Recently I read a blog written by a seeker of truth—someone who didn’t present himself as a born again Christian but who put some truth into what he wrote. One challenge he gave the reader was to explore the “I am” statements he says or thinks about himself throughout the day. The conclusion the blogger came to is that those statements may not be true.
I realized that I still slip into saying negative “I ams” when I’m having a bad day: I am a failure. I am a mess. I am not good enough.
Before I knew the Lord, when these statements came to mind, I believed them. And I allowed them to dictate how I lived.
After reading that blog, I left a comment:
“For years I defined who I was–mostly with negative statements about myself. Then I received Christ as my Savior, and He saved me not only from hell in the future but also from the present bondage and pain of these lies I had used for so long to define myself. Now I can be joyful and free as I embrace who He says I am. Sometimes I need to be reminded.”
Then I put the link to an Internet site I found that tells who I am in Christ. Here are a few reminders from that site:
I AM GOD’S…
child John 1:12
friend James 2:23
chosen Ephesians 1:4
beloved Romans 1:7/ 2 Thess 2:13
precious jewel Malachi 3:17
free forever from sin’s power Romans 6:14
loved eternally 1 Peter 1:5 /
not condemned Romans 8:1-2
his sheep Ps 23 / Psalms 100:3/ John 10:14
a citizen of heaven 1 Peter 2:11
A couple of days later, a friend sent me a link to the song “Remind Me Who I Am” by Jason Gray. I had heard the song before but because of reading the blog and then receiving and listening anew to Jason’s song, I decided God wanted to remind me who I am in Him.
Perhaps it’s because as I go through the valley of suicide grief I have had some “I am” thoughts that aren’t true ie “I am a failure because I didn’t save my brother’s life,” and “I am not loved by God because He allowed this to happen to a member of my family.”
Today I am holding to who and what God says I am. All of them wrapped together come down to the most significant which is “I am eternally loved by Him.” No circumstance, no fault of mine, no words or actions of others can change that fact. Now there’s a reason to celebrate.
How about you? Do you define who you are and/or allow others to do so? Are you ready to fully embrace the “I am” truths God is holding out to you and to all who belong to Him?
If You are not born again but would like to be so that all of these “I am” statements will apply to you, say this prayer poem written by Billy Graham:
Jesus, You died upon a cross/And rose again to save the lost/Forgive me now of all my sin/Come be my Saviour, Lord, and Friend. Change my life and make it new/And help me Lord/to live for You.
Link to “I am” lists: http://prayertoday.org/2004/PDF/Guides/Who-I-Am.PDF
Link to “Remind Me Who I Am” by Jason Gray: