Do you feel like your feet are sinking in miry clay?
Have you lost hope?
Your soul might be trapped in a spiritual region of captivity that is called the pit of destruction.
The bible contains several references to man being in a pit of destruction. However, Isaiah 38:17 contains a reference to the soul alone. Stay with me and I will explain that verse later.
I don’t see this pit often but I want to relate one deliverance ministry encounter where it was very evident.
My client was a priest in a mainline denomination who was struggling with suicidal thoughts and severe depression. During his deliverance, I discerned that he was held captive in a spiritual pit and the demonic realm was trying to destroy him. The strongman of Heaviness was in control.
When I dealt with him, I was then able to cast out spirits of self-pity, depression, suicide, despair, and hopelessness. Once the guards to the pit of destruction were gone, and the strongman of heaviness dealt with, his soul was released.
In the spirit, I could see him spiritually climbing out of the pit to stand in the light. I saw him on firm ground with beat-up brown leather thongs on his feet.
While this was a new encounter for me, I should add this was also an online session, done over the internet which made it very interesting.
I asked him what kind of shoes he was wearing and he showed me his beat-up brown leather thongs that were identical to what I saw him wearing in the spirit (see the picture at right). God was in the details!
God asks, “Who will call my children out?”. Who will say, “Let them go”?
David described other regions that can hold part of your soul in the Psalms. Let’s take a further look.
Spiritual Regions of Captivity
The bible explains that our soul man (the “soul”) resides within our body, along with our spirit man and Holy Spirit. While David was often under attack and duress in the natural realm (Saul pursuing him, for example), his soul was often at peace.
There are other instances where his body was not physically under duress, but the torment was in his mind, memory and emotions – his soul.
That’s the area we want to take a deeper look at.
(This section is adapted from our book “God’s View Today-Adjusting the Lens on Healing and Deliverance” – Phyllis Tarbox and Kathleen Peck).
King David expressed the captivity of his soul through the Psalms. Most of us look at the Psalms as poetry or songs, but they are much more. David used the Psalms to describe a reality of the invisible world that your soul and spirit occupy. Let’s examine some Psalms of David and discover the regions of darkness he was experiencing.
The Soul in a Pit and in Danger of Lions
- For without cause they hid their net for me; Without cause, they dug a pit for my soul. -Psa 35:7 (NASB)
- But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; assailants gathered against me without my knowledge. They slandered me without ceasing. Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked; they gnashed their teeth at me. How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life (lit. soul) from these lions. Psa 35:15-17 (NIV)
His soul, not his body, was in danger of the net, the pit, and lions. When you are continually mocked and slandered, it feels like the enemy digs a pit and throws you in it. You feel helpless and trapped, not able to escape. Often the mocking begins in childhood leaving you insecure and vulnerable. The voices of the children who picked on you and laughed at you follow you into adulthood with others assuming the role of the mocker.
David cries out, “Rescue my soul from the lions.” He wasn’t talking about natural lions, or he would have left out the reference to his soul. He would have just said, “rescue me from the lions.”
The Soul in a Pit or Stuck in Miry clay:
- He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. Psa 40:2 (NASB)
David is describing a pit with sticky or slippery clay. He feels trapped in a hole that he cannot climb out of because the walls are slick and the mud is sticky. This describes those who are stagnant and feel stuck. Every step they try to take is exhaustive and tricky to navigate.
Sadly, aside from these pits, there are other spiritual regions of darkness referenced in the Psalms. In our book we describe:
- The Land of Forgetfulness -a place for those who are overlooked, never seen or forgotten. Spirits of rejection, abandonment, isolation, distrust, envy and bitterness rule here. (Psa. 88:12)
- The Land of Silence – that holds back the voice of many, so they are never heard. Spirits of muting, frustration, and fear of speaking torment in this place. (Psa 94:17)
- The Place of the Dead or Sheol –where spirits of death lurk. (Psa 30:3)
- The Land of Wandering – that holds people who cannot settle down, they feel lost and scattered with spirits double-mindedness, mindbinding, stupor, insecurity, confusion, and fear of authority. (Gen. 4:14 & 16)
If you feel tormented by the spirits assigned to keep you in bondage you may need help to get out. We’re only an email away.
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