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Summary: How to keep from losing your zeal and purpose in what God has called you to do.

I love to read...and anytime I travel or am out anywhere I always carry something with me to read. It helps pass the time quickly.

On one such occasion I found myself without anything to read and began to search the car for anything to pass the time with.

I got the vehicle manuel out (out of sheer boredom) and began thumbing through it. I came across the phrase "Highway Hypnosis" and my interested peaked.

I had never heard of this term before.

Have you ever been driving somewhere and suddenly you don’t remember how you got where you were or you don’t remember passing certain familiar landmarks? That is Highway Hypnosis.

I felt the Spirit leading me to begin to search for more information concerning this term.

Highway Hypnosis is caused by the sameness of the road and traffic. The hum of the wind, tires and engine also adds to the hypnosis. Highway hypnosis can make you feel sleepy and unaware of the traffic around you.

Have you ever felt like your spiritual life has developed into the "same ole, same ole." You know your on the right road, but the journey has just become monotonous.

Highway Hypnosis happens while reviewing memories of the past or pondering the future...one slips into a trance. (taken from www.borg.com/~hypnosis-facts.html)

The light conditions and resulting eye fatigue make us prime candidates for Highway Hypnosis...a semi alert state! (from www.talkcity.com/autoonramp/carcrazy/contents/TimColumn/TimMoser9.html)

Highway Hypnosis can sneak up on you. Highway Hypnosis is the drowsiness caused by lack of visual and physical stimulation while riding.

Highway Hypnosis usually creeps up on you when you have been driving on an expressway or long straight road for several hours. It can lead to you becoming a "spectator" instead of a driver and things just seem to "float by". Or it can send you to sleep.

As the church goes...so goes the world. You can always tell the condition of the church by the condition of the world.

To Guard Against Highway Hypnosis: (taken from hypnosis facts.html)

1)Don’t eat a heavy meal before you set out.

Have you ever ate a heavy meal at lunch and got so sleep afterwards?

We have ate of God’s goodness, now we are full and sleepy!

John 4:32-34 "But Jesus assured the disciples, "I have food (nourishment) to eat of which you know nothing or have no idea.

Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work."

2) Keep the car temperature cool with plenty of fresh air.

Acts 3:19 "So repent(change your mind and purpose); turn around and return to God, that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air)may come from the presence of the Lord. (Amplified)

Have you ever noticed that the one church service you

miss is the very one that the God seems to send the refreshing wind in on?

Seek out events, conventions, etc., that can refresh you. Especially if you’re always giving out.

3)Stop every hour or two for refreshment and/or exercise.

Acts 24:16.. "Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself..." (Amplified)

4) Talk to your passengers.

When you travel any great distance it is always best to have a travel companion along. Helps keep you awake, alert and on the right road Makes you accountable.

"Iron sharpens Iron"

Ever travel with someone that sleeps the whole way? Alot of good they are!

Isa 50:4... "the Servant of God says, the Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary..."

Job 4:4 "Your words have held firm him who was falling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees."

(MOF versions) says Your words have kept men on their feet. The weak knee-ed you have nerved!

Our words should be wholesome, edifying, and uplifting.

Job 6:25 "How forcible are words of straightforward speech."

5.) Keep your eyes moving and check your rear view mirrors often (at night set your mirror for night driving).

Ps 119:148 "My eyes anticipate the night watches and I am awake before the cry of the watchman, that I may meditate on Your Word."

Mark 13:33... "Be on your guard, constantly alert, and watch and pray...Watch, give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert.

6) Look at all the road signs and traffic around you.

Jeremiah 31:21 "Set up for yourselves Highway markers...make for yourselves guideposts...turn your thoughts and attention to the way..."

7) Don’t drive too far in one day.

Josh 9:13 These wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they are torn; and our garments and our shoes have become old because of the very long journey."

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