The next time someone, including yourself, has the audacity to ask, “Who do you think you are,” whether it is asked in word, deed, thought, action, or reaction, you respond boldly and unconventionally with, “I AM WHO I AM,” and that’s enough.
It is not blasphemy, and neither is it arrogance. It is not the norm–and neither is it likely to be understood. YET, it IS the TRUTH.
You respond with the TRUTH!
The term “I Am” relating to God in the bible appears over 300 times. God, who is the Great I Am, made you in His image.
According to His word, “you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
You “are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that [you] should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
In John 15:15, Jesus states, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
When do we ever identify a tree and exclude the parts that make up that tree? We don’t say, “Look at that tree over there, but not the branches that are on it…”
The branches, the leaves, the bark, the roots, the seeds, the flowers, etc. are all a part of that tree. It is because of their oneness with that tree that they continue to live and thrive. Apart from that, existing in the singularity of their own identities (flower, branch, leaf, etc), they die. There is no life in them, and none to be given.
If God is the, “I Am,” and we abide in Him, and Him in us, then we are also the “I Am.” There is no separating the two–though by our limited beliefs and restrictions that we place on ourselves and each other, we often think and act as though we can be separated from the Source.
The life in the identities that we create for ourselves is non-existent in separation from Christ.
Because you are an extension of God, the original “I Am,” you are enough–whether you know it, or not–whether you believe or not–you exist because of your attachment to our Source.
A piece of bark on a tree doesn’t have to be anything more than what it is because of what it’s attached to. It serves its purpose as a part of the whole; and that is enough.
The branch doesn’t have to be bigger, or smaller, more brittle, or more pliable. It is enough because its purpose is being served as a part of that tree which gives it life.
Never does a leaf on a tree ask, “What purpose am I serving? Am I enough?”
You are enough just as you are. Before you began to form your own identities, or the beliefs and practices that you identify with, you were enough.
Before you began to succumb and operate according to the societal pressures and measures of success, you were enough.
Before you accomplished what you have, you were enough.
Even now, as you seek to find purpose in life, you are enough.
As you judge and condemn yourself for not having accomplished what you think you should have at this point, You ARE ENOUGH.
When you conceive a dream and/or vision that’s bigger than you, YOU ARE ENOUGH.
When you’re told you can’t do it, YOU ARE ENOUGH.
When you are doubted explicitly and/or implicitly, YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Unsure. YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Afraid. YOU ARE ENOUGH.
You’ve made mistakes and, still, you are enough.
You’ve failed countless times, yet still enough.
You were hurt before. You are enough.
You hurt others. You’re enough.
If you get rejected, you’ll be enough.
If it doesn’t work out, you’ll still be enough.
No matter what comes, you’ll be enough.
Every waking moment…your very existence is ALWAYS enough.
You Are…as the I AM is.
You Are a part of the great I AM.
And for that reason, and that reason alone, YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.