One day Jesus asked His disciples who the people were saying He was. “Well,” they replied, “Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Jesus then asked his followers, “But who do you say that I am?”
I was reading this recently and felt God ask you and me the same question. “Who do you say that He is?” What am I taking about? Let me explain…
Mark 11:23 says that when we believe, we will have what we say. Romans 10:10 explains that with our hearts we believe but with our mouth we confess. Through the combination of believing and saying, we receive His promises.
Jesus introduced Himself to us using seven powerful phrases in the book of John. Each one of these statements began with the words, I am. Each one reveals something about who God wants to be in our lives.
I will pick a couple of these and explain a bit about what they mean…
So many times, we are desperately praying for doors to open in our lives. It might be that you need a place at college or a new job. Perhaps, you have been believing for a promotion or for ministry opportunities. We pray for God to open the door that no man can shut.
However, Jesus goes further than that. He is saying to you, I AM the door that will lead you to your promised land. As you seek Me and spend time with Me, I AM the gate to your breakthrough.
Let’s look at another of these statements. Have you ever been certain that God is able to answer your prayers but utterly confounded about how it will happen? When you look at your circumstances, it seems hopeless.
Perhaps you have a health issue that can only be resolved by a miracle. Maybe you need a breakthrough in finances, family or ministry and although you know God is able, you just can’t see how it will happen?
Jesus says, I AM the Way. It’s not just that He has the answer, He is also the way. As you fix your eyes on Jesus, and look to His power and ability, He will make the way where there was no way.
He has a plan
You know the story of Joseph. God had an awesome plan for this young man but circumstances looked bleak. Joseph was locked up in a foreign prison for a crime he didn’t commit. How could his promises of promotion ever come to pass?
Yet unbeknown to him, Joseph’s whole life was leading him to his breakthrough. Slave traders were Joseph’s transport to the land where he would be a leader. A crooked woman was his ticket to the jail from which he would be promoted.
An imprisoned butler was the mouthpiece that would tell the authorities of his gifts. And troubling dreams were the perfectly prepared problem that would prove Joseph’s worth.
When it looks like there is no way, Jesus IS the way. He is already working behind the scenes on your behalf to bring your promise to pass.
So let me finish as I started and allow the Lord to ask you: “Who do you say that I AM?” Respond with faith in your heart and declare who Jesus is to you. He is faithful and He is able.
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