On Mondays, I collect our garbage into plastic bags and place them in the provided receptacle (recycles go into a separate container) to be collected early on Tuesday mornings.
When we started this schedule years ago, Mondays became a special day for me. It represented more than uncluttering the house of waste, but a means for me to observe this day in more significant ways.
It follows the Lord’s Day by which we began a new week, receiving His Word and worshipping with His people; spending the day with Him in prayer and meditation. It is reasonable then to go into the new week by putting into practice what we learned and experienced the day before. As we are spending the remainder of this year in the thirteenth chapter of Hebrews, we are continuing to carry the blessings that are ours through every phase of life, especially the difficult times.
Yesterday’s message was centered on how and why, “by Christ, we offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15
From the message each week, we move to the Lord’s Supper, reminded that we come to the Table of our Lord to renew all that we have in Christ. This was the prompting to share why I love Mondays. While remembering that we come down from the mountaintop of praise to the lowest place to start over in the valley with our Lord, from which we gather more praises for the next Lord’s Day.
I can only imagine what it must be like for ministers who have to start each week to bring the congregation together in the Spirit to the next Lord’s worship and His Word. I, like them, have to come personally to our Lord and Savior, to seek His guidance through the week; to pray and encourage others during the week, so that we come together of one mind and one spirit on the Lord’s Day. Worship leaders cannot do this. It is not a one-day-a-week experience.
I start the workday with a Moderator, the Spirit of Christ, who leads and challenges each day in prayer and His Word.
Each Monday is a day for Mobilization, Modification, and Mortification.
As I prepare and collect the physical waste during the day, I consider that I am always moving by the leading of His Word and Spirit, to empty the garbage of my thinking, speaking, and living.
I am continually reminded of the physical things that are no longer needed, so I gather them in a separate place for donation. Modification for my mind and heart means changing my thoughts and desires to what the Lord wants for me. As His people, His children, His family, we continue to move Onward and Upward to our new home with Him, so we gladly give up the things we don’t need, physically and spiritually. Over the years the Spirit of truth has removed former beliefs that were not true, displacing them with the truth of His Word. Working on the project Words of Life is helping tremendously with this endeavor ~ changing our vocabulary changes our lives.
Mortification is the process of seeing the sins that remain hidden, but week by week, His Word and Spirit uncover.
We see ~
We agree ~ We mortify the deeds of the flesh as He reveals them by His Word and His Spirit.
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” Colossians 3:5
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:13
Gracious Father, thank you for opening heaven to us through your Word by the power of your Holy Spirit so that the things of this world no longer hold our interest. Enable us to move forward, to modify our thoughts and lives, and to mortify the deeds of the flesh as you reveal them. So emblazon upon our minds and hearts the life and humility of Christ that we desire Him more and more to increase and that we decrease. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran How Sweet the Name of JesusSounds by John Newton, composer of Amazing Grace
There are 4664 verses in which the word ALL is found in the Bible. We scrolled through these and prayed the Lord would point out the most important ones. This was not easy, but I felt I needed some insight into this word and how it is used. It is a little word packed with truths of our Lord through whom we live and move and have our being.
If there was one word that summed up the words of life it would be this one.
This is an extensive list and could serve as one Word of Life, so we suggest before you scroll through these references, ask the Holy Spirit to stop you where you need to read whole verses. We will publish a page on this blog for this list of Words of Life, so as to make it easier to reference in the future.
The Old Testament H3606
Strong’s defines ALL kol kōle, the whole, the whole of, any, each, every, anything, totality, everything.
