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"Because He Said So! Discovering who the I AM says I am"

 

The I AM says I am cherished!

 

“She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

 

It was a cold winter’s night in December while sipping champagne in front of the fireplace that I spotted it, something was in the bottom of my fluted crystal glass. When I looked up to tell my then boyfriend, Chris, about the foreign object in my bubbly, he was on one knee. He popped the question and within a very few minutes I had an engagement ring on my finger and a wedding date on the calendar! I was getting married!

 

Over the next few months everywhere I went people grabbed my left hand to check out the bling and shared kind words about how pretty my new ring was. However, I’ll never forget one of my friends who lived far away, asking me about where my ring was ranked in the three C’s, Cut, Carats, and Clarity. Honestly, I was taken aback and a little offended; what did it even matter? But, I explained that the ring was a marquee shaped diamond that measured almost a carat. As far as the third C… Clarity, I didn’t know how it rated, nor did I care. You see, Chris was a struggling graduate student pursing his doctorate and to say that he made sacrifices to purchase that ring for me would be an understatement. If my new diamond had flaws, I didn’t see them. When I looked at the ring, I saw it sparkling as a beautiful expression of my husband’s love and sacrifice. I cherished it.

 

When we cherish something, we hold it dear, we protect it and care for it lovingly because of its value to us. The rating of the world would have us believe we are worthless due to our specks of sin and shortcomings. It would have us believe that there is no treasure inside us. But there is another C that isn’t part of any jeweler’s assessment. The C that I am talking about is Christ. And, because of Christ’s sacrifice, God sees us as flawless, precious even! “Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you,” (Isaiah 43:4a)

 

No fake treasures here; no cubic zirconia! We don’t have to pretend to be perfect, Christ has set us free! Because of Him we are free to be “real”; just who He created us to be. Our blemishes are not seen because of the brilliance of Jesus. Instead of rating us based on the number of specks in our soul, our God finds our value by searching our heart. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). Jesus came to earth to remove the stain of sin and because of Him we have value, we are indeed worth more than rubies.

 

In Psalm 17:8 David says “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” This is David’s way of proclaiming that he is cherished, kept safe, protected, and valued. Ladies, we are cherished by our Heavenly Father! Christ paid a ransom for our soul. God sent His son to pay for our sins because we are His treasured children. So, when you find yourself focusing on your flaws, remember David’s words, and declare, “I am cherished…because He said so!”

 

Additional Reading: Psalm 17:8; Psalm 23; Deuteronomy 32:10-11and 23:37; Zechariah 2:8

 

Dear Lord,

I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen

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