I AM Sermon Series

Genesis Chapter 1, in my opinion, has the best opening line, “In the beginning, God...”  followed by verse upon verse of “God said, let”; “And God said, let”; “Then God said, let”. The omnipotence of God in full, spectacular display as He spoke and everything obediently came into existence.  Glory is His Name ! Then the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Master Jehovah’s tone softens. Intimately and intentionally, verse 26 begins,  “Then God said, Let US make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  As humans, created in the image and likeness of the GREAT I AM (The self-sufficient, self-sustaining God who was, who is, and who will be.), He endowed us with Himself.  We are uniquely gifted with a certain kind of awareness. We possess the capacity for reason, morality, language, personality, and purpose.  

As each of us grows, learns, and matures, our I AM (the discovery of who we are) is developed through various stages of life and fashioned by our influences coupled with external factors. These factors include: eyesight (what we’ve seen), environment, experiences, and education. They play a major role in how we view, see, and imagine ourselves. During these transitional stages, sometimes we lose sight of our original God-given, God-breathed authority and forget who we are…

My brothers and my sisters, I delayed the release of the I AM sermon series blog to coincide with the end of 2021. It is my desire that as we WALK INTO THE UNKNOWN, CONFIDENTLY, we remember Whose we are and who we are. Keeping in mind these six (6) I AM character principles…for our thoughts are the precursor to our actions.

1.    I AM FAITH – (Matthew 9:27-31) Not a faith that is practiced, but faith personified; embodied; walked in.  Just as a cat behaves like a cat, because he is a cat, once a person of faith personifies faith, they start behaving like faith. When we embody FAITH, it: (1)   Gets God’s Attention; (2) Gets God’s Action; and (3) Grants Able-ness.
 
 2.    I AM MODELING –Modeling is God’s way of teaching and training us through natural visible examples. (1) Modeling is a divine mandate (Leviticus 11:44); (2) Modeling requires Discernment – Discernment requires a relationship with God that is watered with consistent prayer (James 1:5). You want to be able to discern these attributes in the model: Intelligence – they have to know something; Integrity – moral uprightness; Imitate – duplicators of Christ; Instruction – feast on the Word of God; and Indwelling – led by the Holy Spirit.  (3) Modeling Births Determination – this journey is not easy, but if you have someone you can look at and see that they’ve made it, that may be the push you need. (4) Modeling Defines your I AM – It is important to find a good role model, but it is more important to find a Godly one. Whomever you model and mimic, you will mature into. You can only be a Master’s Piece, if the one you are modeling is imitating the Master.

3.    I AM SPEAKING - (Mark 11:20-25) Our speaking has power. What we speak into the atmosphere will determine if we find ourselves living our days in PRISON or living out our days in PARADISE! Proverbs 6:2 (NKJV) declares, “You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.” In the text, Jesus teaches: (1) You’ve Got to Have Faith to Speak; (2) You Have to Say What God Says; and (3) You Have to Know How to Speak It! We can choose to SPEAK ABOUT the mountain (complain about it) OR we can SPEAK TO the mountain (place a command on it). Jesus clearly tells us, DO NOT DOUBT! Stop complaining and start commanding.

4. I AM USEFUL - (Isaiah 6:1-13) - As the prophet Isaiah, in the text, we may see ourselves as useless, because of our history, lifestyle, and/or environment, but God sees us as useful.  Three (3) things I want you to get…(1) I Am Useful Because God Can Use Anybody;  (2) God Uses What Is Available; and (3) God Uses What is Accessible. God desires to use us, despite us! We are treasures in God’s eyes.

5. I AM THANKFUL - I Thessalonians 5: 18 declares, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” In this 16 word sentence, Paul provides a crucial command that should press upon the hearts of each of us. That each day of our lives, we should never take The Lord’s goodness for granted, but to consider all of the kind, wonderful, and loving things He has done for us and cry out, “THANK YOU”. We should find ourselves declaring: (1) I Am Thankful In It; (2) I Am Thankful When I Receive It; and (3) I am Thankful Because of It. In EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS!
 
6. I AM ACCOUNTABLE - “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” - Romans 14:12. One of the greatest human frailties, outside of love for one another, respect, and forgiveness is that of accountability. Accountability is the ability to uphold the responsibility one has been given. Winston Churchill said, “The price of greatness is responsibility”. As the children of God, we have been given the great responsibility to govern ourselves according to the 66 books that comprise the Holy Writ. As we enter a new year, I challenge us to fully understand this truth and walk in it. How, you ask? (1) Walk in Humility; (2) Walk in Harmony; and (3) Walk in Hope.  
And as we WALK INTO THE UNKNOWN, CONFIDENTLY…Embody Faith, Mimic Discerningly, Speak Godly, Be Available and Accessible for Use, Always Give Thanks, and be Accountable.

1 Comment


Charlene Franklin - January 19th, 2022 at 1:03pm

This is awesome, Thank You