The Seven I am Proclamations of a Minister

Commitments made in the past must be renewed in the present: daily. So, it moves from “I was” to “I am.” The same applies for those of us in ministry; any type of ministry.

Remember, the seven times Jesus proclaimed “I am.”

  • Bread of Life (John 6:35).
  • Light of the world (John 8:12).
  • Gate (John 10:9).
  • Good Shepherd (John 10:11).
  • Resurrection and Life (John 11:25).
  • Way, Truth, and Life (John 14:6).
  • True Vine (John 15:1).

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I have seven proclamations of things I am. These apply to any and every minister of the gospel

  • I am qualified through being FAT (faithful, available, teachable).
  • I am addicted to ministry.
  • I am a debtor.
  • I am a servant of this gospel.
  • I am on the winning team.
  • I am equipped with the message.
  • I am chosen by God.

A Very Little Man in a Very Big Tree


Once upon a time there was a very little man and a very big tree. Their relationship to each other, my friends, is a very interesting story. You see, one day the very little man had a very big problem. This is what it was: He wanted to see a King and he was too selfish; too much of a bad man; too proud; and too short to see Him. (He didn’t deserve to see him anyway.) Yet, being used to getting what he wanted he was sure he would find a way. As he was mulling over his predicament he looked up and saw it: the very big tree. So, he decided to climb it, borrowing it’s height as his own so that he could see. When he reached the top, he found that he could indeed see very well. He watched breathlessly from his tall perch, his eyes glued to the King who wore no crown. Suddenly, the man he wanted so much to see looked up and called his name: “Zacchaeus! Come down from that tree! I’m going to your house today!” So the very little man climbed out of the very big tree and went home with the very big God – The God That Visits.

Great story! It’s incomprehensible how a God with so many other things to do and so many places to visit would take the time to visit Zacchaeus. Yet, He did. Now, He is willing and waiting to visit with us as well. “God is so very big and we are so very small” you may say. “How can we ever be deserving of a visit from Him?” Well, you certainly do not want to miss any of His potential visits and should prepare for them by serving, obeying, magnifying, and expecting Him all the time. Yet, when it all boils down to it, the best of us very little people still find ourselves very little deserving of a visit from a God such as ours. That is one of things that makes Him so unique. He loves us all and wants to spend time with each and every one of us. All we need provide is the desire to see Him. We serve the God that visits even the undeserving.


Jesus is coming back soon! (See Romans 13:11).

The Bible is filled with the promise of His return. David Jeremiah in Jesus’ Final Warning found that there are 1,845 references to this event in the Old Testament and 318 in the New Testament.

Forty books of the Bible speak of the promise of His return. For every prophecy concerning the first coming of Christ, there are eight concerning His Second Coming.


The word “heaven” is mentioned 582 times in the Bible. It is real, a prepared place for a prepared people.

  • A place for born-again believers (John 3:3).
  • Glorious city (Revelation 21:11-18).
  • River of life is there to ensure everlasting life (Revelation 22:1).
  • The tree of life is there to insure abundant life (Revelation 22:2).
  • The throne of God will be there (Revelation 4:2).
  • It has twelve layers of foundation; each inlaid with a different gem. It has twelve gates with an angel standing guard at each gate (Revelation 21:19-20; 21: 12).
  • The main street is of transparent gold (Revelation 21:21).
  • It is a place for all eternity (John 3:15).
  • Location of our treasures as Christians (Matthew 6:20).
  • Our true home (Hebrews 12:22).
  • Dwelling place of God.

Jesus testified, “Surely, I come quickly” (Revelation 22:20). Are you ready?

Our New Home

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home…. I am going to prepare a place for you…. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:1-3).


Ramesh Richard in Soul Vision tells of a Friday afternoon, and his last appointment with one of his students. Wilfred was a focused, determined thirty-three-year-old Ghanaian student at his college. Wilfred was the first man in his village to go to university and translated the New Testament into his mother tongue. He opted to go home for several years before pursuing his doctorate degree. He wanted his professor to come and visit him once he got to Ghana. With a smile, he said, “See you at home!” Sadly, those were Wilfred’s final words. God had a different meaning for the word “home.” Wilfred was hit and killed by a drunk driver that same night.

The Church is in the eternal home preparation business.

There are two things that we can do on earth that we cannot do in heaven. We cannot sin in heaven. We cannot prepare people for heaven – witness or evangelize. This work must be done now.

“Jesus has gone away to heaven, and some day, just as he went, he will return!” (Acts 1:11, TLB).

Hold On! Hold Fast!


Next generation apostolic leader: Hold on! Hold fast! That’s an old English phrase for “Please do not let go!” Keep a tight, firm grip. Remain strong in the faith. Don’t allow anyone or anything to distract you. There are plants that hold fast to objects like rocks. The root system is called “holdfast.” Consider seaweed on a rock. Typically seaweed can literally be torn apart before forcing the holdfast loose. “Hold fast to what?” Jesus is the Rock (Matthew 16:18; 1 Peter 2:4; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 118:22; Isaiah 8:13-15; Isaiah 28:16). Strive to hold fast to the following:

To the Name

“And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith…” (Revelation 2:13).

To the Hope

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23-24).

To the Lord

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession” (Hebrews 4:14-15).

“Now that we know what we have — Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God — let’s not let it slip through our fingers” (MSG) 

To what We Believe

“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe” (Hebrews 4:14-15,NLT).

“Having then a great high priest, who has made his way through the heavens, even Jesus the Son of God, let us be strong in our faith” (Hebrews 4:14-15, BBE).

To the Confidence

“but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end” (Hebrews 3:6).

“Now, if we can only keep a firm grip on this bold confidence, we’re the house! 7 That’s why the Holy Spirit says” (MSG)

To the Word

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).

To the Good

“On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, MSG).

“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22).

To Integrity

“Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!’” (Job 2:9).

To the Commandments

“But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Joshua 22:5).

“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do — to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him — then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves” (Deuteronomy 11:22-23).

Hold fast; how long? Jesus says, “But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations” (Revelation 2:25). “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).

I know! There has been a constant pulling away in every generation. Count on it. But don’t fall for it! It is not only important to know what you believe; know why you believe it. Have a ready answer for the hope that lies within. Sometimes the questions will come from within your own heart. Have a ready answer. Sometimes the questions will come from the devil. Have a ready answer. Sometimes the questions will come from a hurting, inquiring world. Have a ready answer. To have an answer you must know the Word and know what the Word has done in your life. People have difficulty arguing with your experience. Experience Him until you can express Him!

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