Jesus has multiple names in the Bible-- Messiah, Redeemer, Lion of Judah, Immanuel with numerous others, but perhaps the greatest and most mysterious of all the names for our Lord Jesus Christ is I AM. When He called himself I AM, He made specific revelations regarding His identity and nature. He said, "I am the Bread of Life" (John 6:35), "I am the Light of the world" (John 8:12), "I am the Door" (John 10:9), "I am the Good Shepherd" (John 10:11), "I am the Resurrection and the Life" (John 11:25), "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (John 14:6), "I am the true Vine" (John 15:1).
What connotations come to mind when you read or hear these phrases after I Am? Perhaps peace, comfort, a safe place? What comes to mind when you hear phrases such as, "I am dumb", "I am worthless", "I am sick"? Doom and gloom, defeat, nothing good, I am sure.
There are no negative phrases spoken by Jesus when He uses His transparent and powerful name, I AM. Yet, how many times a day do we use "I am" phrases to describe our current situation or feelings? We are defeating ourselves when we use these negative terms, speaking lies from the enemy, and encouraging any disbelief in God's promises. When we use negative statements about ourselves, we are revealing our heart and mindset.
We are made in the image of the Great I AM, and we as followers of Christ have Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Have you ever stopped to think when we say "I am" statements that DO NOT line up with the Word of God, we are in a way, or perhaps, flat out cursing the name of the Lord, using His name in vain? OUCH!
I encourage you today to be mindful of your words. Stop before you speak and rephrase your words to line up with the Word of God. We all make mistakes that are dumb, but instead of saying, "I am dumb", say "I will get it right next time". Never say "I am sick," or "I have ____". Instead, speak the truth in that "by the blood of Jesus' stripes I am healed."
"I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ." What "I am" phrases that are pleasing to the Lord can you say about yourself? Share them with us by clicking the "Share" button below for email or click the Facebook icon to go to our Facebook page and tell us.
Be Blessed! To God be the Glory