He Gave Them His Glory

Series: Recalibrate | Week 8: What the Spirit Does

Day Four Romans 8:26-30 He Gave Them His Glory

Pray: Invite God into your time and ask Him to speak to you, then read the passage.
26And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.27And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.28And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.29For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the first born among many brothers and sisters.30And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. – Romans 8:26-30 (NLT)

Discover: Use the Discover section of your Recalibrate journal to write down your answers to the following observation and interpretation questions.

  1. How does God help us not just for our future, but also in our present (verses 26-27)?
  2. Who does God work for the good of (verse 28)?
  3. How do verses 29-30 further explain the type of good He is working in us?

Respond: Use the Respond section of your journal to answer the following application prompts.

  1. What does this passage teach me about God?
  2. How does this aspect of His character change my view of self and others?
  3. What should I do in response and when?

For Further Learning
Do all things really work together for good? 3 important truths from Romans 8:28

For Families with Kids at Home:
Sometimes we can see the word “good” in verse 28 and assume that Paul means that because we love God, good things will always happen to us. But actually, Paul means something even better. Paul means that even when bad things happen, we can know that ultimately it is for our greatest good. Start a conversation with your kids: “Have you ever had something ‘good’ happen that ultimately ended up not being good for you (eating a ton of Halloween candy – good. Having a stomachache afterwards – not good.)? Have you ever had something “bad” happen that ultimately ended up being good? Highlight to your kids that ultimately, God wants us to look more like Jesus – more kind, more patient, more brave, more compassionate, etc. So God will sometimes allow bad things to happen to us because He loves us, because those things make us more like Jesus!

*If you don't have a Recalibrate journal, you can use any journal available to you to write down your responses.
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