Now let me just start by saying, no I’m not angry, but yes I am yelling this because there is power in this statement and it shouldn’t be whispered. The statement “I am a child of God,” became a takeaway from the Hillsong youth conference Encounter, which I attended last weekend in Paris. I would probably go as far to say that this has been a concept that God has challenged me on this year.
I have posted blogs about how we are established in God, that we have a purpose in him, that we don’t need to be afraid, and in them I have stated that we are children of God and the power of that. However, after attending this conference I felt like it needed to be talked about again. If we don’t grasp this, if we speak about this with timidity, we will be easily crushed in our spirit.
Part 1: He is therefore I am.
This was the title of the conference. Everything referred back to this statement that God is therefore I am, which I find so amazing because it goes much deeper than the French philosopher, René Descartes’, proposition of, “I think therefore I am.” Now granted he was solely describing his existence in this phrase, if this was all there was to life it would be a sad existence. We are much more than our thoughts. Our existence was established before our thoughts were.
God gave himself so many names, so many job descriptions, to show us that he fits into every facet of our lives. There are so many religions, with so many gods, but my God is all that is. What he establishes – is.
He is the Creator therefore I am creative. (Nehemiah 9:6)
He is holy therefore I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16)
He is all-powerful therefore I am powerful. (Psalm 66:7)
He is the Father therefore I am his child. (1 John 3:1)
(and many, many, many more…)
I AM A CHILD OF GOD!
Part 2: One more time.
Have you ever watched a movie where there is the underdog kid who is so quiet and timid, but there is that one scene where everyone cheers them on and they suddenly get all this courage and confidence, and do something that they wouldn’t have before that moment? That was what it felt like to be in a room full of over 100 people of varying ages, shouting with conviction, “I AM A CHILD OF GOD.” Saying that with all timidity does nothing, “i am a child of God,” oh I’m sorry did you say something?! No! This is not a time to be fearful, or timid in who you are because when you become adopted into God’s family you become A CHILD OF GOD, that is something to be bold and loud about! Because what will overcome you when you are a child of God? (1 John 5:4) No, we are not overcome; we overcome (!) because he has already won.
So I will say it over and over and over again, “I AM A CHILD OF GOD! I AM A CHILD OF GOD!” one more time, “I AM A CHILD OF GOD!” Nothing can stand against me. I don’t have face-to-face conversations with the enemy; they will always be foot-to-face because God has crushed him. (Romans 16:20) As a father he wants us to succeed for that reason he will build new roads in the wilderness and let new rivers flow in the deserts. (Isaiah 43:19) Meaning that he will make a way where there is none and he will provide for us to walk down it.
When I’m scared I say, “No. I AM A CHILD OF GOD.” When I feel unloved, “No. I AM A CHILD OF GOD.” When I feel stained, “No. I AM A CHILD OF GOD.” Whatever it is that comes against me to bring me down I will remind myself who I am. And I will say it with my head high, voice raised, and with victory!
He is therefore I am. He is the Father therefore I AM A CHILD OF GOD!
“God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” (Galatians 4:5-7)
one more time…. I AM A CHILD OF GOD.