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Published on June 28th, 2017 | by Anna Hughes

5 Ways to Recover from the Pit

When I was nineteen years old I shattered pieces of myself.

I lost purity, dignity, and fruits of the Spirit I was sure would never return. That winter I found myself in a self-dug pit, tangled in cords so tight I could hardly breathe.

However, by the sovereignty of God, I made the decision to pursue the Spirit and throw off my flesh. The following is what I learned, so please hear me out, dear friends. I know what it feels like to be suffocating under the weight of Satan’s lies, begging for death, pleading for the pain and depression to end… But it does not always have to be so; there is great hope to be embraced in the Gospel.

1. Throw yourself onto the scriptures

The war that is waging within your mind and heart is not of this world (2 Corinthians 10:3-4, Ephesians 6:12). Therefore, you must battle the lies and deception with a supernatural device: the holy Scriptures. Every morning when you rise, run to this book. Before you get ready for a day at the office or prepare breakfast for your children, run to the Bible. Flee to this book every day and fill yourself with the beautiful promises it holds, giving Satan no foothold to deceive.

2. Pray without ceasing

So what happens when you’re driving home or sitting in class and Satan floods your mind with shame or doubt? He tells you your sin is too great to be forgiven and you’re unwanted. Or perhaps he sneaks in the temptation of a past lust. How do we fight the lies? The only solution is through prayer and by fighting them with Scripture. As Christians we live with the Holy Spirit inside of us, ready to fight our spiritual battles.

“But for You, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.” (Psalm 38:15)

When these lies come our way, we must be quick to rely on the Spirit. Ask him to kill the flesh that is itching to act out.

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)

3. Surround yourself with the church

During the season of my life where the Lord rebuilt my entire being, one of the most precious things He added to me was people. As you struggle to “feel better,” make sure you do it corporately. The church was never designed to be a one-man show, nor was it intended to be a place where perfect people reside in prissy pants and flawless composure. Your life may be messy, but I guarantee so is everyone else’s.

Let people come alongside you to help you heal; be vulnerable, as hard as it may be. Even if it is only with one or two wise saints, allow them to speak freely into your life and hold you accountable. Surround yourself with their joy and let it rub off on you; the Lord will use it to restore yours (Psalm 51:12).

4. Go out and drink the coffee

My favorite pastime is going out with a friend to coffee shops for conversation and laughter. Everyone has something like this that they absolutely love doing: disc golf with a group, hammocking with friends in the park, or taking family to the lake. Whatever it is, let yourself do it, but be intentional. If it brings you a sliver of joy, then allow yourself to feel that. The Lord will work more in those moments than you might realize, but I promise He is healing.

5. Feed yourself well

There is great nutrition to be found in the Word of God. Do not neglect reading it; do not neglect hearing it. Fill yourself up on its promises every single day. Find resources and allow them to encourage your broken heart. In this season, you can either choose things of the flesh or Heavenly things to fill your broken spirit.

Imagine your spirit as a gas tank and right now it is empty; you’ve stalled out on the side of the road, in the pouring rain with golf ball-sized hail. By God’s grace, lo and behold, there is a gas can (a.k.a. things of the Spirit) on the side of the road! You can choose to fill up your car – getting rained and hailed on in the process, of course. Or you can sit there in your flesh hanging out, out of gas, miserable and hopeless.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1:1-6)

Ultimately, the choice is yours. The Lord is faithful to chase down those He has called – Psalm 139 promises that. But what you do about this self-made pit is up to you. Will you sit in its destructive depths? Or are you going to run headfirst after a God who loves you perfectly and promises to restore?

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About the Author

is a college student from St. Louis, Missouri. She can't remember when she started writing, but she doesn't reckon she will stop anytime soon. To Anna, writing is both an art and an act of worship wrapped into sentences and stanzas. She loves the Lord, treasures Scripture and finds joy in making Spotify playlists. Cheers.

  • Sara Barratt

    This is powerful, Anna. Thank you for sharing and being willing to be so vulnerable. <3

  • Chloe Bowling

    This was a beautifully written and inspiring piece. Well done!! I loved each of the points you made and think that they are very powerful and practical ways to overcome hard times :) Thank you for allowing God to work through you so that you can shine His light for the rest of us :)

  • This was so amazing! Thank you for writing this :)

  • Anna Northup

    So deep. Thank you for being vulnerable and profound with us. God’s faithfulness shines through your work!

  • Megan S

    You mentioned that Satan lies. Is there a time in Scripture that Satan lied to someone?

    • Jesse

      Satan is the father of lies. He lied to Adam and Eve in the garden.

      • Megan S

        Why do you believe that Satan talked to Adam and Eve in the Garden? Can you give me a quote?

        • Amber Mason

          Read Genesis 3

          • Megan S

            Ok, I read it. Now that I did that, do you mind explaining why you believe that Satan talked to Adam and Eve in the Garden?

          • Hey guys! I’m just going to pop into this conversation. I’m not sure if this conversation is really going anywhere.

            @disqus_bf1W17ckP4:disqus, I’ll share this article with you for some food for thought:

            But I’m honestly not quite sure why you continue to engage with people on TheRebelution. You obviously disagree with a lot of what we have to say, so I’m going to kindly ask to stop these discussions.

            If you have something productive and constructive to say, we’re open to that, but based on the history of your comments, you haven’t demonstrated that spirit.

        • Jesse

          Yeah, why don’t you look it up?

          • Megan S

            I have looked it up and I have reasons to support my beliefs that pertain to this event. I will gladly share my thoughts on this event if you would like. However, could you please answer the question first, I think it will be much more beneficial that way. My question was deliberately stated in such a way so that it could not be answered in the form of a “yes” or a “no”. Would you mind delving a little deeper and using quotes or other means to support the answer you provided?

      • Megan S

        Can you please provide the verse where Satan lied to Adam and Eve in the Garden? Can you please provide one instance where we see Satan telling an other person a lie?

        • Jesse

          And the serpent (Satan) said to the woman, “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, except
          the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God said,
          ‘You shall not eat from it nor touch it, otherwise you will die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die!

          • Megan S

            So the Bible says that it was a serpent. The Bible never says that it was Satan.

          • Jesse

            And the great dragon was thrown down, the age-old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, he who continually deceives and seduces the entire inhabited world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9

          • Megan S

            I have read the Bible. I see you quoted it. There are lots of other verses you could have posted, why did you quote this one?

          • Jesse

            This one was most explanatory concerning Satan as the serpent.

  • Nenkinan Deshi

    It takes great courage to write about depressed times. I did so yesterday and reading your post today, i suddenly feel inadequate. More graces

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