I AM THE ONE WHO IS

O LORD, WHY DID I ASK?

“I am the one who is”

There is an inexplicable wealth of substance in who He is, that He just doesn’t want to be disturbed to start talking, so he just smiles and says “I am”, an expression said in a certain ‘humility’ as if talking to a child about who you are when you’re too much to begin with and you don’t even have a beginning.

So my eyes are hovering around the room, and (in abstraction) around the universe, and when I think of I am, I think about the verb ‘To Be’. As a grammar student in more than 2 languages and with the emphasis I place on the verb ‘To be’ with respect to different moods, aspects, tenses and diverse pronouns, when trying to teach French to an English speaker who has no knowledge of the technical aspects of the English language or his local dialect, I can imagine what it would take a human with achievements as big as existing before the world and creating the world and minding every human and owning the wealth of the earth and being responsible for the beauty of the universe to call myself I AM.

I just exploded with an ibo expression but I can’t write out what I said because it only carries the weight of it’s meaning in the original language…a lot is lost in translation most of the time…. Think of what we may have lost simply because people made efforts to translate יהוה to I am, meaning HE WHO IS HE, or I AM THAT (WHAT/WHO) I AM, the Kabbalah interprets this as Yahweh Himself is equal to His name.

Heiii!!!!!….*native exclamation*

By identifying Himself as “I AM,” God is declaring that He always exists in the immediate now as before the world. He isn’t bound by time like we are. There was never a time when God wasn’t. He always IS, or always ‘AM’. He has no fixed point when He was born or brought into being. He has no beginning or end. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last ( Revelation 22:13).

God calls Himself I AM, a name which describes His eternal power and unchangeable character. “I AM THAT I AM,” declares God to be self- existent, without beginning, without end. This is also expressed in the term “Yahweh,” meaning “I Am the One Who Is.”

*Hmmmmmm*

Even if ‘I am the One who is’, is God’s response to “I am who?”, given that “I am who?” was a possible retort or question in the mind of a yet perplexed Moses, like a Secretary or registration officer waiting to take down your surname, or even your first name in this case, it still doesn’t do justice to God’s expression of Himself as ‘I am’.

If you confidently replied me with ‘I am the One who is’ you might as well have stopped at ‘I am’.

Just like ‘I do’, I think the perfect translation would have been ‘I be’, but God didn’t want you to think of Him as a subject of time, because as an infinite verb, ‘Be’ would have to be subject to the different variations of conjugation, controlled by time, dominated by moods, persons and numbers.

‘I am’, is not an incomplete description, it’s not lacking object or adjective or noun or first name, it is a whole expression, of 3 letters, yet larger than the universe, a complete expression, deeper than our minds can contain, higher than eternity, only fit for God, Yahweh, the I am, that our words can never explain. It’s like “I’d rather leave it as that, than to break it down for you. I’ll reveal myself to you, but I can’t minimise myself just so you can understand, but I love you and I want you to get to know me, and not see me as too unapproachable for you, because I want a relationship with you, so I am….not because I’m short of words, but I am…because I am.”

And that’s deep!

But Uncle Moses is a funny man though. With time, after becoming a huge fan of God’s, he asked to see his glory, his face…

And the same God said in Exodus 33:

    20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
    21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.
    22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.
    23Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

That’s the same God who told you His name is I AM, because His ‘identity’ is too grand for you to comprehend, in your small soft human brain packaged like large sized macaronis in a secure dome called a skull, no matter how amazingly sophisticated and impeccable your brain is, you haven’t even been able to use up to 20% and now you want to have them blown out? That’s death….He said I am, that’s too grand, too vast, too deep, too timeless, too unique because He is not like other gods, and it would be insulting to compare him with, He is in a class of His own, that should not be called ‘a class’ because it limits him,it categorises him, so He just Is, He Be, He Am, He Is I Am, who Is, the One who is equal to His name, what is this his name? I am.

He is….so I call Him what He is to me and in my times of wonderment, I jst say with confirmation, as if in a whisper “Youuuuuuuuu aaaaaaaaarrrrrre” giving a slow nod of unwavering and doubtless approval (which He doesn’t need from me, my opinion doesn’t matter). Because He is.

I don’t need to put you in a box…You are!

    “Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female… (Deut 4:15-19)

We have called you many names, and I’m still looking for many more names to call you, as my personal lover, but ikari ihe anyi si n’ibu.(Igbo expression meaning «You surpass what we say You are»)

Lord I worship you because of who you are
“Who are You?”
I am

I am.

