Hope for the Hopeless

November 16, 2020, By: Crossroads Church

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5 

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 

Step 2- “We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” Hope is vital for this step because without it one can easily fall back into denial and hopelessness. Many of us have experienced hopelessness; that loneliness and emptiness that tells us there is no way out, that we will never overcome our hurts, habits and hang-ups. If you listen to that lie long enough life gets pretty dark and lonely, but there is a way out. We begin our recovery by admitting we have some problems we can’t fix. If we can’t fix them there had better be someone who can. In Celebrate Recovery we begin to believe that a power greater than ourselves is available to us and and his name is Jesus. We start to become open to change, we become hopeful. As we continue our recovery, we develop a connectedness with God and with people. We begin to see that God is doing for us what we could not and he’s using all of us to help each us to do what we can’t do alone.  
 
I believe everyone has a need to belong, to be connected, to be in relationship. You can’t do recovery alone; you are part of something bigger than you and it takes all us doing our part to make the church the body of Christ. When you first come to CR you may not be aware that you are helping another by allowing them to do their part in helping you, and guess what, there will be a time when you will pay it forward to help the next person in need. All of us have a part to play in the body of Christ, are you open to change, to being connected? 
 
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5 
 
“Don’t you yet realize that all of you together are the temple of God and his Spirit lives in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 
 
Love God, love people! 

Dana Cramer
Celebrate Recovery // Crossroads Church