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Pits are not permanent places

Pits are not permanent places

Joseph found himself in an unbelievable situation. Due to no fault of his own, he was thrown in a pit by his brothers, and as if to celebrate their evil deed, then they sat down to eat a meal! Genesis 37:23-25

Anyway, this one man was thrown into a pit by several of his loved ones – that was bad enough, but looking at his life, you know that he realized something liberating – pits are not permanent places. Talking about pits, another thing that people experience is this – one person throwing several of his loved ones in a pit. Oft times it occurs where you’re so trusting and least expect any problem.

Most individuals who succeed in throwing a group into the pit usually possess some charisma and you’d hardly suspect that they’re up to any mischief. They’re usually very smart and loved by almost everyone who knows them. And when they do something drastic, their beloved are left stuck, lost and in disbelief.

A family discovers that their husband and father has been living a secret life. According to his son, this man was a “perfect father” and his wife described her husband as “a good man, a great father. He would never hurt anyone.” Yet here is one tale of a church-going, scout-leading, family man who fell so low and become a serial killer, murdering ten people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita, Kansas), between 1974 and 1991.

His wife had been envied by women at her church for the way her husband doted on her, helping with her coat and always opening the car door. The possibility that her husband of 34 years might be BTK has left her “in quite a lot of shock,” said someone who had been a friend of hers since elementary school. (From Time Magazine, March 14, 2005, by Jeff Chu)

Whether it’s the discovery of spousal infidelity or some other kind of perfidy by a loved one, stories of lies, deception and deceit are not new in our day. When you’re thrown into a pit by someone else’s sin, yes, you will feel let down, and even ask God, why has all this happened to us?!

Beloved of God, you will not stay in that pit indefinitely. Every trouble has an expiry date. Have faith in God and keep looking up. You can, like Joseph, choose to forgive.

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.Genesis 50:19-21

In this modern example, we see a husband’s forgiveness toward his wife who returns home pregnant with another man’s baby, after years of being a prostitute on the streets.

When you're thrown into a pit by someone else's sin, yes, you will feel let down...keep looking up. When you do, you will definitely see the light and receive new hope.

When you’re thrown into a pit by someone else’s sin, yes, you will feel let down…keep looking up. When you do, you will definitely see the light and receive new hope.

Do you have a loved one that has run down the family business or depleted your resources, maybe trying to feed their drug or sex addiction? Although it might not be easy, forgiveness is the only sure start to getting out of the pit they’ve thrown you in. Forgiving them means that you have not given up hope. It means that you’re positioning yourself to not miss God’s grace. It means that you have refused to be defiled by bitterness.

15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.Hebrews 12:15

Sometimes the enemy decides to use one person to embarrass, kill, steal from and destroy a family. As believers, we have to recognize this. We must identify who the enemy is and refuse to give him a foothold. Forgiving the person through which trouble has come is denying the enemy a grip.

Finally, I want to leave you with this wonderful word of encouragement from Romans 8:28,

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.



Hey There Disciple

discipleThe other night, I had an interesting dream which left me with a question and so I pose it to you: Are you a disciple of Christ?

Disciples of Christ are ordinary people like you and I that have been called out by Christ. These are followers of Christ who embrace and support spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday life. We do not have to travel extensively like the apostle Paul (it would be nice if we all could) but wherever God has placed us per time, there is where we will spread the gospel.

Disciples encounter a variety of challenging issues in their life’s journeys. If you have ever faced obstacles or problems despite being a Christian then you know what I mean. Troubles or afflictions may come but when we cry out to the Lord, He hears and delivers us out of them ALL. From Psalm 34:17,19 I realize that God does not tell us that we will not have problems; He tells us how to react in the midst of them. I am writing this to encourage a fellow disciple. I urge you to call on the name of the Lord in your trouble. God’s eyes sees your need. God’s ears hear your prayers and God is near you when your heart is broken. Remember, He is our strength in time of trouble. When you’re weary and heavy laden He will give you rest – only come to Him.

I had one preacher say that joy is one thing that Christianity has plenty of. When I try to break that statement pieces that I can understand, I discover there’s plenty of victory, power, authority, dominion, power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise! (I’m not sure we can list them all). Definitely, the angels and the creatures in Revelation 5:12&13 must have been singing with joy – and to me, it also sounds like a victory chant. I am a firm believer that where there is joy there must be victory.

Jesus called His disciples together and gave them power and authority over all devils. Likewise those called by His name are to rule in the midst of their enemies; in the midst of their trouble because they’re seated with Him in the heavenly realms. Oh! They’re far above. Listen: I am not talking about Tom and Jerry. You are not a mouse only to rule when the cat’s away! Like our Teacher, we shall rule and reign in life because we have the power and authority to rule despite what we’re facing or what comes our way.

You are blessed!

[Inspired by Psalm 34:17,19, Luke 9:1, Psalm 23:5, Psalm 110:2, Ephesians 2:6, Genesis 1:26-28, Revelation 5:12]

*This article was written by Dee Kyalo, Author of Crushing Invisible Barriers
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