The Pit (Part 2)

Psalm 40-1-3 part 2

(Based on the book Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore)

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40: 1-3)

So, last post I told you about my Monday night group and a great book we are studying about pits; what they are, how we get into them, and how we get out. Again, I encourage you to read the book if you’d like more in-depth information.
I defined a pit and told you about three criteria to determine if you may in fact be pit dwelling: 1) You feel stuck. 2) You can’t stand up to your enemy. 3) You’ve lost your vision (your ability to see beyond yourself and your situation). Let’s continue by looking at how we can end up in a pit in the first place.
We can be thrown in. Yep, that simple. Sometimes we are in a pit through no fault of our own; someone just throws us in. Kind of like the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis.
Real life examples might look like this: you can be thrown into a pit…
à by a sudden tragedy, like the death of a loved one in a car accident
à by a violent crime
à by an alcoholic parent leaving a devastating path of destruction thru your childhood.
à by a life-threatening disease
I could go on, but I think you get the point. When you are thrown into a pit, it isn’t your fault and you did nothing to deserve it. But still… you are stuck in the mire, unable to stand and fight or look beyond your circumstances. And you are certainly unable to get out on your own.
You can slip in by accident. You really did do something that eventually led to a pit, but you honestly didn’t try to get stuck in the mud and mire. You thought you had everything under control, it wasn’t that big of a deal and BAM! the next thing you know you’re knee-deep in the mud.
Sliding into a pit could look any number of ways. Consider the following:
à You just needed to be free from the pain for a little while so you could do your job and enjoy time with your family. You never thought you’d end up with an addiction to prescription medications.
à It was just harmless flirting; after all, you’re both happily married and have been for years. Now you are in one of the biggest messes of your life!
à You wanted to lose a few pounds after the last baby was born. You know, regain your girlish figure. You never intended to end up with an eating disorder and you hope you can make it stop before anyone notices.
There are any number of items you could add to the list. It is painfully humbling to realize that you got yourself into a mess that you cannot get out of on your own. Beyond the embarrassment of the mess, the hardest thing about this type of entry into a pit is learning to forgive you. And the devil is quick to capitalize on our tendency to beat ourselves up. It saves him a good deal of work.
You can jump in. Yep, you can weigh the cost, consider the outcome, take a running start and leap in with both feet landing right in the center of the pit. Almost everyone has done this once or twice during his/her lifetime. Consider the following examples from pg 77-78 of Beth Moore’s book: You wanted

  • to steal the money
  • to have an affair
  • to hurt the other person
  • to experience something illicit
  •  to be drunk as a skunk, high as a kite, and lower than a snake’s belly

Some of us are chronic pit jumpers; we do it often and for one reason only: we like the ride. Chronic jumpers tend to have issues with authority. They will not listen to someone else; they will do it their own way. And while the cost of the trip is not pleasant, the ride makes it worth it.
The biggest problem of a chronic pit jumper is this: his “want to” is just messed up. He wants things that are bad for him. Period. And before he can ever stop pit jumping, he must allow the Lord to fix his “want to”, which in turn means he must submit to an authority higher than his own.
Regardless of how you may have ended up in a pit, you do not have to stay there. Consider the following statement and plan on learning about how to get out of the pit in the next post.
The devil cannot force you to stay in a pit; the best he can do in try to convince you that you belong there. Likewise, the Lord cannot force you to leave a pit; the best He can do is show you that there is a way out.

~Patricia

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The Pit (Part 1)

Psalm 40-1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40: 1-3)

(Based on the book Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore)

I have the privilege of meeting with a wonderful group of believers on Monday nights. Together we have spent the past couple of months exploring the concepts in the above-mentioned book. They are so simple and yet so complex, I feel impressed to try to summarize some main points. I can by no means share the full impact in a blog, so if what I write tugs at your curiosity, by all means read the book!
Being a word person, let’s start with definitions. Before one could know anything about getting out of a pit, one would first need to identify what a pit is and how to tell if you’re in one. We’ll let that be the focus of this blog.
In the natural, a pit is a natural or artificial hole or cavity in the ground. If you fall into a pit, you will certainly struggle to get out. The bottom tends to be muddy and the sides steep – think abandoned well. In the spiritual sense, a pit is a state mind, not an actual place, but it is still muddy, the sides are steep, and you cannot get out without some help. Spiritual pits are unique in that they can go anywhere you go. A pit will fit in a multi-million dollar home or a back woods shack. It will fit in suburbia or the back seat of your broken down car. So how do you know if you’re in a pit? Pit dwellers tend to meet one or more of the following criteria.
You feel stuck. If you’ve ever stepped in mud so deep that it sucked your boot off when you tried to pick your foot up, you’ve got a good visual of “stuck.” When you are in a pit, you feel like you cannot move forward. You’re stuck in the same ole place and despite your best efforts; there is no getting yourself free.
You cannot stand up to your enemy. You might be pit dwelling if you’ve reached a point where you feel so defeated and overwhelmed by the constant barrage of life’s “issues”, that you have decided its no use trying to win. This is the way life is and it is never going to change.
You’ve lost your vision. If you are in a natural pit, there are no windows. The sides go straight up and the only two places to look are the sky and your feet. Most people look at their feet and for good reason. First of all, looking up can put a kink in your neck. More importantly, you are so busy trying to unstuck your feet from the mud and remain standing; you can’t really focus on much else.
Pit dwelling can become a regular way of life for many people, believers included. But it doesn’t have to be. There is a way out! But before we talk too much about how to get out, perhaps we should talk about how we got in the pit in the first place. Check back for the next post on the three ways one could get into a pit.

