In Exodus we see one of my all time favorite biblical stories that was also made into a movie: The Story of Moses!!! Moses was chosen by God to go to Pharaoh to tell him to let his people (the Israelites) go. God, the omnipotent, knew that Pharoah was going to give Moses and Aaron a hard time, but he sent them on this mission anyway. The two brothers were ordered to show the Egyptians many signs and miracles where they all had a common goal: TO SHOW EVERYONE THAT I AM GOD. This is so similar to our everyday lives, because we are given so many signs and exposed to so many miracles that confirm that God is God!!! For instance, has God ever healed you from an illness??? Once healed from that illness have you ever wondered how you were going to afford the medical bills??? One thing that I have to keep reminding myself is that God is God and because he is who he is, he does NOT do anything halfway! If he is said he will do it, then it is just that! If God told you that he will allow you to move into a new home, you can’t then turn around and worry about how you are going to afford the mortgage. Like our Guest Blogger for February, Georgeona, said you cannot trust God and worry at the same time. At the end of the day you have to choose one: Are you going to worry or give it to God?
God showed Pharaoh and all of the people of Egypt who he was when he made them subject to various plagues. He plagued the people with gnats, frogs, blood in all of the water, and even flies. This whole ordeal was utterly exhausting and disgusting to say the least. Personally, I cannot stand gnats, flies (they say that they poop whenever they land), and the sight of blood makes me weak. I cannot imagine being witness to all of this. However, this was all a part of God’s plan to show the believes and non-believers alike, that I AM GOD. God did all of this to deliver the Israelites from slavery. When I first read this I immediately thought about the repulsive history of slavery in America, but God revealed to me that it’s so much bigger than that…
Slavery isn’t just a physical picture of minorities being beat; slavery is a mental. To be a slave means to be subservient to a specific person or influence. Pharaoh as a person owned slaves, but in today’s society we are often slaves through influence. The good thing about this is that God is a deliverer and because of his blood we are afforded forgiveness. When God says I AM GOD, he is saying that he is a deliverer! This means that he can deliver you from any and everything.
Think about this:
1. Are you a slave to the love of money?
2. Are you a slave to doubt?
3. Are you a slave to material things?
4. Are you a slave to alcohol?
5. Are you a slave to fornication?
6. Are you a slave to drugs?
7. Are you a slave to lying?
8. Are you a slave to adultery?
Don't fret, we all become slaves to a particular mindset at times. I personally no longer want to be a slave to worry any longer. In all of my years of living, it has never benefited me. If anything it has done more harm than good: I have lost weight, sleep, and even grown depressed. I don't understand why I fall victim to the same trap every time, because without avail God shows me that: I AM GOD.
Challenge: Let’s all try to think of influences or persons that we have become slaves to. This can be anything listed or anything you feel applies to your life personally. Once you find that one thing, try to ask God daily to deliver you from that enslavement. Slowly and surely I believe that God will deliver you completely and I know this because according to him, I AM GOD.
Scriptures of Encouragment:
- I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me (John 14:6).
- I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8).
- And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst (John 6:35).
- Remember the former things of old: for I AM God, and there is none else; I AM God, and there is none like Me (Isaiah 46:9).
Transforming Tuesdays: Jamera
A friend posted this link on my Facebook wall yesterday and it serves as confirmation as to who God is :)