Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

When I lose my way,  
And I forget my name  
Remind me who I am  
In the mirror all I see  
Is who I don't wanna be  
Remind me who I am  
 
In the loneliest places  
When I can't remember what grace is  
 
(Chorus)
Tell me, once again who I am to You, who I am to You  
Tell me, lest I forget Who I am to You, that I belong to You, to You
 
When my heart is like a stone,  
And I'm running far from home  
Remind me who I am  
When I can't receive Your love  
Afraid I'll never be enough  
Remind me who I am  
 
(Chorus)
 
If I'm Your beloved  
Can You help me believe it  
 
That will be enough
I'm the one You love  
 
Chorus (X2)

 

TID-bits

  • Jason Gray came from an abusive home.   His mom went from singing in bars to singing at revival meetings in one night after giving her life to the Lord.
  • That didn’t sit well with her husband who threw her down the stairs one Christmas Eve.   He then left, threatening to kill them when he returned.
  • Friends whisked them away to the mountains of Colorado where they hid out for a month.
  • It was during that time that Jason surrendered to God.
  • It wasn’t an overnight surrendering.   God worked on Jason’s heart slowly.
  • This song reminds us that God continually works on us, reminding us who we are, because our backgrounds often tell us we’re unworthy to be loved.

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  • Jason Gray has a speech impediment.   He stutters.
  • He lets that be a doorway to start conversations about the virtues of weakness and brokenness.
  • But He doesn’t let that define him.
  • What defines him is what this song says - that he is God’s beloved.  

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  • In life we’re always encountering people who don’t seem to listen:
  • Spouses, kids, bosses, co-workers.
  • Unfortunately, I have to put myself in that category too.
  • I don’t tend to listen to what God has to say about me.
  • This (that) song is a good reminder...

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  • Remember passing the “Do You Like Me” note in grade school?
  • How you hoped the recipient would check “yes?”
  • We crave the “yes” from everyone we know
  • And sometimes we forget that God’s answer is always “yes” too.

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  • We remember our childhood address
  • We remember the phone number of the place we lived 20 years ago.
  • And yet we forget our own name.
  • At least the name that God calls us.
  • “Beloved”

    Scripture References

    John 14:26-27

    But the Counselor,   the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,   will teach you all things   and will remind you of everything I have said to you.   Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.   I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled   and do not be afraid.

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    2 Peter 1:5-12

    For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;   and to knowledge, self—control;   and to self—control, perseverance;   and to perseverance, godliness;   and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.   For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive   in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind,   and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

    Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling   and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,   and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom   of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    So I will always remind you of these things,   even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth   you now have.

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    Psalm 139:14

    I praise you   because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;   your works are wonderful,   I know that full well.

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    Isaiah 61:10

    I delight greatly in the   Lord;   my soul rejoices   in my God.   For he has clothed me with garments of salvation   and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,   as a bridegroom adorns his head   like a priest,   and as a bride   adorns herself with her jewels.

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    Isaiah 49:16

    See, I have engraved   you on the palms of my hands;   your walls   are ever before me.

    Your Own Experiences

    Describe a time when a friend had to encourage you and tell you how much you mattered.   Compare that to this song.   Let the listeners know that they matter to God.

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    Talk about Elijah who had a great victory against the prophets of Baal, but then considered himself a failure.   So much so that he wished to die.   However in 1st Kings 19 God renewed His strength.   Is there an instance in your life where you had a great victory, only to be so worn out that you felt depressed?   How did God encourage you?

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    Talk about taking communion and how it is a remembrance of what God did for you.   Let your listeners know that God very much wants them to always remember the sacrifice He makes for them, so that they may know how special they are.

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