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Promises and Pitfalls of Detours! (6 of 13)
Series: Book Of Nehemiah
Nehemiah 6:1-19; Deut. 18:20; Num. 3:10,38; 18:7 Matt. 4:1-11
INTRO: When I was a kid our whole family took a tour of the USA by car, it was in a good 1957 Buick ... however the year we went was 1962! We went to the World's fair in Seattle, Washington - and all around the country! The one thing that really sticks in my mind however about that trip was the constant detours my dad took us on based on the crazy billboards that promised all kinds of goodies just 50 miles off the main highway! My dad wanted us to have an adventure, and the billboards promised them if we just go off the highway.
They were never what the billboards looked like or promised! Dad coughed it up as ''seeing the country son ... seeing the parts of our country the main road doesn't usually let you see!'' We would beg NOT to go to the next ''detour'' ... but my dad was always lured by the advertising on those billboards!
One detour we took went took us through the same city 3 times in one day ... we were traveling in a large endless circle ... in other words we went no-where for a good chunk of the day ... we were going nowhere!
This is also true spiritually, so many Christians fall into simple detours that seem to promise them more and better -- only to discover later that it took from them instead of giving to them! And then when they realized it, they used excuses or logic like my dad did in saying, ''well you got see something you would have missed otherwise'' to talk themselves into thinking the consequences weren't so bad; truth is, it is sometimes better to not see some things or experience some of Satan's detours because the consequences can be quite painful and long lasting!
If Satan can't get you to detour he will settle for tricking you into just slowing down ... and oh the logic here: ''You need more rest, more time for yourself, it is time for others to do their share, etc.'' ... ...
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