I don’t think I have ever met anyone who likes fog.

 

It’s amazing how water vapour can make it impossible to see. Apparently just a cup of water can produce enough fog to cover more than an acre of land. Fog still closes airports today, and makes it dangerous to drive at normal speeds

 

Worry can feel a bit like fog, making it hard to see what is there and to carry on as normal.

 

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? ….But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:25,33,34 [NIV]

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In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6: 11-14 [NIV]

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We cannot grow spiritually if we remain isolated from those who don’t follow Christ. A relationship with God and our brothers and sisters is a good thing, but we have the “great commission” – the words of Jesus after his resurrection and before he ascended into Heaven:

 

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 16-20 [NIV]

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When I was helping to clear out my Father’s house a few weeks ago, I came across various pieces of paper with quotations and cuttings from various magazines or newspapers, which my parents had kept. This one made me smile and nod my head, as I recognised the sentiment:

 

To dwell above with saints we love,
That will be grace and glory.
But to live below with saints we know;
Now, that's another story!

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Prayer is the primary method for us to talk and listen to God. You may have heard of, and perhaps read, the book Too Busy Not to Prayby Bill Hybels. Whether you ever read the book or not, the title is a great piece of advice from the author. The busier we are (and busyness doesn’t seem to be going out of fashion), the more we need to spend time listening and talking to God, in prayer.

Read more: The Midweek Message - Growing by Prayer

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