The Power Of "I Am"
Heavenly Father strengthen us as we pour out so that You can pour in and lead us as we pour forth in Your name. Amen
May 11, 2020
Good Morning Princesses!
This week, let's focus on affirmative statements. When you think of affirmative statements you may be able to raddle off some quick ones. So to get you warmed up for this week's GO! Report, let's practice a few. Write down three (3) affirmative statements about yourself. Are you ready? Go! (No, seriously, 1, 2, 3...Go!)
1. Our Affirmative Statements ~ Let's Take A Look?
Okay, so now that you have your three (3) statements, take a look at them closely to see what category they fall in. Are they I, Others or God statements?
1. (I) ---- Statements that you have come to believe about yourself;
2. (Others) ------ Statements that others have told you about yourself; or
3. (God) ------ Statements that you have come to understand about yourself and now believe through the power of the Holy Spirit because God said so.
Take some time to really review your affirmative statements.
Affirmative is defined by Positive Word Dictionary as
When I was in high school I joined the speech and debate team. The real reason I wanted to be on the team was to hang out with my friends every weekend. In my first year on the team, my high school friend and I concocted a plan to create our own "two-man" debate team so that we could be together for the day and you know do what high schoolers do! Talk and talk and talk some more! Well, needless to say, our coaches had other ideas. After our tryouts, we were not only "not" placed on the same team in two-man debate, but we were "not" even placed in the same category of debate. I mean, come on, give me a break. A full-proof plan, not so much! The coaches in their collective wisdom placed my friend on a two-man debate team (without me) and I was placed in the Lincoln-Douglas debate category. (Lincoln-Douglas debate is s a competitive speaking activity that involves two debaters arguing for and against a resolution ~ ugh!). A category that is solo. Yep, just me against someone else. To top it all off, aside from the bus ride to and from the events and the awards ceremony, I barely even saw my friend. So much for hanging out! Lincoln-Douglas debate (or LD as called by debaters) was, to say the least, interesting. So how exactly does it work? Here's a quick synopsis.
At the beginning of the season you are given a topic. The goal is to prepare both an affirmative and a negative argument. Each week the debater competes in maybe three or four rounds. For each round, you are assigned by the judge your arguing position, affirmative or negative.
One would think that arguing the affirmative would be easy, but not always. Sometimes, arguing the negative was the best option. Some of the best arguments were made and won not because you were simply able to articulate your points (knowledge or facts about the case) but because the debater believed and was passionate about their position.
Similar to my high school LD experience, I wonder what if we were to look at our three statements and categories again what would you say is at the heart of your affirmative statements. You, Others, or God?
2. Our Assurance in "I Am"
I Am. The power of these two words. When spoken in the affirmative "I Am" can be a power that speaks life into your situation or even into someone else if given in the "you are" context. As we have read in 1 John you may have noticed that there are certain assurance statements such as the following found in 1 John 2:14:
I write to you, dear children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
Or take a look at John 14:6
Jesus answered,“I am the way and the truth and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.
3. Our Truth
So, dear princesses, when it comes down to it, and you are having your own Lincoln-Douglas debate with yourself (we all do it from time to time and sometimes more often than not). Is your "I Am statement based on:
what you believe (I affirmative statement);
what others have told you about yourself (Others affirmative statement); or
what God, the great I Am, has proclaimed you are (God affirmative statement)?
If you are ever in doubt, remember, Our God is Our truth. As a child of God, we are strong in Him, and because of Him. He is our Way, our Truth, and our Life.
4. Join us for WEEK #5- May 12th
"What Love Is" by Kelly Minter. There is still time to sign up, so please feel free to do so using the link below and invite a friend.
How will this virtual online study work? Here's the set-up...
1. Complete the registration and a link will be sent to you to finalize your information;
2. A login link will be sent for you to join the session either via laptop, tablet or iPad, desktop or phone;
3. We will pray, fellowship and spend time in God's word (specifically the letters of 1, 2 and 3 John);
4. Timeframe- 6:00 - 7:00 pm; and
5. Dates-Tuesday's - April 14- May 26.
Our new study is underway "What Love Is". See the Bible Study link to register=> HERE
Oh, princesses of faith...remember
Prayer “empowers and ‘charges up’ every other piece so they can be used effectively against the enemy. Without prayer… your armor, cannot, will not, be infused with the power that only God’s-Spirit can give."
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Know that through the Holy Spirit you can:
do things you couldn't;
feel things you didn't; and
know things you wouldn't.