by: Creflo Dollar
When we were growing up, most of us heard other kids at one time or another bragging and boasting on the playground about being the best at something. Now that we’re adults, we look around and see that nothing has really changed. There’s always someone willing to declare loudly that “I am the greatest…” and we can fill in the blanks. But when we study the Bible there’s no doubt about Who really is the greatest.
We get an early glimpse of the great I AM when God tells Moses to go to the Pharaoh and command him to release His people. Pharaoh’s attitude was haughty and proud, and Moses was timid about delivering God’s message. He told God he wondered if the people would believe him, and God’s answer was quick and decisive. “And Moses said unto God, behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, the God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, what is his name? What shall I say unto them? 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 3:13, 14). Pharaoh remained hard-hearted and wouldn’t budge, so God dealt with him and totally annihilated the king and his armies.
The world can knock our thought processes out of alignment and fool us into thinking that we only need our own self to succeed. We can become incredibly self-absorbed. But when we’re tempted to get arrogant and trash talk about how great we think we are, we need to remember Who gives us everything we have. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:1, 5, NKJV).
God is too big to fit into a box, and He can be many things to us. When Jesus began His earthly ministry, very few people recognized Who He really was or understood the meaning behind His messages. He perfectly embodied God’s love, and many of Jesus’ lessons taught the many facets of God’s nature. “Then said Jesus unto them again, verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine” (John 10:7, 9, 11, 14).
Back then, these lessons were unfamiliar to anyone who didn’t know the ancient prophecies, but now everything falls into context. We’re humbled when we look at the magnitude and the scope of what Jesus did through His death and subsequent resurrection. The story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead never loses its power for me. “Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:23-26). Jesus’ question is a challenge—do you accept it?
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