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Sunday, September 21, 2008

In Christ Alone

I do not know if you ever get like me or not, but every so often when I do buy or download a new CD I find myself listening only to those 13-17 songs over and over and over again. I get all the goody out of it and then it's time to return to iTunes again and purchase some new music.

This is exactly what I found myself doing the first week in April of this year. After a trip to Jacksonville to see Beth Moore I downloaded Travis Cottrell’s Alive Forever. Travis travels with Beth and is the Worship Leader for all her Living Proof Live events. I initially heard him in Mobile, Alabama years ago at my first LPL experience. I have enjoyed his voice and music ever since but not like I have these past few months.

The reason I am stuck on the album is due to a song written about the implications of Christ’s life, death and resurrection entitled In Christ Alone. In my opinion you can match it up against any hymn written in the 20th Century and it will be at the top of the list. When you listen to it you will immediately know this is a timeless piece of music artistry. But what amazes me is that it was written not in the early 1900’s but 2002 by two song writers in England.

The entire song is awesome but I want to quote the last stanza (if that is what it is called, my music theory left me years ago).

No guilt of life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Like I said the entire song is very powerful and I could address so many points in just this last section but look at the 4th line and read it again. I cannot tell you what that does to me each time they sing this line. It excites me to no end! Do you get what those words are saying? Jesus commands my destiny. If he commands it then that means He is in charge of it. If He is in charge of it then no one or nothing can change it. I hope you are really getting this. It does not matter what happened to you, where you find yourself in life today or what you have done He is still in control! He is the Commander in Chief of your life. He has the final word. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Psalm 119: 96 says, “Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.” There is no limit to what God wants to do or can do in your life.

My husband and I had lunch today with a couple in our church. I got in the car afterwards and said, “That is so neat.” Marks replied, “What are you talking about?” You see, this couple is coming to the realization that Jesus is commanding their destiny and what they thought once was impossible, it is more than possible to them that believe. And that is, well, neat.

All my love, Tina

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

AMAN

stefanie said...

I agree, my husband and I see more and more everyday God's destiny for our lives. It is amazing how our life is so much better because of it.

Amanda said...

What an amazing promise to hold onto!

Vicki said...

Wow Tina, this is great! I love your page. I will send it to some of my e-mail buddies!

Miss you! Love you!!!

Vicki M.