Get up! It’s Friday. I would like to provide you with a formal introduction of who I am, but before I do that, I must first tell you where I came from and what my background is (Aw shucks I’m only in the first paragraph and I’m excited). My Father, is God. Yep- the Creator. My Brother’s name is Jesus. He is my Savior. I just love Him because He loves me SOOO much and He shows it daily. He truly looks out for me. I could not have asked for a better big brother. Let me introduce you to them first and that will give you a better understanding of who I am.
God revealed Himself to us and He made certain we understand that everything originates from Him, through Him and was made by Him.
First, God introduced Himself to us:
Exodus 3:14 NKJV 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.’
God is “I AM”. What does this mean? He is whatever we need Him to be. The Holy Spirit strategically used “am” which is present tense, to describe Him. The word says: “I Am;” not “I was.” God is not dead. He is real, He is alive and He is well. He is “I Am!” (Oh Glory, I just inserted a praise break. Okay back to the devotion).
We then learned that God took a portion of Himself and made Himself as flesh to go through everything we will experience here on this earth. His name is Jesus.
Matthew 1:23 NLT Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.
John 1:1-3 NKJV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made
Colossians 1:15-16 NKJV He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Although He requires no introduction, but just in case it needed to be known or someone is uncertain, Jesus told us who He is (not was) also:
I am the way
John 14:6: Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
I am the bread of life
John 6:35: Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty.
I am the good shepherd
John 10:11: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep
I am the door
John 10:9: I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture.
I am the light of the world
John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
I am the resurrection and life
John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies…
I am the vine
John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.
Through the scriptures, Jesus reaffirms that He and God are one.
John 10:30 NKJV I and My Father are one.
John 8:57-58 NKJV Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
If you look at who God introduces himself as and who Jesus introduces Himself as, replace the “I Am” statements above of who Jesus is with “God”:
- God the way
- God the vine
- God the good shepherd
- God the light of the world
- God the door
- God the bread of life
- God the resurrection
Oh my God this is so powerful to ME! They are ONE! “I AM” is God. Jesus is God in the flesh. Once we know who God our Father is, and who Jesus, our Savior is, they affirm who they are in us, by the Spirit of God (The Holy Spirit):
John 14:23 KJV Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Here is when it gets real! I had to contain myself. Lord I thank you! Now you have been affirmed by the Spirit of the living God. You know who you are, whose you are and what you have on the inside of you. You can introduce yourself to this lost world, as a representative of Jesus Christ, for the glory of God.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Now, please allow me to provide you with a proper introduction of who I am…
- I am the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)
- I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
- I am a child of God (John 1:12)
- I am a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9-10)
- I am a branch (John 15:5)
- I am the temple of the living God (Romans 12:1)
- I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
- I am anointed by God (1 John 2:27)
- I am a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- I am a peacemaker (Matthew 5:9)
- I am healed (Isaiah 53:5)
- I am saved (2 Timothy 1:9)
- I am a victor not a victim (1 Corinthians 15:57)