Detours are meant to keep you safe because something along the regular route has been shut down or is threatened (enemy’s tricks to kill, steal, and destroy). The detour deters you from going down the path that can be dangerous and mean you no good; it takes you around the trap so you avoid it.
In other words, The Holy Spirit in you instructs you and shows you where to go and how to bypass the destruction by offering a detour. God constructs a detour from the enemy’s scheme of destruction and defeat.
Discipline through improving one’s knowledge and enlightenment occurs when you take the detour route. Sometimes we are hard-headed and we don’t listen so God allows the enemy (permissive will) to cause us to change focus, to get our minds back on God. Remember, God loves us so He disciplines us in order to help us, in this life (Hebrews 12:6, Proverbs 3:12).
You will notice that the detour will get you back onto the road you were meant to be on, once you bypass the delay.
The detour also helps further equip you for your victory and teaches you how to operate in the power, the authority of God, which is given to you from the resurrection of His Son and acceptance into His Kingdom because of the profession of your faith – your acceptance of Christ as your Savior.
The detour is the pitstop! It is the required maintenance needed to get back onto God’s destined, victorious path, the one that He has designed for your life! Faith increase is needed so going through tests and trials sharpens our tools and builds our character!
Our testimony increases as our faith increases so don’t get upset when God gives you a detour, because He works everything out in your favor! Just absorb His instruction. Obey and take the detour.
Recap: Taking the detour does the following:
- Protects you, if you pay attention, because you are warned ahead, by The Holy Spirit to see and take the detour,
- Alerts you to the enemy’s tactics so that you can stop and think, using the skills learned from The Word of God and the instruction of The Holy Spirit,
- Empowers you: helps you learn from God and grow in Him, which gives you the tools of survival: strength, fortitude, stability, and
- Takes you back to the road where you are destined to keep receiving what God has for your life.
- Deliverance – healing from ____________ (repeating destructive cycles – like addictions, past hurts, past failures, sickness, mental instability, strongholds, demonic influence)
- Peace – refreshed Spirit, renewed mind
Proverbs 15: 31-32 GW | God’s Word Translation
The ear that listens to a life-giving warning
will be at home among wise people. 32 Whoever ignores discipline despises himself,
but the person who listens to warning gains understanding.
Psalm 119:105 ESV | English Standard Version
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Luke 11:28 NLT | New Living Translation
Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 MSG | The Message Bible
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.
Psalm 40:2 GW | God’s Word Translation
He pulled me out of a horrible pit, out of the mud and clay.
He set my feet on a rock and made my steps secure.