Taking It Deeper


Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me  
“Son, stop fighting a fight that's already been won”
I am redeemed
You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
And wipe away every stain  
Now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed
I am redeemed
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember oh God, You're not done with me yet
I don't have to be  
The old man inside of me
'Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I've got a new name
A new life I'm not the same
And a hope that will carry me home
Chorus (X2)




This is an “it’s not fair” song.   It’s like what you find in Romans 5:21 where it says “but where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”   No matter how deep our sin is.   His grace is even deeper.   It’s not fair, and it’s not fair on the side of Jesus.


  • When Cinderella married Prince Charming her days of wallowing in soot were over.
  • It’s the same with us.
  • Once we know Christ, we have a way to stop our wallowing in negative thoughts.
  • We just need to remember that we now have what this (that) song says:
  • A new name and a new life.
  • One that’s out of the soot and the cinders and the ashes.


  • Are you one who doesn’t go anywhere without a coupon?
  • It’s in our nature to want to get something at a great price.
  • Which is why what Jesus offers is so appealing.
  • It’s the chance to be set free - FOR free.


  • My child has spilled numerous things on the carpet.
  • And even though I try as hard as I can, I can’t get the carpet to look brand new again.
  • However, Jesus can completely wipe away every mess that we, His children, make in our lives.
  • He can make us brand new.
  • This (that) song has a line in it about wiping away every stain.
  • And Isaiah 1:18 echoes that.   It says:   “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.   “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool.


  • I had to take my lawn mower in for repair once, and they gave me a “claim check” for it.
  • In essence it says that I still own the mower, but I was entrusting someone else to take care of it.
  • The fact is - you own your life.   Everything good and everything broken about it - it’s yours.
  • But you can hand it over to Jesus for repair.
  • And yes, you can always reclaim your life back later if you want.
  • However, you’ll probably find out that it’s just best to always leave it with Him.


  • This is a “word problem” song.
  • It basicially says this:   “If you left Minneapolis travelling a million miles an hour away from your problems, and Jesus left heaven at a million and one miles an hour to rescue you.   What would happen when you collided?"
  • Even if you’re not good at math, you can find the answer in this song:

    Scripture References

    Galatians 2:20

    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


    Romans 12:1-2

    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform 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.


    Isaiah 1:18

    “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.   “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool.


    Nehemiah 1:10

    “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.


    Job 33:28

    He redeemed   my soul from going down to the pit,   and I will live to enjoy the light.’


    Psalm 106:10

    He saved them   from the hand of the foe;   from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.


    Lamentations 3:55-58

    I called on your name, O   Lord,   from the depths   of the pit.   You heard my plea:   “Do not close your ears   to my cry for relief.”   You came near   when I called you,   and you said, “Do not fear.”   O Lord, you took up my case;   you redeemed my life.


    Luke 1:68

    Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,   because he has come and has redeemed his people.


    Exodus 15:13  

    “In your unfailing love you will lead   the people you have redeemed.   In your strength you will guide them   to your holy dwelling.


    Isaiah 43:1  

    But now, this is what the   Lord   says–   he who created   you, O Jacob,   he who formed   you, O Israel:   “Fear not, for I have redeemed   you;   I have summoned you by name;   you are mine.

    Your Own Experiences

    What is a scripture verse that the Holy Spirit has brought to mind when you’ve been feeling unlovely, or unworthy, or any other kind of “un?”


    Did you ever wrestle with a big brother?   Remember how awful it felt for him to pin you down, and how you were unable to move?   Remember how Mom or Dad had to break it up?   Talk about that and remind the listeners that this song is like Dad coming along and lifting the weight of your struggle off of you.


    Ever felt old?   Maybe you haven’t been to the gym in awhile and things are getting a little creaky.   This song has a line in it that says “I don’t have to be the old man inside of me.”   Equate that to getting back in shape by getting back to what God has say about you - that you are a new creation in Him.

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