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Summary: The text says there is a right path to follow and a wrong path to follow. Follow the right path and it will lead to joy, peace, and eternal life and fellowship with God – follow the wrong path and it leads to destruction.

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DETOUR – THER’S A MUDDY ROAD AHEAD"

PROV. 14:12-15

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof the ways of death. Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth heaviness. The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man from himself. The simple believeth every word: but the prudent looketh well to his going. Proverbs 14:12-16

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There’s a road of life that looks harmless enough to follow but look again—it leads straight to destruction. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak. A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace. The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent person watches very carefully the road they choose to follow.

THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE IS ABOUT LOOKING VERY CAREFULLY AT THE ROAD WE CHOOSE TO TRAVEL THROUGH LIFE.

Someone has said, "A Proverb is a short statement that is drawn from long experiences of life."

Hebrew PROVERBS does not get it poetic value from rhyme but from SYLLOGISM (

Explain: Def. A formal argument consisting of a major premise and a minor premise leading to a conclusion.

Jamie was confused about this.

The text is saying: There is a right path to follow and a wrong path to follow. Follow the right path and it will lead to joy, peace, and eternal life and fellowship with God – follow the wrong path and it leads to destruction.

Prov 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Follow the wrong path and it will take you to ruin and destruction.

It also teaches us that we have no ability of ourselves to make the right decision. Left up to our own best thinking and reasoning we will always choose the wrong path.

It ends with the Admonition – "Watch Where You Are Going" 16 The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless.

A. Everyone should spend at lease one Christmas at Disney World. We thought it would be a good idea. Mass of humanity. Stephanie and I was standing in line and a couple of young people about run over a fellow and his comment was "LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GOING. I thought that was good advice for life.

T/S WHAT DOES GOD’S WORD HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WATCHING WERE WE GO.

If there has ever been a time when people need to be looking in the right direction it is today.

THE BIBLE HAS SOME WONDERFUL INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE PATHS WE CHOOSE TO WALK.

I. THE WORD TEACHES US TO LOOK UP.

A. We need to look up for our salvation:

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. -- Isa 45:22

B. We need to look up to our creator and maker:

Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. -- Isa 51:1

C. A. We need to look up in prayer.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. -- Psa 5:3


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