The gifts of the Spirit are given to us to glorify Jesus. They show God’s generosity, and they are for the good of the whole body.
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Walking by the Spirit is not for the select few, but is for all of us. It involves conflict within us, cultivating fruit and crucifying the flesh, and involves us as a community not just as individuals.
Jesus tells two stories about a lost sheep and a lost coin that illustrate several profound truths about ourselves: that we are all desperately lost and in need of a saviour; and that there is both great sacrifice and joy in the search to find and save us by the shepherd who gave up everything to bring us home to his care..
Fasting can help us to draw close to God. God’s people fasted in the Bible when they were in trouble, when they needed a breakthrough, when they were on the brink of something new or when seeking direction from God.
Discipline from God is seen in the context of family relationships. It is fundamental in the relationship between father and child. It is painful but fruitful. Parental discipline is just a poor imitation of God’s discipline.
God directs his people for a purpose, but we can easily become discouraged when things go wrong. Are we willing to step back and pray; obey him; step into the impossible; and worship even before we reach our destination?
It was worth Satan’s while to discourage Elijah, and it is worth his while to discourage us as individuals and as a church. God overcomes Elijah’s discouragement by refreshing him, by restoring him with a still small voice, and by reinstating him.