Friday, March 25, 2016

Who Are You?

Do you ever see yourself in the pages of scripture???

"I AM"

I said, “I am Adam—I have failed to protect and keep pure all that the Lord has entrusted to me.”
He said, “You are made in our image, in our likeness.”

I said, “I am Cain—I become jealous and angry with my brother more easily than I should.”
He said, ”If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?...Sin is crouching at your door.  It desires to have you, but you must master it.”

I said, “I am Abram—sometimes I have faith to obey the Lord, but other times, I lie, because I’m afraid of what will happen if I don’t.”
He said, “Do not be afraid. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

I said, “I am Sarai—when the Lord doesn’t seem to be working in my time, I try to take matters into my own hands.”
He said, “Your name will be Sarah…I will bless you and will surely give you a son…I will bless you so that you will be the mother of nations.”

I said, “I am Jacob—I wrestle with God.”
He said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”

I said, “I am Moses—asking, ‘Lord, please send someone else.’”
He said, “I will be with you.”

I said, “I am Israel—wandering in the desert, complaining and grumbling, too easily forgetting what the Lord has done for me, setting up false gods in His place.”
He said, “I am the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love.”
 
I said, “I am Joshua—ignoring the Lord’s instruction, instead to make a deal with those that would take advantage of me.”
He said, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand.  Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”

I said, “I am Gideon—oppressed, hiding underground.”
He said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

I said, “I am David—taking what I want, without regard for who is hurt in the process.”
He said, “The Lord has taken away your sin.”

I said, “I am Elijah—discouraged from doing the Lord’s work, feeling like I’m alone in doing His bidding.”
He said, “I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal.”

I said, “I am Hezekiah—heartbroken over sickness that has come over me.”
He said, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.”

I said, “I am Job.  Completely broken and confused by the loss that has overtaken me.”
He said, “Have you considered my servant, Job?  There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

I said, “I am Isaiah--a person of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.”
He said, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”

I said, “I am Jeremiah—I am young and do not know how to speak.”
He said, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.”

I said, “I am Habakkuk—asking ‘How long, O Lord?’”
He said, “Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed.”

I said, “I am the man with leprosy—saying ‘Lord, if you’re willing, you can make me clean.’”
He said, “I am willing.”

I said, “I am the paralytic—sometimes, if it weren’t for my friends, I wouldn’t see Jesus.”
He said, “Take heart; your sins are forgiven.”

I said, “I am a Pharisee—hypocritical and judgmental.”
He said, “Go and learn what this means:  ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’”

I said, “I am the sinful woman—weeping at Jesus’ feet.”
He said, “Her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much.”

I said, “I am the sick woman—thinking I can have just the bit of Jesus that is convenient for me.”
He said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

I said, “I am Jairus—upon hearing bad news, I quickly lose hope in Jesus’ ability to help.”
He said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

I said, “I am the woman caught in adultery—I have been unfaithful to the Lord.”
He said, “Neither do I condemn you…Go now and leave your life of sin.”

I said, “I am a lost sheep—the one whom the Shepherd leaves the 99 to go find.”
He said, “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”

I said, “I am the lost son—I have sinned against heaven and against my Father and am no longer worthy to be called his child.”
He said, “Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”

I said, “I am the rich young ruler—I have a hard time parting with my possessions.”
He said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I said, “I am Zacchaeus—I have taken advantage of others, to my own benefit.”
He said, “Today salvation has come to this house.”

I said, “I am Mary and Martha—saying to the Lord, ‘If you had been here, this wouldn’t have happened.’”
He wept.

I said, “I am Lazarus—dead in my sins.”
He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”

I said, “I am a son of Zebedee—wanting to be the greatest.”
He said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

I said, “I am Judas—I have betrayed the Lord.”
He said, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you.”

I said, “I am Barabbas, a criminal on death row”
He said nothing, and quietly took my place.

I said, “I am a soldier—nailing Jesus to the cross.”
He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
 
I said, “I am Thomas—I won’t believe unless I see the resurrected Lord.”
He said, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.”

I said, “I am Peter.  I have disowned the Lord.”
He said, “Do you love me?  Feed my lambs.”

I said, “I am Paul—the chief of sinners.”
He said, “My grace is sufficient for you...

You see, my child, it matters not so much who you are,
As much as it does who I am.

I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  He will come in and go out, and find pasture.

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me. 

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 

I am the Root and the Offspring of David.

And you are My offspring.

And my grace is sufficient for you.”