Conquering the “I am not” Lie
The “I am not” lie was canceled in the incarnation!
The idea that I am not the expression of His image and likeness can no longer attach itself to my thoughts, neither do I allow it to ignite its destructive cycle of self-righteousness or depression!
That “I am not” lie becomes an all-consuming, most exhausting lifestyle of having to prove myself in every relationship. It causes a futile striving for recognition; with the inevitable results of disappointment, condemnation, rejection and pretense.
This distorted image is the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with its accompanying loss of fellowship, identity, value and innocence.
If there’s indeed nothing wrong with mankind’s design or redemption, there can only be one problem, we are thinking wrong! See Isaiah 55:8; “Your thoughts are not my thoughts; therefore, your ways are not my ways!”
And Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
And then Isaiah 55:9,11 “Just like the rain and the snow bridges the distance between heaven and earth and cancels the drought, so shall my word be, it shall cancel distance and drought and saturate the earth; every nook and cranny of human life (all flesh) shall be filled in the incarnation!”
So, what is the basis for healthy thinking?
In Him, and now confirmed in us, the incarnation is on display in human life!
The most accurate tangible display of God’s eternal thoughts, finds expression in human life!
The Word became a human being; we are His address; He resides in us!
The Word became flesh and indwells us!
In the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has brought final closure to the rule of the “I am not tree-system.”
The idea of God’s absence, as well as every definition of distance and separation, was canceled.
Jesus is God‘s thoughts made up about you-manity!
He captivates our gaze! The glory we see there is not a religious replica; He is the authentic begotten Son.
The glory (that we lost in Adam) returned in fullness!
Only grace can communicate truth in such complete context!
Love you, Lloyd.
[Notes from the Mirror Bible, Rev. 17 on the Lambs book of life…]
Lloyd Clark is an entrepreneur, a former pastor, and a writer. He is passionate about being loved by our Heavenly Father and revealing that same love to everyone he meets. He and his wife Mary have 5 children and 7 grandchildren and live in North Carolina.
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