The Pit

 

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This message is about 7 chapters in the BOOK OF MY LIFE………..and maybe you have some of the same chapters in your life too!

One day I saw a beautiful city over the hill, in order to get there, I would have to take a rather long and hopefully exciting journey.

This adventure would take me thru a very dark and lonely wooded area, but since I could see the “promised land” on the other side, I wasn’t too worried. As I looked closer, I several well worn paths that looked like they would lead me to exactly where I wanted to go, all I had to do was to pick the correct one. And I thought that all of my worries would be over once I got to that city.

I decided to start out on a Monday morning. I was so excited and anxious to leave my past life behind. Now I never took the time to consider how I would actually get there, but in my enthusiasm: I just decided to start out on my own I had forgotten what I had learned a long time ago in Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thy heart, Wait, I say on the Lord.

It was a beautiful day, the birds were singing, a gentle breeze was blowing and I saw the first well worn path that would get me to my destiny. I couldn’t wait to get started. So many other people have traveled on this path; it must be the right one. I am sure that it was going to get me to that wonderful city.

CHAPTER 1 in the BOOK OF MY LIFE: As I began walking on this path, oops, somehow I fell into a pit, I never saw it, and it wasn’t my fault! I haven’t done anything wrong. I was just going where everyone else have gone before me. Wow, it took me a long time to get out of that pit.

Well, of course, undaunted: I decided I would try a different path on the next day. I probably fell into that pit, because it had been put there for someone else, it surely could not have been there for me.

I was a beautiful day, the birds were singing, a gentle breeze was blowing and I took the second well worn path that would get me to my destiny. I couldn’t wait to get started. So many other people have traveled on this path; it must be the right one to get me where I want to be. Now I see that the first path surely wasn’t the right one for me.

CHAPTER 2 in the BOOK OF MY LIFE: As I waked down this path, I noticed that it led me back into the first path. Well, there must be some reason for that, I thought.

Then: Oh, no: I fell into that same pit again, I still hadn’t seen it….it wasn’t my fault….what is wrong? This couldn’t be happening to me again! This is definitely someone else’s fault, I have never done anything to deserve this. It still took me a long time to get out.

Now I was getting angry, other people had made this journey, I know because I saw their footprints. If they could do it, I could do it! I am going to make it tomorrow:

It was a beautiful day, birds were singing, a gentle breeze was blowing and I took a third well worn path that would get me to my destiny. I couldn’t wait to get started. Not as many people have traveled on this path; and it seemed to be a little darker than the last, but oh well, what is a little darkness if it gets me to where I want to go. I figured that the other trips were just false starts; I just knew that this time I would be successful.

CHAPTER 3 in the BOOK OF MY LIFE: As I walked down this path, my steps were just a little faster than before. I just wanted to get out of that darkness as soon as possible. It seemed that the darkness covered the whole area.

Then once again I noticed that this path also led me back to the first path. Then I saw actually saw it for the first time: That ugly pit. So this is what it looks like! Ugly thing, but even after I saw it: I still fell in anyway!

Come on now, this can’t be happening, I’m to smart for this, it has to be a mistake; it had to be set there for someone else. I have got to figure this out! It still took me a very long time to get out!
You see Proverbs tells us that:

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)

Well, I am not like everyone else, I learn from my mistakes I told myself. Since I saw the pit last time, this time I will be prepared and I won’t fall in again, but if I do, I have a plan. I had confidence in my reasoning ability, but this time I am going to take someone with me, I am sure she could help me get past this terrible pit.

I was a beautiful day, the birds were singing, a gentle breeze was blowing and I saw the fourth path that would get me to my destiny. I couldn’t wait to get started. Not very many people have traveled on this path either; but it must be the right one to get me where I want to be. Finally, it seems like I have been waiting forever, now that day is finally here: success is assured, I knew I would make it now.

