The Pit is a very real place where our identities are stolen, and we learn to believe the worst of the lies about ourselves. It’s where we question God’s goodness and love, drowning in the mire of hopelessness. It’s a dark place, easy to slip into and extremely hard to get out of…until you realize that God is waiting, and His hand is already stretched out to rescue you. When we are sinking, it’s so much easier to believe His hand is not there and we are truly on our own.
It is insane how food/weight obsession destroys a person from the inside out. When we fail at yet another diet, we beat ourselves down with guilt until we slide down that very wide channel that leads straight back into The Pit, where hopelessness, despair, and discouragement claw at us like the demons they are.
You are not in this pit alone, and you don’t have to stay in that cesspool of tormented thinking, tearing yourself down until you have absolutely no faith in yourself and little faith in God. Even if you have prayed and prayed diligently for relief, deliverance…freedom.
Even if you feel ignored by God.
I know what I’m talking about…I know it all too excruciatingly well. I spent most of my adult life in the pit…dealing with sugar addiction and food obsession. I had to make the decision to get out of the pit. And I had to believe…the first step really is as simple as that: Faith as small as a mustard seed that God will meet you right where you are. To believe anything else would be to believe one more lie. Jesus died to set you free, and who the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36). If we remain in the pit, it’s our choice. Choose to leave the pit behind and put the lies under your feet.
Are you thinking, “Sounds great! But just how do I do that??”
I’m glad you asked.
Change your focus.
Quit making it about the weight loss.
You are a child of the Most High God!
You do not have to be a
Proclaim it out loud and mean what you say:
In the Name of Jesus,
I demand that this pit release its grip on me!
BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
I AM COMING OUT OF THE PIT AND INTO LIFE!
I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.
- I will recognize that I do not have to rely on myself and remember that I can always rely on God.
- I will read Psalm 51, out loud, and mean every word.
- I will ask God to pull me from The Pit, fully believing He will, and that His hand is already there. (Your Heavenly Father knows where you are. Believing He is there is the important part.)
- I will remember that I am not worthless just because I don’t like how I look or feel at this moment.
- My emotions will not be ruled by what others say or think (or what I think they think), because “normal” folks can’t fathom why we don’t just “stop doing that.”
- I will not worry about tomorrow.
- I will cut bitterness and unforgiveness loose, even toward myself.
Seeking Him first, His face, His presence, is the key to freedom.