In Noah’s day, we see the Lord’s rule over His creation. “And all flesh died that moved upon the earth” Genesis 7:21 “the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,” Exodus 12:29
In Sodom and Gomorrah, He destroyed “all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities” Genesis 19:25
Then we see some of those verses which relate to the Lord’s relationship with His people, from the Old Testament beginning with His promise to Abraham “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3;Genesis 28:14
He promised, if they obeyed and kept His covenant, “then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:” Exodus 19:5
They were to “teach the children of Israel all the statutes” Leviticus 10:11 “All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth” Psalm 25:10
He has “forgiven and covered all the sin of His people Psalm 85:2
“All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.” Psalm 75:10
“The Lord preserveth all them that love Him, but all the wicked will he destroy.” Psalm 145:20
New TestamentG3956 Strong’s defines ALL, pas pä’s individually ~ each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything; and collectively ~ some of all types
All in Man “He knew all men.” John 2:24
“For all have sinned” Romans 3:23 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man falleth away:” 1 Peter 1:24 “For all that is in the world is of the world.” 1 John 2:16 “All unrighteousness is sin:.” 1 John 5:17 “we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10 “judgment upon all, to convince all that are ungodly of all their ungodly deeds and of all their hard speeches” Jude 1:15
“all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” Revelation 1:7
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; andall these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
“the Father had given all things into his hands” John 13:3
“All things were accomplished.” John 19:28
“He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” Acts 17:25
“In all these things we are more than conquerors.” Romans 8:37
“all things work together for His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“He delivered him up for us all… with him also freely give us allthings?” Romans 8:32 “Who shall subdue all things unto himself.” Philippians 3:21
“And he is before all things, and by himall things consist.” Colossians 1:17
“in allthings he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18 “appointed heir of all things.” Hebrews 1:2 “upholding allthings by the word of his power,”Hebrews 1:3
“for whom are all things, and by whom are all things,” Hebrews 2:10 “all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him.” Hebrews 4:13 “above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:” 1 Peter 4:8 “given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” 2 Peter 1:3 “allthese things shall be dissolved… be in all holy conversation and godliness,” 2 Peter 3:11 “in Christ, all things are new.”2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:22;Revelation 21:5 “Prove all things.”1 Thessalonians 5:21 “every man temperate inallthings.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 “Do allthings without murmurings and disputings:” Philippians 2:14 “count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:” Philippians 3:8
All of God Jesus came to “fulfill all righteousness.” Matthew 3:15
“All power” was given unto Him.’ Matthew 28:18
“The Father hath committed all judgment to the Son.”John 5:22
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; ” John 6:37
“above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion.” Ephesians 1:21
“all things under his feet,..head over all things to the church.”Ephesians 1:22
“Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:23
“He is Lord of all.” Acts 10:36; to all that call upon Him.” Romans 10:12 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:6
“Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:11 “God worketh all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:6 “all the promises of God in him” 2 Corinthians 1:20
“the God of all comfort;” 2 Corinthians 1:3
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;” Colossians 1:19
“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:9
“All scripture by inspiration of God,” 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul declared “all the counsel of God.” Acts 20:27
“high priest in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15“
Holiest ofall;” Hebrews 9:3 “the Judge of all,” Hebrews 12:23 “the God of all grace,” 1 Peter 5:10 “God shall wipe awayall tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17;
God Working All in Man “offence of one judgment upon all men to condemnation; righteousness of one the free gift upon allmen unto justification of life.” Romans 5:18 “The gospel preached to all the world.” Matthew 24:14
“redeem us from all iniquity,” Titus 2:14 “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us fromall sin.” 1 John 1:7 “forgiven all trespasses;” Colossians 2:13 “But wisdom is justified of all her children.” Luke 7:35
“All that believe are justified.” Acts 13:39
“The Spirit of truth will guide into all truth.” John 16:13
“blessed withall spiritual blessings:” Ephesians 1:3 “allwisdom and prudence;” Ephesians 1:8 “strengthened with all might, unto allpatience.” Colossians 1:11
“filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:19
“able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,” Ephesians 3:20 “glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages” Ephesians 3:21
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesian 6:18
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Colossians 3:17
“all baptized into one body, all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13 “That all may be one.” John 17:21
“all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 “sanctified are all of one:” Hebrews 2:11 “one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” 1 Corinthians 10:17 “all of one mind,” 1 Peter 3:8 “all joy and peace in believing,” Romans 15:13 “count itall joy when ye fall into divers temptations;” James 1:2| “all the law is fulfilled in one word,..love thy neighbour as thyself.” Galatians 5:14
“abound in love one toward another, and toward all men,: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 “Abstain fromallappearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Ephesians 5:9
“Preach the word; with all long suffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2 “shewing all meekness untoall men.” Titus 3:2 “Casting all your care upon him.” 1 Peter 5:7 “giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;”2 Peter 1:5 “a crown of righteousness, unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Revelation 22:21
Dear Father in heaven, how can we begin to understand all things about you and ourselves except you reveal and fulfill the promises you have made in and through Jesus, your dear Son. By your Holy Spirit use this post now and in the future to make your Words of Life known to us, your children. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Fran Whether Therefore Ye Eat or Drink ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31
Years ago, I gave each of our grandchildren treasure boxes. The first one was given to our oldest grandchild, Ansley, to keep letters I had written to her. The first letter was written soon after she was born, recording the anticipation of her birth, family, and friends who were present when she was born and other details. In addition, I wrote things that the Lord put in my heart for her to read later. Letters were written for each birthday for several years until three sisters were born. I kept each one from the time they were three months old until they began kindergarten and during the summer months two days a week while Lee worked as a physical therapist. I did not have time afterward to write letters to the other grandchildren, but they all have the treasure boxes for storing things we studied together.
