“I Am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9 KJ 2000).
See if you can distinguish between the following:
1. The thought that “I am this or that” (e.g. your body; your autobiography; your nationality, religion, etc.).
2. The bare thought “I Am” (unassociated with any particular predicate).
3. The aware presence or alert stillness that you are (prior to and in between each thought that arises–in the silence between each breath you breathe; in the stillness between each heartbeat).
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? (Matthew 16:24-26).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
“Be still and know that ‘I Am’ God” (Psalms 46:10).