Love & the Outcome is made up of husband and wife duo Jodi King and Chris Rademaker. They made an immediate mark on the Christian contemporary music scene with their self-titled debut album, featuring hit songs "He Is With Us" and "King of My Heart."
The album chronicled their journey of having departed their Canadian homeland and risking it all to pursue their musical dreams. Many of the songs reflect the need to rely completely on God's sovereignty to guide their 'outcome.'
The duo returned with their sophomore offering These Are the Days, which was preceded by the hit song "The God I Know." You Got This, their latest release, once again showcases not only the band's gifts as songwriters but lead singer Jodi King’s shimmering, emotion-laden voice.
Particularly striking is the EP's title track, which has a great message fitting for this pandemic, "You Got This." The EP's songs address the pressures of life and express the true happiness and identity that only comes from our relationship with God. I had the great opportunity to interview Jodi about “Moving On.”
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
“You Got This” took us into this pandemic with an anthem that we can sing over our situation. “Moving On” is what we are all ready to do with this pandemic at this point. It’s crazy how musicians are, in many ways, at the front of the battle. It’s a cool thing to lean into the battle. I want to be there.
These timely messages are always personal, a reflection of what we're working through. For me, I realized the voice in my head telling me I wasn't good enough and I could've performed better was not the Lord, it was me.
For so long, I pictured God shaking His finger at me. Knowing He was loving and who He is, I still had a vision of a father trying to encourage me, but strongly. Although He is revealing and showing us things about ourselves for our good, it’s not a voice of shame.
He doesn’t have a single negative thought towards us. When the Holy Spirit gave me that revelation, it was a pivotal moment in my adult life. I was living in this cycle of never being enough. I know I’m saved because of what He did, not what I do.
I was not always mentally present. Plus, I was always working. I’m mentally wired that way, and I need to be more aware of that. Mostly, I need to know that His thoughts about me aren’t my thoughts about me. We need to be able to move on from wasting time in that space, which is self-reflective and selfish. It stops us from hearing God’s voice.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
John 8:10-12 (NKJV): “When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”
Hebrews 11:8 (VOICE): "By faith, Abraham heard God's call to travel to a place he would one day receive as an inheritance; and he obeyed, not knowing where God's call would take him."
1 John 4:4 (NKJV): "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
John 15:5 (NKJV): "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
Romans 8:37 (NLT): "No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us."
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV): "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
What is the takeaway message?
We almost named this tune, “Freedom Song.” The deeper we go with the Lord, the more we're freed up in our journeys to find our identity in Him. We all get stuck somewhere. My spot where I was getting stuck was guilt and shame.
I don’t know about you, but I can get stuck in the shame game: should’ve done better, could’ve done better, and, oh, I made such a bad mistake. It can really take me out. I can guilt myself to the point where I stop hearing God’s voice, and I just hear my own. We all have a sinful nature, whether it’s struggling with forgiveness or addictions.
We all have sinful habits that follow us around that we agree with and choose to walk in sometimes. So, that’s why we wrote: "Moving On." I'm done with being in a shame spiral. I’m ready to move into the freedom that God has to offer.
I'm getting rid of the narrative that I need to stay in my sinful nature. I'm moving on to God’s grace and love in my life. I don’t know what it is for you, but if you're ready to move on from whatever has held you back and whatever has made you feel stuck, this song is your anthem.
I've spent my last day standing here In the shadows of my shame and fear Well yesterdays don't disappear I've spent my last day standing here
I've waved goodbye to my regrets To the too far gones and can't forgets I set my sights on what's ahead I've waved goodbye to my regrets
I'm I'm moving on Guilt has had it's grip on me for way too long This will be My freedom song Hallelujah, because of You I'm moving on I'm moving on On
Your second chances never end I know I will fall down again Remind me, Lord, when I forget Your second chances never end Your second chances never end
I'm I'm moving on Guilt has had its grip on me for way too long This will be My freedom song Hallelujah, because of You I'm moving on
I'm moving on On I'm moving on On I'm I'm moving on Guilt has had its grip on me for way too long This will be My freedom song Hallelujah, because of You I'm moving on I'm moving on On I'm moving on On
Jodi and her husband, Chris Rademaker, have consistently impressed me with their mature faith and sincere desire to serve Jesus. "Moving On" is based on several biblical truths, including 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Whatever struggle or depression you're facing, know that God is with you--always. Like David's prayers and songs captured in the Psalms, when you allow those truthful words to sink in, they can change how you think.
Step out in faith and trust in God--even when you want to give up. Or, even when you can't see where you're going. We aren't the source of the power to overcome our challenges. God is our greater power source that brings the true power.
In our weakness, God's strength is perfect. Romans 8:31 says that if God is for us, who can be against us. Let these words soak in, give you confidence in His love.
This song speaks about what it means to live a God-centered life in a turbulent world. This song is a faith statement. This song is a salvation message, moving me to reflect on just how much Jesus endured for His bride to purchase us from the grave.
People don't want to deal with Jesus Christ because He requires people to admit they are sinners in need of a Savior. God knows what we need and loves and cares for each of us deeply.
Admit you're a sinner, believe that Jesus is the Son of God, a man who came to die as a sinless Savior on our behalf, and make Him the Lord of your life. This song is about submitting ourselves to Jesus and His goodness and allowing His blood to cover us with His blood.
Have faith, don't be afraid and know that with Jesus, you will never be alone. Believe, and God will show you what He has planned for you. He's the author of your life. He knows what's best for you, much better than you do.
As Christians, we're called to believe in the freedom that we have in the cross of Jesus. We're free from our addictions, insecurities, and perfectionism. Jesus came to die for us so that we can truly live in Him.
This song is also about submitting all your worries, anxieties, and stress to God. So, let Him be your guide. Faith requires you to rely on the unseen. So, walk by faith, not by sight.
The beauty of walking by faith and not by sight is that we can learn to more fully trust God with our lives. God tells us in the Bible that with faith, we can do anything in Christ. The message behind this song is the story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Although we are all guilty and deserve judgment, our sinless Savior’s “blood offers the chance to rewind to innocence, reborn, perfect as a child.” My pastor uses this acronym for grace: “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”
The comfort and rest offered by Jesus is beautifully captured in “Moving On.” Jodi beautifully depicts the message of identity that we all need to hear, “Your second chances never end, I’m moving on, guilt has had its grip on me for way too long.”
Followers of Jesus can sing every word and agree with the beautiful sentiments of this great song which is an excellent message to kick off a new year, in Christ. His love is never-ending, and He is our refuge and our strength.
As believers, heaven is calling our name. He's real, He's near, He's just a breath away. He's the author of our lives and knows what's best for us--much better than we do. That's reason to sing this empowering anthem at the top of our lungs in gratefulness to Him.
No matter what you're going through, you can sing the message of moving on in Christ, “I'm moving on/Guilt has had its grip on me for way too long/This will be my freedom song/Hallelujah, because of You I'm moving on.” Amen to that. Happy New Year.
NRT lead contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector, and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.
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