Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

No ocean no valley no mountain too high
No power on earth there’s no distance too wide
No height or no depth could keep me from Your love
No failure no weakness no doubt in my mind
No prison around me could keep You outside
No not even death can pull me from Your arms
 
Nothing ever could separate us
Nothing ever could separate us
Nothing ever could separate us
Now
 
And when I can’t see You still I know You’re here
And when I can’t feel You Your promise is clear
Nothing I face can keep me from Your love
My savior my healer my life and my hope
My treasure forever with You I belong
And even in death we won’t be torn apart
 
You gave it all to have me
You took the cross to save me

TID-bits

 

  • Picture being back in grade school art class and gluing two pieces of paper together,
  • then picture what happens if you try to pull them apart once the glue dries.
  • You can’t separate them.
  • Then think about how the bond you have with God is much stronger than glue, as you listen to this song....

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  • Remember the first time your child went on a sleepover?   Or maybe went on a trip with their best friend?   Or wen’t off as a freshman in college?
  • No matter how far they went, a part of you was there with them.   Your mind was constantly thinking about them.
  • A part of God is with you wherever you go.   You can’t be separated.   He is always thinking about you.

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  • There is something that is with me when I wake up, and when I go to bed.
  • Something that goes with me every time I walk away from my workstation.
  • It’s with me at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, also in the car, on every trip I take, and even next to my easy chair.
  • You probably guessed that it’s my phone.   You’d be right.
  • But what if we gave Jesus the same respect.
  • What if every time we picked up our phones, we said a prayer that Jesus would come with us?
  • What if we made a conscious effort to never be separated from Him?

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  • We leave our homes in the morning to go to work, and we never question whether they will be there when we get back.
  • Barring some unforeseen disaster, they will be.
  • Homes don’t get up and walk away.
  • In the same way, our relationship with Christ can be compared to a home.   Romans 8 talks about His Spirit living in you.
  • The Creator of all things has His Spirit inside you, if you allow Him in.
  • And unlike a physical home, which can be taken away by a disaster, His Spirit becomes even stronger in you when disaster comes.

    Scripture References

    Romans 8:35

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

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    Romans 8:38-39

    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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    Deuteronomy 31:6

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

    Your Own Experiences

    Remember times that you’ve been separated from your family?   Maybe a semester away at college?   Maybe a new job took you to a new place while they remained behind to finish school or sell a house?   We don’t like being separated from our loved ones.   The times that it has happened has always resulted in a great reunion when we come back.   Remind the listeners that Jesus will not separate Himself from us.   We are the ones who walk away.   Invite them to come back to Him, and describe that great reunion.

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    Remember how Mom would always tell you that your Game Boy was probably in the last place you left it?   Describe the relief when you found it and realized that you didn’t leave it at a friend’s house.   Compare that to how God finds you when you need Him the most, and how, when He does, we realize He was never hidden.

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    Talk about how you have to work at relationships to keep them from drifting apart.   Compare that to how you have to work at your relationship with God - praying to Him, reading His Word, etc., all to keep yourself from separating from Him.

One Response so far.

  1. This was in my Beth Moore- Loving Well devotional, this moring. ” your anger can’t separate you from the love of God. Your sin, hatred, your self-righteousness, your stronghold, your addiction, the Devil himself cannot separate you from the love of God. His love to us in unlike anybody else’s love will ever be to us.”

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