Freedom from the Pit

23 03 2010

“I waited patiently and expectantly for the L-rd; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of a horrible pit…and set my feet upon a rock.” –Psalm 40:1-2

“When the Bible speaks of “the pit,” I always think of the depths of depression. David spoke of feeling as though he were in a pit, calling out to the L-rd to rescue him and set his feet on solid ground.

Nobody wants to be in the pit of depression. Satan takes advantage of your situation by reminding you of painful memories.

When you are depressed, the devil’s goal is to make you miserable and hopeless you will never rise up and cause him any problems or to fulfill the call of G-d on your life.

So if you’re struggling in a pit that keeps you from being all G-d wants you to be, cry out to the L-rd and allow Him to draw you out of the pit and set you free. G-d has a great life planned for you, don’t let satan steal it through depression.” (Joyce Meyer, “Ending Your Day Right”)

Waiting patiently and expectantly sticks out when I read that scripture. “Patiently” reminds me that G-d and I don’t run on the same schedule. I get tired of situations far before it’s G-d’s timing to move me out. I think G-d gives us the waiting time so both of us can see how my patience and faith play out. Will I trust Him when I don’t see the movement? We need to see our reaction and we need to see our faith lacking because then we will learn to trust G-d’s timing and hand. “Expectantly” is vital because it reflects on our view of G-d. If we truly believe in G-d’s love and goodness, we will be expectant about His intervention and blessing. I start freaking out when I let myself forget who G-d is and what is track record is like. It’s so easy when you are not in a waiting time to tell others to wait patiently and trust, but the real testament is when you are in that season yourself—If you are struggling in the “just wait on G-d” phase, I’m right there with you. Some days, this is really tough and I just want to give up, but keep pressing on with me. We are all on this journey together. The L-rd will bring us through and it will be beautiful.

By faith and hope,

Mere





You’re Everything!

27 04 2009

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If you haven’t seen this video, watch it. If you have, watch it again. It’s so powerful. I cry every time that I watch it. The youth at my church reenacted this skit at church this morning

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Now that you have watched it…what do you think? My tears always start when I watch the girl straining to get back to Jesus. I think it shows how we cannot free ourselves from sin and temptation on our own. Our best efforts still leave us being tossed amongst our sin and struggle, regardless of what our sin may be. As Isaiah 64:6 says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” It’s very easy for us to get caught up in the ways of the world without even realizing. One moment the girl is dancing with Jesus, the next she is dancing with a guy that is supposed to symbolize sexual impurity. We need to admit that we struggle and that we can easily be pulled away. None of us are above temptation.

     My tears turn into sobbing when I watch Jesus holding back the sins from touching the girl. What a tangible way to see Jesus taking on our sin! Sometimes I think we lose sight of the suffering and sacrifice paid on our behalf. His sacrifice freed us from the prison of sin that we got ourselves into. Jesus was victorious and still will be in the days to come. We should live in freedom knowing that we are on the winning side. The girl’s black shirt is removed and leaves her in a white shirt to represent the cleansing of Christ. Despite her sin, she is restored and dances with the L-rd again. The same thing can happen to us if we will simply surrender. Ready to be new? “17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from G-d, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that G-d was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though G-d were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to G-d. 21G-d made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of G-d.” -2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Not only does Christ save you, He wants you to have an abundant life, becoming more righteous and being a part of His will. Walk in victory knowing that He has won. Live in gratitude because of this sacrifice. 

All I want,

Mere