There are many artist who despise going into detail as to what their songs mean and what was going through their heads when they wrote the lyrics; wanting not to impose meaning on the listener and just enjoy it for what they get out of it. To each their own, I have no problem with artists wanting to go that direction, but I am of a different persuasion. So if you don't like being told the meaning of a song, this is your chance to click away and avoid all blogs with the "Behind the Lyrics (or BTL)" label on them.
If you are reading this line, you are prepared to dive into a breakdown of this song with me. Let's go!
The past isn't part of me, just a memory of who I'll never be again. No longer looking back, I've set my sights on what's ahead before me. I've been made a new me, growing to be what I was always designed to be. I'm the head, not the tail. I'm above and I'm not beneath!
Don't gloat over me -- Cause I'll rise again What I used to be -- is dead and gone He Who lives in me -- Is greater than all In time, you will see -- I have overcome the world
You can't stand against me with your trickery and replay of my memories; I know who i am, and I won't back down from my righteous stand. Lookin' like a mighty beast, prowling around like you're preparing for a feast, But in blood I stand, with your teeth in my hand, singing, "Death, where is your sting?"
This song is one of the first ones I've written and remains the least altered of the ones that were saved from the original draft of this album. The lyrics embody what FireBrand is about and what the focus of the album by the same name is: victory in Jesus.
We've been taught so much in western church culture that the all Jesus' sacrifice does is just get us to heaven but we have to deal with our flawed, broken selves until we get there. That couldn't be further from the truth.
Romans 6 explains that God remakes us as what we were always designed to be when we embrace the way of Jesus and we are absolutely free from the broken human nature we came to know. We become new creations. Our old life is dead and gone, and a new life has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17). The reason why we still see many christians living beneath that redeemed state is because practically living in the victory we've been reborn into requires us to change our thinking, or else we live like nothing ever changed (Romans 12:2).
That's why it's important to let God redefine our concept of ourselves when we come to know Him. Otherwise, Satan will take advantage of our ignorance and feed lies in our heads until he consumes us with a defeated self-concept (1 Peter 5:8).
The chorus is literally four scriptures woven together to drive home the concept this song covers:
2 Corinthians 5:17
1 John 4:4
John 16:33/1 John 5:4-5
Not all of my songs are this scripture heavy but the all these and more did serve as the main inspiration for the song, not only in its lyrics but in the aggressive anthemic structure as well.
Until next time, Firebrand out!