Casting Crowns has a great song called “Slow Fade”. This song is about how we slowly drift into sin. Seldom does a husband decide to have an affair; rather it is a series of small decisions that slowly lead to the eventual failure. Seldom does a father decide to abandon his children. Rather he makes a series of small decisions; to work late, to go out with his friends, missing his child’s game or performance, etc. As with so many of Casting Crowns songs, there is such truth in this and I find myself convicted when I hear it and thinking, “what am I fading away from or into?”
Where are you now? As this song points out, there are a great many things that we can slowly fade into or away from. Before we can begin to work on this we have to identify where we are now. Are you exactly where you need to be in your relationship with God? What about with your spouse? Your kids? Not sure? Try this: sit down with your Bible. Pray and ask God to reveal to you where you are at in this respect. Spend time reading and continue to pray, asking God to reveal the truth in this. As you read, when you feel like something stands out, write it down. Be careful when you do this, as God will reveal what you ask and it might be uncomfortable, or even painful.
What are you fading FROM? I believe the beginning of a slow fade INTO sin is a slow fade AWAY from God. You see sin cannot exist in the presence of God. As we draw closer to God we move further from our sin. As we lean into the leading of the Holy Spirit we lean away from our sinful nature. This is not to say that temptation never comes or that drawing close to God will make us SIN PROOF. But, it will make the avoidance of sin easier and the temptation less.
What are you fading towards? There are things mentioned in this song that we can fade towards; sexual immorality, child abandonment and more. However, this is just a small sampling of the many things that we can drift towards. The enemy will do all he can to pull you towards the things that represent your greatest weaknesses. Take a moment to look at your life and consider what you might be fading towards. Not where you are, but what direction you are going in and the possible result it could have. Struggling to identify it? Do like we talk about earlier. Ask God to show you.
One step back. The amazing truth of God is that no matter how far we fade away from Him, it is only one step back to Him. Think of it like this: Imagine you are walking. Behind you a close friend is walking. As you walk, with your back to your friend, you are constantly moving away from him (or her). No matter how far or how fast you walk you are never going to get any CLOSER to that friend. However, if you simply stop walking away and turn around you will find that your friend is but one step away. God is that friend. Sometimes we run from Him as fast as we can. Other times it is more of a casual walk. But, no matter how fast, how hard or how far we run, God is still only one step back.
I would encourage you today to go through some of the activities mentioned above. Evaluate where you are, what you are fading from and what you might be fading towards. Then, turn around that take that one step that will bring you back into the arms of God.Matt Norman
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