out Of That Pit by Beth Moore.

Here is some straight talk about God’s Deliverance that is meant for us.  There is no one like Beth Moore to give us straight talk that speaks to our hearts.

I hope you will join me  in two more days, on Monday, August 8th. I look forward to many replies and comments from you.

I have purchased the book for only $5.00 for those of you who live in SD area.  If you want a book and want to follow my blog just drop me a note and I will make sure you get a book.  Feel free to download it also and listen to it if you want.

Happy summer reading.  Can’t wait to get started with you as we journey out of the pit together.

Come, let us return to the Lord 34

“Where is she?”  Miriam could tell her husband was successful finding the best friend, Amanda.

come  morguefile.She wants to sit alone up the road for a minute”.

“I can see you have made peace with yourself, haven’t you?”

“I had help along the way.”

Paul knowing without Angels faith and forgiveness he would have been guilty forever with no healing.  He was glad she was home.

After visiting with Miriam for a short time Angel knew she had to go to Michael.  She couldn’t wait any longer. They all walked towards Michaels then said goodbyes for now a short distance from the farm.

“Thank you for coming this far with me.  Thank you for sending Paul.”  She whispered as she kissed and hugged Miriam.

“Oh, God, give me the strength”

I have not given you a heart of fear.

What had she done?  Denying Michael her love.  She had played God and done what she thought best for him.  Causing him such pain.  Could he forgive her now?

Thanking him as she kneeled down at his feet.  Over and over telling him how she was so grateful for all he had done for her.  How she had found Christ though Michael and his faithfulness.

“Oh, Michael, Michael, I’m sorry”     Oh, God forgive me.

“Amanda, Amanda”  Michael cried as he reached down for her.  Lifting her to him holding her she said:

“Sarah, Michael.  My name is Sarah.  I don’t know the rest of it.  Only that much.  Sarah.”

The best gift she could give him, herself.

The name fit her so well.  A wanderer in foreign lands, a barren woman filled with doubt.  Yes Sarah of old had become a symbol of trust in God and ultimately the mother of a nation.  Sarah.  A benediction.  Sarah.  A barren woman who conceived a son.  His beautiful cherished wife would  someday give him a child.

“It’s a promise, Lord, isn’t it?”

Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn, that he may heal us;  he has stricken, and he will bind us up.  Hosea 6:1

This brings us to the end of the Book but not to the end of His Redeeming Love.  I hope you enjoyed traveling along as I journeyed with Michael and Angel.

As I did, I bet you found many similarities in your life where God has spoke to you like He did to Angel.  It’s my prayer you will listen to that small, quiet voice and take head.  God is always there for you.  Angel had to find her way to God on her own.  We too have to find Him.  He’s reaching out to each of us.  Yes he can use Michael and others to help us to Him.  But we need to put our trust in Him and worship Him not the Michael’s God has used in our lives to bring us near to HIM.

God Bless you and I hope you will follow me on to the next book.

490EUAB9Starting August 8th I will be blogging from this book.  I love Beth Moore.  I hope you will join me as I listen to God through Beth Moore’s experiences as she helps me

Get out of that Pit!

Remember keep following for events and other items of interest to women and growing our faith together.

Love,

Shelley

 

 

 

 

 

 

House of Magdalena 33

Paul was walking along the docks looking for Angel, hoping to not find her and there she was.  Coming out of the Bank.  Dressed in gray and wool, looking nothing like he exfile0001267163890pected.   Three years.  Michael had said she had to come back on her own.  So why was Paul doing this.  He went back to his room and thought long and hard about what he would say to Miriam.  She was dead.  She was shipwrecked and dead.  Gone, Gone.

The House of Magdalena was what the sign said.  He walked right in and to his surprise it was not a house of ill repute but a classroom of young women all dressed like Angel the day before.  He could just leave now and go back and see the wife of his dreams.  He’d been gone for several weeks now and he missed her loving touch and warmth.  But there would be no warmth if he came home alone.

“I’m looking for someone.  Angel.  Her name is Angel.”  “Paul”  somehow she looked like Angel but more soft, serene.  Looking well.  Beautiful as ever.

“Miriam is going to have a baby.”  He watched hoping that would hurt Angel.

It was delight on her face.  So happy for her and Michael.  Michael what?  Paul couldn’t breath.  He didn’t realize she had left the valley three years ago for the same reason he tried to leave.  She wanted Michael and Miriam to get together and have children.

How ashamed did he feel.  Now he is starting to see why Miriam was always saying to him, “you don’t understand”.  “Angel is doing what she thinks is best for Michael.

“Miriam is my wife. Angel, Michael is still waiting for you to come home.”  The horrible guilt weighed heavy on Paul, seeing now how much she loved Michael and had really been doing what she thought was the best for him.  She was sacrificing her happiness for him to have a child.

“I was wrong about you the whole time.”  They talked for hours.  Each understanding now how wrong they both had been.  Paul called her Amanda.

“Miriam sent me to find you, Amanda.  You have to come home with me.”

She told him everything, from being 8 years old being sold to Duke for his pleasure to Duke making sure she could never have children.  Paul reminded her that Michael chose her.  He knew what he was getting and he still chose her.  For better or worse.  Michael would honor his vow to her until death.

Angel explained what the House of Magdalena was to her and how she felt she could not leave it.   He told her to think about it and he would be leaving by noon the next day.

She stayed up most of the night talking with her dear friend Susanna explaining that she could handle the job and that she was going home.