Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Great I AM

I have been silent in my walk lately.  Sadly I have been silent in my prayers as well.  Life has well, knocked me down.  I have been struggling with being Mama to my five children, and have struggled in my marriage to D.  I have fallen short of HIS glory too many times to count, and this morning I have realized that all of this has happened, because I have remained silent in my prayers.  

HIS Daily Teachings today is HIS loving reminder that HE is THE GREAT I AM!  As I began to read through my current book by Bill Hybles "Too Busy NOT to Pray" (which I might add, I've had for years, and felt as if though, well I pray enough, surely this book is meant for someone else in my household) ahhhhh..... "sigh"  Will I ever learn?!? 

Thankfully because HE is a loving GOD HE is there to change my way of thinking, and revealing HIS truth to me.  Today HE is taking me through all of the doubts that are overtaking my heart, of which are keeping me from being able to pray effectively, and BELIEVING HE is ABLE, and that HE is THE GREAT I AM.  

This morning HE is reminding me of WHO HE is, and WHAT HE has done in my life, and the lives of others.  Today HIS truth is being poured over my life, and HE is showing me that even though I am praying, they are weak prayers.  Today HE is getting right to the matters of my own weak heart, that is a direct result of my weak FAITH.  This saddens me as I have being mislead to "think" that I was actually strong in my FAITH, only to find out that I am completely weak in my FAITH when it comes to trusting and believing that HE is ABLE, because HE is THE GREAT I AM.  

"The mountains shake before You. The demons run in fear. At the mention of the name. King Of Majesty. There is no power in hell, or any who can stand. Before the power and the presence of the Great I Am."  "The Great I am" by New Life Worship

This has been hands down one of my favorite songs for a very long time now, and this morning HE is revealing to me, that just because it is my favorite song, doesn't mean I actually know it to be true.  Today HE is taking me through my lack of FAITH that I have in HIM, and revealing to me all that HE has done as it is written in HIS word.  Today HE is taking me through HIS word, and revealing HIS truth to me, and letting me know that my needs, and circumstances in my life are NOT a match for HIS unending power, love, and grace that HE is waiting to pour over my life.

I have worn hearing aids for twenty eight years now.  This for me has been difficult, as right away I was told the cost of them were outrageous, and what a burden I was to my caretakers that they would have to pay for NOT only them, but also for my monthly supply of batteries.  As I got older, I had to start paying for them on my own, and it was most definitely a burden for me.  The words, the lies that were spoken over my life, and penetrated deep into my heart, still linger today.... well that is until HE said rather loudly "I am the GREAT I AM, I made you, I planned your life, I knew long before you did that you would need hearing aids, don't you know that I will provide for your every need?"  

Upon hearing that I began to write in my journal about all of our most dire needs to be met right now.  Not because HE didn't already know them, but to show HIM that I trust HIM, and know that HE will meet all of our families most dire needs in abundance.  Even as I wrote out the needs, my mind knew it, but my heart was still lagging behind.  That is when HE took me straight into HIS word, and here is what HE revealed to me.

HE IS THE GREAT I AM.  HE is the GOD who parted the Red Sea when Pharaoh and the Egyptians were chasing (relentlessly as GOD made Pharaoh stubborn)  Moses and the Israelites.  

"Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again.God will fight the battle for you.  And you? You keep your mouths shut!” Exodus 13:14 The Message Bible

I am hearing HIS truth loud and clear this morning, that no matter what is happening in my life, I am to stand firm and watch GOD do HIS work of Salvation for me today.  

"God said to Moses: “Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea: Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground." Exodus 14:15-16 The Message Bible 

This to me is amazing as to how GOD is setting this all up for Moses and the Israelites own good.  This tells me that HE is the very same GOD today for me, as HE was that day for them.

