“Why? for single moms” is written from the Exchanged Life perspective of the Gospel. Hope for Single Moms also offers one-on-one hope and healing to our clients based on this perspective. Here is the overview based on Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6.
These verses tell you what it means to be born again as a child of God. It means changing the way you get your significance. You no longer need to get your significance from the world—from your parents, teachers, friends, bosses and life experiences. Now you get your significance from God and what He says about you. Why? Because now you are God’s child.
Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ((NAS)
This teaching is vital to answering many of the concerns our moms have. One of the questions frequently asked is, “What if I’ve done too many bad things for God to forgive me? Another is, “I accepted God’s forgiveness, but life really doesn’t look much different. Why not?”
The answer is that most of us know Jesus died for us, was buried and rose on the third day. There is a lot of emphasis on how His death on the cross paid your debt for your sin. Instead of you dying, Jesus died for you. Jesus was your substitute. At that time, your sins were left nailed to the cross. God doesn’t remember them anymore, and neither should you.
That is the exchange. Your child of Adam spirit was exchanged for a child of God spirit. Your sins were left on the cross and exchanged for the righteousness of Christ.
Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection actually accomplished two things. In addition to Him being your substitute, you are united with Christ in the salvation process. Romans 6 talks about your union with Christ!
You have the ability to live life AS a child of God. You don’t have to make choices based on your understanding and your willpower like you did before salvation. If you don’t know this, however, you will default into living life using those old patterns of behavior. Your new way is with the power of the Holy Spirit, which lives in you!
If you’re not a single mom but would like to learn more about this, I recommend “The Rest of the Gospel” by Dan Stone. It is available on Amazon as a paperback or as an e-book.
This Bible study begins with the basics– learning the Gospel and giving your group the opportunity to accept salvation. It, then, teaches the difference between living from the Spirit and living from the flesh. Your group begins learning how to live the victorious life.
In our mentoring, a client discovers the personal habits (flesh patterns) she developed as a child of Adam to survive in the world. She also has the opportunity to forgive herself and any others who have hurt her in the past. This frees her up from the lies she believed about herself. What others think about her pale and she gets significance from what God thinks about her. We focus on her identity in Christ.
If you are interested in receiving this type of mentoring, you can contact the exchanged life ministry in Grand Rapids, Life Center.