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Lecrae Hopes People 'Clean Out Their Closet' and Not 'Live a Double Life' in 2015

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Christian rapper Lecrae performs at Harvest America in Philadelphia, Sept. 28, 2013. |

Lecrae took to Facebook on Tuesday releasing a new video issuing a challenge to people who subscribe to his page.

The video pertains to the new year and he hopes to inspire people to make a change in their lives in the coming months.

"So I've been thinking, for 2015 how about we clean out our closet; how 'bout we get rid of the skeletons; how 'bout we don't live a double life; how 'bout we walk in integrity," said Lecrae in a Facebook video posted to his page. "As difficult as that may sound, what if we lived that way."

The Grammy Award-winning rapper went on to further explain that he believes people hold themselves back from this due to their need for acceptance and approval, which Lecrae believes could kill them in the end.

"I always say, if you live for their acceptance you'll die from their rejection," he asserted.

Lecrae believes people could better themselves by establishing circles of trust that keep them accountable.

"I think a lot of times we don't have people in our lives who can really challenge us to be the people that we were created to be because we're scared to hear the truth about ourselves," he added. "We're scared of the rejection or the pain or what it may take to hear some of the real things about ourselves."

Lecrae discussed three different circles of friends and acquaintances that he has in his life, with the largest being one he shares very little personal information with, and the smallest being the one he shares his most intimate secrets and struggles with. The smallest one allows him to be accountable in all things.

"These are people that I trust, and I don't mind sharing my deepest darkest stuff with them because they're making me fight to be who I was created to be. I'm not trying to pretend to be somebody that I'm not. And I think we need those circles," he continued.

He also said people need to examine their own motives and figure out why they're doing all the things that they're doing. He then pointed to a specific scripture which reveals that even when mankind thinks he's doing the right thing, he might not be.

Lecrae goes on to cite the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 4.

"I care very little if I'm judged by you or by any human court. Indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that doesn't make me innocent. It's the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before it's appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He bring to light what's hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God," (1 Corinthians 4:3-5).

He concluded the video by making the point that people should feel encourage by Paul's statement, in that God is the ultimate judge, and even with impure motives people can still be used to carry out God's purposes; and at their appointed time of judgment they'll receive a reward for what they've done.

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