I have always loved the I AM statements because, as daily declarations, they have helped to transform my self-image. Here are a few of my favorites:
- I AM a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- I AM God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
- I AM more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).
For me, a person who struggled with seeing myself as God saw me, these statements have been a blessing. However, in my devotion time this morning, I found myself giving thanks for all the things that I AM NOT:
- I AM NOT always strong. And that’s a good thing because He is my strong tower and in Him I take refuge. Psalms 61:3
- I AM NOT perfect but Jesus is my high priest who is without sin. Hebrews 4:15
- I AM NOT enough but He is more than enough. 2 Corinthians 9:8
I now embrace all of my inadequacies because they make me dependent upon Christ, who is the author and finisher of my faith. Thank you Lord for all of my flaws. Thank you for all of my imperfections. Thank you for my deficiencies–every one of them. Because of them, I have to rely upon you. It is you that I run to when I’m in trouble. It is you my soul cries out to when I need fulfillment. I must depend upon you for everything, because without you I can do nothing. Glory to God!
Friends, the work of the cross was so complete that….
All that we are, and all that we are not is wrapped up in Christ.
This takes the power away from those who might try to hurt you through your insecurities. Smile and agree with them, knowing fully that YOU are complete in Christ. It’s a good thing that they point our your flaws. THANK THEM because they have just given you another reason to run to the cross. Remember what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9
For my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.