Friday, October 21, 2011

I AM

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

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Malachi 4:2

But for you who revere my name, 
the sun of righteousness will rise
with healing in its wings. 
And you will go out and leap
like calves released from the stall. 

We had a very late Spring this year. The days that the sun came out were very few and far between. I know on the days the sun did come out it seemed to bring with it a sense of healing and refreshment.
The relief from all that had been grey and terribly dreary. On those days people were out and abou almost like the frisky calf in the verse above that would leap and rejoice in its warmth. The verse above talks about those who revere or honor God’s name. He is called many names but what He calls himself is “I AM” In those two little words are contained the answer to everything we would ever need.  They are so small that they are easy to over look and so we must by faith add to those words, the thing we need. I am your provider, I am your healer, I am the vine, I am the God who breaks through, I am Salvation, I am peace, I am your healer... 
 “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. ” Gen 15:1
I am the LORD, who brought you out Gen 15:7
I am God Almighty ; walk before me and be blameless. Gen 17:1
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Gen 28:15
Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.
Exodus 3:15 This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.


and AM are two very little but very power filled words. I stopped in Exodus but you could keep going and find our more places where God says I Am and the words that follow.

Can we even begin to wrap our wee minds around something so big - I think we miss a lot of what God has provided for us because we look at God through our own limitations and failures.
My kids and I have been watching the science fiction show called Dr. Who. In the show the Doctor has a time machine space ship that is designed to blend in and go un noticed as a police call box. When you open the door to that ship it is massively bigger on the inside. I AM is like that - it blends in and it is easy to miss among so many other words. If however you enter into them you will find how vast they really are. Just in those two little words is so much of God to discover that in our life times I am sure we can barley scratch the surface. If I reverence “I Am” and don’t just focus on the words that follow and my own lack and neediness there is healing and reason to rejoice. In Him is all that I need, all I will ever need. As we spend time with I Am each day, more and more we begin to realize that he really is everything we need. John 14: 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Things to Ponder:
How many I Am verses can you think of or find in the Bible?

Did you find the I Am verse that corresponds to your present need - Write down and begin to stand on it.

Prayer:
Dear Lord,  Thank you for truly being “ I Am”. Thank you for more and more revealing yourself to me. Thank you for always being available to me. For helping me to humble myself before you and to be able to admit that everything I need is found in you.  Rise up in me with healing in your wings and take me to a new level of trust and faith in you.

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