Exodus 3:13 – 15
“And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, what is his name? What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you…this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations”. (KJV).
I do not have the grace to talk all over about the various names that have been given to God, either say which is most appropriate or not. That debate is not mine. However, that which concerns me most is that name of His I happen to pronounce every day, albeit unknown to me.
I’ve always learnt that a good Christian should be one who is able to bridle his/her tongue, for out of it proceedeth both life and death. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. (Proverbs 18:21)
Until recently, I learnt that my confessions could hold even more than I think or say, because when I pronounce something about myself, I call on the name of the Lord – I AM.
During one morning service when my pastor whispered this, I felt boosted. Nope, it isn’t just about not speaking negatively, it isn’t just about confessing beautiful and nice things about oneself, no, it isn’t just about that. But actually, it’s about us invoking the name of God Himself, each time we mention something about ourselves; each time we say I AM.
The word “am”, derived from “being”, literally, could be “is”. And “being” on its part, apart from being the present continuous tense of “is”, also means life/creature. That is why we are human beings.
According to Mattew Henry’s commentary, God’s name, I AM, denotes amongst others the fact that He derives His being from His own very self; He is unchangeable and unfathomable. In Him is Him; all the curiosities about Him start and end in Him; He is His very own nature.
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58). Here we see the unfathomable nature of He who was, and is, and is to come.
No matter what the game of words presents, I humbly think we have to watch, and double watch whenever we use the word I AM; because, it not only refers back to our being (our life), but also calls on the name of the Most High – I AM.
The freewill is ours; but I choose to speak positive. I choose to put some worthy word after every I AM because I do not wish to take the name of the Lord my God in vain (could be literal, but makes some sense though). I choose not to associate His name, I AM to anything sick, poor, broken, discouraged, sad, barren, lame, dumb, immoral, lost, etc.
I choose to pronounce I AM well, happy, healed, rich, strong, fruitful, wise, cheerful, blessed, loved, positive!
Just a confession for August, the month of fresh beginning – Yes, I AM positive!
Hope you are too.
God bless your soul!