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“Impacting a Life in the Pit”

Posted on August 4th, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom Well

This well serves a unique drink:
Words that refresh and cause you to think.

Get Out of that Pit: A 40-Day Devotional Journal by Beth Moore, pgs 1, 81-83:

“Life can be excruciating. Crushing, in fact. The sheer magnitude of our worries can press down on our heads until we unknowingly descend into a pit of despair one inch at a time. Something so horrible can happen that we conclude we’ll never be okay again. We can blow it so badly we think God would just as soon we stayed under the dirt and out of His sight. But, if we’re willing to let truth speak louder than our feelings, and long enough that our feelings finally agree, we can be far more than okay. We can be delivered to a place where the air is crisp, the enemy is whipped, and the view is magnificent…”

[I thought that excerpt from the introduction may help in gaining some background for this insight I wanted to share.]

“We can have tremendous impact over a life in the pit.

First of all, we can impact pit-dwellers by example. We can show them that living outside the pit is possible by living that way ourselves.

Second, we can impact them by prayer.

Third, we can impact pit-dwellers by encouragement. Satan has tremendous investment in convincing a person that sustainable victory is impossible. That’s a lie. Say so!

Fourth, we can doggedly direct them to Jesus. Like the men carrying the paralytic on the mat, do everything you can to ‘lay [the person] before Jesus’ (Luke 5:18).

Fifth, to the degree that God has developed biblical wisdom in us, we  can impact pit-dwellers through our advice and counsel.

Is there someone in your life you’ve been attempting to rescue? If so, how do you think you should relate to his or her problem from now on?”

“And let us consider
how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds.
Let us not give up meeting together,
as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another–
and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-25

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