“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;”
I am not given to the school of thought that tells Christians that they can order the actions of God by the words they speak. God is not the slave of man. God honors his words, but thinking to bind him with them is foolishness…childish, not child-like thinking. Neither am I of the school that would condemn all claim we speak about ourselves is the work of misdirected pride. We are cautioned not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. This instruction does not preclude speaking the truth about ourselves. Love thy neighbor as thyself assumes a degree of self-love ready to overflow to others.
So what then shall we say of ourselves? When Moses asked God who he should say sent him to Egypt, God replied, “I AM THAT I AM…I AM hath sent me to you.” Without going deep into theology, God was telling Moses to say that the self-existent, eternal, God had sent him. Jesus blew the minds of the Jewish leaders of his day when he told them, “ Before Abraham was, I am.” A statement clearly understood by his hearers that he was claiming divinity as the I AM.
What has that to do with us today? Every single day we make statements to ourselves and others about who we are. What we say makes a difference to our body, soul, and spirit. I call these our “I am statement.”
I have mine and I encourage you to develop your own but offer three as a place to begin.
“I am….a new creature; old things have passed away, all things are new.” We should begin each day by leaving yesterday behind. We are new every day with new challenges and new successes in the making. The world will try to have us remember our sins, our failures, and our sorrows. Put these things behind you, you are a new divinely inspired creature, they have no claim on you. Think and live a new way. Whether that means forgetting the past or building on its successes, embrace the new day as a new creature.
“I am…a child of God,” You are the likeness and image of the divine Creator. Live like it. Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven…For if ye love only them which love you, what makes you different than the world? You are not a mistake or an afterthought, you are a child of God.
“I am…a force for good.” Man was granted dominion over the earth as his birthright. There may be not another thing in which we fail so often. This should not be so and will not be if you declare yourself a force for good. From eleven cowering students and a murderer, God turned the world upside down. You are no more and no less than they. Put on the armor of God, plant your feet firmly, lift up the Sword of the Spirit…and charge headlong into life.