The past few weeks, our services and discussions revolved around this verse:
“Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of songs and of daughter: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off” Isaiah 56:5
The question is, what in the world is a better name than a child of God?? Isn’t that we’ve been calling ourselves all our Christian lives? Isn’t that what we’ve been identifying ourselves, telling others that’s who we are? Isn’t that what we use as our cliché answer to those who ask?
“I am a child of God”, we say.
But looking at this verse, God tells us that He has a much better name than that! How can that be? Isn’t Child of God the ultimate position we want to hold? Something we rely on to make ourselves feel good and happy? Didn’t He call me His child???
He has a better name for us.
One that is eternal, one that is everlasting and will never, ever go away. It’s stamped on us, it is who we are.
So what is it, you may ask?
Let’s look at these following verses:
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God” Philippians 2:5-6
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
So let’s some simple math, shall we? According to those verses, Jesus lives in me, Jesus is equal to God. Me = Jesus = God.
We all know that Jesus lives in us – that’s who we are, the Body of Christ. We can look throughout all the Bible that says that Jesus is in, through, with, us. We are dead – we no longer exist, but it is Jesus!
So you are dead, but Jesus is alive in you and Jesus is God!
What does God call Himself, do we remember? He answered Moses with this:
“And God said unto Moses, I AM that I AM…” Exodus 3:14
Let’s bring this back to our math equation:
Me = Jesus = God = I AM.
Me = I AM
You are I AM
I am, I AM
We are I AM!
It’s that simple! Our name is I AM! Yes, we are still children of God – He adopted us! But He said Himself in His Word that He gave us a new name – I AM!
Isn’t it obvious that wherever you go, you bring light? People cling to you, they want to be in your presence, they want to hear your encouraging words. Why? Because I AM is in you!
Your identity is not only child of God, but something greater – I AM! Who God is, you are!
So let’s think, who is God? God is our provider, God is our protection, God is our way. What does that make me??
I AM provider, I AM protection, I AM the way! And just like Paul says in Philippians that we just read, don’t think it a robbery to think that way because Jesus does!! And He is in YOU! I AM!!
We are who God is to this world. People need answers, they need encouragement, love, attention, affection. And God made it possible to give all they need through us! He gave us the name I AM so He can reach the world!
Next time you think I AM crazy, think this way – does God call Himself that?
Or even a better religious one – I AM a sinner – does God call Himself that???
NO!!! Why are we still walking around here, eating dirt and calling ourselves stuff that God has absolutely no identity with??
I AM that I AM!
I AM perfect. I AM wisdom. I AM love. I AM righteous. I AM holy. I AM provider. I AM defender. I AM majesty.
Of course, we are not God Himself, don’t get this twisted. But He has breathed His Life in us and we are partakers of Him.
It’s like a dog has puppies. Puppies are dogs, they aren’t cats. They have the same identity as their mama.
Same with God and us – we are I AM.
The answer that people around you are looking for are in you, I AM! You have the protection, the provision, the love, the affection they need. You have the reconciliation that they are desperate for to get back to God. Use it!!
He gave us a much better name than a child of God – He gave you His name – I AM!! Break free from the religious mentality that you are just trying to get God’s attention by doing all these holy things – He lives in YOU! You are already the center of His attention, stop striving to be what you already are – you are wasting your time!
Take this new name and use it. Apply it in every area of your life. Have a test to take? I AM wisdom. Have an argument with your spouse? I AM peace. Have financial issues? I AM provision. Have issues with health? I AM healing. Whoever God is – you are!
It’s that simple. You are still a child of God, but He called you even better.
He gave you His name.