CHAPTER 4 in the BOOK OF MY LIFE: So I asked my friend to go with me to help, after all she had all the answers, she did my sisters hair and knew a lot of thing, and she also knew other people who had already gone ahead of me on this path! As we walked along the path it got darker and darker then it too slowly led us back to the first path and there she fell in the pit and dragged me in too! I remembered thatThe Bible tells us:
And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Matthew 15:14

Well, she didn’t know anymore than I did. Maybe falling in the pit was partially my fault. I got out of the pit much faster this time.

I thought that I was beginning to learn more and more about this “pit” situation. Then I developed a great idea on how I can get myself out if I ever fall in again.

I was a beautiful day, birds were singing, gentle breeze blowing and I saw the fifth seldom used path that would get me to my destiny. I couldn’t wait to get started. Just a few people have traveled on this path; but it might be the right one because it was somewhat hidden and extremely dark. I think I found this path because I am one of the few, one of the lucky ones. Now I am going to bravely step on this dark, winding path. This courage has to count for something. As usual, this rarely traveled path brought me back to the first path and the dreaded pit.

CHAPTER 5 in the BOOK OF MY LIFE: This time I had brought a shovel, to dig myself out. You see I had everything under control, or so I thought. When I saw the pit, and I tried to sneak around it unnoticed and oops, my foot slipped and I fell in once again.

I was so proud of myself, I had been prepared this time and the pit won’t win! So with the shovel I began to dig myself out. The faster I dug, the deeper I sunk in; my efforts were getting me nowhere. While I shoveled, I saw some other people in the pit.
What are they doing here? They must be really stupid to be here, and then it dawned on me: I was there too. Maybe I was more than partially at fault. I probably had something to do with this mess after all. I got out much quicker this time.

It was a beautiful day, birds were singing, a gentle breeze was blowing and I saw the sixth never used path that would get me to my destiny. I couldn’t wait to get started. No other people have traveled on this path, there was no light at all, it was totally dark; Oh it was risky all right to go on this path, and I was even a little scare, not only of the path, but of seeing that pit again.
Well I am probably just so special, that I will make it thru this time because I am the only one who can even see this path. It was probably there just for me. It just has to be the right one to get me where I want to be.

CHAPTER 6 in the BOOK OF MY LIFE. Once again this path lead me back to the first path.: Oh yes, I saw that pit, and somehow I got past it pit, and just as I began walking, praising myself on how smart I was. I fell in backwards into that wretched pit.

Above me I saw a landlord saying: Who is going to pay the rent on this pit? You are always here, so you must pay!

The IRS was saying: who is paying taxes on this pit? I think you are the rightful owner; it belongs to you so YOU MUST THE PAY TAXES.

I crawled out of that pit on my hands and knees, then just as I was almost out, someone from my past appeared and threw me back in the pit.

Gosh, I finally realized falling in the pit had been my fault all along. This time I got out immediately.

It was a beautiful day, birds were singing, a gentle breeze was blowing and I saw all the paths that I had thought would get me to my destiny. I had no desire to walk on any of them. So many people have traveled on those paths; and they had all fallen into the pit. The way everyone was going, well that way was just not for me.

CHAPTER 7 in the BOOK OF MY LIFE
I decided to take another way: I went on a path that was called : The Way.

I am the way, the truth and the life, and no man cometh unto the father, but by me. John 14:16

Well I knew if I was ever to get to my destiny, it would have to by this way: the Way who was Jesus Christ. He would lead and guide me to that place I really wanted to be.

Right now, I encourage you to defy that pit that has kept calling you, that pit that has caused you to fall into something that God has not designed for you. Oh yes you are supposed to get to that beautiful city, that promised land, but not on your own. Your own abilities rely on the ways of the world and you are not of this world, you just happen to be living in this world.

The pit could be anything, addiction, poor health, poverty……..

We have all had a pit of some sort blocking out way to the harvest that waits for us in the Promised Land.

One time when I was stuck in the pit: I heard the voice of poverty crying out.

