How Lecrae ‘Gained Everything’

By   •   September 18, 2014

Lecrae
Lecrae, whose album Anomaly hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, shares the hope of Christ at the Toronto Festival of Hope on Sept. 13.

Before Lecrae held the No. 1 spot on Billboard 200 charts for his newly released album Anomaly or sat in with The Roots on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he was simply Lecrae Moore, a teenager who grew up on the south side of Houston without a strong father figure.

“I was surrounded by drugs and guns and gangs,” Lecrae tells his story on the My Hope short film The Cross.

“I wrestled with a sense of insecurity … just wondering why [my father] would leave. “And I tried to fill that void, that sense of insignificance with anything I could find. Athletics, money, status, you name it, I tried it, and it all left me pretty empty.”

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“No matter how many women I got involved with, no matter how many drugs I took, no matter how drunk I got, no matter how much I wanted to escape the feeling of insignificance and insecurity, I could not quench that,” he continued.

Lecrae spent this past weekend in Toronto, ministering to the youth of Ontario at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Greater Toronto Festival of Hope.

His live hip-hop set with a Gospel message and relatable lyrics, mixed with key points of his story, gripped a packed Air Canada Centre. You could hear a pin drop as he talked about the moment he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior−how it meant giving up some things in his life, but how in reality he “gained everything.”

Lecrae outlines his faith journey on “The Cross,” describing himself as “this skinny 19-year-old kid with all this internal struggle.”

Lecrae testifies that a simple Gospel presentation changed his life.

“I hear this sermon, and he says, ‘Do you not know you’ve been bought with a price? That Jesus paid a price for you?’”

Check out Lecrae’s testimony or get your free DVD copy of “The Cross,” which launches in the United Kingdom this November as part of My Hope UK.

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  1. Jamie stone says:

    Please send me the dvd lecrae story

    1. BGEA says:

      Jamie, you can watch and download “The Cross” film here, which features Lecrae’s story: https://myhopewithbillygraham.org/program/the-cross/

  2. Jo-n-TN says:

    Lecrae is an awesome disciple of our Christ! My 16 yr old son is a big fan of Lecrae, and enjoys writing Christian rap songs of his own. Lecrae is an inspiration and awesome role model in many ways. May God continue to bless Lecrae and his musical ministry. Thank you BGEA for your eternity-changing ministry!

  3. Carolyn Burton says:

    This was so very inspiring! Lecrae went from one extreme to another. Thank God that He intervened in this young man’s life, and is now using Lecrae to reach out to others

  4. Jeannie says:

    Wonderful testimony! Praise God.

  5. felicia bailey-leach says:

    My Sons name is Brandon Mitchell he is a true fan of yours….so that’s how I became a fan…you r truly an inspiration for my Son…He is working on his cd…lives in La doing his thing yet serving God…thanks for your inspiration…hope to see you in concert…in Kansas city….

  6. Matt says:

    Powerful Testimony shot out to the big homie Cre@ Blessings To you brother Glory to God

  7. Razafindrasolo Hantatiana says:

    very touching story,wow!glory to God!

  8. JACOB JOHN TSABTA says:

    the bible says “,with man it is impossible but with God all things are possible”..only if you believe.Its your believe and the spirit of God that lead you off your burden.THANK GOD FOR YOUR TESTIMONY

  9. Ikenna Ezeibe says:

    Thank God for your testimony. It’s an encouragement to some of us.