One night I had a dream in which I was walking on a planet. The planet looked like the moon full of craters. Off in the distance I could see another planet which was beautiful and full of colors with a bridge connecting the planets. While walking along I fell into a crater, I pulled myself out and continued to walk again, falling into crater after crater, all the while getting closer to the beautiful planet.
I had always thought this dream was a picture of the salvation experience. The craters being the life lived without Jesus and Jesus being the bridge that leads to the beautiful planet which is God.
I have since started seeing this dream as a picture of our life after we accept Jesus as our Savior. The craters being spiritual concepts or truths about God that we have a hard time believing. The bridge being the walk of immovable faith, bridging not only ourselves to a correct knowledge of God but also how to love others, while on our way to the beautiful planet, Heaven.
Even after our salvation experience we can fall into many pits of unbelief. These pits are the result of not having faith in the things you have heard the preacher speak or have read in the Bible. The devil puts these pits in our way to keep us from going onto a deeper walk with God.
2 Timothy 2:24-26 says, “The Lord’s bondservant must not be quarrelsome but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil having been held captive by him to do his will.”
These verses explain to us that the snare of the devil is being in opposition to the truth. Anytime you have pits in your life, or thoughts about God contrary to the truth, you are in opposition to God.
For instance, after coming to Jesus for forgiveness of a particular sin, you accept that forgiveness but later guilty feelings make you feel like you were never forgiven, you go back to Jesus and ask for forgiveness again, which is in opposition to the truth. The truth is, if we confess our sins He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.
God wants us to have immovable faith that not only leads us out of the snare but that allows us to help others out as well.
I remember the first pit of unbelief I was trapped in, the reoccurring thought that my salvation through Jesus was not enough. Shortly after accepting Jesus as my Savior, the devil’s lie came saying, “If you were truly saved you would no longer sin!” I thought, that makes since, if I were really a Cristian I would be like Jesus, never sinning.
I had fallen to the pit of believing my salvation was dependent on whether or not I had sinned. It was not based on the truth that Jesus never sinned and that He is the substitute sacrifice for all the sins committed by everyone for all time. 2 Corinthians 5:21. Once I had faith in this truth, I was able to walk in immovable faith in that area, never to fall into that pit again.
There are many other pits satan uses to keep us from the truth, such as, God cannot be trusted, He will not provide, He will leave me alone when I need Him most, He does not care how I feel, that everything is against me, and my circumstances prove He doesn’t love me, and many more.
We personally have to go through each of these pits and know experientially God’s faithfulness at every turn. If you can become immovable in your faith about the pits in your life, God can use you beyond measure for His kingdom.
Father, thank you for this great truth you showed us and help us to climb out of these pits into immovable faith. In the name of Jesus, amen