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Knowing God through the “I am” Statements in the Bible.

My Hearts desire in this season of my life is to know God more. I believe the Holy Spirit is leading me to study the “I am” statements in the bible. I believe that the Holy Spirit is allowing me to share with you some of the things He is showing me about Himself through this study. This study is helping me, and I hope it helps and sparks a desire to know God in a deeper way.

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“I AM THAT I AM” (EHYEH ASHER EHYEH)
The first “I am” statement that I see in scripture is in Exodus 3:13,14. “I AM THAT I AM”. This is what God said to Moses when asked what is your name and who will I say sent me? For those who are not familiar with God, Moses, and the people of Israel, here is a little background. The Israelites (God chosen people) were made slaves and heavily oppressed by the Egyptian’s. Moses who was also an Israelite was chosen by God to deliver His people out of Egyptian bondage. However, when God called Moses to deliver His people he was far from Egypt and hiding because He had killed an Egyptian taskmaster for beating up on one of his people. Moses got married and started another life for himself. He was keeping the flock of father-in-law Jethro when God appears to him in the form of a burning bush but the bush was not consumed by the fire. God tells Moses I am sending you to Pharaoh so you can bring my people out of Egypt and out of bondage. Here is the text where we see God describe Himself:

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10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 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.'”
In this text Moses in some form was asking God what is your name? What if they ask me what is your name? “I AM WHO I AM” In Hebrew it is “EHYEH ASHER EHYEH” was God’s response. Tell them the “I AM” has sent you. In other words, tell them the self-existent, self-sufficient, has sent you. In this response I learned something about the God we serve. In that name God says, I am self-existent no one has created me. There was no one before me, and there is no one after me. God is the beginning, the end and everything in between. Genesis 1:1 says it in the first four words, “In the beginning God. Our human minds cannot fully understand this. However, by faith we believe it and accept it.

I want to quote an article from an author that I do not know. However, what was written was profound concerning the self-sufficiency of God:
Only God is self-sufficient, because he does not need from nothing or anyone. He doesn’t need life, because he is the Life; he does not need provisions; he is the Provider; he doesn’t have a beginning, because he exists from before the beginning. The self-sufficiency of God is part of his nature.
Our God lacks nothing. He does not need to ask permission to do anything. When God needs something to happen all He has to do is speak it and it appears. This is powerful, God is all powerful.

I AM WHO I AM, The self-existent, and self-sufficient God is the God that we serve.

The Anointing

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The Anointing (precious Holy Spirit) is every Christians’  helper, comforter, advocate, and teacher. He is the one that convicts us of sin, leads and guides us into all truth, brings things to our remembrance, advocates for us, intercedes for us, helps us, and empowers us to be Christ’s witnesses. The Anointing destroys the yokes and lifts the burdens off us as well.

 

And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. ( John 16:8 ESV)

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you.  (John 14:26)

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:27)

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27)

We do not have to, and quite frankly we cannot, rely on our own intuition, human strength, and human know how to accomplish and carry out anything God calls us to do. Nor can we deliver our selves from any besetting sin or handle life situations in a Godly way which glorifies Him, on our own.

Any struggle we face with sin and with various life situations which try to entrap us, weigh us down, oppress us and discourage us will not overtake us. We can be assured that the Anointing/Holy Spirit helps us through.  He comforts us, frees us, teaches us, uplifts and encourages us, advocates for us, and prays/intercedes for us according to will of God.

As we are trusting God’s Holy Spirit to work this out in our life, we must co labor with God in the name of Jesus endeavor to:

  • remain in prayer/seeking God’s face and heart daily
  • read God’s Word (The Holy Bible)
  • hear God’s Voice
  • resist the devil
  • submit to God
  • obey God
  • assemble and fellowship with other believers

and this too, the Anointing which is the Holy Spirit – God in the third person, helps us to live out. 

We are the helped ones. Jesus did not leave us comfortless and without help. The Anointing is with us and in us. We are empowered. We are anointed by the Anointing.

Go forth anointed ones, praying and praising, thanking God, for this is already done In Jesus Name! Only Believe! Be Encouraged!

Thanks For Reading and God Bless You,

 

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

 

 

What Did God Say?

What Did God Say?

