Encouraging Words, Prayer

He is the “I am”

Matthew 16:13-18

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John,because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

In prayer, I kept hearing “Who do you say that I am?” I begin thinking about all that He has done for me. But then, I hear it again “Who do you say that I  AM”. Finally, I understand. It’s not about what God can do for me. It’s not just about the things that He has gotten me through, but who I believe He truly is. It’s what I can testify too! I’ve seen God move not in just my life but others as well, so with that, I can declare that God is truly sovereign over everything. So in prayer, I begin to shout out who God is…

My Deliverer. My Friend. My Comfort. My Healer. My Provider. My Joy. My Peace. My God. etc…Then I notice that no where in there did I declare him God over those who are lost and hurt. Those who are seeking peace and joy. For those who are suffering in depression and suicide.Those who have been hurt by religion. Families who want to be restored. Marriages that are broken and needing healing.  See, God is what we declare Him as. He is ALL that. He comes in to be a shield of protection and because He conquered it all, He takes those very things that trouble us and sets us FREE…Glory!!

Challenge yourself in prayer and begin to shout out and declare who God is. Not just in your life but in the lives of others. This is a  way to encourage yourself out of any current circumstance and to actively pray for people in your life.  Begin to praise Him for those who will find Him and rejoice with them in their freedom!

Be encouraged!


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