On August 30, 2017 while riding in the car with her Mom, Abby. . .Sophia Lee PreJean, our most precious Grand Sugar at two years of age, was recorded saying. . .
“I am wise
I am kind
I am gracious
I am strong
I am loving”
Then with an Academy Award winning smile. . .Sophia would say it again.
Needless to say my fine wife Bev and I watched that video over and over again.
Not only was the video cute. . .but it was instilling in Sophia. . .a set of beliefs that will serve her well all the days of her life.
With a grandfatherly pride. . .I showed that video to many of my friends but didn’t think about teaching it until now.
Why now? Bev and I are reading a nightly devotional from the Book of Mysteries written by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of The Harbinger. We read Day Two every night for two weeks. . .I’m going to share with you part of what Rabbi Cahn wrote:
“Do you know the Name of God?” asked the teacher.
“I don’t know that I do.”
“It’s made up of four Hebrew letters, the yud, the heh, the vav, and the heh: YHVH. It’s the most sacred of names, so sacred some refuse to say it. And yet you say it all the time.”
“The sacred Name of God?” I replied. “How could I when I never knew it?”
“When you speak of yourself, you say the Name.” “I don’t understand.”
“When you feel happy, you say, ‘I am happy.’ And when you’re not, you say ‘I am sad.’ When you tell others who you are, you say, ‘I am’ followed by your name.
YHVH means ‘I Am.’ It’s the Name of the Eternal, the Name of God. His Name is I Am.”
“Then we all say His Name.” “Yes.”
And you have always said it. It is woven into the fabric of existence that when you speak of yourself, you must say His Name.”
“Why is that?”
“It’s because your existence comes from His existence. He is the I Am of all existence ...the I Am of all I ams. Your ‘I am’ only exists because of His I Am. And as you exist from Him, so it is only from Him that you can find the reason and purpose of your existence.
Exodus 3:14–15 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!
“God said also to Moses, This shall you say to the Israelites: The Lord, the God of your fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you! This is My name forever, and by this name I am to be remembered to all generations.”
When we introduce ourselves. . .we always say His name first and that’s how it’s supposed to be.
As Rabbi Cahn says in his book. . .God’s existence is first and our existence flows from His. He continued by saying:
“Therefore, you must put Him first and then let everything flow from that. Let everything begin with Him and flow forth from Him. That’s the secret of life. To not only live for Him, but to live your life from Him, to live from His living, to move from His moving, to act from His actions, to feel from His heart, to be from His being, and to become who you are from who He is. . .I am.”
I realize different things stir different people. . .but this really fired up our creative thought processes. . .and allow us to think beyond our imagination.
When we say His name. . .I Am. . .we are tapping into a power source far stronger than anything the world has ever produced.
While I love the confession of our Grand Sugar, Sophia. . .I feel led of the Lord to offer you another confession. . .which puts God’s name first. . .then adds the characteristics of Christian He wants you to be.
I want to encourage you to speak the words listed below out loud in front of a mirror for the next seven mornings. Also, make the I Am confession at other times during the day.
Try it right now. . .say these seven proclamations out loud.
I Am a child of the great I Am
I Am a Rich Thinker
I Am confident
I Am smart
I Am creative
I Am healthy, wealthy and wise
I Am a destiny-shaper
With the revelation of who I Am. . .when you make these confessions. . .see how it makes you feel. . .as you plant these life-shaping seeds deep down inside of you.
Feel the words taking root in you each day. . .growing in your spirit. . .increasing your confidence. . .as they produce peace and power in you.
Now let’s study each of these proclamations in detail.
1. I am a child of the great I Am
Genesis 1:26 in the Living Bible says:
“Then God said, “Let us make a man—someone like ourselves, to be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas.”
Galatians 3:26 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.”
John 1:12 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.”
The three verses we just shared should convince you beyond a shadow of a doubt that God intended you to be … and that you are. . .a child of God. . .the Great I Am.
He created you to take dominion … to be the master of the earth, skies and seas. We’ve been given certain authority, rights and privileges as children of the great I Am.
