Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

There's a fight between my heart and soul
When my pride tries to take control
It's hard to see what I was meant to be
And we are
Living in a world without a cause
And there's a need that seems impossible
But I can hear
I hear You calling me
 
To raise a banner of love
Up high in the city streets
One hope for all the world to see
Be my banner of love
This love is the burning flame
One voice crying out Your name
You're my banner of love
You're my banner of love
 
Only You can see my destiny
And only You can be the strength I need
‘Cause my life is Yours, God
So goodbye to pride and bitterness
I'm gonna live out my purpose
‘Cause Your life has shown me how
 
I want to show Your love
I want to lift You higher
I want to reach out and touch this world
We gotta reach out and love this world
We're gonna bring Your love
We're gonna lift You higher
We're gonna reach out and love Your world

TID-bits

Have you ever heard the phrase “blinded by pride?”   It often happens in disagreements between husband and wife, or brother and sister, or between boss and co-worker.   One will claim that their way is absolutely right, and their pride causes them to stand their ground on the issue.

When that happens, the relationship is diminished between the two.   This song is saying that we need to not put our pride above all.   We need to make sure that love flies above everything.

It is a tough thing to do, but there is a line in the song that points the way.   It’s the line that says “Your life has shown me how.”   Jesus wouldn’t want to be involved in petty differences resulting from pride.   He lived His life in a way that points to reconciliation.   When we come back to an offender and affirm their worth in spite of a disagreement, that’s how His banner of love starts to fly

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  • If we truly follow Christ, our hearts are attempting to make this world a better place.
  • Though, sometimes, we get in the way of that.
  • We’ll focus on do’s and don’ts and the restrictions that religion places on people.
  • When instead we should be focusing on the love that Christ has shown us.
  • Think about that when you hear this song say:   “I want to show Your love, I want to lift you higher.

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  • They say when you have to pick up something heavy, it should be with your legs first, then your back.
  • When Jesus carried His cross, there was a lot of heavy lifting.
  • He put that burden - the burden of the entire world’s sin - yours and mine included, on His back.
  • And His legs walked it out.
  • It’s all because that sin needed to be defeated - so that everybody could be “in good” with our Creator....   God, who in His Holiness cannot be mixed with sin.
  • And since being in with your Creator, the one who knows you better than anyone, is the best course for life.   It’s natural that we should want to lift that message up to others.
  • This song is all about that lifting, carrying, and walking it out.  

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  • Think back to a class with a substitute teacher.
  • Remember how, as kids, we were often mean to them?
  • When you think about that today, as an adult, doesn’t it make you kind of ashamed?  
  • This is a song that you can talk to your kids about.
  • It lets them know, that they can raise a banner of love to those they might feel tempted to be mean to.


    Scripture References

    Phillippians 2:1-2

    If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit,   if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete   by being like—minded,   having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

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    1 Thessalonians 4:9

    Now about brotherly love   we do not need to write to you,   for you yourselves have been taught by God   to love each other.

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    2 Timothy 2:22-24

    Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love   and peace, along with those who call on the Lord   out of a pure heart.   Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.   And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

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    Proverbs 11:2

    When pride comes, then comes disgrace,   but with humility comes wisdom.

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    Proverbs 16:18

    Pride   goes before destruction, a haughty spirit   before a fall.


    Your Own Experiences

    Encourage the listeners by talking about a situation where you’re having to swallow your pride, and how you’re trying to do it by remembering the words of this song.  Especially the  words that say:   “One voice calling out your name.”  Those are words of reconciliation under the banner of God’s love.

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    Talk about something your station is doing right now to show the love of God in your community.   Tie it in to how this song reminds us that the Bible encourages us to go into the world and show that love.

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    Are you bitter about something right now?   Talk about how that makes you feel.   Can you get close to God when those feelings are present?   Point out the line in this song that says we have to get rid of pride and bitterness to then be able to live out our purpose. Ephesians 4:31-32 says:   Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.   Be kind and compassionate to one another,   forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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