Growing In Faith
Most of us have probably experienced a "slow fade" in our Christian walk where we gradually turn away from God. We usually don't realize when it's happening to us, but the good news is we can prevent it!
The falling away from God is not something that happens all of a sudden, but rather it gradually takes place over time. This is why so many Christians at some point have wondered or asked themselves these questions:
"What happened? I was so close to God, how did I get so far away?"
"Why do I feel like God isn't listening and I can't hear His voice?"
"I never used to compromise my time with God for anything, how did it get to the point where now I don't even have time for Him at all?"
It begins when we ignore the truth about sin and continues as we slowly make one compromise after another.
If you ever found yourself feeling this way- you are not alone! In fact, any one of us can fall into the enemy's trap and slowly begin to fall from God.
There are many reasons why Christians can experience a slow fade in their walk with Christ. From being corrupted by false teachings and new age doctrines, secular education, the media and materialism to the movies and music we love to watch and listen to. It's not that hard for us to become absorbed by the things of this world and slowly start making excuses for why we don't have time for God anymore.
I think a big problem is that we can get desensitized to sin. Sometimes we get so into our pride that we think things like "that could never happen to me", but that's exactly when we are most vulnerable to falling right into the enemy's trap! Sin is deceitful because the more you practice sin, the more your heart becomes hardened by it; then the more you attempt to justify and make excuses for it. Before you know it you have become so desensitized to sin and making compromises for evil that you don't even feel the need to repent. When we keep repeating the same sins it deadens our conscience until you no longer even feel guilty or wrong about it. Instead you just become numb.
So, what are the signs that you may be in the process of slipping into a slow fade?
- Doing the bare minimum. Instead of reading your Bible you are busy reading Facebook posts or watching TV. You replace time with God in the morning for extra sleep or checking on social media.
- Your service to God turns into a religious ritual instead of a personal relationship. You are simply going through the motions and your heart's not in it. You can be doing Christian things like praying, reading the Word, etc but unless you're doing it from a place of love for God then it is all in vain and you have missed the point. Eventually serving God out of habit won't be enough and you will end up drifting further away from him or even gone all together.
- You are no different from the world. Christians are to be set apart from the rest of the world, not blend into what society says is cool and acceptable. A slow fade will cause you to no longer be distinct or different from the world but rather you will fit right in!
If you're finding yourself in a place you never thought you would be, then you probably engaged in the slow fade. You have made one choice that led to another and another and pretty soon you look up and there you are. First you are walking, then standing and eventually sitting just slowly shutting down.
But there is a way to stop the fade! If you're finding yourself in that place, on the slippery slope away from the truth of God's word, then dig in your heels! Confess it, acknowledge it as sin, ask for forgiveness, and turn away from it.....run away from it and don't look back. Don't be like Lot's wife (Genesis 19)
If you find yourself approving of or supporting the ungodly, just stop. Stop the financial support, stop the social media posts, and turn back to the truth of God's word!