The Great I AM

 

The Great I Am

Exodus 3:13-14 “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them?

14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.” (KJV)

When God told Moses to tell the children of Israel that “I Am” has sent me, God was giving Moses a “blank check” to give to the children of Israel, with the signature of God on the check reading “The Great I Am.”

“I Am” is everything that God is, with nothing being left out. He is the Alpha and Omega and everything that is between. He is God that never slumbers or sleeps (Psalm 121:4 “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”

The same “blank check” that God gave to Moses for the Israelite’s at the burning bush can be used today by believers. The funds in God’s account are unlimited, and there is no such thing as His check “bouncing” or being returned stamped “non-sufficient funds.”  

Because God is the great “I Am”, we can go to Him with our every need and have faith that it will be met because “I Am” is always faithful. All we have to do is fill in the spaces on the blank check with the need.

God is unlimited in what he can do. The only thing that God cannot do is fail!

God is:

  • Never failing…Matt 28:20 “Lo I Am with you always even to the end of the age.”
  • Protection / Rewarder…Gen 15:1 “ I am your shield. Your exceedingly great reward.”
  • Deliverer…Exodus 6:6 “I Am the Lord, I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”
  • Healer…Exodus 15:26 “For I Am the Lord who heals you.”
  • Substainer…John 6:35 “I Am the bread of life.”
  • Savior…John 10:9-10 “I Am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved.
  • Direction…John 14:6 “I Am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”   

Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

“Aba Father, thank you for giving your people a blank check that can supply a persons every need. You are truly the one and only great “I Am” in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

David

A man after God’s own heart

Acts 13:22 “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all of my will.” KJV

The bible describes many events that happened in David’s life. Some were pleasing in God’s eye’s, and some were not so pleasing.

From the time he was a young shepherd boy tending sheep, to growing into and becoming a king and a mighty warrior, David faced many challenges in his life, and did not always make right decisions.

Three of many events that happened in David’s life, points to the fact that he was after God’s own heart;

His fight with the giant Goliath

1st Samuel 17:45 “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

Repentance of his sin with His with Bathsheba

Psalm 51:1-4 “Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions. Vs.2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. Vs.3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Vs.4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.

Seeking God for strength and guidance

1st Samuel 30:6-8 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. Vs. 7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. Vs 8  So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”

When we read and study the life of David, we see that in spite of what David did, he was determined to do what honored and pleased God. Pursuing the heart of God had become second nature, and a life style of David.

The motives that a person has, can have a positive or negative effect toward the accomplishments in a person’s life.

Psalm 63:1 “God ,You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”

Father in heaven, your servant David has set a powerful example of how we can live today, we your people can follow that example by being a people after Your own heart, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

No Limits

Have you put God in a box?

1 Chronicles 4:9-10Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.(NKJV)

Many times when we pray, we put God in a box by what we ask for in prayer. When we take a look at the prayer of Jabez, one of the first things we notice is that Jaybez did not put a limit on what he was asking God for. Jaybez asked God to enlarge his territory, but did not ask for a specific amount. “And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying “Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory”.  This kind of praying will take the limits off of what God can do for us.

Our thought life can have an effect on our prayer life. If we think small or continue to have small thoughts, then we will continue to pray small prayers.

Proverbs 23:7For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (NKJV)  

Instead of praying and asking God for a new car, we can pray and ask God for a car dealership. This way when the prayer is answered, we not only receive a blessing for ourselves, but will be in a position to bless others also. We have enlarged our territory and have not put God “in a box”.

This kind of praying will require faith and believing, without having any doubt.

Matthew 21:21-22   So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (NKJV)

We serve a God that has no limits; He is bigger than big and larger than large. God can do anything but fail. So when we come to him asking, we must believe that He hears and will answer our prayer.

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (NKJV)

Jabez also reached out to God for guidance in receiving the enlarged territory. Receiving “enlarged territory” comes with having “enlarged responsibilities”, and a person has to be very careful with what God has blessed them with. Jabez wanted to be sure that he was being led by God      in making the right decisions that Your hand would be with me”, and also not to become greedy or hurt others with the blessing he received “and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!”  God heard the petition from Jabez and granted everything that was asked for “So God granted him what he requested.

The prayer of Jabez is a powerful example of the kind of prayer that not only will take the limits off of God, but also will not put “God in a box”.

“God I thank you for not being a God of limits. From this day forward, let the prayers of the righteous be without limits, and outside of the box.”

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

In Jesus name…Amen

Continuing in His service…Rev

Divine Protection

Danger seen and unseen

Psalm 91:11-12 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Angels are members of an order of heavenly beings created by God. These heavenly creations are superior to human beings both in power, intelligence and have several other functions. One of these other functions is providing “Devine Protection” for God’s people in times danger seen or unseen.

One example in the bible of angels providing “Devine Protection” to one of God’s people, is found in the book of Daniel.

Daniel 6:16 “So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions, But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”

On the next morning, the King went to the den of lions where Daniel was, and cried out to Daniel asking the question, has your God delivered you from the lions? Daniel responded first by acknowledging the king, then told the king that God sent an angel to shut the lion’s mouth.

God will also use nature as a source of “Devine Protection” for His people.

Exodus 14:19-20 “And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. Vs.20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.”

Here we see in these two verses that God used a cloud to protect the Israelites from the army of the Egyptians.

When it was time to cross the Red Sea, God again used nature as a source of “Devine Protection” for His people by parting the waters, which would enable the Israelites to cross over on dry land.

Exodus 14:21 “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

What God uses to protect His people, He can also use to destroy their enemies.

Exodus 14:27-28 “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.”

God can, and will show Himself strong, and personally walk side by side with His people in the midst of danger with “Devine Protection”. The bible records God doing this with the three Hebrew boys that were thrown into the fiery furnace at king Nebuchadnezzar’s command.

Daniel 3:23-25 “And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Father in heaven, thank you for providing “Divine Protection” to your people and remaining true to your word that “No weapon formed against us will prosper.” In Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev