You may have heard the story of the farmer who had an old donkey that fell into a deep well. The farmer thought since the donkey was old, he might as well bury it down there. He called his neighbors together with shovels and they started throwing dirt down on the donkey. After awhile the farmer noticed the ears of the donkey and suddenly the donkey jumped out and ran across the field. The farmer and neighbors looked down into the well and discovered that, every time they threw dirt down on the donkey, he would just shake it off and step on it. The dirt being thrown upon him became his deliverance as he would shake it off and step on it. What was supposed to destroy him became a stepping stone to his deliverance!
The Psalmist must have just gone through a difficult time in his life that seemingly turned around when he penned, Psalm 84:6 - As they pass through the Valley of Baca (The place of excrement), they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.There are many this hour who seemingly are in a pit or prison and the enemy is throwing all kinds of discouragement, slander and lies at you. There are others who have just come through the dung hill of life and have become triumphant when they should have been dead to their dream. You need to shake it off and step on it! As you continue to just shake it off and step on those lies and dirt that the enemy is trying to destroy you with, that dirt will become your stepping stone to your deliverance! Acts 28:5 - But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. Caution Needed
We must be careful for how we come out of our season from the pit or prison will greatly influence our new season in the field where God promotes us. Any seeds of hurt, bitterness or anger from relationships in our pit, will be carried and planted in the next field of relationships in our place of promotion!
The enemy attacks severely when he senses we are about to come into new relationships through our promotion. He cannot stop our promotion but he can taint it by buffeting us with hurts through relationships or circumstances whether on purpose or misunderstanding. The enemy will magnify those hurts so he may hinder our next season that should bring us greater love for those in our lives in both old and new relationships where God is taking us.
Many times our promotion is really held back by ourselves for if we hold on to our bitterness from our past or present relationships, we will just leave one pit and go into another. Most pits and prisons are man made from our hurts and anger toward others.
The Lifting Power of Love
I believe one reason the pit or prison of death could not hold Jesus was because He died loving and forgiving us as well as those who were seemingly taking His life. Love always has a lifting power to it. "When nothing else could help, love lifted me!"
We must first pass the test of loving and forgiving those in our pit or prison who seemingly are trying to destroy us before we can truly live in the place where God is taking us this next season. Loving others will not only bring you out but it may very likely bring others out with you! Isaiah 52:2- Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion. Shake it off and step on it... promotion is coming! Herod tried to kill Jesus, but he couldn't kill that which couldn't die! Your dreams have eternity's substance in them, so don't let your antagonizers tell you any different. No man can close the doors God opens. Not even the ones in your heart.
You were created for greatness!
Pastor John Garcia