In this affirmations of God article, I want to explore the statements made by God Himself and who He declared Himself to be.
Our finite human brains struggle to understand the very concept of God. How do you explain God?
The all-powerful and loving creator who has always been and will always be, whose ways are far above our ways – How do you comprehend?
Sadly, mankind in general throughout the ages and especially so in our modern times try to reinvent God, make him more like us, make him fit into our way of thinking. I think we are all guilty of it to some degree.
What an insult, God is God, the Creator – and the created being tries to dictate to the Creator and demand he succumbs to their way of thinking.
We pitiful and finite creatures are just so fortunate that a God so powerful is love. I was very deliberate with my words there, He is not just a God of love, He IS love!
So… this article is dedicated to the affirmations of God. Words directly spoken by God Himself to show us who He is and I will concentrate on just one major theme throughout this guide. The places where God said, I AM…
Before we dive into deeper study let’s have a quick glance at some of the affirmations of God we will cover…
Okay… now for the fun stuff…
One of the most famous I AM Bible verses is this one…
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (Ex 3:14)
This how God responded to Moses…
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? (Ex 3:13)
So God what is your name?
In today’s world, a name is just a name. Parents chose a name because it’s popular, or they just like the name. But names were more than just a way to identify people back in the Bible days, a name was prophetic, it described who the person was or what their life would fulfill.
So when God told Moses what name to use it was a big deal…
God’s name was considered sacred. They would not even say it. The closest we get in scripture for God’s name in the Old Testament is YHVH (Yahweh) which is translated as LORD in our English Bibles. They would even just refer to it as… THE NAME.
So when Jesus arrives on the scene and says I come in THE NAME of the Father, it was of major significance to those hearing that statement.
We human beings are limited. When we describe ourselves to someone (or when someone else is describing us) we might say I am a mechanic or other occupation, I am a husband or a wife, I am a daughter or a son, I am a mother or father, I am a believer in this or that, I am a lover of sport or movies, etc.
We have a limit on I am – I am this, that or the other. There is always something else added on to the end of our I am’s.
But God is limitless… His very name is just I AM.
We get a glimpse throughout the scriptures of some of the various I Am’s He can be to us, however… His very name is unlimited I AM.
The following video sermon by Malcolm Smith goes into great detail about what has been mentioned so far and is well worth watching…
So with that in mind let’s look at many other scriptures about who God says He is using the phrase I AM…
I AM Thy Shield
I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (Gen 15:1)
This was revealed to Abraham and is just as applicable to his children as well.
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (Gal 3:7)
God is our shield, protector, guard, defense, cover, shade, safety, security, shelter, safeguard, and support.
Some other Bible verses of God being our shield, defense, and helper…
- But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. (Psalm 3:3)
- My defense is of God, which saves the upright in heart. (Psalm 7:10)
- Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation. (Psalm 18:35)
- The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him. (Psalm 28:7)
- Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)
- For the LORD is our defense. (Psalm 89:18)
- O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. (Psalm 115:9)
- Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. (Psalm 115:11)
- Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. (psalm 119:114)
- My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust. (Psalm 144:12)
I Am Thy Exceeding Great Reward
This is from the same verse above. Wow… God, Himself is our exceeding great reward. Just ponder that for a moment…
Reward… can mean wages, hire, compensation, payment, and the biggest of all for me WORTH!
You work at an hourly rate and your wages or reward are paid according to what you are worth.
Here we read that God Himself is our worth!
How glorious is this Bible verse? How do you take such a wondrous thing in and understand it?
Not even the great Charles Spurgeon could explain it…
I do not think that any human mind can ever grasp the fullness of meaning of these four words, “I am your reward.” God Himself the reward of His faithful people! This I feel sure of—that although I can enjoy the sweetness of this text for myself, my feeble lips can never tell even the hundredth part of the precious meaning of it! Therefore, my brothers and sisters, do not depend upon me, but appropriate the text to yourselves. Be not content for me to cook and carve for you, but come and cut from the roast for yourselves—and cut large slices, too! Let each man take to himself all that he needs out of this glorious text as he meditates upon it!
God is a rewarder…
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Heb 11:6)
I am the Almighty God – I am God Almighty
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (Gen 17:1)
And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins.(Gen 35:11)
Almighty appears 48 times in KJV Bible and simply means all-powerful. The book of Job, in particular, refers to God as the Almighty quite often. God is… ALL mighty – mightier than all other mighties. The God above all other gods. The power above all other power.
O the futility of man who thinks he knows more than God and tries to instruct God. How often do we hear if God does this or that, then I will worship him?
How often have we heard, I refuse to worship a God who does this or that? How often have we heard mankind trying to dictate to God how He should and should not love? How often have we heard mankind tell God what is and what isn’t sin?
Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it. (Job 40:1-2)
O, puny insignificant man… He is the ALMIGHTY! Who are you to haggle with, deny, over-rule, challenge, and tell God what to do?
Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? (Job 40:8)
Take some time out and listen to this beautiful song Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty…
I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob
I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. (Mat 22:32)
God quite often used this to reaffirm that He is the God of your father’s when addressing the descendants of Abraham. I am the same God your father’s worshipped. I am the one who gave and will fulfill all of the promises given.
However, Jesus in the above Bible verse expounded it just a little further. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
He is our God… We are now, the living… Terms such as quickened (made alive), enlivened, born again, new creature, and of course… alive, all refer to our new status in Christ Jesus.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:11)
…but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead. (Rom 6:13)
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Cor 15:22)
I am the LORD your God
Sometimes we take so much for granted in our Christian walk. Just meditate on this for a moment… God… The Almighty… The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… is OUR God.
Take that in… WOW!
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. (Heb 8:10)
…for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Cor 6:16)
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ… (Rom 8:14-17)
And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. (Jer 24:7)
And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.
I am the LORD that healeth thee
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. (Ex 15:26)
As amazing as being healed from our physical ailments might be, this word means to be made completely whole. I won’t go into great detail about healing in this article as it deserves a complete series all of its own. Suffice to say for now – This is who God is – He is the God who heals you.
I am the LORD that doth sanctify you
… I am the LORD that doth sanctify you (Ex 31:13)
The word sanctify means: to be set apart, dedicated.
God’s people are set apart from other people and therefore chosen or ordained. It is God who sanctifies you.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (Jn 15:16)
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Jn 17:17)
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:25-27)
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. (Heb 13:12)
I am holy
God is holy…
For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. (Lev 11:45)
Holy means set apart, sacred, or consecrated.
The scriptures are holy…
Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures. (Rom 1:2)
The Spirit of God is holy…
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Rom 14:17)
The law was holy…
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. (Rom 7:12)
The temple of God (therefore us) is holy…
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Cor 3:17)
Our unbelieving spouse is holy…
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. (1 Cor 7:14)
We are holy and will be presented holy…
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. (Eph 1:4)
n the body of his flesh through death, to present you holyand unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. (Col 1:22)
The apostles were holy…
Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. (Eph 3:5)
The Church is holy…
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:27)
Our calling is holy…
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. (2 Tim 1:9)
Jesus is holy…
For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. (Heb 7:26)
We are in a holy priesthood…
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Pet 2:5)
Not to mention the holy place of the tabernacle, holy men and women, the holy mount, the holy commandment, and the holy prophets.
All because God is holy…
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Pet 1:16)
Below is another beautiful song titled: You Are Holy…
I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.
God has separated us from other people. This is similar to being made holy and sanctified.
…I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people. (Lev 20:24)
We have been instructed to come out and be separate.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Cor 6:17)
We are in the world but not of the world (therefore separate)…
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (Jn 15:19)
I am the LORD which hallow you
This is very similar to what we have already covered with: sanctified, holy, and separate.
Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you (Lev 22:32)
The following Bible verses declare that God is God. It is He… There is no other… He is the only Saviour… He is the creator… He makes all things… He is the one who blots out our sins. He is the first and the last and therefore the ONLY… It is He who teaches us… He leads us… He comforts us…
Now while you read this think how we have been given the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus and ONLY the name of Jesus can we be saved. You shall know in that day that it is I who speaks. How were our sins blotted out? He is the Alpha and Omega – the first and the last…
Can you imagine Paul after his conversion re-reading the Old Testament understanding it through Christ?
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. (2 Cor 3:14)
I am the LORD: that is my name
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (Is 42:8)
Below is an interesting video with a compilation of many things written on this page…
I am thy Saviour
For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. (Is 43:3)
I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. (Is 43:11)
I AM He
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. (Is 43:10)
Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? (Is 43:13)
I am the creator of Israel
I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. (Is 43:15)
I am a father to Israel
They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. (Jer 31:9)
I am he that blots out thy transgressions
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (Is 43:25)
I am the first, and I am the last
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. (Is 44:6)
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me. (Is 45:5)
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Is 45:22)
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me. (Is 46:9)
I am the LORD that makes all things
Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that makes all things; that stretches forth the heavens alone; that spreads abroad the earth by myself. (Is 44:24)
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. (Is 45:18)
I am the LORD thy God which teaches you and leads you
Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teaches thee to profit, which leads thee by the way that you should go. (Is 48:17)
I am he that comforts you
I, even I, am he that comforts you: who art thou, that thou should be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass. (Is 51:12)
Of course in the New Testament, we read and experience how the Holy Ghost is the comforter and teacher…
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. (Jn 14:26)
I am the LORD of Hosts
But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name. (Is 51:15)
The Lord of hosts song…
You shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak
Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. (Is 52:6)
And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD (Eze 16:62)
And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD (Eze 20:44)
I am merciful
…for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever (Jer 3:12)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Jn 3:16)
I delight in Lovingkindness, Judgement, and Righteousness
But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. (Jer 9:24)
I am with thee
For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. (Jer 30:11)
I am the God of all flesh
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? (Jer 32:27)
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him. (Acts 10:34-35)
I Change Not
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Mal 3:6)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Heb 13:8)
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