When we do whatever we do we should be bringing glory and honor to our Creator. . .the One in whose image we are made. . .the Great I Am.
Colossians 3:23 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men.”
The scripture doesn’t say to work at it heartily if it’s something you like. . .a job you want to do. . .no, the verse says that whatever the task we should do it as unto the Lord.
Because we’re part of Him.
2. I Am A Rich Thinker
We encourage you to read “12 Steps To Being A Rich Thinker” which you will find by using the search button at haroldherring.com
I’m going to list the twelve points but it will be more helpful to read the entire teaching.
First, you must speak to those things that are not as though they were.
Second, make your rich thoughts as specific as possible.
Third, it is important that your rich thoughts reflect the here and now and not the hereafter.
Fourth, make your rich thoughts free from guilt.
Fifth, put some feeling into your rich thoughts confession.
Sixth, make each rich thoughts confession for at least twenty-one days.
Seventh, take small but consistent efforts at first.
Eight, create early victories.
Ninth, don’t brag to your friends or co-workers about changing.
Tenth, your thought-changing process should focus on goals that are within reach.
Eleventh, write each rich thought-builder on a 3X5 card or in your smart phone.
Twelfth, don’t stop until you see your rich thought-processes changing how you act and react.
We only become rich thinkers by knowing and then applying the Word of God properly in our minds and ultimately our hearts or spirits.
Matthew 12:34 in the New Living Translation says:
“You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”
3. I am confident
To be successful in life, your confidence must originate from the right source.
Your parents, teachers, friends and others may instill confidence in you. . .but there is only one lasting source that cannot be shaken by the adversities of life or the disappointment in others.
Psalm 71:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.”
As a follow up. . .here are two other related thoughts and scriptures.
First, it’s important to place your confidence in the right person.
Psalm 146:3 in New Living Translation says:
“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”
Second, man or woman may/will/can disappoint you but God never will.
Psalm 118:8 in the Amplified Bible says:
“It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
Let me ask you a question.
What is the one thing that will give you the confidence you need to succeed in life?
Job 4:6 in the New Living Translation says:
“Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?”
Fourth, I am smart
Are you a smart person? Do others think you are smart? Do you feel like you’re smart?
Please understand, I’m not asking if you’re a member of the Mensa Society with an IQ of 125 or higher. . .but rather. . .are you smart?
I remember explaining to a man once that anybody, regardless of education could learn how to get totally out of debt in seven years of less. He said, “Yeah, but I’m no Einstein.”
Albert Einstein is considered by many to be the smartest man that ever lived. He discovered the Theory of Relativity and was one smart man to say the least.
Now here’s the rest of the story. Einstein did not speak his first word until he was four years of age.
How many children do you think have been wrongfully branded as slow simply because they didn’t speak sooner or take that first step faster than some other baby?
It is also interesting to note that one of Albert Einstein’s teachers labeled him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.”
I can literally spend days, and I’m not exaggerating sharing with you true life stories of successful people who were written off because “somebody” didn’t think they were smart enough. But I think you get the point.
Now let’s take a natural truth. . . “Nobody is smarter than you” and add a supernatural dimension to the equation.
“Nobody is smarter than you” because you have the mind of Christ.
That’s right, YOU, the person hearing our voices. . .imperfect Christian that you are or may be. . .have the mind of Christ.
I’m not making this up to make you feel good. It’s the Word and the scripture is found in 1 Corinthians 2:16:
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”
There are way too many believers who sell themselves short because they feel they’re not good enough or smart enough and that’s just not the case, according to the Word of God.
Fifth, I am creative
When you begin to meditate and act upon the Word and you take a step of faith to receive it. . .you release the creative force of heaven to come into existence in your life.
This creative force allows us to think as we’ve never thought. . .see what we’ve never seen and do what we’ve never done before.
Hebrews 4:12 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
We need to understand that the Word of God. . .when put first and foremost in our lives. . .will promote us. . .He will give us wisdom, insight, success and even creative ideas.
