I AM THAT I AM, therefore, signifies …

“I AM THAT I AM, therefore, signifies that Jehovah is the Unchangeable One. God is fully all that He is forever and ever, the Eternally Perfect One. Again, we are not. We are not fully all that we are at any given moment. We are ‘becoming.’ What we were, we are no longer. What we are, we shall not be. The child of today is the man of tomorrow. We are like flitting shadows. But God ‘is.’ God is fully all that He is at any given moment; and He lives all the fullness of His being continuously, fully, eternally. He does not become; He neither grows older nor weaker. He is the ever-burning fire that never diminishes.”

– Homer C. Hoeksema

The terrible thing …

“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self— all your wishes and precautions— to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call ‘ourselves’, to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be ‘good’. We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way– centered on money or pleasure or ambition— and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly. And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do. As He said, a thistle cannot produce figs. If I am a field that contains nothing but grass-seed, I cannot produce wheat. Cutting the grass may keep it short: but I shall still produce grass and no wheat. If I want to produce wheat, the change must go deeper than the surface. I must be plowed up and re-sown.”

C. S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity”.

When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be …

“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy. Those Divine demands which sound to our natural ears most like those of a despot and least like those of a lover, in fact marshal us where we should want to go if we knew what we wanted.”

– C. S. Lewis

Jesus is able to pardon and save …

“Jesus is able to pardon and save the very chief of sinners He can deliver the most guilty conscience from all its burdens, and give it perfect peace with God. He can wash away the vilest stains of wickedness, and make a man whiter than snow in the sight of God. He can clothe a poor weak child of Adam in everlasting righteousness, and give him a title to heaven that can never be overthrown. In a word, He can give any one of us peace, hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation with God, if we will only trust in Him. ‘The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.’ (I John 1:7)”

– J. C. Ryle