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Rabbit Trails…

First, let me start by apologizing for the absence.  Sometimes, a lot of time really, life gets in the way of what God calls us to do.  Of course, that is no excuse.  So I humbly ask for your apologies that we have fallen behind.  I could offer excuses, but I know that truthfully it is simply that I let the enemy get in the way of what God called me to do back in April.  How did he do that?  Because basically, I let him.  That’s what Satan does, he tries to get between us and God.  ”

It’s only through the power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that we can resist and stay on course.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  (Jas 4:7)

Today’s post goes along with this in a way.  You’ve heard of someone going off on a “rabbit trail” right?  You know, when you’re having a conversation with someone and suddenly you have managed to change the subject to something totally different.  A real rabbit trail is random.  Rabbits circle around and zig zag anywhere, almost as if they have no particular place to go.  They seem to lead nowhere and just confuse us.  That’s what a conversational rabbit trail is, it leads nowhere and can be very confusing for the listener.  I think we have spiritual rabbit trails too, and I believe they are a tool of the enemy.  The Bible speaks several times of staying on course, here are a few examples…

The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste and perish.  (Job 6:18)

in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience–  (Eph 2:2)

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.  (Act 20:24)

These are just a few examples, there are many more.  What do they tell us?  It’s so important that we stay on the course God has planned for us.  When we don’t, we get lost, wandering down a rabbit trail that leads nowhere.  When we are constant in our prayer lives, in reading the Word, and in listening to the Holy Spirit in our life, He will give us a straight path to walk upon…

Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.  (Psa 5:8)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  (Pro 3:6)

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.  (Pro 4:25)

Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.  (Pro 15:21)

Eyes constantly ahead, facing forward toward Him.  Never letting Him out of your sight, even for a moment.  Otherwise, we become distracted and the enemy gets that one little toe in our way, drawing us away, and leaving us wandering the wilderness…

And the LORD’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone.  (Num 32:13)

Ours is a different wilderness than the Israelites wandered, but it is a wilderness none-the-less.  One of our own making when we take off down a “rabbit trail” and take our eyes off the Lord.  Keep your focus, stay strong in the Lord, constantly pray and study His Word.  Only then can we prevent getting off course, wandering the wilderness along a rabbit trail of confusion that leads nowhere.

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