Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

You brought me this far
So why would I question You now
You have provided
So why would I start to doubt
I've never been stranded, abandoned
Or left here to fight alone
So I'm giving You control
 
(Chorus)
I lift my life, lift my life up
I give it all in surrender
I lift my heart, lift my heart up
You can have it forever
All my dreams, all my plans
Lord, I leave it in Your hands
I lift my life, lift my life up
Have Your way in me
Have Your way in me
 
If peace is a river let it sweep over me
If I'm under fire I know it's refining me
When I hear You calling out I follow now
Wherever the road may go
I know You're leading me home
 
(Repeat Chorus)
Bridge
Take my life let it be
All for You
Take my life let it be
All for You
 
(Repeat Chorus)
 
Take my life and let it be all for You

TID-bits

  • We’re often quick to question directions.
  • For instance, we get uneasy with our GPS, wondering if the road it’s taking us down is the right one.
  • We have to trust that it’s getting the right data.
  • I can compare that to the way that God is leading me in my life.
  • It ultimately comes down to this question:  “Do I believe He has all the data He needs to direct me?”

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  • My kids have this habit of leaving stuff for me to pick up.
  • Dishes in the family room.  Pop Tart wrappers on the counter.
  • However, this (that) song gives me an idea...
  • Whenever I see that stuff, I’m going to let it remind that I, too, leave stuff for God to pick up.
  • Stuff like my dreams and my plans.  The desires I have.
  • I invite you to view along with me the great things He can do when He picks up a messy life.

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  • The hardest part of living a life of faith is just that - living it.
  • The easiest part though is remembering it.  Remembering how He’s helped you live it.
  • This (That) song is here to remind you of the times God has brought you through.

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  • Most of the time when we lift something up it’s either to put it on a shelf or to hand it up to someone.
  • When it comes to our lives, it’s the latter.
  • Daily struggles should be lifted up to God for Him to take care of.
  • They shouldn’t be stored on a shelf where we have to look at them over and over.

    Scripture References

    Matthew 16:24-27

    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

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    Romans 12:1-2

    Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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    Psalm 23:3

    He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.

    Your Own Experiences

    When was the last time you made plans, only to have something come up that totally blew them out of the water?   Encourage the listener to always keep in mind that God is still at work in our lives even if we have to lay down our plans.

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    Talk about stopping to ask for directions.  It’s an act of faith.  You have to believe that the guy at the gas station knows the neighborhood.  This song just takes that to the nth degree.  It’s a realization that God knows the entire neighborhood that is your life, and He knows which direction you should go.

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    Talk about turning down a road and finding that it’s a dead end.  Just because something ends, doesn’t mean that there is not still a direction that you can go.  You can turn around and let God direct you down a new path.

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