Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Looking for a color in a shade of gray

Looking for a love in a drop of rain

Trying to find change in the old mundane

Everything I do just feels the same

Spending my life out in the desert

Been gone so long feels like forever

 

(Chorus)

I just want to be even closer to you

I just want to be even closer, I am yours

You can have all of me, anything, everything

I just want to be even closer

 

A day without you is a thousand years

A day without you is a million tears

Tell me why do I run when I am in fear

Why do I run when you are so near

Spending my life out in the weather

Been gone so long and I need some shelter

 

Where ever you go

Where ever you are

I just want to be there with you

I just want to be closer to you

I just want to be closer, I am yours

You can have all of me, anything, everything

I just want to be even closer

 

Chorus

 

Looking for a color in the shade of gray

Looking for a love in the drop of rain

 

TID-bits

A lot of times when people give a Gospel illustration they talk about how there is a great chasm between God and man, and the only way to cross it is by believing in the work done by Jesus Christ on the cross.   The cross becomes, in effect, the bridge that crosses the chasm.

Every time I picture that, I still think, “yeah, but there’s still the top of the cross sticking up in the middle of the bridge.   How am I supposed to get around that?!?”

I think of it this way:   The connection to God is there, but He’s going to have to carry you over the obstacles in life.   You can’t get close to Him on your own.   He has to bring you.

That’s the difference between Christianity and all other religions.   Christianity is the only one where God comes to you.   All the others are pursuits to try and please a god or gods.

So let the listeners know that if they are having any obstacles in their lives that they think are keeping them away from God, they just need to let Him know of their desire to be close.   He is more than willing to carry them to Him.    

Deuteronomy 1:30-31 says so:   “The   Lord   your God, who is going before you, will fight   for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,   and in the desert. There you saw how the   Lord   your God carried   you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

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  • Is every day just the same?   Same drive to work.   Same routine at night?
  • Maybe that’s why out of the ordinary things happen.
  • To shake us up, to get us praying, to get us seeking God for help.

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  • Don’t you love it when the kids say “I’m bored?”
  • I usually tell them to be thankful for that.
  • They could have our exciting lives of working, paying bills, trying to figure out how to raise Godly kids.
  • This song (that song) is about getting closer to God, even through the boring stuff
  • Perhaps tell your kids that if they’re bored, maybe that means that God is trying to get through to them in some way.

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  • Calvin Miller wrote that   “when you’re hungry for something, you spend time with it and enjoy it without measuring or watching the clock.”
  • He says that “If we had more of a love affair going with God, we wouldn’t be so concerned about finding the time to set aside with God.”
  • The problem is   that we’re not hungry for Him.
  • If we were, we’d eat more.
  • It’s the whole “praying without ceasing” thing.
  • Are you hungry enough for Him to seek His presence all day long?
  • Here’s Shawn McDonald...

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  • I was changing a light switch once...
  • You know that feeling you get when you go to unscrew the wires
  • That feeling of - even though you know you turned the power off - you just never know if you’re gonna get zapped?
  • ...We instinctively know how exciting it can be to stand near electricity.
  • If your life if feeling a little dull, maybe it’s time to go stand near the power source.

    Scripture References

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

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    Ephesians 3:16-21

    I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,    may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,    to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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    Exodus 3:4-6

    When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

    And Moses said, “Here I am.”

    “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”    Then he said, “I am the God of your father,the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.


    Your Own Experiences

     

    Take a different route to or from work today and pray for people you see.   Or go up to an official, like a police officer or soldier and say you’re praying for them.   How did God speak to you through that experience.   If it gets you out of your comfort zone, and makes you feel closer to God, relate the story on the air.

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    Talk about you and your friends facebook statuses.   Some post only exciting, out of the ordinary things, some just post everyday life kind of things.   Which kind of poster are you?   Maybe try posting how God is working through your everyday things - that would make them exciting!

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    Talk about a “desert” experience in your life, one where you didn’t feel close to God.   What broke the drought?

     

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