“MY NAME IS I AM”

  Where do you live? 
  No, I don’t mean where’s your home.  I mean where do you live mentally?  Where do your thoughts usually travel when there’s a free moment?  Do they pack up and head for the past?  For many, that’s exactly what happens.  One moment everything is fine, and the next, their thoughts have them slumming through shameful mistakes of yesterday.  
  For others, the problem isn’t regretting the past, it’s worrying about the future.  You’ve seen the kind, fingernails bitten down to a nub, chewing on antacid tablets, always lamenting the present with some “yeah, but” negative about the future.
  Helen Mallicoat understands what it’s like to live with regret and worry.  She also understands where to find joy. 

I was regretting the past and fearing the future…
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:  “MY NAME IS I AM.”   He paused.
I waited.  He continued,'”WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE PAST, WITH ITS MISTAKES AND REGRETS
IT IS HARD.  I AM NOT THERE.  MY NAME IS NOT – I WAS.
WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE FUTURE, WITH ITS PROBEMS AND FEARS,
IT IS HARD.  I AM NOT THERE.  MY NAME IS NOT – I WILL BE.
WHEN YOU LIVE IN THIS MOMENT, IT IS NOT HARD.  I AM HERE.
MY NAME IS – I AM.”

What is the name of the God you serve?  Is it “I Was”…”I Will be”…or “I Am?” 
(Helen Mallicoat, “I Am,” as quoted by Tim Hansel in Holy Sweat (Waco, Tex.:Word Books, 1987), p.136)

  I listened to Dr. John Dorsey, with a group of minsters, and the only thing that really stuck in my mind was when he said, “WE LIVE IN AN EXPLOSION OF NOWS.  NOW IS ALL WE HAVE.”
How very true, we can’t live in the past nor in the future but in the present.  Our God has forgiven and forgotten our past in Christ and He has promised to be with us in the future, “I am with you always even to the end of the ages.”  God is with us as we serve Him in the here and the now.

  Remember, when God called Moses to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt.  Moses tried to excuse himself from the task by saying, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  God told Moses that He would be with him.  Moses asked God, what shall I tell them if they ask, “What is your name?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you.”   Exodus 3:11-14 
According to Charles Swindoll in his book on Moses, God is speaking His most intimate name, Yahweh.
The only self-existent, infinite Being, in all of the universe is sending Moses to be His representative.

  This same God, “I AM”, calls to us to live for Him, represent Him to our Egypt, this world. We cannot fail when we go in HIS NAME.

4 Responses to ““MY NAME IS I AM””

  1. Dear Max, WOW what a wonderful message ! If only we all could remember this one ! In all my days I have found this to be so true. He,God has never left me ! I am so blessed. I have found that His Timing is perfect, and He has taught me so much in the pass year ! I think God has used you to help me !!
    Thank you,Joann

  2. Max I don’t know how you do it week after week,knowing the words to help me or sharing them with me to help someone else as I will do with this
    devotion a friend of mine can use this today.
    thank you and God Bless.

  3. How wonderful to write about “I AM”. As you say, he is the God of our NOW. We need to stop every moment and see how HE is interacting in our lives. If you get a note of encouragement, know that God sent it through someone to you. Call upon HIM as you do your work. Thank HIM for HIS ever presence and PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME. Notice all the things around you that came from His HANDS. There is the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the beauty of the earth, our shelter, the WORD, our abilities, the church, our great country. The list –endless.

  4. Max, beautiful words once again. It is so comforting to think of God and know Him as “I AM”. It is so comforting to know that He is any and everything that we need Him to be. It is also sobering to know that He sees and knows everything. We need to always hold ourselves accountable to Him. Have a great week!

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