The Daily Lily
Consider the lilies of the field… Matt 6:28
Who am I?
Who AM I?
Is there a difference?
Hey, I see two different colors!
“Who AM I?” When I see AM I written in caps I think of God, I think of Jesus. They have identified who they are by the name I AM
“Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!” (John 8:58 NLT)
“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)
They are supreme and above all. They qualify to have their name in caps.
“Who am I?” To me this represents mankind, this represents me, a created one, not THE CREATOR.
Along with Debi’s comments on the great I AM, there are some compelling Scriptures that describe just who I am in Christ Jesus. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am a friend of Jesus. I am a branch of the true Vine, I am a friend of Jesus. I am a fellow heir with Christ. fellow . I am redeemed . I am forgiven by the blood of the Lamb.. I am seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. these are all taken from Scripture, almost verbatim by Kenneth Boa.
When I look at who I am, why do I not rise up and praise God, live in victory and really live like the being that in Christ Jesus,I AM, TOO!
I an doubtful….of little faith in the I AM way to often.
Woe, I’m thinking I am way too much like Peter too often. 😦 He even walked on water, and still began to doubt. (Matthew 14: 22-33)
The footnotes for Matthew 14: 30, 31 sure gives me some encouragement. Read with me: “Although we start out with good intentions, sometimes our faith falters. This doesn’t necessarily mean we have failed. When Peter’s faith faltered, he reached out to Christ, the only one who could help. He was afraid, but he still looked to Christ. When you are apprehensive about the troubles around you and doubt Christ’s presence or ability to help, remember that he is always with you and is the only one who can really help.”
“I AM” in my Bible index is defined as “a title indicating self-existence.” ‘I am’ exists only because of and by the mercy of the great “I AM”. If we get these roles confused, Jesus offered this clarification: ““If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23,24 NKJ)
Debi, I read the footnotes for Luke 9: 23. Look at what it says…… “To take up the cross meant to carry one’s own cross to the place of crucifixion. Many Galileans had been killed that way by the Romans–and Jesus would face it as well. With this word picture, Christ presented a clear and challenging description of the Christian life. Being his disciple means putting aside selfish desires, shouldering one’s ‘cross’ every day, and following him. It is simple and yet so demanding. For the original Twelve, this meant literal suffering and death. For believers today, it means understanding that we belong to him and that we live to serve his purposes. Consider this: Do you think of your relationship with God primarily in terms of what’s in it for you (which is considerable) or in terms of what you can do for him? Are you willing to deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow him? Anything less is not discipleship; it is merely superficial lip service.” Yikes!
Yikes is right! That sure is a clear-cut self-assessment test. And if we score in the lip-service category we may hear these words from the great I Am: ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matt 27:21-23
I am thinking, Debi, from the Bible Index definition that our own little ‘i am” must gradually and diligently become “YOU ARE” in me and thus can result in ….”I am”. The ” i am” that is MG is quickly finding out that my” I am” is Nothing without the constant vigilance and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.. Oh!! what anguish when we do not allow the I AM to be just that in our lives.
An unknown artist writes and many known artist sing;
“When I think of how He came so far from glory
Came to dwell among the lowly such as I
To suffer shame and such disgrace
On Mount Calvary take my place
Then I ask myself this question
Who am I?”
And, the chorus says;
“Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thy Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?
But to an old rugged cross He’d go for, who am I?”
Each time I remind myself of this reality I am very humbled to know The King…
Sara, I love those lyrics. And would it be that my Savior died for me? Debi wrote a song awhile back about when He was on the cross I was on His mind” (C) or words to that effect. YES. Who am I and just who do I think I am????
Who do you think you are?
I know the Scriptural answer to that which I put in my comments on 2/23. HOWEVER………
When i forge out ahead of God…not waiting to listen to His Spirit but doing it my way….it sure looks like I think I am God. Therefore, that means, really, that I idolize my SELF….in that I think I know what is best for me or what I should do or say. It backfires and I am humiliated and humbled before the Lord. Jesus says to me……MG, Just who do you think you are? My answer is the hymn. WITHOUT HIM I CAN DO NOTHING.
This brings one of my very favorite scriptures into play. It has moving parts. “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord.” (Philippians 2:12) This also brings to my awareness that I need to “know myself”…I have the responsibility to read, study and understand God’s word and protect myself from disobeying the words I read. It is my responsibility to work out my salvation before God. Once I learn that something I am doing violates His Word; give it up, do it no longer and steadily teach others this right way also….
Romans 1:32 NIV says, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Which side of the fence am i on?
Once again, the prophet has spoken! Sara’s post above just answered a question that I’d just put before the Lord a few moments ago, in my journal. Thank you, Sara, for YOUR obedience to the Spirit of God in telling forth the truth so that others may be turned in the right direction. Thank YOU LORD GOD for Your faithfulness to Your people in keeping Your promises to teach and instruct me in the way that I should go ( YOUR WORD) and counsel me with Your eye upon me, (Your prophets).!!
Ruth Paxson in her book, “Life on the Highest Plane”, has this to say about knowing/seeing ourselves: “The Bible is a mirror in which man may see himself just as he is. Any person who wishes a true picture of himself will find it there. The Bible is God’s studio in which will be found the picture of each of His created beings. Your photograph is there. It has been taken by the divine photographer, therefore it is flawlessly accurate. Do you wish to see your photograph?”
She then goes on to describe the three planes of living, the natural man who, “no matter how exemplery a life he may live on the plane of the natural, he is not a Christian.” The spiritual man who “lives his life wholly unto God where the Lord Jesus is the center of his life and has undivided control over his whole being.” And the carnal man who “attempts to live in two spheres, the heavenly and the earthly – and he fails in both.” After elaborating on each of these she asks, “Have you seen your photograph?”
Yes, i believe I have seen my photograph and it’s NOT a pretty picture at all. We may think we are doing firne and then something happens out of the blue that redirects our thinking and someone else’s perception of us pulls us up short . And…. CLICK and WHAMMO! Picture taken in time and the season of NOW. And we have to do some major retouching of our photo.
The Lord told Pharaoh, ” I have raised you up for such a time as this. He used Pharaoh for His own purposes that were set before the beginning of time. Moses didn’t know that. Aaron didn’t know that. PHARAOH didn’t know that. But God’s way is “way, way” above what we can imagine or think. He has done that in my life. When the photo came back from the shop I was stuck with the negative. I didn’t like it at all. Now I am preparing myself, my heart and my mind for a retake.
I hope this photo turns out a lot better.
In your opening Sara asks “is there a difference”? I guess there is a big difference between the I
I AM and I am. But there shouldn’t be.
Well how much are we allowed?
We are not allowed any. It’s just how much we think we can get away with that makes the DIFFERENCE..
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