Walking in the Spirit is having a clear and present awareness of the presence of the Spirit of God in our lives. Walking in the Spirit is having our senses in tune with what’s happening in the spiritual realm which surrounds us more than in the physical realm in which we live.
We live in a physical 3 dimensional world and walking in the Spirit can be impacted by the “fog” that we have to endure in our lives from day to day.
Being Mindful of the Fog
We live in a natural, physical environment. Our bodies have yet to be redeemed. Spending all of our time at home in our bodies in this natural physical realm requires us to make a conscious effort on an ongoing basis to walk in the Spirit.
Walking in the Spirit is not denying the fact that the fog exists in our lives. Walking in the Spirit helps us to keep our eyes on what God has said in His Word in spite of the presence of the fog.
I live in Southern California so in certain months the fog rolls inland daily off the coast. It’s June here now, so we’re experiencing what we call the “June Gloom”. Throughout the whole month of June it looks more like Seattle here than California. We spent the day at the beach yesterday and the sun didn’t break through the clouds until almost 3:30PM.
It takes a lot of effort to get out of bed on these foggy, gloomy June mornings. For some people, gloom can have a serious impact on their outlook on life. The fog causes limited visibility. Because of the limited visibility, one can only see so far ahead. The fog can cause you to become disoriented. The fog will even cause you to see illusions of things that aren’t really there.
As debilitating as the fog can be, you have a tremendous advantage in getting from point A to point B if you’re familiar with your surroundings. If you have an idea of what’s up ahead of you because you’re familiar with your surroundings, dense fog can only slow you down. The fog will never stop you from moving from point A to point B. Trying to find your way in the fog in an environment that you’re completely unfamiliar with can be a daunting task.
What causes the fog to roll in on your life?
Just as the atmospheric conditions in Southern California cause the fog to roll in during certain times of the year, spiritually speaking there are factors that may cause the fog to roll in on our spiritual lives and attempt to limit our visibility where the things of God are concerned.
To overcome the temptation to wander around in a spiritual fog, we must become familiar the conditions that cause the fog to roll in on our lives to make walking in the Spirit more difficult for us, then combat the attack with what God has to say about our situation in His Word.
For instance, the safety of my children has always caused me to be overly concerned to the point where worry creeps in. Knowing that to be the case, when I see the fog of worry concerning my children begining to roll in, I can combat it by meditating on scripture verses that cover the safety of myself and my children.
If an unexpected financial crisis hit’s my family and the fog of worry over finances begins to roll in, I can combat the fog by leaning on scriptures which assure me that my God will supply all my need.
Walking in the Spirit helps us to see through the fog
I have the advantage over any type of spiritual fog that may try to overtake me by knowing what God says in His Word regarding the various types of fog that may roll in on my life. Just like in dealing with fog in our natural lives, if I didn’t already know what God has to say about the fog of worry over my children, or over financial woes, I would find myself wandering around with nothing substantial to hang my hopes of safety and well being on.
Financial woes, sickness and disease, job insecurities, unplanned pregnancy, divorce or any number of things can cause the fog to roll in on our lives blocking out the truth of God’s Word.
Walking in the Spirit is not denying the fact that the fog is rolling in on our lives. Walking in the Spirit helps us to keep our eyes on what God has said in His Word in spite of the presence of the fog.
As we meditate in God’s Word and keep our eyes fixed on Him through the fog, we will eventually see the sun breaking through the clouds and the fog of________ (you fill in the blank) will lift revealing to us a bright and beautiful outcome to our circumstances.