3. Identify mental resistance to getting out. I read a story once about a man who negotiated freedom for two women caught up in prostitution. He paid the price for their freedom. Yet when it was time to go, one of the women ran back into the place of her bondage because she forgot her cell phone! She refused to leave unless she had it. Many refuse to leave the pit because they have been deceived into thinking the pit has something they need to live. If you are resisting getting out of the pit, then ask the Lord to show you the source of your resistance so you can deal with it.
4. Take the first step out. Once the way out is revealed, fear or feeling overwhelmed may try to convince you that it is safer to stay in the pit. Once again, remind yourself that the pit is not your home. Some people may not leave the pit unless they can see the entire path out first. However, you don’t need to see the entire path to get moving; you just need to be faithful, stand up and take the first step you do see. Once you stand up, you can see more than you could just sitting there.
5. Get assistance from someone who has found the way out. In our culture, we celebrate an independent, go-it-alone, I-did-it-my-way attitude. But that is not God’s way. God’s way is that we live in interdependence with other believers. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says, “For if they fall, then one will help up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has no one to help him up.” We have a support group in the Take Back Your Temple program because we recognize that we all fall sometimes. To make progress, we need others who can encourage us and assist us in getting back up.