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I wanted to write this post about the power of using the words “I Am,” in a sentence when referencing yourself. A few weeks back during a zoom bible study session we were discussing something or another, and a church member jumped on the zoom expressing the importance of monitoring what you say. We discussed something similar on the blog back in week 2 Speak Life in Everything You Do. It is so important to be mindful of the things that you say because what you say cannot be taken back. We subconsciously possess things over our lives and are totally unaware of just how dangerous they can be. Saying negative things like, “I am always broke””I can't do it” or “I am not good enough to do that” will get you in trouble. Don’t be afraid to combat these insecurities, negative thoughts, and doubts with Holy Clap Backs. Remember what the bible says,
What a man thinketh, he is so.
What this scripture means is that the things we think in our minds and the habits we tell ourselves we have, true or false, is a reflection of our true self. So if all you do is think poorly of yourself and speak death over you instead of life, then that's what you have the potential to become. Whew!!! I know that’s a hard pill to swallow. I have found myself in the same boat multiple times. I mentioned in the post, Ten Things You Don't Know About Me that I share my journey with being diagnosed with dyslexia. Let me tell you, having dyslexia is no joke. I hated myself for years, practically my whole childhood because I wasn’t “normal.” I constantly compared myself to others because they were better readers than I was and comprehended a lot faster at various things than I did. This ultimately was one of the reasons I wanted to harm myself and commit suicide. But, thank God for grace and mercy and God never left my side. It took me years to break away from the limitations I put on myself because I thought I couldn't do them because of my learning disability. With the help of God, my amazing therapist, and my close-knit circle I finally embraced who I am and my complexed mind. Reading the bible gave me so much clarity and hope. God created me knowing I would have a learning disability and it took a long time to love myself the way he made me, and that’s in His perfect image.
I encourage you to love your flaws in spite of what society says,
Love the I AM in you!
Don’t allow other people's perception of you to become how you view yourself either. People are quick to call others dumb, stupid, crazy, ill-tempered, impatient, hateful, mean, and so on. Those people don’t know your history at all. They do not realize that what they are doing is creating a false narrative for you and expecting you to uphold it as if it's true. They are completely unaware of the things that you have gone through. It doesn’t matter if you grew up together or not. They only recognize the things that they see from the outside looking in. Change your narrative. You may have been hurt, or excluded, or treated poorly and that is what makes you place up a wall. But you are more than what people perceive. Think of yourself in a higher light, show yourself unconditional positive regard, change the way you describe yourself, and work towards being a better you.
I strongly dislike when kids bully other kids for that very reason. Children are impressionable and they will remember the way that they felt for a long time, and in some cases well into adulthood. We have an affinity for carrying these painful memories with us, they haunt us, and we subconsciously allow them to define us.
I say all that to say this, change your way of thinking before your way of thinking overpowers you. This is a constant skill that must be active. The church member explained that she's very careful about expressing how she feels if she's under the weather because words have power. So if she has a cold she wouldn't say “I am sick,” or “I am ill;” instead she changes her vocabulary and says I may not be at 100% but if God wills it then I will be soon. The keyword is if God wills, we have to get out of the habit of predicting the future for ourselves because only God knows the true outcome. She even mentioned if she has a headache or is not feeling well. She uses the Word to express how she is feeling and knowing that it is only temporary.
As I was hearing her speak on this, I was writing and I did some digging in the bible to support the vocabulary that we should all use. This can also be used as encouraging affirmations that we can use in our daily routine in the morning or at night. Constantly fueling our souls with what the bible says is always an excellent choice.
God uses the ownership of “I Am”
This is how God expresses himself with confidence!
I Am the bread of life John 6:35
I Am the light of the world John 8:12
I Am the good shepherd John 10: 11-18
I Am the way and the truth and the life John 14:6
I Am the alpha and omega Revelation 1:8
I Am the vine you are the breaches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing John 15:5
Changing the way that you think about yourself can be a hard thing to do at first and if you are anything like me you may not know where to start. Don’t fret I got you, below are some scriptures to help correct your way of thinking when the negatives are taking over.
I AM a child of God
I AM a new creation
2 Corinthians 5:17
I AM a friend of Jesus
John 15: 15
I AM created by God to do good
I AM free in Christ
I AM chosen and loved
1 Thessalonians 1:4
I AM the light to the world
I AM not ruled by fear
2 Timothy 1:7
I AM forgiven
I AM God’s possession
I AM free from the desirees of the flesh
I AM secure in Him
1 Peter 1: 3-5
I AM loved by God
1 John 4:10
Questions To Consider For Yourself:
1. Are you mindful of what you claim over your life?
2. What is your mindset when you are talking about yourself?
3. Do you claim life and positivity? Why or Why not?
4. Do you express yourself with confidence or do you allow insecurities to rule? Why or why not?
5. Do you let society dictate how you view yourself and your life?
With Love, it is important to monitor what you speak over yourself. Like I mentioned earlier in the post, change your way of thinking before your way of thinking overpowers you. When you use the words “I Am,” remember that you are about to claim something over yourself. Remember what comes after it. I AM… It’s at this moment that you must stop and think about whether or not it is positive or negative. Don’t allow anyone to define you with who you think you should be. Find yourself, learn what makes you, you and walk in that with the help of the Word.
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