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Save Me

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  Psalm 40:2
Before I knew it I was walking down an old, familiar path. Only this path was not a path I intended to take. It was a path that led down to a pit. Yes, it was familiar, but I thought I was done with this road, this pit. I was surprised and horrified at the same time.
God had pulled me out of this pit before. He had saved me. He taught me how to use Scripture to do the work for me, to bring me to a place of peace and rest with Him. Somewhere along the way I hadn’t used His armor. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand  (Ephesians 6:13).
The good news was that even though I was not ready, I knew what to do. I called on Him . . . quickly. Since I was familiar with my pit, I was also familiar with the Scripture that set my feet on the right path. Back to peace, comfort, and back to my Savior.
Let’s be honest. We each have at least one area of weakness. Is it fear? Food? Gossip? Anxiety? Depression? Idols? Selfishness? What flaming arrow does the enemy have for you? The enemy knows your weakness - you should, too. And even more, you need to know how to extinguish his arrows. Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16).  
There is not a situation that you will face in which God’s Word is not your weapon.  There is Scripture that applies, not just sometimes, but every time. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).
There is an upside to that slimy pit. As you spend time in God’s word, praying, and seeking His face, He lifts you out of that pit. And with His presence, you get His peace, His comfort, His love. It’s always enough.
Thank You, God, for saving me not only for eternity, but from the pits of this world as well.
Julie Smith                                                                  Peace, God’s Word, temptation

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