7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. ~ Philippians 3:7-11
click to listen to “in Christ alone” ~ Kristian Stanfill at Passion 2013
“from life’s first cry to final breath . . .”
i have known this song for a very, very long time. in fact, it was probably one of the earlier hymns i learned to play on the piano. but when i heard this updated version by kristian stanfill several months ago . . . i was overwhelmed with such raw emotion. it was almost as if this were the first time i actually “heard” the words.
i was struggling with fear, fear for those i love very dearly. it was as if i was tied up by something, like being in a dark, locked closet and not knowing how i was going to get out. these precious words of worship washed over me in such a way, as if leading me to a new place. the tears began gently streaming. it was as if His hands were cupping my face, looking straight into my eyes and saying,
” daughter, Remember Me. I AM your light. I AM your strength.”
the strife that i was feeling at that moment in my heart was comforted by my Comforter because i understood – i understood . . . the dark that was trying to steal me away had already been covered by His Light. He is my weapon in any situation. He gave it All for me and for the very ones that my heart hurts for. no matter what i am walking through, i am never alone. He has had me in His Hand from the beginning and will until my very last breath. i can stand in the power of Christ.
i am not alone. i am in Christ alone!
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.
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.
(original music and lyrics by Getty/Townend)