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November 22, 2021 7:00 am
This is when things are making sense of your life. Dr. Tony Evans talks about what God had in mind when he introduced himself to mankind and I and simply want me celebrating faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas and president of the alternative, we know that God is referred to by many descriptive names in the Bible, but some of the most familiar ones are the least understood Dr. Evans will explore one of those today as he digs into seven different meanings of the name. I am let's join him. God be all going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them.
Maybe you say to me what is, what shall I say God said to Moses, I why and he said that you shall say to the sons of Israel.
I am have sent you. What does the US about it and they may tell you my name is I said, what shall I tell them is your name. He says you tell them I am that I am have such as names in the Old Testament.
Proximally 85 names name is designed to describe a different element of who God is and what… In the beginning God created the heavens and that's the name Elohim strong, the creator God. When God wanted to relate to his creation, gave a new name that is the name Yahweh, which we call Jehovah so the question is what does I am me.
First of all I am is personal.
I will get a personal pronoun that tells you that this is a person talking. So when God uses this name here saying you I want to relate to you, person to person. I am not only interested in being the big whale veil. I want to talk to you down when you live because you will you and him and I know the work we can communicate not only is a personal buddies and personal. In the present tense. I not love nor I will be at just say I am that I want to say I am that I want it means that he is who he declares himself to be is very important that I am in other words, find me by me.
I am that I am so widely because what that means is I am not what you want me to be what you say is self defining because he is is and is defined by himself and everything is now. That means he is is eternally because he always lived in the same state state of being 20 is an eternal being. What will Jesus say he was before Abraham was, I am so Jesus Christ declares himself to be an eternal being. Now having established that that God lives in the eternal now in Jesus claims to be that God the seven I am in the book of John seven times.
Jesus says I am about something.
John chapter 6 verse 35 is the first of the seven I am Jesus said to them, the bread of life he will comes to me will not hunger you will believes in me will never thirst. He's talking about the Old Testament in the wilderness when the bread of life came down from heaven called so what Jesus is saying is what God said you physically in the wilderness. My job is the feed you spiritually in your day-to-day life satisfaction for internal life and I am no substance for living this life you made into your life you will live with a hungry soul. So he says I am the bread. Secondly, then Jesus spoke to them again.
Say I am the light of the world you follow me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Jesus says on the bread.
I feature but I'm also the life I will illuminate okay when the sun rises in the morning. That's illumination because you can see the darkness goes away and now you can see straight, because now you have life. Jesus says you will follow me. I'll let you see when you go because a lot of us don't know when we go the proof that a lot of us don't know what were going as we keep going down the wrong streets wrong alleys and making bad decisions so we don't know where to go but Jesus says if you will follow me. I will give you life so that you can see the right decision for me save the right people to connect with say the right right direction. The golf your life but you got to be following me on the way. I'm going to not wake, you will get lost and you will be in darkness in one of the worst were to be blinded because when you blinded not know what that means you trying to make it on your trip and all over the place running in everything and everybody he says, but if you let me be the illumination of your life, you will find the way to go. So if you're here today and you don't have direction or clarity, but you wanted and you wanted from God said you gotta follow me. You got the final what I say what I think you gotta do that regardless of what you peeps say what the passage says is the big one.
Regardless of what you think The timber seven truly truly show nuptial enough, I say to you I am the door of the sheep shepherds had a date the door with the she could enter and he says if you come through me. Verse nine. If anyone summarizing anyone that means include you.
If anyone enters through me. He will be say okay you go to heaven. But that's not all he will go in and out to find freedom and you will find pastor I will satisfy says if you come through me. If you if you stumble around me. If you stop going over me under me stop skipping me if you will make make your way to me because I am out of the door to save you for eternity majority give you getting out this freedom in history and I am the dog to bring you satisfaction for your life that will have to give you that for free. All three because my name is I am and so I am the fullness of life. That's why verse 10 said the comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly. Only came that you might have life, but you have whatever super life super life is fullness of life super life is more than just be super.
Life is more than I'm trying to get by super life is more than I'm trying to make abundant life needs fully realizing what God wants done in your life.
But he said you got the computer because on the door. The next IM he says in chapter 10 versus 1114 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. That's the cross. 14 I am the good shepherd and I know my own and my own no says I'm the good Shepherd shepherd.
He opens the door for the sheep and shepherd doesn't melt what is to shepherd is responsible for the this goes back 12,000 we been trying to teach all of us on but God is your source, God is your source got your source and he says I am the good shepherd.
I know what I'm doing this to go.
Chapter 11 verse 25 I am the resurrection and the life he will believes in me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this Lazarus is this guy Jesus leading the and mom goes to watch this now theology because in the previous purchases.
I know he will rise again on resurrection day been the church. I've read my theology books I know will rise again because that's what I learned theology class by class, Jesus says you don't have all the theology of sister girl I am the resurrection negligence theology will give you information is called the milk of the word the milk of the word get you started, but it doesn't take you growth pieces.
You gotta move from the milk to the meat of the word and the meaning of the word is taking the milk of the word and using it in life. When the milk is utilize it then gets to become meat or what he calls solid food.
That's why people can go to church every week through Sunday the fifth to waive the figure and see no change take place in their life because that banking on information and the milk will not give you a get you started, but you got a graduate to me and know only goes to me when utilized. You quoted me the theology Martha everything with the theology of design.
The show is designed to show you are. As Jesus says in John chapter 5, the Scriptures are speaking to drive you to me.
So if you're in formation doesn't grow to a relationship that is data that are keeping you in a crib. More about the personal relational side of the great I am when Dr. Evans continues his message in just a moment but first I want to encourage you to visit Tony Evans.org to check out a special package we put together for listeners.
