GOD AFFIRMS: WE AFFIRM
"I AM THE LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another,
neither my praise to graven images" (Isaiah 42:8).
Do you notice that throughout the whole Bible, God continually affirms who He is? He doesn't explain who He is, He just plainly and unashamedly states who He is. "I AM THAT I AM" God unequivocally announces in Genesis 3:14. Again, in Isaiah 48:12 He states without explanation, "I AM HE."
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, also stated "I AM HE" (John 8:24, 28; 13:19). When Jesus said "I AM HE" in John 18:3-8, the band of officers "fell backwards." Again, He says in John 8:58, "Before Abraham was, I AM." In fact, He continually affirmsthat He is "I AM."
"I AM the bread of life" (John 6:35, 48, 51).
'I AM the light of the world" (John 8:12; 12:46).
'I AM from above" (John 8:23).
"I AM the door of the sheep" (John 10:7).
"I AM the good shepherd" (John 10:10, 14).
"I AM the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25).
"I AM Master and Lord" (John 13:13).
"I AM the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
"I AM the true vine" (John 15:5).
"I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending" (Revelation 1:8, 11, 17; 22:13).
"I AM He that liveth, and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore" (Revelation 1:18).
"I AM the root and the offspring of David" (Revelation 22:16).
"I AM the bright and morning star" (Revelation 22:16).
We read in Hebrews 1:3 that Jesus Christ is the "express image of His person." The word "person" in the Greek means "substance, assurance, confidence." This same word, hupostasis, is translated "confident boasting" in the following Scriptures--2 Corinthians 9:4; 11:17 and Hebrews 3:14). God and Christ confidently affirm who they are.
God sent Jesus into the world to show the world what He is really like. But, now that Jesus has ascended, He sends us into the world to reveal the image of God (John 20:21). Because we are created in the image of the I AM THAT I AM, we should also unashamedly affirm who God created us to be. Why are so many women ashamed of being female? I believe that the devil, who hates the image of God, wants to deny God's creation. He wants to distort the image of God in this world.
It is not enough to know who God created us to be. It is not enough to believe who we are. As God does, we should also affirm who we are. As He is "I AM," in a lesser way, we are also "I am."
I am a woman, therefore I am feminine. I will glory in my femininity in order to give glory to God. I will dress femininely, speak femininely, walk femininely, and act femininely.
I am a woman, therefore I am a "womb man." My womb is my most distinguishing characteristic as a woman. There are only two kinds of people in this world--a man without a womb, and a man with a womb. God created me with a womb, therefore I am embrace the function of my womb for the glory of God.
I am a woman, therefore I am a "life-giver." The first woman was named Eve, meaning life-giver. She was the prototype of all women to come. I will delight in bringing life to the world, through my womb, through my words, and through my actions.
I am a woman, therefore I am a nurturing mother. God has put this anointing in my very being. I am also created with breasts to nurse babies. I embrace my womanly nurturing anointingto bring glory to God.
I am a woman, therefore I am different to men. I have my own particular function and calling that God has purposed for me. I will embrace it and walk in it, and resist all temptation to take my husband's role.
I am a woman, therefore I will find my greatest joy in my home. God has given me the blessing of a home to be a nestbuilder.I have the privilege of making a sanctuary for the glory of God and to raise my children in this safe nest.
I am a woman, therefore my price is worth more than rubies and pearls. I will bring glory to God by seeking to be a precious jewel to my husband and children.
When I embrace who God created me to be I bring honor and glorify God. When I deny my femaleness, I dishonor the God who created me and His plan for my life.
May we become unashamed affirmers of who we are.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
"I thank you, dear Father, that I do not have to doubt who you are. You are the God of the universe, and You are my God. You are God alone and there is none else. Please save me from doubting who You made me to be. I want to bring honor and glory to your name. Amen."
I am a woman and therefore I glory in my womanhood.