Spoken I Am

BY REV. DORAL PULLEY | Today’s Church Tampa Bay

Read – John 6:53-70

Scripture: It is the Spirit that gives life, not the flesh. The words that I speak, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).”

Denial: “There is no limit to who I can be.”

Affirmation: “Everything that Jesus Christ said about himself, I can say about myself.”

Jesus, our Wayshower, understood the power of his words. Therefore, he made a conscious decision to speak life. When Jesus said the words, I AM, he meant what he said. He was declaring his

divine nature and the truth of his being. When we see Jesus as our Wayshower, it brings our attention to the truth that everything that Jesus said about himself, we can say about ourselves. Every I AM statement that Jesus made in the scriptures, we can declare about ourselves.

There are seven recorded instances where Jesus actually begins a statement with the words, I AM. I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35). I AM the Light of the World (John 9:5). I AM the Good Shepherd.

(John 10:11-14). I AM the Door (John 10:19). I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). I AM the True Vine (John 15:1). I AM Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).

It is amazing that all of these instances are found in the book of John. According to Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of the Unity Movement, the disciple John, represents love. When we operate in love, we are always empowered to speak and manifest the power of God. “Every person who loves, knows God for God is love (I John 4:18).”

Reflection Question: Which I AM statement resonates most with you? Why?

 Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.

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