Too many believers have tried to believe with their heads, but we must learn to believe also with our hearts. Supernatural miracles come from the heart and not merely head knowledge.
We can't hear Jesus if we're only doing what we want to do, because all we will hear is ourselves. When we stop listening to ourselves, we start getting tuned in to Jesus. He said that if we act on His Words, we'll know what His will is.
When we know, understand and act on the Word. . .we have the confidence in knowing He will give us inspired ideas. He'll give us insight; He'll give us revelation.
God wants to give each of us. . .creative ideas. . .and we might be surprised where those ideas will come from.
That idea might come out of a box of cereal.
It might come when you're brushing your teeth.
It might come while you are praying in tongues.
It might come while you are driving down the highway.
It might come in your prayer time.
It might come sitting at your desk.
It might come on the job.
It might come at home.
It might come in the middle of the night.
It might come in the morning.
It might come right now.
This is the way God does it. No question, He wants us thinking creatively and outside of the box.
Ephesians 2:10 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”
There can be no doubt what God wants for us. We need to position ourselves to receive God’s creative ideas and be open to think beyond our imagination.
Sixth, I am healthy, wealthy and wise
The Word of God proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that God wants each of us to be healthy, wealthy and wise.
3 John 2 says:
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
The Greek word for wish is G2172 and it means:
“Beloved, I pray above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
The words prosper and prospereth are the same Greek word G2137 and this word is translated:
“to prosper, to be successful”
God wants each of us to be prosperous. . .successful so He can show the world. . .that there is a difference between those who follow Jesus Christ and those who follow the devil.
In 1 Corinthians 1:27 in the New Living Bible it says:
“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.”
God wants us to be in health.
“And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”
The New Living Translation of Exodus 23:25 says:
“You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness.”
Another promise is found in Exodus 15:26 which says:
“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.”
We’re to prosper even as our soul prospereth.
That means our prosperity is linked in direct proportion with how our soul grows in the things of God.
The Greek word for soul is psyche and it’s G5590. According to Strong’s Concordance it means:
“the seat of feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, our soul)”
The prosperous soul walks in love (feelings); desires for the things of God; affections for the Word of God; and an aversion to negative and evil thoughts and actions.
Is it any wonder that wise Solomon said in Proverbs 4:23 in the New Living Translation:
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
The Apostle Paul gives us this sage advice in Ephesians 4:22-24 in the Classic Amplified Bible:
“Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
“And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.”
What does it take for your soul to prosper? It won’t happen watching TV, surfing the internet, reading the newspapers or chit chatting with friends.
Romans 12:2 in the New Living Translation says:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Being transformed by the Word is how we become healthy, wealthy and wise.
Seventh, I am a destiny-shaper.
What does it take to become a destiny shaper?
First, we must decide that’s what God’s Word says we can be is the truth for us.
Second, we must decide, regardless of our circumstances. . .that’s what we’re destined to be and that’s what we’re going to be. Let the journey begin.
This point is crucial. . .if think your birth was illegitimate. . .it wasn’t. No one and we mean NO ONE who is born on planet earth got by God. If a person is born … God intended for the birth to happen.
Jeremiah 1:5 in the New International Version says:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
The scripture doesn’t say that God knew certain ones . . . that the rest of mankind must have slipped through the cracks. Not one distinct characteristic of the world we live in was not planned by God before the beginning of time.
There is no distinction. . .God has called you to be a destiny-shaper.
Habakkuk 2:3 in The Living Bible says:
“But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!”
Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
When we begin to discover our significance in the Kingdom of God. . .we begin the move toward being a destiny-shaper.
Everything you do while on planet earth matters.
Because you’re important to God. . .everything you do matters.
Every time you forgive someone. . .a little anger and bitterness leave the world. . .and it becomes a better place.
Every time you go out of your way to do something good for someone else. . .the world becomes a better place.
Everything you activate the World. . .your circumstances and those of others begin to change and the world becomes a better place.
If we want to be a destiny-shapers in the world. . . change one thing at a time. . .and let that change begin with you.
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