“THE GREAT I AM”

God.pngNow Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wildness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the flames of fire within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight why the bush does not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him within the bush, “Moses!” Moses!. (Exodus 3:1-4)

God had a job for Moses to do and of course like most of us even today think that there is no way able to do it. In Moses case here is what he tells God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them,” The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, “What is his name? Then what shall I tell them? God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”. This is what you are to say to the Israelites, “I AM” has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses. Say to the Israelites, The Lord, the God of your fathers-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you. “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.                     (Exodus 3:13-15)

Even today many still call God “The Great I Am”, The Great Physician, The Great Healer, and so much more to so many. The Apostle Paul suffer very deeply for the gospel, and we do at times experience seemingly unbearable trials. Suffering is not new to God’s people. It has always been a part of God’s story. But we must never forget that no matter how great or small, short or enduring, the strain of suffering, it will never even separate us from the “I AM” or “El-Roi. In fact, when seen through the lens of God’s truth and His character, suffering actually moves us closer to the heart of God. It has divine purpose. Our suffering works in and through us to conform us to the image of God’s Son Jesus Christ and make us more like Him.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD

I Am The Good Shepherd.png As we continue the series by Lysa Terkeust we come to read the next thing Jesus tells his disciples and others. “I am the good shepherd” The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”                                                         ( John 10:14-18 NIV)

Lysa tells us as we dig deeper into the Greek word of good in John 10:14, we find that it is not simply the opposite of bad. This specific word kalos also holds the connotation of noble, honorable, worthy. It points us to a sense of awe that suggest Christ is not just good, but He is captivating and deserves praise. As we consider what the Good and Great Shepherd does, we can be encouraged in knowing that He is the perfect shepherd we are His sheep are drawn to follow. Not only is Jesus the Good Shepherd who gives and lays down His life for his people, but He is also the Gate for the people of God to access and enter into the presence of God. Jesus gives us access to the Father so that we can live in intimacy and relationship with Him. Perhaps you feel like you are wandering this world with no shepherd, no one to guide or invest in you. Please know that Jesus himself wants to be your Shepherd. And not just any shepherd—but the Good Shepherd.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

I AM

MosesMoses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law and he lead the flock to the far side of the wildness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the flames of fire from within. Moses saw that through the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought I will go over and see this strange sight–why the bush does not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush. Moses! Moses! and Moses said “Here I am” Do not come any closer God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Then he said ” I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:1-6) The Lord said to Moses I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. God wanted Moses to go and free his people from the Egyptian, and like so many of us today when God is calling us to do a job, what do we say not me Lord, send someone else. But in the time of Moses God had intending choosing him for this job.

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, “What is his name? Then what shall I tell them? God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites, I am has sent me to you. God also said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.  This is my name forever, the name you shall call me, from generation  to generation.                                   (Exodus 3:13-15)

Who is the Great I Am, over the next few writing I will share with you from Lysa Terkeurst book Finding I Am. This is a wonderful study for anyone who is seeking to find out who is the Great I AM.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends