Romans 5:1-11 (NIV) Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God… we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will someone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us…For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Philippians 2:13 (NIV) …for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Romans 5:1b-2 (NIV) …we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Romans 7:18 (NIV) I know that nothing good lives in me, that is in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NIV) Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Romans 5:5 (NIV) And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
John 14:16-17 (AMP) “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor – Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) to be with you forever- the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Romans 5:6-8 (NIV) …You see at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will someone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:10-11 (CSB) For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, we will be saved by his life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.
Romans 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy. To offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.
Read the Serenity Prayer, better yet read it out loud so you get to hear the words. What line in that prayer stood out the most? Is it because you are experiencing it firsthand? Or, because you would like to?
Pastor Mike talked about our dual nature (see Romans 7:18) and how this internal struggle causes problems for us and for others around us. We’ve made mistakes that affect others and the behavior of others affects us. Discuss how having a relationship with Jesus would help us navigate this struggle.
There is a saying in recovery circles; “you’re either in recovery or you’re in denial”. If you were to be completely honest and vulnerable, what hurt, habit, or hang-up might you be hoping “just goes away”? What action step can you take to begin a process of healing?
What victory from your life can you share with others? Was there a time when you, with God’s help, faced a tough personal struggle, did the necessary work, and now are winning the battle? Please share with others the steps you took on your journey to freedom.
Parents – A great thing you can do for your children is, when appropriate, let them see you doing the hard work of solving life problems. Another thing is to make sure you stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit. If you have a need to talk with someone about anything you might be going through, we are here for you. Please contact one of our pastors for a confidential conversation.
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It is clear from Mike’s direct style that he is an unapologetic, but loving, truth-teller who uses his own life experiences to show others that life is not meant to be lived on your own, but with a Savior and a community.
Will is NorthPointe's Celebrate Recovery Coordinator. He's got a huge heart for helping people find healing for their hurts, habits, and hang-ups.