I AM or I was?

Exodus 15:26 “I AM the Lord that heals thee.”

I remember as a young Christian I would try to spend time with my Pastor. I loved and respected him. He loved me and was gracious enough with me to spend time with me. I knew that I was called to the ministry, but as a young man, I didn’t really know what that meant or looked like. I was trying to find out through spending time with my Pastor. I fell in love with the Word of God and the Jesus of the Bible. So, I studied and studied. As I grew, I started to notice that the Jesus my denominational church believed in wasn’t the Jesus that I was reading about in the Bible and falling in love with. So, one day in all sincerity, I asked my Pastor about this. And with all seriousness, he patted me on the back and told me that Jesus doesn’t do those things anymore because the church is established now. That the Apostles needed signs, wonders and miracles, and the gifts of the Spirit but we don’t. In my young Christian mind that did not make sense to me because as far I could tell the world was in as desperate a situation today as it was then. After several months of prayer and study and with all respect and love I talked with my Pastor to inform him that I would be leaving his church. Ever since that day God has proven to me that He is still the “I AM” not the I was. 

In Exodus chapter three we see God encountering Moses. We know from the outset of this encounter that Moses was totally opposed to the calling of God on his life. And much like Moses, many of us fuss and oppose the idea of God choosing us for such an assignment. But because of Christ in you, you are His anointed one called to be a deliverer (Galatians 2:20). A believer’s greatest purpose is in being a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). I say it like this “Every believer is called to be a minister.” What a privilege, what an honor. That the God of Heaven and Earth has placed a high calling and purpose on your life.

You are His anointed one, called to be a deliverer.

The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that “We are Christ’s Ambassadors.” As Ambassadors, we are on assignment representing our homeland, HEAVEN. God told Joshua, “Every place the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you.” The same is true of you as an Ambassador. Given for what? To bring the manifestation of the Kingdom! In other words, you carry the Kingdom of God with you wherever your foot treads. But like many of us, Moses felt unqualified when God called him to be Israel’s deliverer. He asked, “Who am I?” God assured Moses that He would be with him. And like Moses God is with us but unlike Moses, He is in us because of Jesus! Christ the anointed one and His anointing is in you (Galatians 2:20). God is not looking for the qualified, He qualifies those who accept His invitation. Jesus said in Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” In the Greek, it actually says, “For many are called, but few accept the call.” Moses didn’t have time to go to Bible School or take the “How to be a Deliverer 101” class. He just needed to accept God’s invitation and step out in faith. God is simply looking for our willingness to hear His voice and be like Jesus – say what He is saying and do what He is doing.

God is not looking for the qualified, He qualifies those who accept His invitation. 

When the soldiers in the garden of Gethsemane said that they were looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus answered, “I AM He.” And with that declaration, the soldiers fell to the ground. This is the same term God used with Moses. God said, “Tell them I AM sent you.” This term, “I AM” in Hebrew was a description reserved only for God. The term “I AM” states who God is, not who He might be or who He was. The term “I AM” in Hebrew is always present tense. “Jesus Christ (I AM) is the same yesterday, today and forever.” He has not changed who He is. Since He was “I AM” the Lord that heals thee, He is still “I AM” the Lord that heals thee. It doesn’t make sense to believe that God is no longer who He is. He is “I AM”. And because of the ministry of Jesus, we have a better covenant, with better promises then the Israelite’s (Hebrews 8:6). If healing was part of the covenant that Israel had with God, then it must be part of our covenant today. 

Do you know God as the “I AM” or as the I was? Our faith can only take us as far as our understanding of who He is.

My prayer for you today is that you will know God as the “Great I AM!!” Because how you know Him, is what He will be to you…today.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”