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Slow Fade by Casting Crowns  

We are warned that our enemy, the devil, is roaming about seeking who he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 As Christians, he rarely presents us bluntly with the "big" temptations...go rob a bank, commit adultery/fornication with this person, etc. He knows that would be quickly identified as a sinful temptation and we would resist.

He's been doing the same job since before man was created. He doesn't need to sleep. He's had LOTS of time to perfect his approach to us. He comes to us with little temptations and asks us...is this really "wrong"? He is trying to break down the black and white of sin and holiness and lead us to believing black things are gray instead and not a problem. He is breaking down our resistance to sin gradually so that we go deeper and deeper into sin without noticing until it's too late. It's boiling the frog slowly.

This is why it is crucial for us to guard where we go, what we see, what we read, what we hear, what we say with the utmost care. The goal is not to see how close we can get to sinning without actually getting punished for it by God. As a Christian we have repented of all sin and chosen to live holy lives emulating our Savior, Jesus Christ. Our goal is to progressively become more Christ like. We have been bought with a price and are servants of the Most High God and no longer have the right to choose to disobey and shame Him by dirtying our robes made white from sin by Jesus' precious blood.

This subtle approach by the enemy has lured many Christians into places they never dreamed they'd be in. The price is not just paid in this world and it's not just paid by those of us that fall in this way, but by all those who love us. The carnage can be devastating, I know. I was one of those who fell many years ago. I live daily with the price my precious children still pay and will the rest of their lives. Their father pays a price too.

I share this to admonish you to be careful and take heed if you think you stand, lest you fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12 But I also share to encourage you that as long as there is life, there is a way back to salvation. Don't believe yet one more lie of the enemy, that you've gone too far and can't come back/aren't worthy to come back to right standing with God. What you have done did not surprise Him. He knew you'd do this from before you were born and still He loves you and waits with His arms open wide for your broken and contrite spirit to cry out and repent to Him. Remember the story of the prodigal son??? We learn it never thinking of ourselves, but that son was a member of that family just as we were Christians when we fell. He repented and returned and was embraced with all the blessings of restoration as a child in the family and so you will be too! There may well still be earthly consequences of our fall, but can be restored as though nothing ever happened in our relationship with our Father God. And you will find you love Him even more for this! He who is forgiven much, loves much!

Here is an absolutely outstanding video about this - PLEASE WATCH! You won't be sorry! I usually avoid videos with the band in them because I want the focus on the message and not the band, but this one is unbeatable!
Lyrics to Slow Fade by Casting Crowns:

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

Today's freebie is another element from the clusters I gave you recently. These are not only cute, but you can add text to them to date or add a name to your LO. Tomorrow is the last element I made for the clusters...the marbles! They turned out great! I'd love to hear from you and see what you do with my gifts.

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3 comments: to “ Slow Fade by Casting Crowns

  • Digi Free
    January 31, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

    Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 30 Jan [LA 09:00pm] - 31 Jan [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).

  • theladybugpages
    January 31, 2009 at 9:56 AM  

    Sorry you couldn't download my brag book off my blog! I moved it, and now the link is fixed!! Thanks for looking :)

  • Anonymous
    January 31, 2009 at 10:31 AM  

    Bonjour Lynette,
    First i must say that your marbles corner is a pure wonder !
    I would never have fancied making such a mag-ni-fi-cent embellishment with these little bits and pieces but, naturally, YOU are a talented designer ! And, I, an experienced ;) onlooker !
    I've just downloaded the great fasteners that will be useful in my kitchen file !
    Merci BEAUCOUP !
    C from Paris :D

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