In them are workbooks that we used for our Summer of Psalms used for studying God’s Word over a fourteen-year period, plus awards they received for memory work, a CD of the music we sang, and crafts we used for activities. (To our one grandson we gave a solid red box.) In the last two years, we have given them copies of some of our published books. We no longer study together, but they have these treasures to review and remember what they learned when they were younger; hopefully to share with their own children and grandchildren. Our books may be of more interest to them when they are older. Our youngest, Emma, will be sixteen in March.These boxes serve as a place for them to keep the sources from which they have learned of God and of heaven ~ those eternal things that never fade or pass away. And should they forget and wander from the paths of their childhood, they can return and rediscover the truths of life that point them in the right way, along with the study Bibles we gave them.
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
I believe the idea for the boxes was a gift from God our heavenly Father and a replica of the new heart He gives us as His children. He has designed them as a place for His love, joy, and peace, His truth, wisdom, knowledge, and grace; for His songs and memories of growing up in Christ. Since the new heart belongs wholly to Him, He has the freedom to add whatever and whenever He wants. Unlike the earthly boxes I gave my grandchildren, He has the key to each of His. He opens and closes, reveals and adds His own heavenly treasures according to His heart and will.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
There have been times I wished I had had these treasures for my children, but I did not have the new heart to receive these blessings when they were young. Our heavenly Father has no grandchildren but gives His treasures to those He desired and sired for His own.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 1:2
Gracious Father, how blessed we are that you call us your own; that we belong to you both by Creation and Redemption. Continue to reveal your grace and glory, fill us continually with your Holy Spirit of truth, wisdom, and knowledge, as you are preparing us to live with you forever. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Who today, can write of peace and contentment, first-hand?
This post was meant for the series Contentment and was the most difficult of all, so it did not make it in that series. However, we thought it would fit well as a chapter in Beyond a Mere Christianity. In seeking to share what I know, and what I have discovered from God’s Word, this may have been the one I needed the most. It is one thing to write what I have learned, second-hand, but quite different to share it from experience. I wanted to do more with this post. I do not do the subject of peace justice. Except I write a book, I cannot cover it all. So I pray the Lord’s blessings for what we offer here.
I know the peace that is “the fruit of the Spirit” of God (Galatians 5:22). I can share no other peace than what God has given me through His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). It has been tried and I have many times been lacking; not because I do not have peace, but because it is not a natural trait. It will always be tested while we live in the midst of chaos.
Here, we will pose some questions and attempt to answer from the Word of the Lord.
How do peace and contentment relate to each other? There is no Biblical reference that combines these two. Since we have written many other posts on contentment, we will document what we know of peace, seeing that the two are similar, understanding that one compliments the other. If we have the peace of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, we will be content in His peace.
The Source of Peace The question is not, “what” but “where and who is the source of peace?” Peace comes from the Lord, our God, who originally created all things for peace in His kingdom.
He is still the source and the giver of His peace.
“The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:26
“The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
The Psalmist speaks of peace that comes by righteousness. Psalm 72:3
“Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Psalm 85:10
“the righteous flourish; with abundance of peace.” Psalm 72:7
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” Isaiah 32:17
And “the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:18
Hebrews 12:11 says that “chastening yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”
Paul instructs Timothy to “follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
WISDOM AND PEACE Peace is the result of wisdom.
