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Getting Out of the Pit – That you have put yourself in!

January 22, 2016
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The 3C Process of getting out of a pit. Cry out!, Confess and Confidence.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and the mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand”. Psalm 40:1-2. I think He usually waits for us to cry out so He can remove all doubt about who came to our rescue. If we never cried out, we’d likely chalk our deliverance up to circumstantial happenstance or saccharine philosophies such as “things have a way of working out, don’t they?”.

Open your mouth, say, “God help me!” and mean it. Not as a figure of speech. With everything you’ve got, look up and cry out. Bring heaven to a standstill. Cry out to the one and only God who can deliver you.

Things don’t just work out. God works them out.

Further, God sees great advantage in awaiting our cry because He is unequivocally driven by relationship. God will forever be more interested in you knowing your deliverer than knowing your deliverance. The King of all creation wants to reveal Himself to you.

Confession takes place every time you tell God how much you need Him. What kind of mess you’re in. What’s on your heart. Who’s broken your heart, even if your first impulse is to think it’s Him.

Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”

We will never stay out of that pit until we believe all the way to the marrow of our bones that God has forgiven us. “In your love You kept me from the pit of destruction; You have put all my sins behind Your back.”. Isaiah 38:17

Our tendency to return over and over to the pit is driven by our deep conviction that we’ll never be anything but defeated. Almost always, those who jump back into the pit never really believed God had put their sins behind His back.

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

God’s will is for you to get out of that pit. If you will consent to the process, waiting upon God as He begins rearranging things for your release, you can go ahead and start getting excited, because it will happen. Furthermore, he brings a surety of divine retribution. All wrongs will be righted.

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” – Isaiah 35:3-4  (This would or should give you cause to celebrate or dance in the pit! So don’t despair, be glad and rejoice!  I like to say, Dance in the Fire or the Darkness of your pit!  This is the beginning of your light or starting the fire.) See NOW WITH THAT SAID BELOW

Now that I’m out of my pit, I want to climb to the top of a mountain and shine as a beacon of light to the world. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out. Proverbs 13:9

I DO NOT adhere to Paul’s preaching in Romans 3:10 “There is no one righteous, not even one” because I receive my righteousness through Christ who has washed my sins and has forgiven me and remembers them no more. – as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

NOW WITH THAT SAID – Look outside Your PIT from another perspective.  Yes, I said, “We put ourselves in this pit!”  It is directly related to our actions, sometime it is related to our sin, pity and pride.  But it can also be because we stood strong on our own convictions that OTHERS throw us away or into a pit.  That is why I would like to share another reason why we should stand strong and walk or dance in the fire, as my heroes Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego show you below.

Daniel 3

The Image of Gold

Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered together for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”

So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp,and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Daniel’s Friends Disobey the King

Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews.They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image; 11 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Saved in Fiery Trial

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”[a]

Nebuchadnezzar Praises God

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace andspoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.

28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel[b] and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.

 

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