Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
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My God is Self Existent!
He has no beginning.
No starting point.
He did not evolve
He has no source of origin.
He simply is.
The easiest way to explain this attribute of our God is to create two columns.
On the top of the first one, title it “Self Existent,” and on the second, the title would be, “Created”.
The fact is, God alone would be in the first column, no one else.
When He introduced Himself to Moses at the burning bush,
“I am who I am.”
Almost all of us can trace our origins back several generations,
identifying of course our parents, our grandparents and
some can name-names way-way back in their family genealogy.
But not the one who calls Himself,
“I am that I am,”
for He did not descend from anybody or anything,
because He has no origin.
Also, our Self Existent God is not limited by time nor by motion,
neither is He confined by matter nor space.
We simply cannot completely define Him
by our limited understanding and intellect,
but He has graciously revealed Himself to us
through His creation,
through His Word and
through His Son.
So yes, our God alone would be in the first column, no one else.
And all else would be in the second column, “Created.”
Archangels like Michael and Gabriel, even Lucifer the fallen angel.
The heavens and the earth, and hell,
mosquitoes and ants,
you and me.
We’ve all been created!
We are all our God’s handiwork!
It says as much in Colossians 1:16:
For by him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.
This is our God who sits upon the throne in heaven,
the God who is Self Existent, independent,
the source of all life and light,
the God of the Bible.
As the planets revolve around the sun,
we were created to have God as the center of our existence.
A. W. Tozer in his book “Knowledge of the Holy” asks the question,
“What possible meaning can the Self-Existence of God have for me and
others like me in a world such as this and in times such as these?”
He answers his own question saying:
…we are the handiwork of God,
it follows that all our problems and their solutions are theological.
Today, we live in a culture where a high value is placed in the understanding of “self.”
Supposedly, the more you know yourself, the more you are able to cope with life.
Tozer suggests, (and I agree)
That the more you know and understand God, the one who created you,
the more you will live the full life He has planned for you.
Tozer goes on to say:
We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.
My God is,
“I am who I am.”
You know what, Satan wanted to be placed within column one also.
In Isaiah 14 it says”
“I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. . .
I will be like the Most High.”
Satan wanted to sit upon his own throne.
The great Satan, in his world, wanted all to revolve around him!
He thought he had no need for God!
He chose to get his needs met in his own way,
choosing not to turn and serve his living loving God,
the one true God, the Self Existent God to whom one day every knee will bow.
The Holy Spirit does not want us to commit the same sin that Satan committed.
Let me explain.
As Tozer says:
In every Christian’s heart
there is a cross and a throne,
the Christian is on the throne till he puts himself on the cross;
if he refuses the cross he remains on the throne.
Therefore, like Satan, in the past
we too have turned to our own sources to meet all our needs
yet, like Satan, we are just created beings.
Now right here let me highlight the two main sins in life,
the sins of sins.
The bottom line is that they both keep ourselves on the throne
within our hearts.
What are they?
And what do they both produce?
Independence from God (rebellion).
These are the core sins in each of our lives.
But the fact is independence from God only brings death.
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And here’s our conflict.
It is me -—you the created versus the Self Existent One.
Now a question for you?
Have you truly surrendered the throne within your heart to Him and put yourself on the cross?
Does “I am who I am” the Self Existent One sit upon the throne of your heart
or does the independent self still sit there, avoiding the cross?
This is the question that must be answered.
For me, my God is my source of all my light and life.
He is my Self-Existent God.