What is an emotional pit? Anything we can’t get out of with our own strength.
What is your pit made of? Self-pity; compulsive habits, depression, anxiety, worry, doubt…
How did we get into this pit?
- Pushed in innocently by someone else :: family heritage, spouse adultery, job loss.
- Slipped in by our own unplanned doing :: started dieting ended with eating disorder.
- Jumped in with willfully planned sin, rebellion or disobedience.
Our pit dwelling may be caused by any combination of the above, or we may have gotten into one and it lead to another. Whatever the case living in the pit is not where we want to be.
Whatever we focus on will draw us in.
By focusing on our weaknesses or the circumstances we see in the natural, we give them power in our lives. They draw us in. We end up walking directly into the pit that we really want to avoid.
When we’re riding a bicycle and we focus on the parked car near the curb we’ll surely ride into it. The same is true with our areas of weakness. If we focus on them we will fall right into it.
Instead, we must keep our focus on Christ, by meditating on His Word we will be less likely to fall back into our pit. I’m not saying we won’t still struggle. But I know from experience, if I keep my thoughts going in the right direction that’s more than half the battle.
Can’t we just steer clear of the pit?
As Believers we owe ourselves and those in our circle of influence the determination and commitment to do everything in our power to walk away from the pit. You might fake it till you make it. But will power won’t sustain for long. Unless and until we turn our our self-destructive desires and weaknesses over to God nothing will change.
When will we turn our desires over to God? Must they nearly destroy us?
Unfortunately, that’s what I did. I had to lose my job, my home, my car, my family, and then my freedom before I looked up from my pit to find God’s loving hand reaching to pull me out.
Is God in your life? Are you living victoriously? Or are you living in your pit?
I encourage you to spend some time with God. Ask Him to search your heart for the pits that you may be headed for or are living in now. Get a good study Bible, do a topical word search related to your pit struggle. Dig into God’s Word. I guarantee you will find a hand reaching to pull you out!
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 our God. ~ Ps. 40:1-2
Click Here to watch Beth Moore’s teaching video “Get Out of That Pit”