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When taking the gospel to people from different cultures, we need to understand whether they come from an “innocence/guilt” culture, an “honour/shame” culture or a “fear/power” culture. We need to be careful of reading “honour/shame” passages in the Bible as “innocence/guilt” passages.
God commands us to rest, and Jesus frees us from four burdens - the pressure to prove ourselves, the pressure to meet other people’s expectations, the pressure to try and stay in control and the pressure to live life to the max.
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.
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.
It’s time to seek the Lord because God wants to bless his people and make us more fruitful and so we need to break up our unploughed ground. It’s good to sing his praises, confess our sin, ask things of him, fast and meditate on him.