Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

I've been running through rain that I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith in a struggle against the wind
I've seen the dark and the broken places
But I know in my soul no matter how bad it gets, I'll be alright
 
There's hope in front of me
There's a light I still see it
There's a hand still holding me
Even when I don't believe it
I might be down but I'm not dead
There's better days still up ahead
Even after all I've seen, there's hope in front of me
 
There's a place at the end of the storm you'll finally find
Where the hurt and the tears and the pain all fall behind
You open up your eyes and up ahead there's a big sun shining
Right then and there you realize, you'll be alright
 
There's hope in front of me
There's a light I still see it
There's a hand still holding me
Even when I don't believe it
I might be down but I'm not dead
There's better days still up ahead
Even after all I've seen, there's hope in front of me
 
There's a hope still burning
I can feel it rising through the night
And my world's still turning
I can feel Your love here by my side
 
You're my hope
You're the light I still see it
Your hands are holding me
Even when I don't believe
Oh, I've got to believe, I‘ve got to believe
 
I still have hope
You are my hope
 
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TID-bits

It all comes down to this:  Do you find God to be a trustworthy God?

You can go from feeling unloved to loved, unwanted to wanted, unappreciated to valued, unneeded to having a purpose, unwelcome to “welcomed with open arms,” unhappy to joyful, under stress to under control, under funded to having enough, under valued to significant, or simply underwater in life to simply overcoming.

All by placing your trust in God in every aspect of your life.

You may have been a Christian for a long time, but have you ever been a fully trusting follower of Christ?

How about going through your day today saying “God, I’m going to let you handle this.”  Look to Him and find hope with everything that comes your way.

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  • In his book “Heaven” Randy Alcorn says that every culture has some belief in the afterlife.
  • Australian aborigines picture it as a distant island, so do Finns.
  • Ancient Mexicans, Peruvians, and Polynesians believed they went to the sun or moon after death.
  • Ancient Romans believed it to be the Elysian fields that the righteous would picnic in.
  • Anthropologists continue to find evidence that every culture has a God-given, innate sense of the eternal - that this world is not all there is.
  • If you believe that heaven is in your future… then it’s easy to believe that God will work out the problem that’s bothering you right now.

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  • The yellow diamond road signs always tell you what is coming up ahead, like a stop light or a curves.
  • This song is a road sign for your life - it lets you know that hope is always coming up.
  • So steer toward it.

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  • We hardly ever consciously take into account that there is a wall in front of us.
  • I mean, take a moment right now and realize that some sort of barrier is separating you from where you’re wanting to go.
  • Hope is like a wall.  It’s something that will always be in front of you,
  • You just have to realize it’s there between where you are and where you need to go.

    Scripture References

    Phillippians 4:12

    I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

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     Psalm 3:2-6

    Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." "Selah"  But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.  To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. "Selah"  I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.  I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.

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    1 Corinthians 15:54-58 

    When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."  "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.------------------------------------

    Joshua 10:25 

    Joshua said to them, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”

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    1 Peter 1:3-6 

    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you,  who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

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    Job 11:18-19 

    You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.  You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.

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    Proverbs 13:12 

    Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

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    Romans 5:2-7 

    through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.

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    Matthew 10:28–31 (ESV)

    And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

     

    Your Own Experiences

     

    Share this line with your audience:  “Time heals all but the present time.”  Talk about a period of loss in your life where the hurt was great and the only thing that healed it was time and the belief that it would get better.

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    Talk about a family road trip and how the journey there is always more exciting than the journey back.  For example, the trip to Disney World is filled with anticipation and giddiness, while the trip back is filled with whines and moans of “when are we going to be home?”

    This is a song about the anticipation and excitement of getting where you’re going, and about realizing that the one driving the station wagon is full of love and patience for you.

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    Talk about the value of placing your hope in the person of Jesus Christ versus placing it in the shakiness of this world.

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