For days I’ve been meditating deeply on the meaning of the word “I” and “I Am”. It’s popping up so much lately for so many different causes. Yet in my heart it just wouldn’t settle to use it. That’s when I started to dig deep to find answers as to why I couldn’t adopt the new use of “I Am” or “I”.
Bellow you’ll see my personal notes as they came out during my study time.
Exodus 3:11-14 The Message (MSG)
11 Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
12 “I’ll be with you,” God said. “And this will be the proof that I am the one who sent you: When you have brought my people out of Egypt, you will worship God right here at this very mountain.”
13 Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the People of Israel and I tell them, ‘The God of your fathers sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What do I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”
Exodus 3:11-14 King James Version (KJV)
11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
13 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?
14 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.
the action of taking something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.
Names are so important to God that He even changed Jacobs name to Israel. Abram to Abraham. All to declare their new identity, destiny and assignment.
When we say “I” or “I Am” we are appropriating that thing and making it a part of our assignment and destiny. Do we really want to be saying “I am ____” ( fill in the blank with your cause)? Do we really want to adopt the same destiny that that name has acquired?
Philippians 4:8-9 The Message (MSG)