People don’t go to bed one night devoted to the Lord and wake up the next morning fallen away. It’s a slow fade…
This morning I stopped at Dunkin Donuts for coffee on my way to work and was craving a donut. Instead of the glazed with chocolate icing and sprinkles that I really wanted, I got a munchkin (well actually a whole box full to share). As I started to pop one in my mouth I thought “These just seem less sinful than a big donut because they are smaller..” Almost instantly I felt guilt. Yes, they are smaller, but they still have sugar. They will still keep you from this healthy goal you are working towards, they just won’t derail you as fast.
Immediately after that thought the Lord spoke this analogy to my heart… “It’s that way with sin.” .. Some sin will derail you immediately. You may think “I’m good. I’m not addicted, I’m not out murdering, stealing, etc.” but it’s those little “Munchkin sins” the devil uses to start the slow fade…. You know.. a little bit of anger that you haven’t let go of. A little chocolate drop of unforgiveness. A little glazed over sweet envy and jealousy here and there…. Those things keep you from your spiritual goals the way those Munchkins are keeping me from my health goals. I encourage you to check yourself for the lurking munchkins of sin in your heart. For many Christians it’s often a slow fade that gets them away from the Lord. Watch what you allow in your mouth, your mind and your heart.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 NIV