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Songs of Hope: Never Lost

Posted by Hayden Lenderman on

Song: Never Lost

Artist: Elevation Worship

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I (Hayden) have always enjoyed playing video games. Whether it’s taking on the mantle of my favorite superhero or solving puzzles from an ancient civilization like a modern-day Indiana Jones or playing in some fantasy or sci-fi universe, I’ve always enjoyed gaming. My younger brother and I played games together a lot too and I remember growing up playing one of the Halo games. Since I am older, and I liked playing games more than he did, I was always better. I never had to worry about who would win. If we ever played against each other, it was more a question of how much I would win. But one day, that changed. We were playing and the object was to be the first to reach a certain number of points. I remember playing against him and I was winning for most of the match, but then he started catching up. I thought it was luck at first, but he kept closing in on me. We were neck and neck and quickly approaching the end of the match. The person who got the next point would win the match. My brother scored the final point, clenching the victory, his first real victory over me in this game, and I was furious. I remember being so mad that I hit my controller on the arm of my chair and broke it (thankfully I have matured since then). But I knew from that moment that my victory against him in video games would never be assured again. I would have to take it one match at a time, and never know if I was going to win until the moment came. Thankfully, God’s power and victory isn’t like that.

I want to talk about a song off Elevation’s new album called Never Lost. The message behind the song is stated clearly in the title: God has never lost a battle. And since we follow and serve a God that has a 100% win record, we can rest assured that the things He promises us will come to pass.

“Miracles when You move, such an easy thing for You to do, Your hand is moving right now”

The song opens by declaring the power of God. See the word of the Lord in Jeremiah 32:27, “‘Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?’” (NASB) The author also declares they know God is still moving. This claim counters a universal fear many of us have, “I know God CAN move, but IS He moving? Or maybe if He is moving for others, He isn’t moving in my own life.” But we have assurance from God’s word that He is moving. See these words from the Old and New Testaments: “‘Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;’” (Deuteronomy 7:9, NASB) and “‘let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wearing, for He who promised is faithful;’” (Hebrews 10:22-23, NASB). We know God is unchanging. Scripture from the Old and New Testament confirms this. God will finish whatever work He has started in our lives. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6, NASB)

“You are still showing up at the tomb of every Lazarus, Your voice is calling me out”

“Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men alive!” -Leonard Ravenhill. God’s desire for each of us is that we would accept His gift of salvation offered through Jesus, and that we would die to our old self and our old ways of living and live in Christ. (Read Ephesians 2:1-3 for context) “But God, being rich in mercy, because His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:4-6, NASB). For those who are still in bondage to sin and death, God offers the gift of salvation through faith. For those who have accepted God’s gift of salvation, the Holy Spirit works in us constantly, drawing us closer to God. We hear the voice of our Shepherd and we go to Him.

“Right now, I know You’re able, My God, come through again”

The author declares that they know, right now, God is able to do these things that have been sung. They know God can do miracles, and that He can raise people from death in sin to life in Christ. Then they ask God to move again, with the key word being “again”. They look at their history with God to remind them of His everlasting faithfulness.

“You can do all things, You can do all things but fail, ‘cause You’ve never lost a battle, No, You’ve never lost a battle, And I know, I know, You never will”

Here, we declare that God can do all things but fail. As a side note, it’s important to understand that God can’t do EVERYTHING. Before you call me a heretic, let me briefly explain what I mean. What I mean is that God can’t do anything that is against His character. I don’t have time to go into it in this devo, but if you would like to talk more about this statement, feel free to email me at but with that in mind, let’s continue. We know that God is all-powerful. He SPOKE the universe into existence. He raised Himself from the dead. We see that God does not lose. Don’t mistake us losing a battle for God losing one. Just because God can’t lose doesn’t mean that we can’t. We often lose fights with temptations, but God doesn’t lose His battles, and He will always use this loss to show us something about Him, ourselves, or both. God hasn’t lost any battles yet, and we know that since He is unchanging, He never will. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NASB)

“Everything’s possible by the power of the Holy Ghost, a new wind is blowing right now”

This lyric reminds me of Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (NASB) I have frequently called this passage “the Christian YOLO”. Unfortunately, some people read this passage as if it were saying I can do anything because Christ gives me strength to do it”. A more accurate way to read this passage is “Anything the Lord sets before me, I will be able to do because He will strengthen me to do it.” If you look at it in the context of the passage, we see that Paul is saying how he has learned to live in abundance or suffering need, how to be humble or prosperous, how to be full or hungry. THEN he says he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him. But what we should take from this is that God can’t be stopped by something else. If He wants us to move and we say no, He won’t force us to be obedient, but if we are faithful, then nothing can stop Him.

“Breaking my heart of stone, taking over like it’s Jericho, and my walls are all crashing down”

Having a heart of stone means having a heart that is hardened by the world. God wants to us to surrender our heart of stone and receive a heart of flesh. “For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into you own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:24-26, NASB) Praise God for being able to break through the walls we have built around our hearts. Whether the walls are like a fortress, trying to keep God out, or they are prison walls that we have allowed ourselves to be surrounded by, God is tearing them down and setting us free.

“You’ve never lost a battle, You’ve never lost a battle, You’ve never lost a battle, You never will”

Here, we have the chance to proclaim God’s power and faithfulness. We know that He is all-powerful: “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When he had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:3, NASB). As I mentioned earlier and is declared in Hebrews 13:8, Jesus is unchanging. And we know that God loves us so much and He wants to help and save us: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16, NASB). Knowing all of this, we can rest assured that God won’t lose any battle. Even, if we lose, God doesn’t. We can make choices to fall to temptation or sin, and we wouldn’t have free will if God made it where we couldn’t mess up.

Challenge: Think about the battles in your life. Think about the battles in your past, and God’s faithfulness during those times. See how He provided you the strength to endure it, or a way out (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). You know God has been faithful in the past. Now look at the battles you are facing, or the battles that are coming your way, and have confidence to stand. “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13, NASB). God is faithful and He will never lose a battle. Trust in Him.

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