Getting Our I AM Right


What we say after these two words, “I AM”, defines how we live our lives.

Richard Rohr in his book Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self talks about getting our I AM right. When we get our I AM right, everything else in our lives falls into place.

Try this experiment. Say to yourself, “I am tired”. Now say to yourself, “I am energized”. My guess is that your body instantly felt different depending if you told yourself you are tired or energized.

Now try this. Say to yourself “I am a broken sinner”. Now let’s change that to “I am a child of God who is a saint that sins”. How does that change your perspective on who you are?

The words we speak to ourselves are powerful.

What voice are we going to listen to?

The one that says we are broken or the one that says we are a precious child of God that is deeply loved?

I know I have too often listened to the former voice rather than the latter.

How would we live our life differently if we got our “I AM” right?

How would we live are life if are I AM’s were defined by what God says about us instead of the world, our harsh inner critic and the enemy?

I know my life would be more joyful, lighter and a lot more fun.

Here is a powerful list of I AM statements from the Bible. I want to encourage you to replace your self-deprecating I AM statements to one of these I AM statements that speak to your soul.

This is What God Says about Us


I AM the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13)

I AM the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)

I AM a child of God. (John 1:12)

I AM a part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life. (John 15:1–5)

I AM Christ’s friend. (John 15:15)

I AM chosen and appointed by Christ to bear his fruit. (John 15:16)

I AM a slave of righteousness. (Romans 6:18)

I AM enslaved to God. (Romans 6:22)

I AM a son of God; God is spiritually my Father. (Romans 8:14,15) (Galatians 3:26:4:6)

I AM a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him. (Romans 8:17)

I AM a temple-dwelling place of God. His spirit and His life dwell in me. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)

I AM united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)

I AM a member of Christ’s body. (1 Corinthians 12:27) (Ephesians 5:30)

I AM a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I AM reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18–19)

I AM a son of God and one in Christ. (Galatians 3:26,28)

I AM an heir of God since I am a son of God. (Galatians 4:6–7)

I AM a saint. (1 Corinthians 1:2) (Ephesians 1:1) (Philippians 1:1) (Colossians 1:2)

I AM God’s workmanship-his handiwork, born anew in Christ to do His work. (Ephesians 2:10)

I AM a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family. (Ephesians 2:19)

I AM a prisoner of Christ. (Ephesians 3:1; 4:1)

I AM righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:24)

I AM a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now. (Ephesians 2:6) (Philippians 3:20)

I AM hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

I AM an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life. (Colossians 3:4)

I AM chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12) (1 Thessalonians 1:4)

I AM a son of light and not of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

I AM a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1)

I AM one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:5)

I AM a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. (1 Peter 2:9–10)

I AM an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live. (1 Peter 2:11)

I AM an enemy of the devil. (1 Peter 5:8)

I AM a child of God, and I will resemble Christ when He returns. (1 John 3:1–2)

I AM born of God, and the evil one-the devil-cannot touch me. (1 John 5:18)

I AM not the great “I am” (Exodus 3:15) (John 8:24,28,58) but by the grace of God, I am what I am. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Live Courageously,

Troy Ismir

Spiritual Warrior

Founder and Creator of Barbells & Brothers



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