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Am I Living as if I am the "I am?"

by P. Brian Noble / May 9, 2018

 

 

Scripture

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14, ESV)

Thoughts
God identifies himself as the “I am.” Think about that. “I am.” He doesn’t say, “I am a…” He simply says, “I am who I am.” In other words, there is none compared to God. God is God because he is God. This is both reassuring and intimidating. It is reassuring, because he sent his son—Jesus—to to save humanity, and intimidating because at times we proclaim with our actions and words that we are the “I am.”

How do we proclaim that we are the “I am?” I’m glad you asked. We often make judgments about others, make up our own rules, break relationships, and elevate our preferences so much that they come across as God’s law. In our relationships, it is so easy to take the place of the “I am.”

God is the “I am”—the only lawgiver, the only king. He is the only Savior and Redeemer. God is the only boss, ruler, or final authority. He is the “I am who I am.” As our creator, he knows us and can help us. He is the “I am.” Look at what James says about God:

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. …But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:11–12, ESV)

 Application
Think about your relationships today. How have you tried to be the “I am?” How have you tried to act like God with your friend or spouse or co-worker? How have you tried to be the lawgiver? Think of preferences that you have tried to make about God’s law. Find an area or two of which you can repent by telling God and the person to whom you’ve laid down the law. You will never go wrong by recognizing God as God and allowing him (as if he needs to be allowed) to be the “I am” in your life.

Prayer
God, I acknowledge you as the “I am.” That makes me the “I am not.” Please forgive me for pretending to be you, and help me to walk in humility…. (Continue praying.)

 

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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