Taking It Deeper


What can i do to leave a legacy
How can I speak with authority
When I can't see You, I can't see You
How can I know the dreams You have for me
How do I believe beyond what i can see
When I can't hear You, I can't feel You now
You're my revival song
You start where I belong
On my knees, on my knees
When I'm weak You're strong
You meet me here when I'm
On my knees, on my knees
Oh, it starts with me
Why do I try to work outside of You
Knocking down doors I shouldn't be going through
But I'm so tired, I'm so tired
You take my burdens off of my shoulders
You break the lies that hold me back
So I know You're enough
(Repeat Chorus)
I really wanna change the world, oh
I really wanna sing Your song, oh
But I know revival's got to start with me
(Repeat Chorus)


  • No matter where we’re at, it seems that there’s always something new that we want.
  • This song reminds us that instead of seeking something new outside ourselves, that the place to start is inside - in our hearts, where God lives.


  • Rodney Smith came into this world humbly,   He was born in a gypsy tent outside London in 1860.
  • He had no formal education, yet he lectured at Harvard, met two presidents, and crisscrossed the Atlantic forty-five times, preaching the gospel to millions.
  • He was once asked by a group of students how they too could be used by God, just as he was.
  • His answer was to “go home.   Lock yourself in your room.   Kneel down in the middle of the floor, and with a piece of chalk draw a circle around yourself.   There, on your knees, pray fervently and brokenly that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.”


  • A car can only fulfill its function if it has a battery.
  • And that battery has to be revived daily.
  • It’s the same with you.   You live because you have a heart.
  • But you have to keep it revived.
  • That happens when you pray.
  • Prayer is the spark that starts a revival in our hearts.


  • We tend to search from the outside in
  • We go out finding new stuff, or new relationships to bring into our lives, thinking that they will lead to fulfillment.
  • Instead, we need to search from the inside out.
  • We need to start with what we got.   Our body, soul and mind.
  • We ask God to fulfill those.
  • Then we can go out and bless others.

    Scripture References

    Psalm 51:10

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.


    Habakkuk 3:17-19a

    Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

    The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.


    2 Chronicles 7:14

    if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    Your Own Experiences

    Remember the time you got separated from your Mom in a store?   That’s like this song.   We want to forge ahead, make our own paths, but we end up getting lost.   It’s best to submit ourselves to our parent’s direction.   That means we have to soften our hearts toward them.   It starts with us, and our attitude.


    What are the songs you listen to when you feel down?   Those are our “revival songs.” Talk about how music encourages you and invite the listener to make this song one that does that for them.


    Tell a story about a person you know who prays a lot.   Do they have strength in their character?   Do they tend to build others up?   Do they make a difference?   Do you think there’s a connection between prayer and changing the world?

One Response so far.

  1. KSBJ says:

    Hi Sterling! I thought of another verse that could be a good tie-in to this song “Starts With Me”.

    The song starts with these lyrics:
    “What can I do to leave a legacy
    How can I speak with authority
    When I can’t see You, I can’t see You”

    John 20:29 is where Jesus tells his “doubting disciple” Thomas, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (ESV)

    I can relate to Thomas. I’ve had times of questioning & doubting, too. But it’s amazing what happens when we push through that, get on our knees & find God … or really, He finds us.

    “Starts with Me” chorus:

    “You meet me here when I’m
    On my knees, on my knees
    Oh, it starts with me”

    KSBJ Afternoon Show host

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