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Written by Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

We live in a world with many voices (varying opinions, preferences, religions, philosophies, mindsets, etc.) I respect others and learned that respecting others doesn’t mean I have to agree and follow any voice that leads me astray from God. I don’t know about you who is reading this right now, but there was a time I was all turned around by the opinions of others.   At some point God in His awesome grace and mercy allows us to feel the disappointment, pain, and frustration with going along with opinions of others that’s void of His will. God knows that following the opinions, philosophies, and mindsets void of His Word and wisdom is dangerous so that is why He lets us know in His Word that following His voice is important:

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10 :27

Paul the Apostle wrote:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! Galatians 1:8

We can see clearly by these two scriptures alone that knowing God’s voice and following Him is not just a good thing, but major.

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One day riding on the bus, I was typing and a young lady was conversing with her son extremely loud. I notice I was so distracted by her voice, the octave, and even with what she was saying. I became so distracted in my thinking and started thinking about what she was saying instead of focusing on what I was doing. I even felt nervous. I started questioning God about what I was hearing and had crazy notions in my head regarding what she was saying. It was a fight to refocus my thoughts on what I was initially doing. I just kept praying. Finally, God quieted me inside and I was able to gather my thoughts, relax, refocus, and continue with what I was doing.

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Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been in a situation where the voices of others were so loud you could barely focus. Perhaps you couldn’t even hear your own self think let alone what God was speaking to your heart? What about when God made you a promise, said something to you about you, called you to do something; did ungodly thoughts in your own mind, something you heard, or the opinions, philosophies, and preferences of others distract you? Perhaps it persuaded you to do differently than what God wanted, deterred you, and/or troubled you to the point of hindering you or provoking you to dismiss what God said and in turn believe a lie? Well you are not alone. I believe anyone willing to be honest about this, would admit it they experienced this too.  It is a human experience. Although Jesus never sinned, He was tempted with a similar experience:

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days, he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.  And the devil said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:  And in their hands, they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, it is said, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. Luke 4:1-13

Satan was relentless in trying to persuade Jesus to do something other than what the Father had instructed Him (what He knew to be right). Because Jesus experienced it and He is God, we can be comforted and assured that He knows and fully understand the struggle:

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

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The awesome thing is Jesus did not follow the devil’s voice. Notice each time Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus said it is written. See Luke 4:1-13.  Jesus quoted God’s Word which is pure truth not just fact. He was able to walk victoriously and not give in to the enemy’s temptation. Jesus knew what God said and followed God’s voice. God gave us His Word, His Spirit, and gives us the strength to follow His voice. I do have to state however, that we are not immune to the attack of other voices (opinions, preferences, philosophies, and lies of others) bombarding us, but we don’t have to be victim to it. We can pray and read the bible with the help of the Holy Spirit. As we spend time with God and in His Word/The Bible, we begin to know His voice better. Once we know, understand, and believe what God says/His voice, it is easier to receive, apply, and do what He asks of us. We, our dreams, and hopes will not perish because we don’t lack knowledge of what God says. We know what God said and says!

Thanks For Reading, God bless you,

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur
 

 

 

 

At The Feet of Jesus: The Good Part

At The Feet of Jesus: The Good Part

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Written by Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

Sometimes we must stop and put everything on pause. If we notice that we are going-going-going, not praying as much, have a sense that something is even a slight bit off, and busyness is gripping our lives, it may be time to stop, seek God, and let Him recalibrate our movement. We want to make sure we are in step with the Lord, surrendering daily to God all of our plans and what we think we should be doing. It is healthy to access if we are indeed doing His will. Some possible questions to ask are: Is God in all this? Is this what He is asking of me? Am I too busy? How is my relationship developing with Him?

Lately I’ve been thinking about what sitting at the feet of Jesus looks like these days in our society. I do have an idea, yet I think I still have a lot to learn. I do however know what it means to be worry and troubled about many things. I know what it is to be helter skelter, running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and to have a daily to do list greater than the 24 hours allotted us humans daily – not to mention perhaps 16 hours really for those of us that endeavor to get at least 8 hours sleep a day.

What has provoked this mode of reflection is the scripture Luke 10:38-42. Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.  But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

In these verses we read that Martha was distracted with all her preparations, but what particularly stood out to me was the type of preparations she was doing. I think this is key to note because Martha was not busy doing sinful things. As a matter of fact she was busy with the affairs of serving. She was preparing for and serving Jesus, The Lord Himself. How wonderful for her to welcome Jesus into her home and to want to serve Him and anyone else who accompanied Him. Wouldn’t you agree that Jesus is the guest who deserves the best, so what harm could there be in all this goings on and fuss Martha was making? Why would her preparations be called distractions? Well, all we have to do is pay attention carefully to how Jesus addressed Martha after her complaining to Jesus about her sister’s lack of contribution of help with all the preparations. She even questioned whether Jesus cared about her situation (serving alone) and even gave Jesus a directive regarding what to do with Mary.