“For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.” Proverbs 3:2
“Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, James 3:17
GOSPEL OF PEACE Paul speaks of “our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15 and “the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace! Romans 10:15
GOD’S LAW AND PEACE Those who love God’s law have “great peace: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165
Great peace comes from the Lord as we are taught by Him. Isaiah 54:13
Gracious Father of grace and peace, we thank you for giving us your Son that we may be brought to you in His peace; that we may live in peace with you and Him through the power of your Holy Spirit. Fill us with your Spirit, that we may live in this peace, content with whatever you have chosen for us as you prepare us for your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
References to the wordamazed in the Old Testament (H926) relate to trouble and fear, specifically to the wrath of God.
We especially want to look at how this word was used in the New Testament, and consider this as one of the Words of Life as we use it in reference to Christ and the gospel.
New Testament G1839
Strong’s defines amazed existēmi eks-ē’-stā-mēto amaze, to astonish, throw into wonderment; to be beside oneself; the same word used for astonished.
Joseph and Mary were amazed when they found Jesus at the age of twelve “in the temple in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking questions.”
“And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” Luke 2:48
We fast-forward to Jesus’ ministry.
“Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?” Matthew 12:22-23
The people were amazed, but the Pharisees said Jesus had cast him out by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils. (vs. 24)
After the encounter with the rich young man, Jesus said to his disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
“When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?” Matthew 19:24-25
We rejoice that Jesus’ response is a hope and an amazement for any of us who are saved by His grace ~ a work possible only by Him and not us.
When Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take up thy bed”
“Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” Mark 2:12
After Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves “He went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.” Mark 6:51
When He came down from the mount of transfiguration, “Straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.” Mark 9:15
After the healing of the young boy, “they were all amazed at the mighty power of God” (Luke 9:43).
On the day of Pentecost, everyone heard the gospel in their native tongue.
“And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? Acts 2:7 and Acts 2:12
When the people saw the man healed at the gate of the temple, “they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him” (Acts 3:10).
The Amazing Conversion of Paul How amazing is it to see those who have persecuted God’s people become one of them. We find the reaction of the people to Paul’s conversion in the book of Acts. Once a destroyer of the followers of Christ, he became Jesus’ strongest disciple and apostle to the Gentiles.
“But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?” Acts 9:21
We, who are disciples of Christ, know and live in amazement of all that Christ has done for us, in us, and through us, as He continues to sanctify and prepare us to share His glory.
Dear heavenly Father, we stand amazed in the presence of Jesus, who loved us and gave Himself for us. Continue to draw us to Him by your amazing grace. Cause us to stand in awe of Him, through your Word, by your Holy Spirit within us; that we may worship and obey you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
I am going out on a limb with this post. It is not my nature to tackle controversial issues.
This comes in response to the recent news of a young man who was killed in his attempt to share the gospel on an isolated island in the Indian Ocean. I do not know all the details, first learning of the event in a fellow blogger’s post accompanied by a video of the island. In the video is the scene of the inhabitants on the beach of North Sentinel island which the reporter called “wildmen.” This video left in me a sad image and the thoughts that I write here.
How different is the majority of people in any land to this small band of isolated people?
How few welcome people they do not know?
How hostile are most people to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ?
People, in general, are ignorant of the good news of Jesus Christ and are antagonistic to those who want to share this good news.
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” Psalm 2:1-3
Psalm 1 describes two types of people, the righteous and the ungodly. In Psalm 2, the heathen are the ungodly, described in Psalm 1; and the righteous are those whose delight is in the law of the Lord, Psalm 1:2. Kings of the earth and rulers are described as heathen. There are Biblical references to men as beasts.
“So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.” Psalm 73:22
Where is True Civilization? How different is the scene of those islanders and others who demonstrate in the streets of our nation in anger of whatever comes against them?
How different are they than we are when someone disagrees with us? Only the laws of our land and God’s power of mercy keep us from destroying each other.
Why do we lock our doors? We live in fear of strangers who may come and harm us or take what is ours.
History of the Sentinelese
There seems to be in the history of the Sentinelese a time when their people were kidnapped. There is the story that centuries ago some were taken to another country where the two oldest died, then the others were taken back to the island. Imagine their fear passed from generation to generation. Does this not give us some understanding of their behavior against outsiders?
We cannot condone this savagery, but we do well to learn from this event.
