Oh boy, for those of you that didn’t or couldn’t relate to being “thrown into a pit” last week, maybe this sounds more up your stream. What happens when you slip into a pit?
Beth says on page 49, “Unlike the pit we get thrown into, we put ourselves into this one. Bet here’s the catch; we didn’t mean to. We just weren’t watching where we were going.”
Ladies, can you see it…sometimes we just aren’t paying attention to the stinkin’ pit and then, BAM we slide right on it. I know it can happen, it has happened to me, and you know how it usually happens for me, Distraction!
On page 59 it says, “Traps set. Feet slip. I hate how the enemy uses the guilt over how you got into a pit to trap you into never getting out. Hear me clearly: you cannot let him get away with that. Settle in your mind right now that staying in the pit is absolutely unacceptable.”
I love this verse in Psalm 94:18-19 (NASB)
If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will
Hold me up.
When my anxious thoughts multiply
Your consolations delight my soul.
And another one of my highlighter moments was on pages 68-69 when Beth closes out this Chapter with: “Look at it this way: the fact that you are reading this book – or anything like it – betrays that Satan didn’t take you anywhere near the finish line he planned for you. When you slipped into that pit, you went to a place you never intended. Now you’re going to a place Satan never intended. Don’t you stop until the enemy is sorry he ever messed with you.” (emphasis mine)
Oh man, it is SO good, isn’t it?
1) Read Psalm 38:4-6, 9, 12, and 14-17. Think of a time when you slid into a pit, and underline the words in those verses that describe how you felt (or feel now) about the situation in which you found (or find) yourself.
– Those who seek my life set their traps
2) If you were in Christ at the time Satan’s first distraction, when did the Holy Spirit first sound an alarm? How did you respond?
– my health
3) What are some tricks Satan uses to distract you into sliding into sin?
– lies (half truths)
4) Are you now in the “distraction” phase of a potential pit? If so, what is the Holy Spirit saying to you? What do you need to do now?
– Almost feel like a victim – no choice
5) Are you in the “addiction” phase of a pit? Read 1 John 4:4 again and reflect on what it means in your situation. What do you need to do to claim that promise?
– Give it over to God