That Ain’t Right! God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Proverbs 28:26, Romans 5:6,8; Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 3:1-8, Galatians 6:7, Psalm 70:5
- Because of Jesus, none of us get what we deserve.
- There are two types of help: Relief and Restoration. Relief is immediate and temporary assistance. Restoration is working with people to restore them to their God-given potential.
- Three prayers of a restorer: (1) God, help me give people what they truly need not just what they want, (2) God, help me stay out of your way by not continually rescuing people from their consequences and (3) God, help me remember that I’m in need, too, and that you are always the answer.
- If you think God needs you to meet everyone else’s needs, your god is too small.
Get talking: a conversation starter for your group.
- Describe a time when you received help but it did more harm than good because it wasn’t what you really needed.
- How do you typically react when you encounter needy people?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
- In what ways have you seen the difference between relief and restoration?
- Why do you think our typical first reaction to needy people is to give them relief instead of restoration?
Prayer/ Action Points:
- Pray for those you know that are needy. Ask God to restore their lives.
- Ask God to show you the best ways to restore the lives of needy people that you encounter.
- Ask God to continually remind you that you are in need and that He is always the answer to your needs.
- Ask God to restore those areas of your life where you are needy by giving you what you need and not what you want.
- Thank God for the needs He has met in your life and His restoration. Praise Him for His loving you