Thursday, March 20, 2008

Chapter 10 - Get Out of That Pit

Chapter 10 - Our Pit-Less Future

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.

Psalms 23:1-3
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,

4 Mel's World Friends Comments:

freetofly 6:28 PM  

Mel, this is beautiful. Love the pictures she portrayed. And the way you put it together! I love that He is "in the center" of His throne...for some reason that just resonated with me. The centerdness part.

P.S. I named you for a Top 5.
Maria

Denise 7:33 PM  

Awesome post as always my friend, love you.

Mari 10:52 PM  

This was the perfect ending to the book!
1) I laughed when I read that section because I remember my parents saying it and have noticed myself or friends saying variations of it. When I think about it though, I know that this world is coming to an end. I don't know how soon, but some of the signs He told us to watch for are happening.
2)What a great passage! A beautiful city and such wonderful promises.
3) Yes
4) I have so many things highlighted throughout this book that a list would be hard. One line I take to heart is the one that says "Satan is a master at using our own insecurities against us". So true.
5) I'm not in a pit now, but this book gave such good lessons on staying out!
Thanks so much for hosting this Melissa - what a great study!

CrownLaidDown 11:56 AM  

1) I always say that order only happens when we are intentional about it--and without Christ in our lives, disorder is sure to reign.
2) One day, I know that He will bring all things to right--and I can;t wait!
3) Oh Yes!
4) No one can hold the width and depth of my need, but Christ Jesus.
5) I have to say, I think I'm out now. So now I will continue to pray the prayers at the end of the book--and let them seep into my marrow and guard from future pits, as much as it in my hands. It is really all in His hands--but I can choose not to jump into a pit or get so close to the edge that I slide in.

THANKS Melissa for hosting!
Blessings on you, friend,
holly

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