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.