The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

Words and music – Andrea Crouch

The blood that Jesus shed for me,
way back on Calvary;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.

It reaches to the highest mountain,
it flows to the lowest valley;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.

It soothes my doubts and calms my fears,
and it dries all my tears;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.

It has been challenging to piece together the circumstances that led to the writing of this wonderful modern hymn. I have found pieces of interviews made by Andrea Crouch at various media and came up with this summary of the person and the song itself.

Indeed there are very few people who you could call a “living legend” in the gospel field today,  but Andrea Crouch definitely qualifies! Andrae Crouch’s name is synonymous with Gospel music. He wrote his first gospel hit at the age of fourteen and has been in the music industry for forty six years.  Reflecting on these last four decades, Andrae has learned he can trust God, God will always answer, and God is the keeper of everything. One thing that Andrae would like his work to show for these many years is that he’s been steady and faithful in his service to God. Andrae says sometimes when he hears a song he wrote earlier in his career, like “The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power,” it seems like someone else wrote it. The songs like through it all, Jesus is the answer, Where would i be if Jesus didn’t love me have all been as a result of the path the Lord has led him through.

The blood will never lose its power was the first song that Andrea Crouch ever wrote at aged only 14. He had never written a song before. The circumstances of this song are interesting.  It was basically children at play trying to write and sing their own composition. It was not planned for but somehow by invitation Andrea found himself at the home of the songwriter and performer James Cleveland who was having a memorial day at his house. Andrea was only a kid then.  He went to James Cleveland’s place and Andrea looked at him through the pantry before they even knew Andrea had arrived. There were musicians there and Andrea’s twin sister Sandra together with Andrea was invited over because there was also a children’s choir. Andrea was in the choir and was nervous about meeting the people in his group.

At the children’s choir, Andrea tried to sing a line of the song he and his sister had been writing down.  It is said that the initial draft was even thrown in a sink and only picked up again later. They threw it in the trash because they did not think it was anything.  They did not understand what God was doing. After a few trials singing at this occasion, all of a sudden Andrea got into the song and closed his eyes while singing.  When he opened his eyes everybody that was in the back came up and started singing it. They were crying.  The song It shall nevr lose its power had been born and the Lord just took that song and took it all around the world from then on.

Called the “the father of the modern gospel,” because he more than anyone expanded gospel music to include elements of R&B and modern popular styles during the 70s and 80s, Crouch and his twin sister Sandra were born July 1, 1942, in Los Angeles, where his father was founding pastor of Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ. Andraé grew up in the church, where he sang and played — even before age ten

The writing of his first song wasn’t the first time that God had moved supernaturally to release creativity in the young Crouch. His parents ran a dry cleaners but God was calling them to more significant things. The small church they attended did not have a pastor so via the local bishop, they invited Crouch’s father to become the pastor of the church. In order to make sure he was making the right decision, Crouch Sr took the family back to the church for another visit and it was here that Andrae had a life changing encounter with God.

Andrea cannot write music even today Crouch. and yet he’s spent 46 years writing, recording and arranging! After his father’s death, in recent years he has spent a lot of time pastoring the church that his father pioneered. Even so he’s been in demand for his music. And still God is inspiring him supernaturally.

Friends, little is much when the Lord is in it. He can use anyone even little children like Andrea at the time he wrote this hymn. I pray it blesses your heart.

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