Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Young man on the side of the road
Lost and beat up with nowhere to go
Smells like a hangover from days ago
He does what he can to survive

Single mom with a dead end job
90-hour week just to keep what she's got
But the bills add up and now she's caught
She does what she can to survive

Let me say
That love won't take away the pain
But don't be afraid
‘Cause it will never walk away

If you're scared that you don't matter
If you're lost and need to be found
If you're looking for a Savior
All you gotta do is turn around

Some turn to the bottle
Some turn to a drug
Some turn to another's arms
But it seems like it's never enough

Well, I won't say
That you will never fail again
But there is grace
To wash away your every sin

No one listens to you anymore

And your heart has broken down

You don't need to move
Love has come to you
All you gotta do is turn around
All you gotta do is turn around
Turn around

You don’t have to take the broken road

You could turn around and come back home

TID-bits

  • Here’s what Matt has to say about this song:
  • “If you look back over history, specifically around the time Jesus was physicially here in the flesh, humanity has struggled with pride, resulting in a subculture that, while having the best of intentions, ends up marginalizing the people who are most in need of God.   However, Jesus came offering a message of repentance for all who would be willing to receive it.   Those on the outside and on the inside of the Church.”

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  • Jesus is the only one who helps us move forward when we turn back.

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  • There’s a great line in this (that) song that says that “love won’t take away the pain, but don’t be afraid, ‘cause it will never walk away.”
  • I need you to know that accepting Jesus does not mean that you will never be hurt.
  • What it does mean is that His love is always greater than the hurt.

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  • Matt Maher and Turn Around can be a hard song to talk about.
  • It’s because it’s real.
  • It’s admitting that people have bad things in their life, and that they gotta turn away from them.
  • Talking to someone about it almost feels like meddling.
  • But it’s an integral truth about Jesus.   You turn back to Him, and He helps you move past the hurt your sin is causing.
  • He doesn’t force you to do it.   He waits for you.   He knows it’s best for you to turn, and as the song says:
  •   “There is grace, to wash away your every sin.

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  • Cocoa beans have to be crushed if they’re going to be made into delicious chocolate.
  • Sad to say, but it’s usually the same with us.
  • Something in life will crush us.
  • But are you going to let that be the end of the story?
  • Or are you going to let your crushing experiences make you into something lovely to the world?

    Scripture References

    2 Chronicles 6:37-39  

    and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’;

    and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name;

    then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.

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    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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

     

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    Ezekiel 18:30-32 (The Message)

    "The upshot is this, Israel: I'll judge each of you according to the way you live. So turn around! Turn your backs on your rebellious living so that sin won't drag you down. Clean house. No more rebellions, please. Get a new heart! Get a new spirit! Why would you choose to die, Israel? I take no pleasure in anyone's death. Decree of God , the Master.   "Make a clean break! Live!"

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    2 Kings 17:13

    The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”

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    2 Peter 3:9

    The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

    Your Own Experiences

    What did you have to turn from that required God’s help?

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    Talk about how you changed something and how it involved some sort of strife.   Like deciding not to eat fast food everyday - changing that meant you had to deal with fixing lunch every night.

    However, talk about how not changing involves even worse pain down the road - in this case, like something coronary!   Invite your listeners to turn around and experience strife to avoid pain.

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    What’s one of your favorite meals?   Talk about how it wouldn’t be your favorite if the ingredients stayed in their raw state.   Talk about how they have to be cooked, or fixed, or prepared.   Compare that to how we have to be changed by God, through repentance, to be something even better than we were.

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