I can hardly believe that this is the last chapter of this book. The time has flown by and I have learned so much from the book AND from each of you. Ladies, it is now time to get out of the pit and STAY OUT! What does that mean you say, well…it means that we have the knowledge, we have the grace (as a gift from God, thank you), and we are on our way to living a Pit-Less Future.
I am so honored to have been able to walk along this journey out of the pit with each and every one of you. You have blessed me, you have made me laugh, you have brought me to tears, and you have shown that when two or three or gathered nothing is impossible.
As we wrap up this chapter I want to take just a minute (really, I will keep it short) to say THANKS to each and everyone of you who have read the book with me, who have opened up and shared your answers from the Personal Application, and who have taken the steps (with God) to plant your feet on the Rock! Well Done Ladies, Well Done!!!
We are going to hit a few “highlighter” moments and tackle the last few questions in the back of the book…come on, join me this last time.
Page 204-5 –
A Wonderful contrast jumped off the page at me and sent my imagination whirling. See it for yourself. The first passage refers to life on earth. The second refers to life in heaven.
The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul (NKJV)
Revelation 7:17 says, “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water.”
Get a load of that: Still waters on earth. Springs of living water in heaven. Compared to the white-water existence we’ll have in heaven, here we’re like toads perched on the lily pad of a stagnant pond. Despite our expectations, heaven is where all the action is. Our present existence, replete with every sunrise, sunset, season change, mountain range, forest glen, and foaming sea, is a mere shadow of an unthinkable reality. Get the idea out of your head that life in a perfected state has got to be a letdown.
Ladies, can you not just sit there and picture her standing on a chair or something waving her hand emphatically while she says that? WOW…is that powerful or what?
Page 207 –God writes perfect endings. He can’t help it. He’s a wordsmith if you’ll ever meet one. Every beginning will have a fitting ending. After all the dirt the prowling lion has gathered in his paws digging pits for us, he will eventually find himself caged in a pit. Maybe the reason his pit is so deep is because God is scooping it out until he reaches the total depth of all the ones the devil dug for us. By the time Satan looks at life from a bottomless pit, our feet will forever be firmly set upon a rock. The air will be clear. The view crystal. The fellowship sweet. And the sufferings of this present time won’t even be worthy to compare to the glory revealed to us (see Romans 8:18). We’ll ride raftless in rivers of living water then bask in the Son.
Could there be a more beautiful picture of what it will be like? I hope and pray that you are all sitting on the edge of your seats in anticipation of this day.
I will end this book study, this chapter, and our time together with this…
Page 208 – He bids me “Rise up,” and well He may, for I have long enough been lying among the pots of worldliness. He is risen, I am risen in Him, why then should I cleave unto the dust? From lower loves, desires, pursuits, and aspirations, I would rise towards Him…But Lord, how can a stone rise, how can a lump of clay come away from the horrible pit? O raise me, draw me. They grace can do it. Send forth Thy Holy Spirit to kindle sacred flames of love in my heart, and I will continue to rise until I leave life and time behind me, and indeed come away. (Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Morning, April 25)
“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (Song of Songs 2:10 KJV)
Personal Application Questions
1) What comes to mind when you try to answer the question, “What’s this world coming to?”
2) When you read Revelation 21:1-4, what are your feelings? Describe how your life might one day be – without pain or tears.
3) Have you decided to take the hand of Christ and be released from your pit? If not, do it now by praying a prayer, giving your life to Him and asking Him to be your Savior and Lord.
4) Make a list of the most important things you’ve learned while reading this book.
5) What specific decisions have you made that will help you get out of your pit? Write them down and put your list in a prominent place as inspiration for your victorious life – out of the pit!
Living a Pit-Free Life,