This summer, Steve and I had many wonderful moments with our grandkids. My heart is full. One memory sticks out in my mind of my little granddaughter Selah (age 6) singing and twirling to Hillsong’s new song, “Who You Say I Am.” If you haven’t heard the song, it’s well worth your time to look it up and listen to it—you can hear it right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKw6uqtGFfo.
One of the lines in the song is “I am chosen, not forsaken, I am who you say I am.”The theme of the song is that because Jesus is who He said He was, He sets us free to be who He says we are. What a beautiful thought! His I Amstatements change your I amstatements.
3 Statements God Makes about You:
You are chosen. Jesus said to the woman at the well, “I Am He”(John 4:26). He was referring to Himself as the Messiah, the anointed one who came to set people free. The woman at the well felt like an outcast, but after her encounter with Jesus she walked away set free, having found a place of belonging in Jesus. The Apostle Paul wrote, “He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight”(Ephesians 1:4). The Apostle Peter echoes this concept, writing, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession”(I Peter 1:9).
You are appointed and anointed. Jesus said, “I Am the Vine”(John 15:5). He goes on to say that He has appointed us to bear fruit (John 15:16). Not only does He appointus to bear fruit, but He anointsus for the work of bearing fruit (I John 2:20, 27). In other words, whatever God calls you to do, He is empowering you to do it through the power of His Holy Spirit. You have purpose and meaning in your life because God has appointed and anointed you to be His ambassador to the world around you!
You are set free from your emotional baggage. Jesus said, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life”(John 14:6). All of us have emotional baggage, past messages that haunt our thinking. Here’s the thing: Jesus came to offer us not only eternal life in heaven but also freedom from sin and its effect. He came to set us free. The victory over your emotional wounds was won at the cross. “By His wounds we are healed”(Isaiah 53:5). The key now is to stand strong in that victory! You, my friend, have been set free! Don’t wallow in the past. Face the truth of your past, but then move forward and stand strong in wholeness, empowered by the victory won at the cross.
Friend, His I Amstatements change your I am statements. Live in the truth that you are chosen, appointed and anointed, and set free. As you stand strong in the truth of who He says you are, I believe you are going to see Him do amazing things through you!
Steve and I are at the Momentum Conference for the first part of this week, and then I fly to Nashville for the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) conference and the Christian Product Expo (CPE).
How You Can Pray
I will be giving the key note message Friday night to kick off the AWSA conference (September 7). Please pray that I will be filled with the Holy Spirit and that the message will encourage the hearts of my dear author sisters!
The CPE starts next Sunday (September 9). I will be giving a seminar to Christian book store owners from all over the United States on Monday morning September 10. Please pray that I can encourage their hearts and bless them!