“And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.”
(Exodus 3:7–8, 13–14, NIV)
The Lord speaks to all of us. We, as believers, are called to be like Moses; to hear the voice of God and to lead His people out of the wilderness. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to hear the voice of God through all the noise around us. The modern world today is full of distractions with demonic spirits wandering the earth to devour every believer. The Bible tells is in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” These lying spirits, who are led by the father of lies—Satan, are sent out to kill, steal and destroy. The spirit of shame, the spirit of fear, the spirit of hate, the spirit of control/manipulation and the spirit of jealousy are some of the many evil spirits indwelling people today.
The devil does not have the power or authority to kill us physically, but his mission is to kill us spiritually. In the beginning of creation, God warned Adam and Eve about the consequences of not fully obeying and trusting Him. He said, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” They gave into temptation and disobeyed God, the Father. They did not die an instant physical death. They died a worse death—separation from God. They chose to doubt God’s character. Doubting God’s power and authority and believing Satan’s fear-based lies leads to death of the soul—and that’s sin.
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
(Ezekiel 18:4, NIV)
The good news is that we have freedom from eternal death. The resurrected Jesus Christ reconfirmed His promise of deliverance with these words: “Be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come” (Matthew 14:27). Jesus fulfilled the promise of eternal life. In John 11:25, after the death of Lazarus, He says to Mary and Martha, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Jesus also made seven “I am” declarations in the Gospel of John:
1) “I am the bread of life.”
2) “I am the light of the world.”
3) “I am the door.”
4) “I am the good shepherd.”
5) “I am the resurrection and the life.”
6) “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
7) “I am the true vine.”
As believers, we are born again, and we are anointed to proclaim the Gospel to the lost and poor in spirit because of the Great I am that lives within us.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
(Isaiah 61:1, NIV)