I just have to blog on this a bit. I'm so excited about this new Bible study and I think it's not the study that has me all thrilled, but just being back in God's Word on a more regular basis. I'm just bad to slip and slide when I'm out of a study.
I'm leading Mary Kassian's Knowing God by Name: A Personal Encounter and it Rocks!
It's a seven week study that covers five names of God each week. We start with the names of Deity – Yahweh, Adonai, and on.
When I was finally able to write, I grabbed my pencil (the cute pink one), my hi-lighter, some post-its and about four different versions of the Bible and got to work.
I loved it from the first verse:
“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:13-14.
That's so powerful. He is I AM! Nothing else needed. I AM WHO I AM. Don't need any explanations because he is all and more. Don't need anything beyond I AM. It's so beautiful and powerful it just takes my breath away. I AM.
And what is amazing is that we serve I AM. That is who we, as followers of Jesus Christ, serve.
And that is just the first verse. There is so much just in the first pages and while the author is talented and well-versed in knowledge, it's just so apparent that God has His hands all over this study and it's just cram-packed full of God's Words – and there is the power to move people and change lives.
After that first verse, I just went to town reading, scribbling notes in the book, highlighting like a mad woman, tagging and flagging sections and I loved every moment of it.
I just stepped into God's Holy Word and had me a big ol' party! I went to this verse and it just resonated in my spirit and I'm still reading it and loving it.
“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 57:15 ESV (emphasis is mine)
He inhabits eternity. Now, just let that soak in for a minute. He inhabits eternity. Now hold that thought and let me share another verse with you.
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from the everlasting to the everlasting, You are God.” Ps 90:2 (again, emphasis is mine).
Now doesn't that just rock your socks! Our dwelling place! And Everlasting to Everlasting. I just love that. But hold on, I have one more for you.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. Rev. 1:8
He is! He is the Holy, Mighty, Majestic, Magnificent, Powerful, Incredible GOD. He is I AM. He is all that I can write and so much more than I can even begin to imagine, He is all that I can think and so much more than I can even dream. He is all that I can speak and so much more than I can even begin to understand.
He is I AM.
I'm just awestruck that this amazing Lord God allows me, as completely messed up and faulty as I am, to lead this study of who He is. I'm humbled and amazed. I ask for your prayers and I encourage you to just jump on in His word and soak it up. Have a blast and enjoy just who He is. He loves us and He loves us so much that He has made a way for us to know (within our limited abilities) Him. Through the power of His Holy Spirit we can catch a glimpse of the great I AM.
Loving this day!
Have a great Today!