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I’m Not Alright – By Sanctus Real

Realism Lyrics: “I’m Not Alright”

If weakness is a wound that no one wants to speak of
Then “cool” is just how far we have to fall
I am not immune, I only want to be loved
But I feel safe behind the firewall

Can I lose my need impress?
If you want the truth I need to confess

[Chorus:]
I’m not alright, I’m broken inside
Broken inside
And all I go through, it leads me to you
It leads me to you

Burn away the pride
Bring me to my weakness
‘Til everything I hide behind is gone
And when I’m open wide with nothing left to cling to
Only you are there to lead me on.

‘Cause honestly, I’m not that strong.

[Chorus]

And I’ll move
And I’ll move
And I’ll move
Closer to you [x3]

And I’ll move
And I’ll move
And I’ll move

[Chorus:]
I’m not alright, I’m broken inside
Broken inside
I’m broken inside, broken inside
And all I go through leads me to you
Leads me to you

I’m not alright
I’m not alright
I’m not alright

That’s why I need you.

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Drifter by DecembeRadio ( Music Video)

In my messy spirituality, I have been a drifter and a prodigal son many times – for days, months and even years. My faith journey has not been one of living a so-called victorious life, but living in brokenness – struggling with my sinfulness, fighting against my many sins, feeling my humanity daily, experiencing many dark nights of my soul; and stumbling, limping or just failing consciously, and in the midst of all that messy life experiencing the faithfulness, goodness, grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God through the Person and Work of Jesus Christ towards me! In the midst of my sinfulness and brokenness, I look to Christ, and Christ Alone who lived perfectly the victorious life for me. Christ is my victory!

Question: What about you, have you been a drifter and a prodigal son in your faith journey?

I used to have a home
A place i started from
A place to call my own
Bright lights and late nights
The devil took me on a midnight ride
Left me out in the desert on my own
Now i feel alone
I need a hand
To help me find my way back home

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

Sometimes i think about the past
The road that i was on
The one that lead me home
I’ll walk on another day
I may wonder but i never stray
Cause i found out the hard way sin don’t pay
Now i feel alone
I need a hand
To help me find my way back home

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

And when i feel the night is closing in
And i can barely breathe the air
I just remember that i’ve got a friend
Who really cares
Oh who really cares

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

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Reverse Progress; Life As A Beggar -With Dr. John Kleinig

The video above is from a lecture series that was recorded in 2009 at Australian Lutheran College. Dr. Kleinig’s book Grace Upon Grace grew out of teaching this course over many years.

“… we move away from pride in ourselves and our own achievements to a gradual awareness of our spiritual failure and Christ’s work in us as we entrust ourselves to Him. We move away the conviction that we are self-sufficient to the repeated experience of spiritual bankruptcy. We move on from delusions of our spiritual importance to a growing sense of our utter insignificance and the glory of God. We move on from delight in our own power to the painful recognition of our spiritual weakness. We are brought from our self-righteousness to the increasing consciousness that we are sinful.” – Kleinig

“In our human lives, growing up involves the gradual shift from dependence to independence. But the reverse is true for us as we grow spiritually. On our journey we become more and more dependent on Christ for everything in every situation. We do not then proceed from childhood to adulthood; we move forward into spiritual childhood as we grow in faith and become people of prayer… As we mature in faith we learn to borrow all that we need and all that we are from Christ. Only as beggars do we have access to the Father’s presence and His grace. Only as we receive grace upon grace from His fullness can we praise Him in the heavenly choir.” – Kleinig

“…our whole life is a process of conversion from ourselves to God, a dying to self that is complete only when we die.” – Kleinig

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