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We bundled this collectible coffee table stylebook, along with all 11 full-length messages in Tony's current teaching series encountering Jesus names for limited time will send them all to you with our thanks when you make a contribution in support of the alternative, you can make the arrangements today. Had Tony Evans.org or call her 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 were team members are standing by to help you repeat that information for you after part two of today's message is Dr. Evans. Once again, now in chapter 14. This Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father but through me. I am the way and the truth and I am the light of the one I am the way, I know where I'm going. I know the way the way to eternity and then the way for living your life. That's what he concludes with the true I'm not a truth I'm not one among many treatments good goes back I think stuff.
I'm not a truth I am the truth warming truth. Many people are believing a lot because it's real to them know you need objective truth. I want 1,000,000,002 I think 113 my mama told me 11 is three, people believe one and one is three I'm going to live my life with one and one is three because that's not true. Okay, truth is goalkeeping, poor because as long as you insist on not having an objective standard outside of you that dictates to you. You will be confusing you and anybody else to give that information.
Jesus is the truth. I have the standard by which reality is measured. So save yourself some time to find out what I say and adjust your thinking to it because if you're Christian you have the mind of Christ. I am the truth that he says and I am the life you want to live my way and then you will live.
You won't exist.
You'll just be trying to make it trying to get over doing the best you can have life that is my life finally says in John 15 verses one and verse five, these words are true by my father is the vine dress verse 59 and you are the branches.
He will abide in me and I he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing whole. He says I am the truth. That means I am the real deal. Anything that Debbie would be a fake news since I am the one you need to hang out with me about abide in me staying with me if you run with me, you'll be the last time I checked fruit exists for the benefit of somebody else. So when the last time somebody wanted to bite out of your life because they see Jesus doing so much in my want to get a piece of want to get a piece of fruit is the only food that eats itself you all about you only about you is about me myself and I want you to be saints. Okay okay I got the IM what I do with this. Will I do with this I am this is God personal complete, eternal, unchanging, he's all that went to a person. If you are serious you say okay I am working for me is all that and a bag of chips I want I want I am when God told Moses my name is I am. It was in the midst of a contradiction. It was a burning bush burning bushes contradiction.
If abortion is on fire and the means of staying green economic sense. When he saw the contradiction he went over to the bush.
When he got close to the bush. He heard God call his name Moses. Moses take off your shoes the ground on which a standard photograph. That's when the verse comes about him.
Hearing God telling his name.
So here it is the best time to experience the IM this Jesus is when things are making sense in your life the best time to experience the mighty God in the person of Christ is when you have gone haywire and they don't make sense when you throw up the question why you're trying to live for God. You're trying to rebalance to please God and is contradictory and you can't make sense of the perfect position to hear him call me.
That is to reveal himself to his purpose want to go to Pharaoh to let my people go, gave him a reason for living. He gave him his purpose in living things about his purpose is purpose was bigger than anything you could Psalm chapter 9 verse 10 says that when you know God's name trusted you have to see if that could you know his name, and you know I am mean she's already been there and he's come back. John 18 get ready to arrest Jesus all the Roman soldiers. They come to arrest Jesus will lock them up and they said I do this Jesus that when looking for Jesus the veteran said I and the Bible says Jesus said I am almost all just fell back and collapsed on the ground because I was overwhelmed I don't know what you I don't know what situation you don't know what difficulty is facing you, but when I run into the great I am, so that they got the backdrop they got the backdrop because I am only gets taken with a told story of the girls father came, darling open up a bank account with the money we give you for the allowances is how you write a check and I want to start saving. This is okay dad, so she writes on the check deposited in the bank to deposit the check in the bank. She comes back a week later, crying that day.
True by which which will saving the buying by by the bank is in trouble when women with just such a large bank in the nation, so it can't be gone. But what makes you think the bank is going broke gibberish in a pocket and pulled out the check.
She said that the judge has insufficient funds okay go get the checks out insufficient funds and widen the bank that didn't have the money okay to take a while widen the bank didn't have the money to cover the check she wrote the check of your life and read insufficient joy, insufficient peace, insufficient power, insufficient happiness, insufficient epic check of your life is really present is not because the bank can happen is empty it because you're not depositing to God that he required you to save them that involve because last time, not his name is Diane and I made. I am whatever you mean. I am simply with you can start your walk with Jesus today by receiving his forgiveness and committing your life to him and it doesn't matter what you've done or how good a person you might be. It's all about what Jesus did on the cross.
And despite what people sometimes say the Bible makes it clear that there's no other way to heaven. 20. Would love to tell you how that relationship can be yours visit Tony Evans.org today and click on the link that simply says Jesus you find answers to your questions simple prayer that can change your life and free follow-up resources and if you want to explore the full-length version of today's message including content we couldn't fit into our broadcast time get in touch with us for details on the message titled Jesus the great I am. Better yet, get it is a part of Tony's current audio series encountering Jesus names on either CD or downloadable MP3s.
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They by day and weekend by weekend, not only to his church, but really he's a spokesman for Christ around the world. Tony, one of ministry.
What a blessing you been to countless millions of people in these 40 years, and I'll tell you a secret.
The best is yet to be congratulations.
I'm thrilled to be your brother and I'm thrilled to just follow in your weight as you make a wide swath for the kingdom of God throughout this world. God bless you and your terrific family. The Bible says Jesus Christ being eternal has no beginning and no end but it also says that Jesus is the beginning and the end find out what that means when you join Dr. Evans tomorrow. Right now though he's back with a final thought to share with us for lunch yesterday and this name I am missing that he is God speaks in the Old Testament, but he is the personal God for you right now if you received him as your Savior and you are following him as your Lord and you have access to the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans is brought to you by the urban alternative celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you