As soon as Jesus addressed Martha, He said her name twice – “Martha, Martha.” I liken it to a term of endearment. It reminds of me of someone wanting to comfort someone by saying, “There here now.” He really showed genuine concern and care for Martha. I also feel as if He was saying sweetheart listen. He then goes on to say, “You are worried and bothered about so many things.” What worried and bothered about so many things? What? How could that be Jesus? Martha was doing this for you!! I believe that Jesus saw the root of Martha’s works, all her goings on, her complaining and griping about the lack of help from her sister. She was all over the place and for nothing that Jesus really required of her. She was worried and troubled about getting things right, serving right, doing so much.  She had placed demands on herself to please Jesus in such a harsh and hardworking way and He did not demand that of her. Her preparations, although not intentional, at the point was idolatry and had taken priority over being with Jesus. Ridden with anxiety, going about what she must do for her Lord to make Him feel welcomed was all one big distraction as Jesus saw it. Jesus did not need or want that from Martha. He wanted  one thing at the time, her attention as it states, and I will explain further a little later. Martha did not have to drive herself with busyness for Jesus or to prepare for Him to feel welcomed. She had already welcomed Him in her home.  He had already felt welcomed and was there sharing His words.

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Do you see the connection between Martha’s experience and excessive busyness in Ministry? What about with affairs in everyday life? This can happen to anyone of us if we are not careful. We can get bogged down with to do lists, ministry, programs, or other activities and before we know it we are praying less, doing more, and taking on things we are not required to. If we are not careful we can overbook ourselves, stress ourselves out, and our relationship with the Lord suffers. The joy of just being in His presence, resting in His arms, sharing our heart with Him, hearing His voice, and knowing His heart is no longer our priority. Martha did not even appear to be experiencing joy in all her doing for Jesus. Her preparations were cumbersome and kept her occupied and distracted. Instead of truly entertaining and being with Jesus and taking time to enjoy Jesus and listen to Him, she anxiously went about preparing things all the while griping and complaining about what her dear sister Mary was not doing. Mary who had chosen to seek Jesus, learn of Him, and bask in His presence, decided to sit and His feet and hear Him speak. Jesus not only informs Martha of her spiritual state but then uses Mary as a model of what He desires.

After Jesus told Martha that she was worried and troubled about many things, he points her in the right direction away from her distractions. He tells her, “But one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to His word. Wow! You mean to tell me that Jesus doesn’t see Mary as lazy or uncaring? Well, as we read, we see no He did not. He actually stated that what she was doing was what He required – what was necessary, and it is the good part that won’t be taken from her. To seek Him, wait on Him patiently, hear what He has to say, to learn about Him, and what is in His heart (Being with Jesus).

Do you see it? Prayer, do you see it? Yes, beloved sitting at Jesus feet and listening to Him is prayer. We don’t always have to be saying and doing something. Oh how God longs for our presence and for us to enjoy His presence. He longs for us to sit quietly at His feet (just stop for a time, give Him some time), turn of the flow for a bit, stop with the list of demands,  listen to Him, let Him love on you, and you love on Him. He does not require us to be ministry work horses or work mules. He loves us. He wants us more than what we can do for Him. He does not require us to work and work and work at the expense of our relationship with Him. He does not want us to work to we are ill, over tasked, burned out, asking where is God in all of this, and distracted from the good part – what is necessary (being with Him). He wants us not our works. Ministry will happen so pray and rest. The right works, the work of God, His works, will be wrought in Him through us out of the overflow of our loving, growing, maturing relationship with Him.

If you are now like Martha Martha, working and striving in your own strength needlessly to appease Jesus, to welcome Him, or for whatever reason Jesus says Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11-28-30.  How refreshing to know that Jesus did not put a heavy yoke on us and we don’t have to be burdened down with anxious doings, going about, and conjuring up preparations in His name.  We don’t have to follow a set of rules to earn His love and to show Him that we welcome Him. We can take on His yoke, learn of Him, and rest. Yes rest. No more striving on our own and no more distractions. Pray. Take time to be with Jesus. Indeed, the work of God will be done and from a place in Him not ahead or at the expense of Him or our relationship with Him. So now we can rest easy. You are already prepared, and preparations are done. You said yes and welcomed Him in. He is welcomed. So now no more ministry and works idolatry, no more idolatry period. Wait on Him and for His word. Instructions will follow and with empowerment. Priority – First Jesus! Just ask God for help and He will indeed help you and I sit at His feet.