 “Meanwhile I’ll make sure the Egyptians keep up their stubborn chase—I’ll use Pharaoh and his entire army, his chariots and horsemen, to put my Glory on display so that the Egyptians will realize that I am God.”  Exodus 14:17-18 The Message Bible 
When I read HIS word this morning, it became very apparent to me, that HE was going to use their FAITH for HIS glory, for a living testament for generations to come of just how amazing HIS power and HIS glory is for those WHO chose to trust HIM, to seek HIM, to know HIM, as HE is THE GREAT I AM.
"The angel of God that had been leading the camp of Israel now shifted and got behind them. And the Pillar of Cloud that had been in front also shifted to the rear. The Cloud was now between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel. The Cloud enshrouded one camp in darkness and flooded the other with light. The two camps didn’t come near each other all night." Exodus 14:19-20 The Message Bible
Reading this brings tears to my eyes, as this is HIS loving reminder to me, that when I am weary, HE will give me rest.  When I am feeling lost in the darkness, HE is my light.  No matter what the circumstances may be in my life, HE is there, waiting to SHINE HIS glory on my situation to make known WHO HE is, and my job, my calling is to be known as someone WHO made sure that HIS glory SHONE the brightest in my life, and through it all I remained steadfast in my FAITH and prayers to HIM, that HE is THE GREAT I AM.
" Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and God, with a terrific east wind all night long, made the sea go back. He made the sea dry ground. The seawaters split." Exodus 14:21 The Message Bible
WOW!  Seriously, I knew of HIM being THE GREAT I AM, and I have read HIS word many times in my life, however never in this way.  In fact as I was typing out HIS word, I realized that I was actually reading The Message Bible, and I know now that it is of NO coincidence so that I would be able to fully grasp that HE is indeed THE GREAT I AM.
"The Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground with the waters a wall to the right and to the left. The Egyptians came after them in full pursuit, every horse and chariot and driver of Pharaoh racing into the middle of the sea. It was now the morning watch. God looked down from the Pillar of Fire and Cloud on the Egyptian army and threw them into a panic. He clogged the wheels of their chariots; they were stuck in the mud. The Egyptians said, “Run from Israel! God is fighting on their side and against Egypt!” Exodus 14: 22-25 The Message Bible
HIS loving reminder to me today comes straight from HIS word, that when I am in trouble, HE is there, therefore I must TRUST HIM and know that HE already has a plan it's already been written for my life.  That nothing that happens in my life takes HIM by surprise.  That even though I may be caught completely off guard for the timing of the difficulties in my life, HE knew, and has it already planned on how HE is going to rescue me just as HE rescued Moses and the Israelites.  
" God said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea and the waters will come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots, over their horsemen.” Exodus 14:26 The Message Bible
This morning HIS word is HIS challenge to me in calling on me to trust and BELIEVE HIS word, so that I too will experience HIS amazing power, love, grace, mercy, hope, which in the end will fill me with HIS endless JOY.  
 "Moses stretched his hand out over the sea: As the day broke and the Egyptians were running, the sea returned to its place as before. God dumped the Egyptians in the middle of the sea. The waters returned, drowning the chariots and riders of Pharaoh’s army that had chased after Israel into the sea. Not one of them survived." Exodus 14:27-28 The Message Bible
HIS word is teaching me this morning that no matter what my situation is in my life, HE is there, working on my behalf, and nothing can neither hurt nor destroy me when I choose to follow HIS plan, HIS will, HIS way for my life.  I am covered by HIS protection, HIS power, when I choose to put on HIS armor and fight the good fight with HIM by obey HIS every word as I know that HE truly is THE GREAT I AM!
"But the Israelites walked right through the middle of the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall to the right and to the left. God delivered Israel that day from the oppression of the Egyptians. And Israel looked at the Egyptian dead, washed up on the shore of the sea, and realized the tremendous power that God brought against the Egyptians. The people were in reverent awe before God and trusted in God and his servant Moses." Exodus 14:28-31 The Message Bible
In thinking about the magnitude of the level of fear that they must have all felt, and seeing that there was no other way than GOD's way to insure their safety, I can only imagine what that must have been like.  HE is telling me that the same goes for me today, as it did in HIS word all those years ago.  HE is calling on me to make myself be known as HIS disciple, WHO chose to do whatever HE called me to do.  Someone WHO was a living testament to HIS plans through HIS timing and HIS provision.  To be known as a vessel to do HIS good works, and to shout it, scream, and tell it to the masses that HE is THE ONE TRUE LIVING GOD, that HE is THE GREAT I AM!
"Nothing is too difficult for GOD to handle -- but HE is waiting for us to recognize HIS power and ask for HIS help"  Bill Hybels "Too Busy NOT to Pray"
Today I am so incredibly thankful for HIS relentless love and pursuit of my heart, soul, and mind.  Today I am thankful for HIS word, that is leading me right back onto the path that I need to be.  Today I am thankful for HIS peace that HE is working on my behalf, and that everything will work out for my good.  Today I am thankful for the opportunity that I have been given to make myself known as a steadfast follower of JESUS, someone WHO didn't hide her faith, and WHO boldly declared to any and all WHO hear, that HE IS THE GREAT I AM!
Dear friends, I pray today that you will seek HIM, and find HIM.  That HE will reveal to you that HE is indeed THE GREAT  I AM.  I pray that you will know that nothing in this world that you face, you face alone.  I pray that you will know that HE is there, HE is fighting for you always.  I pray that you ask HIM to come into your heart, to strengthen and renew your FAITH in HIM, so that you will be able to answer HIS calling for your life.  I pray that when you do, HIS blessings and favor will be poured over your life through your steadfast obedience.  

Much love, prayers, understanding, compassion, and blessings,

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