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The Door (5 of 11)
Series: I Am
Ernest L. Easley
Are you an anxious person? You may feel like that woman who was always long-faced and seemed to have a dark cloud on her face when a friend asked her, ''Aren't you feeling good today?'' She said, ''Oh, I feel good today. But when I feel good I always feel bad, because I know it is downhill from now on and sooner or later, I will feel worse.''
THAT is an anxious person! Even when she is feeling good, there is still a dark cloud of anxiety due to the anticipation of the worst that will come.
Are you anxious and if so, what's causing it in your life and robbing you of peace? For you it may be anxiety about the future, anxiety about security, unpaid bills, a low bank account, looming deadlines, unmet expectations, or impossible challenges.
So, what is anxiety? Well, the word literally means to be pulled in two different directions. An anxious person is a divided person and in John 10 as we continue our series of messages under the heading I AM, we find God's answer to anxiety!
Having given Moses the responsibility of leading the children of Israel out of Egypt into the Promised Land, Moses ask God in Exodus 3.13-14, ''When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them? And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM.' And He said, ''Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.''
Seven times in John's gospel, Jesus uses that I AM name and each time He is declaring His deity!
We hear Jesus say in John 6:48, 'I AM the Bread of Life,'' which speaks of His PROVISON.
Jesus says in John 8.12, ''I AM the light of the world,'' which speaks of His PATHWAY.
Later in John 8 we hear Jesus say in verse 48, ''Most assuredly, I say to you, 'before Abraham was, I AM,'' which speaks of His
PRE-INCARNATION. ''Pre'' speaks of ''before.'' ''Incarnation'' speaks of ...
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