First it was
Shock: This could not be happening to me
Then
Anger: It is someone else’s fault
And
Denial: I don’t deserve this
Followed by
Rage: Someone else is going to pay for this pain
And finally
Moaning: In defeat and then

Silence, the voice had been quieted, squelched out of any desire to seek for the promises of God. Glassy eyes, waxen faces, concealed memories of what might have been. These lost souls had found their place in the silence of no resistance that is called THE PIT.

Now as I learn about this NEW Way which is called Jesus Christ:
I have heard the voice of prosperity.
It says:

I can do all things Thru Christ who strengthens me

Wealth and riches are in my house, everything I do prospers

The blessing of the Lord will make you rich, and add no sorrow to it.

The Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants

To name just a few.

I hear the voice of prosperity as I read the Word. This voice spoke to me thru the Living Word of God. When I hear this voice, my heart leaps, my blood races……..I am excited, my spirit knows this is exactly how it is supposed to be! This path, this WAY is the truth……

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

One of the definitions of the word: MAKE is to create to FORCE or bring into success. So the truth will force you into success and to create you as a new free person. The more time I spent in the word, the closer I come to God, my father. I began conversing with Him, asking questions about things that I did not understand.

Then one day I Asked God, why do I need to hear the Word over and over isn’t hearing it once enough?

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Then this was revealed to me:
In a the fetus, the Ear is the first organ that develops.
A Baby hears best at birth, could it be that he is still hearing the Word from the heavenly realm that he has just left? The Nerves in the ear are connected to every organ in the body. When you hear the Gospel, the Good news it flows from the ear thru your entire body. It brings life and healing to every part of your body. It bathes your mind with prosperity thinking and it then reaches down and softens hardened hearts.

God spoke the world into existence; can you hear him speak to you? Be still and listen.

Be still, and know that I am God: Psalm 46:10

I began listening when I took this new path, I listen and listen and my life is changing and improving every day. When I came to the Lord, and was still a baby Christian, I just decided to do what the Word said to do, I never questioned it. I didn’t now how these things would work, it didn’t matter, I remembered how things were when I tried to do it my way. Then as I got more and more seasoned in the word, I began seeing the results. The Word is true: always.

This is my formula:
I hear the Word
I believe the Word
I act on the Word
When I act on the Word: after hearing and believing it: I receive the promise.

I AM A TITHER AND: I had a car given to me for free.

I SOWED A PRECIOUS SEED. And I received a business for free: downtown Chicago in the Gold Coast, from a stranger who I had never seen before or since.

I BELIEVED THAT NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSER: When my 16 year old granddaughter was missing for 6 weeks, I stood on that Word, she was found unhurt, and suffering no ill effects.

The story just gets better………my next New car is on the way….Why”

If you want to tell me that the Word doesn’t work, you are 5 years to late. If you want to tell me healing doesn’t work,,,,,,,,,,you are still 5 years to late.

You hear the Word, by reading it out loud, from others, from radio, from TV, from your Pastor……..just hear it, catch it, hold on to it and use it. It is yours, it is a free gift. God gave us the Word, the Way, the Truth and the Life: His son Jesus.

Everything you see in this life was created by something you cannot see. The Word connects them. It pulls out the promise, making it a reality when you use faith, faith in the Word.

God gives us a choice to determine our future: I set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Now is the time to choose life: Get excited about the promise, get excited about God. Get addicted to receiving the promises that God has given to you. Here is your challenge………never again hear the voice of poverty when you are walking on the path that the world has provided for you. Instead: choose the path of the Way, the Truth and the Life: Jesus.

Job 33:24 Deliver him from going down into the pit, I have found a ransom. (the atonement of Jesus)

This way gives you the voice of prosperity.

REMEMBER: Choose life…and life more abundantly.

Don’t make the same mistake that Martha did; Don’t get so entangled in the business of living that you chose death by default. Decide to put the Word first place, choose life.

If there is a pit in your life, sow it away, fill it up with the Word of God…..choose life! Cover it with the blood, listen to The Word, He will lead us in the path of righteousness, for His name sake. I stand on that promise from The Word. It tells us: CHOOSE LIFE.