Only one person has ever brought the gospel to an antagonistic people, died in the process, and rose from the grave ~ and His death by His own people who did not accept His good news.
The church leadership needs to train God’s people. There are many para-church organizations – even churches – that are encouraging young people to consider missionary work. Many have the will and the zeal, but not the skill. Jesus trained and sent His disciples in companies of two.
The church used to be the catalyst, ordaining and training for the mission field. Taking the gospel to an illiterate people is a dangerous endeavor, it is a work that requires counseling and training, in addition to faith and prayer.
Please do not attack me for what I have written. I am not criticizing this young man, but believe he was doing what he thought he should do to share the good news. I am just sharing what I believe the Lord has put in my heart, and hopefully, give us things to consider when we think of sharing the gospel outside our own culture and time zone.
A Technological Thought Another thought, which may seem a bit whimsical: We are not Christ. We either need bullet-proof vests or to pray and brainstorm some way to air-drop something to get and hold the attention of those we want to hear the gospel. Someone with the funds could build a robot that looks like the Islanders and program it to transcribe the gospel into their language.
I pray that this young man’s life is not a loss; that the Lord would show us what we need to reach the unreachable for His glory. What a joy it would be to see our modern technology used in such a way as this. Even this might be dangerous to their immune systems ~ win them to Christ and wipe them out?
Gracious Father, we thank you for sending your Son and for your Holy Spirit who reveals Him to us as our Lord and Savior. We ask you to show your church how to counsel and train those whom you call to the mission field. We ask that the Chau family know your comfort and peace and be drawn closer to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
I thank the Lord that He is still teaching me. This week it would have been easier just to share what He is doing in my life. My experiences in His grace and care are more than books can hold and the words seem to flow.
But, this newly published project Words of Life ~ A to Z ~ the Ordinary Vocabulary of a Christian is not as easy as I thought it would be. It is taking more study and time than I had anticipated. Yet, it is doing its work in me. The language of a Christian is becoming more and more of a challenge and beginning to replace some of the common vocabulary I formerly used. The study of this word AM has drawn me to learn more of what I am to be in Christ, the Great I AM.
How difficult would you expect the research to be for the word AM? I have gleaned and present the two most important uses. I readily admit that I cannot do justice to this word. If you have more to add, please comment.
The first and most important is the word used in quoting God’s own words about Himself ~ “I AM.”
The second is the quote of the people of God when they say “I am.”
The Old Testament The expression “I AM the LORD” is quoted 161 times in the Old Testament, sometimes with the addition of “your God.” Other times He describes His role.
“And he said unto him, I AM the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.” Genesis 15:7
In Exodus 15:6 He describes Himself, “I AM the LORD that healeth thee.”
“I AM the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:24).
The following quote from Isaiah 44:2-8 includes “I AM the first and I AM the last” from the LORD and from His witnesses “I am the Lord’s.” Take these words to heart as you read this passage of God’s Word and rejoice that you can say, “I am the Lord’s.”
“Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. 5 One shall say, I am theLord‘s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel. 6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
Ezekiel 39:7 is only one of many quotes from the prophet using the terms they shall know that “I am the LORD.” This quote identifies Him as the Holy One in Israel.
“So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.”
New Testament The term “I AM” is quoted 200 times in the New Testament.
The first is in the negative “I am not worthy” from John the Baptist in Matthew 3:11, but here he attributes the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire to one who is coming, “mightier than I.”
How appropriate is the first positive “I AM” when at Jesus’ baptism, came “a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17
The same expression is recorded in Matthew 17:5 at the Transfiguration.
And second is the first “I AM” expressed by Jesus in Matthew 5:17, in which he states His purpose for being there.
So as not to make this entry any longer, I ask that you use the link to discover all the uses of Jesus’ expression. You will also find Paul’s uses of the term that would be good for us to study and claim as our own.
1 Corinthians 15:10 is Paul’s well-known use of these words.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
Revelation 1:18 is the last use of the words “I Am”. How blessed are we to know the one who spoke these words to John for our knowledge and faith.
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Our gracious heavenly Father, who spoke creation into existence, who is the God of the living and gave us your Son who has given us eternal life, we praise you. By your Spirit, enable us to hallow your name and to say with all confidence, “I am the Lord’s.” In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.