What Is My “I am” - Carol Krum
During a small group gathering recently, one lady shared that she had heard a teaching on “I am” and as she spoke we all became a bit overwhelmed at what she brought to us. The essence of her message was that every time we say “I am …” we are actually declaring the NAME of God!
Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ “ Exodus 3:13-14
Suddenly we were all struck with the impact of her words, knowing that we use that phrase so freely in our everyday language for both good, bad and ugly! When we say “I am healed, I am delivered, I am saved, I am blessed, I am rich”, etc. we are first declaring the Name of God followed by His truth! As we reflect on this nugget of truth, we can begin to see the many ways in which we are releasing the very NAME of God in our speech without even being cognizant of what we are saying.
Now here is where the real revelation came! When we say “I am sick, I am tired, I am angry, I am broke, I am afraid”, etc. we are declaring His NAME over what isn’t true of HIS character or nature. If you’re anything like the rest of us, it causes you to sit up a bit and take notice of the power of the words you use and in what context.
“With [the tongue] we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men [ourselves] who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” James 3:9-10
As we were all pondering this revelation, another lady shared something she had created during her weekly bible readings. As she was impressed by certain words or phrases throughout the week, she would write them down on a piece of paper. She is an artist and beautifully creative, and what she presented to us was nothing short of amazing. One of the words that caught her attention was “NAME” and as she gazed upon that word, her eye caught “AM” and she carefully drew the letter “I” above it! There it was “I AM” hidden in the Name! This was a holy moment as we realized how His Spirit had breathed upon both of these women during the same week, highlighting His NAME, for the purpose of revelation of truth for all of us.
I pray that you will be blessed to recognize how many times in a day you are declaring His very NAME through your “I am”, releasing blessing into your atmosphere of influence, even into your very own body, soul and spirit. And for those times that you catch yourself declaring His NAME and attaching it to a lie, it will become a glorious opportunity to correct it with the word of truth! And that, my friends, is GOOD NEWS!
Carol Krum is the Partner Coordinator at the Spokane Headquarters and our resident encourager in joy.