Who do you say “I AM”?

There are days when I have felt overwhelmed with challenges that I faced and when fear has gripped my heart and tried to strip away any hope and faith that I had left. There are days that all I can do is wonder what the next step is. But during these moments when I have found it difficult to pray, I have found myself saying “Thank you God. Thank you that you are God and you are a living God. Thank you that you were not formed with human hands. Thank you that you continue to sit on the throne, and once you sit on your throne, I know all is working out for my good.” The moment those words escape from my mouth, peace envelopes me and the tears which accompanied the prayers, are replaced with laughter.

A lot of Christians know God as different things mostly based on how he has met their needs. Some know him to be Rophe;  the healer, El- Shaddai;  the all breasted one, Jireh; the provider, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the alpha and omega, among many other names. But all these names and attributes are subsets of who he really is, “I AM”! In Exodus when God gave Moses the mandate to rescue the Israelites, Moses asked God who he should tell the Israelites sent them. “God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you” [Exodus 3:14, NLT]. It is this same I AM who reveals himself in many facets according to the situation you are dealing with. This same I AM may be a provider in one situation and a healer in another. Even though the many facets of his nature changes depending on the situation, I AM never changes, because I AM connotes a never ending, never changing entity.

This same I AM being a Spirit, revealed himself to man-kind in the form of his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ also showed many facets by performing many signs and wonders. He was a Savior to some, a healer to others, a judge to others, and even for some a thorn in their flesh. Yet He didn’t want his disciples to know him based on the works that He had done or based on what men said He was. He wanted them to know him as I AM. According to the records of Matthew: “When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God” [Matthew 16:13-16, THE MSG].

Interestingly, that moment of revelation of who Christ really was, was a pivotal moment in Peter’s life. It was at that moment that Peter’s real purpose and who he really is, was revealed to him. After his profound declaration of who Christ is, “Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out” [Matthew 16:17-18, THE MSG].

There are a lot of people who don’t know who they really are and what their purpose on this earth is. They stumble from one thing and person to another, trying to figure out what their purpose is and who they really are. But who you are and what your purpose is, is nested in I AM. The never changing one is “the same yesterday, today and forever” [Hebrews 13:8, NIV]. Times and circumstances may change. He may reveal himself to you in many ways but don’t simply settle in knowing him based on what he does, get to know him for who He is, and who he is, is I AM!

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