You are the One who is the One that You Are.

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The Little Foxes and The Fruits of The Spirit

This is for believers.

A little expression of arrogance in the kingdom can disconnect you from truly benefiting from grace.

The parable of the prodigal son visits the elder son who was standing outside the house during the feast and would not go in.

Luke 18:11 shows us the prayer of the pharisee and how he even condemned the tax collector in his prayers “God I thank you that I am not like other people”

I was speaking to someone somedays ago, pardon me if you see this, a Bishop’s wife and she said “They brought someone who has never pastored a church before to replace us” Joel Osteen never pastored a church before but I believe that amid the initial criticisms, he’s still doing well and still has the largest congregation in the US.

Now what’s my point? God sees the heart.

We may make a show of our seeming uprightness but God knows what He’s looking for. Humility is so delicate that being too satisfied with your humility would be pride. You may do so many good deeds to the point that you start judging other people whose acts of charity you don’t see. You may pray so much in church that you feel like you want to teach others how to pray or judge those who don’t go to church or those who don’t preach or people whose acts of “church/worship/religion” you don’t understand. We are not God. I’m not against correcting others in love or lifting those who are weak, but the key thing to watch is your motive. Would God be satisfied with the content of your heart?

If someone did me wrong so badly and I saw them in heaven, would I feel God was unjust? If God blessed an unserious church benchwarmer more than He was blessing me, would I feel they didn’t deserve it? Or didn’t work for it? Or I deserved that?

It would be easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a conceited person to enter into heaven. We know why lucifer was cast down.

So the fruits of the spirit are for YOUR SPIRIT, for your mind, from God’s spirit, let this mind be in you, which is in Christ Jesus(complete the verses).

The fruits of the spirit are for OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER HUMANS, for our journeys through life, not for our relationship with God. That’s why the passage ends with “against such there is no law”. There is no law against love, love is the fulfilment of the law. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love never fails.

So, please inderstand that God’s ways are not ours, and be more tolerant with those who are not as “Holy” as we are, remember that there is grace for everyone, “not of works” but Christ calls us to Work out our salvation, as it is written, “Be Holy, for I am Holy”.

Check your heart…Guard your heart with all diligence. Anything done out of faith is sin, faith without work is dead, Hope maketh not ashamed, yet Love, Love is the greatest of all, of all of these.

Check your heart, heaven is for the spotless, it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. Check your love meter. Check your fruits of the spirit garden, if you’re not producing these fruits, you’re not of God, we shall know them by their fruits…

You may think you have a perfect relationship with God, cos you don’t see him, you adhere to religion, when you sin, he forgives, you worship on endless hours and praise him early in the morning, but he placed us with humans, and that’s where the problems are usually born: in what we do and what we don’t do, in what we think and the way we judge and how we react…humans are funny people, it won’t be so easy, but express the fruits, don’t let the little foxes ruin the sweet fellowship you have with God and with fellow men, the cross links God to man and man to man (sign of the cross).

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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SAVE RIVERS STUDENTS : DO THE RIGHT THING

WE ARE STRANDED, HAVE WE BEEN ABANDONED?
Please for compassion’s sake, let’s see what we can achieve with the hashtag #SAVERIVERSSTUDENTS

*Their student visas have been cancelled
*They are to face deportation in a week: http://dailytimes.com.ng/rivers-students-face-deportation-uk-unpaid-tuition-fees-storm-embassy/

*The current governor said:
http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/06/rivers-governors-overseas-scholarship-scheme-a-scam-says-wike/

*This is the amount of money that supposedly goes into the scholarship scheme annually, N10billion thenationonlineng.net/much-ado-about-rivers-govts-scholarship-scheme/

*Yet they haven’t paid school fees for 2years
*have been evicted from their accommodation
*They are cold and hungry
*It’s hard to get student jobs to sustain themselves
*The Scholarship scheme RSSDA says that it can’t even afford their flight fare back.
*The previous government that started the scheme didn’t respond to their cries while still in power leadership.ng/news/415070/rivers-foreign-students-decry-abandonment

*This is not a political propaganda, let’s use and share #SaveRiversStudents to create awareness and appeal to the mercy of their state. The shame is too much. The U.S can’t allow this to happen to their citizen.

Watch the video here : https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=763950563715529&id=370495769727679&_rdr
#SaveRiversStudents

SPREAD THE WORD!
Please! Thank you.

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