Our Crest's Significance
Please allow me to briefly explain the purpose of the Scripture placed on our seal which reads: So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. Psalms 78:72 (NKJV)
This is to signify to all Ecclesia that first and foremost our hearts must be integral
and pure before we will be effectively used by God for advancing His kingdom.
Skills can be learned and honed, but integrity of heart is developed over time and testing of our motives.
As you know, the Lord looks upon the heart of man, gender-free, and not upon his/her stature, nor status or station in life. When He chose David, God’s choice was based upon the purity of the future king’s heart.
But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)
Now, I will identify the remaining symbols, and their significances to our crest.
I.A.M. Acronym: Integrity Alliance Ministry
Scripture reference John 8:58:
Before any religious sect or denominational teaching, must come Jesus and His doctrine/teachings (The Doctrine of Christ).
Scripture reference Exodus 3:14:
Moses made the mistake of asking God the question of “Who am I?” Which prompted the Lord’s response in Exodus 3:14 “I AM Who; I AM!”.
It’s all about Him and not about us.
The Vine around the “I”:
John 15:1-8 (NKJV) Jesus is The True Vine; all who teach other than His doctrine are impostors, thieves and robbers. Coming up some other way.
The Terebinth/Oak tree:
This tree is large and strong because of its root system and is therefore not easily removed. In 2 Corinthians 13:8 the Apostle Paul teaches and proclaims,
For we can do nothing against The Truth, but for The Truth.
God’s truth stands sure as does this terebinth/oak tree.