Saturday, January 12, 2008

Here in the love of Christ I stand!

  Tonight I was struggling with grief, I think and quite a bit of condemnation.....I couldn't put my finger on it fully, so I had to go listen to one of my favorite messages, "Victory over Condemnation" (listed under highly recommended teachings on grace)....I wanted to cry because, sometimes life hurts alot and I get really tired of where my emotions can take me....but I know God loves me, I know He is allowing me this season of my life to heal from essentially believing lies for so many years, He doesn't ever condemn me, this I know with confidence....I guess healing takes longer than I hoped, I just want to move on and move forward and get past all this baggage and get off all the layers of wrong believing that have piled up, the years wasted and years that led me to steep in condemnation consciousness, living in the Old Covenant thinking when God has promised us a New Covenant - I just long to be completely free.....I guess I can only say I am freer and long for more of a measure of freedom than I have today -I am so grateful God has brought me to this point in my life and I know it was a process that He will use for His good purposes and that give me comfort as well. 
Anyway, listening to this message again really solidified my confidence in God's acceptance of me and reminded me of  Satan's attempts to try and make me feel unworthy, but I know God will never be angry with me or rebuke me again, Ever! Thank God, He is so full of amazing grace for all who are in Christ. Which leads me to the last thing I want to share. The song,  "In Christ Alone", was sung at the end of the message, and it is such a powerful song...the words are so rich, here they are;
by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

IN CHRIST ALONE my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in 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;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!

Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music


amy said...

Lydia!!!!!!!!!! Oh my WORD..Meliss emailed me this link and i almost cried and fell off my chair when i saw you are reading steve mcvey- my mom raised me on these teachings- the REST of the gospel- the reason for leaving, what a blessing- i am eating up what i am reading here...thank you for your thoughts...would love to catch up someday~what a gift your blog has been to me today!

lydia said...

Amy, we have wanted to get in touch with you guys, it is sooo great to hear from you, I looked at your blog -your girls are soo beautiful!!!! We have 4 boys!!!
Great to hear from you!!!

Ellie said...

that is one of my most favorite songs!!!! (I just played it on my ipod!) :)

amy said...

Thank you~ 4 boys!? How great is that.... You are busy too!! my email is if you ever want to get in touch...i know how busy life is- so no worries or stress about keeping in touch- the beauty of blogs! it's just great to know you are there and working thru all the same stuff we have/are/will be...enjoy God's love for you:) amy