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I AM! Living In Abundance. John 10:10b. June. 2013

It is common knowledge that God is very methodical in the choice of His names. For instance when He wants to show that all power is His and we should completely rely on Him as our banner; He introduces Himself as Jehovah Nissi (Ex. 17:15). When you are going through trouble and God wants you to know that He is the God of peace, he tells you that He is Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24). When it appears the lions of this world have woken up against you and your destiny, and somehow you are afraid of who is, and who is not with/for you; you are afraid of what tomorrow will bring; you are not too sure of life in the future, God will remind you that He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5). When one is going through challenges of poverty and physical lack and one is about to lose hope, God often shows up as Jehovah Jireh (Gen.22:14). God has a relevant name for Himself concerning every purpose and about every season under heaven.

In Ex. 3:14. God was having a discussion with Moses. He wanted to send Moses on a destiny-changing mission to Pharaoh to deliver the children of Israel. It was going to be a hard but possible mission; the kind that has never been done before. The kind that would never be done again till the end of time. It was going to be an unprecedented assignment and the challenges were going to be grave. Moses wasn’t too sure of how he was going to introduce God to the children of Israel. All he knew was that he had this unusual encounter with this supreme personality at the burning bush and this personality said He was the God of the fathers of Israel. This was the background; this was the understanding of Moses. Moses knew that if he went back to his people to tell them, “you know this is what I got from this God; who incidentally is the God of our fathers and Abraham”, they would doubt in their hearts. Therefore Moses asked God who (what name) he would tell Israel is name of the originator of the message.  God told Moses to tell Israel that “I AM” had sent him. I have tried to understand the significance of the choice of that name at that material time for Moses and the children of Israel. God said; tell them that “I AM” had sent you.

Let’s reason together for a moment. When somebody sees you for the very first time and asks you who you are, your reply very often would start with “I am” so and so. That is an effective way of introducing ourselves to anyone. It is absolutely important that we understand that “1 am” precedes the introduction of whatever you are to the stranger you are talking to. You may be an Engineer, a doctor, a pastor, a teacher/professor; whatever. The ‘I am’ precedes that very introduction of who you are. Many a time we spend so much time in describing what we do and how we do it and even less time in saying that which we do in relation and in the context of time. Rather this was the opposite with God, Who knew, at the time he was talking to Moses that in terms of the exact characteristics, qualities and description of what He could do (for he will later be called Jehovah Nissi, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He will be called the Prince of peace and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah), in the context of this very crucial, early material time He rather would introduce Himself to the world simply as “I AM”. Just as someone would want to ask you to explain something beyond a certain point even when you had given the fellow the appropriate answer and the fellow still needed to know more as at that particular time; and we would say to the person “ well, I have given you what you need to know and it is what it is”; God told Moses to go and tell Israel that “I AM” had sent him and if they somehow couldn’t handle that, just tell them that “I AM THAT I AM” and there is little or nothing anyone can do about it; I am who, I am!

In other words tell them that I AM, the Jehovah Nissi that I AM; the Jehovah Shalom that I AM, the Prince of Peace that I AM, the Lion of the tribe of Judah that I AM; the Jehovah Elshadai that I AM. What makes this name of God so powerful is that the almighty God simply introduced himself as “I AM”. He didn’t say “I WAS” or “I WILL BE/BECOME”. He said I AM. This is perfectly re-assuring. God was saying that he will ever be present. Remember that shortly before, God had told Moses in Ex. 3:12; “certainly I will be with you”.

God spoke about himself in the ever continuous, never-changing present tense. For instance, God was not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; rather God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; God was not the God of pastor Enoch Adeboye, rather God is the God of Pastor Enoch Adeboye. In totality God was not our God, rather God is (and continues to be) our God.  If we understand this, we will appreciate the fact that it is the absolute ability of God to be ever present that is our hope for eternal salvation. God is never dead. God is and will continue to be here with us.

Even when God reminds us of what he did in the past, it is often for us to have faith and believe that, yes he did those things in the past, He is present now with us (He is the I AM) and he can repeat what He did before even in a far better dimension. When God went ahead and parted the red sea He was acting in his capacity as I AM (Ex.14); When he delivered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace, he practically demonstrated to those who couldn’t physically see and believe in him that indeed he is a living God; that shouldn’t be described in the past tense as he intervened as the “I AM” (Dan. 3:24-25)

In 1 Kgs. 18; when Baal that was disturbing the children of Israel, suddenly travelled and went to sleep as there was a challenge between his prophets and Elijah, God showed up to demonstrate that lesser gods could go to sleep; they could travel but our God neither sleeps nor slumbers; he never abandons us rather He is the “I AM THAT I AM”; He is ever present. Ever present indeed! When Elisha was faced with river Jordan after his master had been taken to heaven; even when it looked like the God of His master had departed with His master, God suddenly reminded Elisha that He is God of the present, who controlled the past and is absolutely in charge of the future, by showing up and dividing the river Jordan (2 Kgs. 2:14).

I don’t know what you may be expecting from God. If only you can constantly remember that He is the great “I AM”; the one who is always there for and with us; the one who will never abandon us; our father indeed; then we will continue to have hope that He hears us. The problem is that some people could say “well, you know pastor, God was able to do it then for Moses, but I am not Moses and that was in the time of Moses. This is the 21st century, we don’t still have Moses around” Well you may be wrong. The effective meaning of “1 AM” is what God said in Heb.13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever”. As far as our God is concerned there is effectively no yesterday. Everything is seen in the context of the now and the present; the same way he heard and worked with Moses, Elijah, Peter, James and John; “yesterday” if we are ready and available God will work with us in the same power and might “today and forever”. He never goes on leave. He doesn’t age. He is who he is and whether anyone likes it or not, it is what it is, that our God is the “I AM THAT I AM”. 

Let’s see God in all that we do as He is always with us, He is ever present with us and will never abandon us no matter what.

If you have not given your life to Christ please do so now for tomorrow might be too late.

God bless you.

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

317 Woodpoint Avenue

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org


Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 01:04pm