~Patricia

We have already Overcome

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Watching the news has been tough lately. It’s just not very good out there. We see posts about people who are hurting others. There is scary stuff that seems to be inching it’s way closer and closer to our homes and loved ones. Not to mention the personal battles we face every day. I would guess that not one of us has not been touched by tragedy at some point.

But, this is what I want to share with you. We win!

I’ve written before about how struggle with worry. And I confess, sometimes it still just gets to be too much. I want to crawl in a hole and hide. But, then the God of all comforts gently calls me out. 
Jesus said,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Oh, how I love this passage of scripture. First, because it comes straight from my Savior, but second because of this truth. Jesus has already given us HIS peace. And the next sentence just gets better. He doesn’t give us peace as the world gives. The world can only offer us small physical securities. The truth of the matter is that it doesn’t matter how much money we have in the bank, or the what kind of super-duper locks we have on our doors, or how big our nations military is, they do not guarantee peace in our lives.

So how do we find peace amidst all the evil and chaos that seems to fill the earth?
I believe it starts with where we put our trust. The enemy would really like you to put your faith in those physical methods of protection, or even better put our head in the sand and hide. Because if you put your hope in worldly securities or hide altogether, it pretty much guarantees that you will not be effective for Christ.

However, if we instead choose to accept the peace that Christ has given us, we will find that there is nothing in this earth that we need fear.
Remember: 

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 John 4:4

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need that reminder. 
Dear Lord,
Thank you for giving us your peace. Thank you that you are greater than anything or anyone in this world that comes against us. Father, today we take hold of the peace you have already given us. Knowing nothing has ever taken place, nor is anything happening, nor will any future event take place that you do not know about or have your hand in. Thank you Father that we can trust you in all these things and rest in Your peace. Show us how we can be brightly shining lights within this dark world, proclaiming Your Kingdom until the day you come. 

In Jesus mighty name, Amen.

 

~Rita

 

Adrian Western Days Follow up

Hello everyone,

We want to thank you for all of your support at Western Days.We have had so many people amazed that the churches, businesses and community would come together in such unity to do something like this for free on this scale. It was a lot of work and sacrifice on your part but it was worth it. During Cowboy camp there was around 70 decisions for Christ and some at bull riding as well.

Just think of the thousands of people that got to hear the gospel during the Bull Riding! It’s all because of your willing and obedient hearts to serve the Lord and one another. I didn’t realize it till the next day but they said they were turning people away and they have not had to do that before at the fair. There is already talk about next year.

We also want to take this time and ask forgiveness for any confusion or offence of any sort for your part of volunteering at  Western Days. This is our first time ever at a fair and we do realize that we need to change some things to make it go smoother as we move forward. That being said we would like your feedback, any testimonials, and suggestions that you may have to make things easier and better for you as volunteers. We thank you for your love ,grace, and service.

We will be going through all our contact cards soon and will be sending out emails with all of the churches contact information and invite them to those fellowships as well as a reminder of all the businesses  and their information that supported Western Days. I also wanted to share part of an email from our good friends and missionaries Syd and Liz Doyle from Nations Light Ministries:

We’d like you to pass on what I’m writing😊👍.What happened at Prayer meeting and Rodeo was very special. Not seen anything like this in the 10 yrs we’ve been in MI!!

What a blessing to come to see 50+ people from different churches in prayer. Psalm 133 working and I believe that God was fulfilling His Promise in that psalm by ‘commanding a blessing!’vv3.

You captured something there and I would strongly encourage to keep it for 2 more months leading up to when Franklin Graham comes to the Lansing State house for his prayer on the Tuesday 4th October. Have you seen he is traveling to each State praying at their State houses with thousands of people coming out?

Your prayer in Granny’s grub hall!!… would just be ONCE in August on 9th (when we can come) and ONCE on 6th Sept (we’re then in UK). Then it would be build up for the Lansing State house with Franklin Graham on 4th October. Just an idea for your board/team to prayerfully consider. It was such an encouragement to Liz and myself and hopefully others too. I believe we were touching/moving God’s heart. Then to see the stands packed for the rodeo and the riders giving their all and risking life and limb (like Jesus) and the response for salvation. It’s not always the response of those who came forward but there were hundreds touched both in the cowboy camp and at night.

This is the first time there has been opportunity as far as we know, for such a big and united event with churches. We see it overseas in Pakistan, UK, Sri Lanka, Africa and Latin America but first time in Michigan. It’s a strategy of unity and God uses it!!

More Prayer please!!!😳🎉😊👍🏼🙏🏻💥

Syd & Liz

 

We think this is a wonderful idea and have decided that we will have two more prayer meetings with a caravan to Lansing.

August 9th at 7 PM  at Miracle Meadows ( Follow up for Western Days and Prayer )

September 6th at 7 PM  ( Prayer Meeting)

October 4th Caravan to Lansing ( details to follow)

All event details can be found on our website: https://www.westerndaysministries.org/ or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Western-Days-Ministries-1543022115955344/

Once again thank you for all you do for His Glory!!

Blessings,

Western Days Ministries Team