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Verse and Message (Wednesday, July 11, 2007) July 11, 2007

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Psalm 62:7
My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

 Silver Cross 

Isaiah 55:9

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

At the conclusion of the dedication service this past Sunday at Church of the Highlands, the worship and praise team lead the congregation in a powerful contemporary combination version of “In Christ Alone/ The Solid Rock.”

Can I just say that there is no way that anyone could ignore the Holy Spirit! His PRESENCE permeated the room throughout the service, but WHOA what a grand finale! It’s difficult to put into words the power of that moment. If you missed the amazing dedication service, don’t worry….it was just the beginning of a beautiful new chapter overlapping what God has already done within Highlands advancing The Great Commission. We hope to see you there soon, please join us! 

Now, I encourage you to reflect on the reason we have to celebrate!  Absorb the words…their meaning…and recognize how valued we are to belong to Christ the King. Following this expression of worship, I have included what these words mean to me personally.  When you have time, I urge you to take in each stanza and meditate on its meaning to you. 

IN CHRIST ALONE/THE SOLID ROCK

Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend (In Christ Alone)

Edward Mote and William B. Bradbury (The Solid Rock)

 Quaver 2 

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

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For ev’ry 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

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand

No guilt in life no fear in death

This is the pow’r of Christ in me

From life’s first cry to final breath

Jesus commands my destiny

No pow’r of Hell no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand

‘Til He returns or calls me home

Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand

What these precious words mean to me:

One thing I have learned over time is that I know that my dependence on myself or another person is a futile endeavor.  I know that the only foundation that I can be fully secure is in my Cornerstone — Jesus Christ.  I understand via many attempts of running my own life (gripping the wheel with furious intensity at times) that my plans are not His plans….my ways are not His ways (Isaiah 55:9).  He knows my destiny, so why would I use my energy to STRIVE to succeed on my own measly power?  His sacrifice took place so that I would no longer have to be in control of my complicated universe (which becomes complicated, because I refuse to LET GO and LET GOD take the reins)!! Instead of restraining me, an attitude of sacrifice to Him frees me to live in complete JOY and CONFIDENCE — but only when I release my all to Him.  When I let Him be my Guide, He is able to work more effectively in my life, without my stubborn flesh getting in the way.  God’s wrath was satisfied at Calvary, so when I choose to take my eyes off that CROSS at times, I am denying the POWER provided for me.  In order to grasp complete power in Christ, we have to surrender our whole heart, not just part of it.  Our society may cringe at the thought of “surrender” or “submission” but to faithful Christians these words equal BEAUTIFUL SALVATION. His PERFECT LOVE should be enough for us to remain faithful to Him. We are only worthy of this GIFT because of Christ, and until we realize that ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND…..we won’t GET IT! No storm or drought can take us away as long as we trust in His Holy Word.  No scheme of the Enemy has a chance to pluck us from the Savior’s Hand.  We are SAFE, and we can thrive within a realm of peace that transcends all understanding if we accept His LOVE and dismiss the lies of Satan.  The Devil’s lie is believing we can make it on our own.  But when our HOPE is in CHRIST ALONE, all fear of the opponent is vanquished because of the reality of our VICTORY in Jesus!  Jesus knows my past, He is actively working in my present, and He has secured my future! 

He is the SOLID ROCK!

 Rainbow 2 

I urge you to dissect the hymn/worship song above…..I guarantee that the intimacy of your meditation on this will strengthen your connection to the Holy One who chose YOU!

ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND,

ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND!

 Fish 2 

SUSIE MC

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