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Are we doing what Mary did now? Great! We have chosen the good part, the necessary part, and that is what God gives and no man can take it away – No man can take Jesus from us.

 

Thanks for Reading, God Bless You

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

Don’t Settle: Avoiding Instant Gratification

Don’t Settle: Avoiding Instant Gratification

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Written by Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

     Lately I’ve come to realize that one of the main ways I can avoid settling for anything less than God’s best for my life is to avoid giving in to the need for instant gratification. At the root of it all is anxiety. Sometimes we may have an unmet need or desire and are anxiously motivated to do act, get, or say something quick to fulfill the need or desire (instant gratification).

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Many have learned the hard way that instant gratification does not pay. In fact, some would agree there is more loss than gain if anything. Some of us have learned on a larger scale than others. Some of us have seen the damage that many have incurred because of instant gratification.

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Some of the ways people have given into being instantly gratified is as follows:

  • A job taken because of desperation and all the signs were there it was a bad offer
  • Marrying a person that God did not choose knowing that the person was not the one
  • Buying a house that was not fitting and more of a problem than a blessing of prosperity
  • Not waiting for a sale when the Spirit prompted only to waste a great amount of money in the long run
  • Settling for a fake imitation product rather than the real product because of a pressing need to have it now
  • Simply doing something quick, fast, and in a hurry when God said wait or flat out no
  • Fornicating and feel full of guilt afterwards because of the sin against God and oneself

The list can go on. The former stated is just a few out of many. Overall, settling, in any situation, for anything other than God’s best for us leaves us shorthanded in the end and often with problems of some sort within the context. That is not God’s will for us. We are the apple of His eye and He longs to bless and prosper us.

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Someone reading this may say, true, I don’t want to settle, but how do I avoid giving into the trap of instant gratification?  I don’t know all the answers but one thing I have learned in my walk with God is that dealing with anxiety in our hearts does help significantly. God says in His word be anxious for nothing.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)

Praising God and talking to Him about our unmet needs and desires in total transparency helps. When we keep feelings about these things bottled up, buried, and then seek to fulfill them ourselves we cause ourselves more pain. The anxiety builds up and then instant gratification takes over and we go in circles and then struggles in these areas become cyclic.  To avoid this damaging cycle, we can ask God for the strength to wait on Him, for His will to be done, and to comfort us as we wait. He will honor that prayer and help us. He desires that we wait patiently for Him to act.

Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. – Psalm 37:7a (NLT)

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God wants us to live in His peace and trust that He will provide for us accordingly. He will take of the things that concern us.

The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. – Psalm 138:8 (NASB)

I learned that when I feel the urge to act, say, or get anything out of turn the Holy Spirit will check me and I can yield. When we obey His leading we get to see how He manifests the blessings He has for us in a way that brings Him glory and truly blesses our life instead of stressing us out. I have witnessed God’s manifested blessing in my life i.e. marriage, job, and in other areas in my life because of Him providing it all instead of me attempting to fulfill my own needs and desires. I do give Him the glory for it because I once tried, failed, and learned I could not do it in my own strength but He helped me to let Him do it. I also learned that after enough problems due to giving in to the trap of instant gratification and settling for less than God’s best for me it produced grief instead of happiness. I am no glutton for punishment and the hard lesson learned is it is best to wait on God.

So, I share with you today to pray. Pray and ask God to remove anxiety from your heart if you know it is there. Pray to be calm. Pray to be content and grateful for what you have. For godliness with contentment is great gain 1 Timothy 6:6 (NASB). Pray to trust God and see from His point and to trust even when you can’t see and don’t understand why things seem to be prolonged. Pray to wait, to wait with patience, and to avoid settling. Pray for His blessings, to be expectant, and to be open to receive from Him. God takes pleasure in this and I pray we always remember that God our Father in heaven wants what He knows is best for us. He loves us and we never have to settle for anything less than God’s best for us.

God Bless You! Thanks for Reading,

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

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