Joseph is one of my heroes. He could have drowned in the despair of that pit his brothers threw him into, but he determined not to allow it to overtake him. Even though he was in a pit, he didn’t let the pit get him. He didn’t develop a pit mentality. No, Joseph put his trust in God and that is when his dreams came to pass.
The way to avoid a life of pit living is to take control of every negative thought that would try and keep you bound and feeling sorry for yourself. When a negative thought comes, make a deliberate choice to stop and deal with that thought immediately. First, decide that you will not dwell on that negative thought for one more minute. Instead, replace that negative thought with one of God’s powerful thoughts about you. This is the key. Begin to fill your mind with hopeful, positive, faith-filled thoughts from God’s Word.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I will make it because God’s grace is sufficient for me today.
God has a good and positive future for me! I believe what God says about me.
When you say these words, you may not feel like you have a bright future, but you choose to live by the truth instead of your emotions. Emotions are fickle, but God’s Word remains true. As you choose to believe God’s Word about you, hopelessness and negative thoughts are defeated.
This takes intentional choice, self-control, and warfare. Negative “pit” thoughts can only be overcome by scripture. As you choose to believe God’s Word about you, thoughts of hopelessness and lies are defeated one thought at a time.
The Bible says the person who trusts in the Lord will never be disappointed. Refuse to live in a pit of self-pity and hopelessness one more day. Lift your eyes to the hills where your help comes from. The pit is not what God made you for-He did not design you to live in the dark. Every night is followed by morning, and every valley is flanked by hilltops and mountain peaks!