The Great I Am
Over the last weeks, I found myself confused by reports in the media. Through the middle and end of 2020, I had been discouraged by violence in the streets in many cities, that was allowed by politicians to continue. By doing this, they were condoning lawlessness. My prayer over these months has been that God would expose and lift the veil of deception over people’s hearts and minds. It seemed through November and December that investigations would have led to court actions, but it didn’t. I watched happily as President Trump addressed the crowd on January 6, and admonished them to peacefully protest at the Capital. The joint session of Congress met and faced the first challenge to electoral college results. In minutes they separated and began independent House and Senate deliberations. I was shocked to see the Senate Majority leader speak in opposition to the challenge, as he asked all to accept the electoral votes without contest. It was only a few minutes later, that the sessions were stopped, as the Capital was overrun by lawlessness, confusion ruled. Accusations immediately flooded the media; What was happening?
A week later, the number one prayer point from Intercessors for America is “Be on Guard against the Disinformation Campaign”. Websters defines disinformation as “False information which is intended to mislead” and we are flooded by it. This is described in Isaiah 59:14–15a “And judgment is turned away backward and justice stands afar off: For truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey: And the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment”. In Isaiah 59:16a (KJV) “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor”.
Despite of no man standing in the gap, God in his grace is still working miracles. Both Testaments include many accounts of the power of God working in people’s lives. Aimee Semple McPherson, in her book “Divine Healing Sermons”, notes the power of God worked through Moses to “call my people out of bondage into liberty” and then asks, ‘when did the day of supernatural, miraculous manifestation of the power of God end?—When did “I AM” become “I WAS?” ’ and we might ask today, is God working in our midst? Yes He is, we walk by faith, not by sight.
God introduced Himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14a “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM”. This expression, “I am that I am”, is the personal name of God. The Hebrew word YHWH (יהוה, yhwh), conveys the character and nature of God as eternal, self-existing, and changeless. God goes on to say in Exodus 3:15b “this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations”. God’s direct involvement in the affairs of men doesn’t stop in the Old Testament. Paul was directed by Jesus to open the eyes of the gentiles, taking them from darkness to light Acts 26:18.
Jesus also used this phrase “I am” of Himself, as He “went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil” Acts 10:38. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” John 10:30, and continued to describe Himself in these ways:
- After feeding the 5,000, He declares Himself the “bread of life” John 6:35
- Jesus calls Himself the “light of the world” (John 8:12; John 9:5) and then heals the man born blind in John 9:6–7
- He says “I am the door” (John 10:7, 9)
- He says “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11 and John 10:14)
- Jesus declares Himself as “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25) and then raises Lazarus from the dead four days after he was entombed John 11:43–44
- Jesus declares “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John14:6)
- “I am the true vine” (John 15:1)
These statements and miracles “are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” John 20:31a.
God is with us and has commissioned us, to do the works of him that sent us. Jesus said “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” John 14:12. When we take our place as intercessors and are not distracted by disinformation we can expect God to confirm His word. We may not know how or when He will do it, and we may think it’s too late. But, we can trust that our prayers have been heard and He will answer. He said “So shall they fear (worship) the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” Is. 59:19.
As another week has passed, we continue to pray as in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty“. We pray Lord, expose, and lift the veil of deception that we can live in godliness and honesty.