Therefore the world is…
This is a great tool to use when trying to understand your own or another person’s thoughts or behavior.
Let me give you an example. Today I met a sweet girl who believes I am not worthy of being happy. She believes you are worthy of being happy, just not her. Therefore her way of being in the world is to constantly sacrifice herself at the alter of other’s happiness, but always at the cost of her own. She makes herself miserable, constantly.
Here is another example, this time from my past.
I am unloveable.
You are better than me.
Therefore you can run over me, victimize me, hurt me, shame me, and I won’t do a thing. Because I deserve it all. I deserve pain.
Thankfully my beliefs have changed over time. I now believe I am victorious. I am free. I am a mom and a wife. I am a daughter of the Most High King. I am a girl who is loved and loves others with the love Christ has given to me.
But what about God? Who is He?
Is He Savior? Yes. Is He King? Yes. Is He Jesus? Yes. Is He Power? Yes. Is He Rescue? Yes. Is He so very very very much more? YES!
In Exodus, when Moses asked God who He was, this is how He responded…
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:14
It’s that simple. He is. There is no qualifier. And by no qualifier there is also no disqualifier. He is everything. The limitless power of limitless love set loose on mere humanity. We are created in His image and every single place we manifest weakness, He sent His limitless power and wisdom to come and fill us with strength. No pain too sharp He cannot bring us comfort. No worry so stirring He can’t bring us peace. Every single place we locate weakness, it’s His pleasure to provide us with strength.
When Moses asked this question of God, He was afraid. How would He go forward in the Name of the Most High when he had trouble speaking? God said I AM. He said He would provide and He did.
The truth about who God is has not changed. He is all we need to move forward. To move past all the I am places that we feel weak and broken. To help us realize all the I am places that have been tainted by the world and led us to live in ways that are not consistent with His best plans.
Because He is I AM, you are loved, and therefore no matter what obstacles come flying at your head warp speed 9 million miles per hour – you deflect them – and you keep walking in peace – unafraid – and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Because He is, you live.