Second Friday • Advent 2022

December 9th, 2022

ALL THE WAYS I AM WORDS

Wikipedia makes the statement that the term I Am relating to God appears over 300 times in the Bible, first in the book of Genesis (15:1) and last in Revelation (22:16). This has led to the Biblical God sometimes being referred to as “the great ‘I am’”. I have not listed 300, but several from the Old and New Testament. Jesus used the “I Am” phrase seven distinct times when referring to himself. God uses “I Am who I Am” in Exodus speaking to Moses.

This post may seem repetitive and long but I think the message from God is very clear and concise, He is “ I AM!” God is not to be confused with anything or anyone else, period. A very good friend of mine shared a few verses with me years ago and after I read them, it completely summed up who Jesus is, I will never forget the simplicity of understanding once I read and understood the verses.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

—John 1:1-5—

The Old Testament recorded over 300 prophecies telling of Jesus coming, His life and journey to the cross, and the power of His Resurrection; this was copied from an article at crosswalk.com. *Link provided below.

This advent season is a celebration of prophecies fulfilled than can not only be traced throughout the Bible but also through historical records. God is REAL, Jesus is REAL and SALVATION is a gift for everyone to receive. God is speaking to all of us, He is telling us the answer to every question we have or will ever have. I AM, is the answer.

I watched a new Christmas movie tonight, it was new to me… “The Little Drummer Boy Book II from 1976, I can’t believe I had never seen it. I’m many ways, we are all just like the little drummer boy, asking ourselves, “what possible gifts do we have fit for a King?” Just as the little drummer boy offered his gift of playing the drum, we too can give to Jesus…we each have the perfect gift, surrender of hearts to Jesus, placing our trust in Him and choosing to worship and obey Him.

Imagine the joy that filled the hearts of those gathered in the stable, under the brightness of the star in the east that guided them to this place where Jesus was born and found laying in a manger. We can experience that joy as well, I hope you will continue journeying with me through advent as we seek the new born baby in Bethlehem.

Original Art By: Me
Traveling to Bethlehem following The Star in the East

“I AM” Verses in the Bible

  • “After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” —Genesis 15:1
  • God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” —Exodus 3:14
  • Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” —John 6:35
  • Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.” —John 6:47-50
  • When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12
  • “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” —John 8:58
  • While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” —John 9:5
  • I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” —John 10:9
  • I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” —John 10:11-14
  • Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” —John 11:25
  • Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” —John 14:6
  • “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-5
  • I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” —Revelation 1:8
  • He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.” —Revelation 21:6

Friends, thank you for your support and companionship as we celebrate advent 2022. May your day be filled with unexpected joy. I challenge you today to listen for, “I am” statements, may they remind you of God, the Creator of everything, the Architect of all things. May the peace of God be with you today and always —Much Love 💜✝️💟

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_am_(biblical_term)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.1.1,John.1.2,John.1.3,John.1.4,John.1.5&version=NIV

https://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/christmas-and-advent/10-bible-verses-that-prophesy-christ-s-birth.html

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-I-Am/

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Gen.15.1&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exod.3.14&version=NIV

https://bethlehemhandicrafts.com/blogs/news/113-the-7-i-am-statements-of-jesus-christ

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.6.35&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.6.47,John.6.48,John.6.49,John.6.50&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.8.12&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.8.58&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.9.5&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.10.9&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.10.11,John.10.12,John.10.13,John.10.14&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.11.25&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.14.6&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.15.2,John.15.1,John.15.3,John.15.4,John.15.5&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev.1.8&version=NIV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev.21.6&version=NIV

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