Well, something new in November. While it is a time of thanksgiving and Thanksgiving, here in the states, our something new is to magnify the Lord. Why is that new you may ask? Do we really do it? That is the answer. Do we really believe that nothing is to hard for Him or that nothing is impossible with Him? Do we?
Do we talk that or act like it? Even if you don’t profess it to everyone you know, do you pray for and with your family? When you’re short on cash or in a proverbial bind or pickle, are you or we professing poverty or believing He is our provider, not the employer or career or even paycheck. He is! Do we believe that we can beat this disease or overcome any obstacle, reign in that teenaged prodigal?
Maybe, it is to finish college, marry the right man? Stop grieving a loved one, write a book, really be in ministry? Ever have a baby? Or are we still magnifying the problem over the Lord and His promises. The enemy is deceptive that way, the grass is always greener somewhere else, God works for them but not you.
Your faith, hope and love are as good as the next person. You have to hear the Word to have faith, and it has to be an ongoing process. And a spiritual hearing from the Holy Spirit. Faith grows, and the enemy attacks it, but the greater one is still in the believer, He is our hope. And His love never fails. So are we magnifying Him or the problem.
For most people , and I’m raising my hand, it is the problem. I believed in healing but didn’t understand why I never fully was. I knew He could help me financially, but I wasn’t making money. Now, mind you even though I believe Mark 11:23, and believe you can have what you say. Just saying it doesn’t make it so. Faith, hope and love have to work together, and sometimes, He has a such a time as this.
And sometimes, we give up to soon and change our minds, thinking the overblown lies of the enemy, that it wasn’t His will, I’m being punished, maybe it was pride or I’m getting greedy. The enemy will use guilt and shame to rob you of blessings and discourage you. And he will steal, kill and destroy, if he can. That’s why I am pleading the blood over my every circumstance these days as I have venture out in more blogging.
Look at how we can magnify Him. ” I may not feel well, but Isaiah 53 promise me a good report. ” ” The doctor says this but Jesus says that. ” having a vivid imagination can be a blessing or curse. Letting it run wild or always expecting the worst causes much fear and anxiety, it is not from God. Having a holy or Godly imagination is a blessing, being able to see yourself walk again or back at work. Rocking that baby, or autographing books. It is up to us to decide, life or death blessing or curse?
Making a mountain out of a molehill or not. We all know someone prone to exaggerate. Children can become the biggest and most overblown storytellers. I have had to teach the difference between truth and lies, what is a story or real, did you really dream that or make it up. A lot of people do make up illnesses and suffer hypochondria, and some suffer truthfully and doctors don’t believe them because they sound just that way. Discernment and wisdoms are the keys for a believer. You don’t have to dissect every word or be picayune, you can over do anything.
Are we going to focus on the cross or the finished work of it, keep Jesus in a tomb or resurrect Him. Believe He heals or that was just for then? Are we focused on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith? Or enemy lies, what it looks like in the natural or supernatural? You know, He has already made a way.
Let’s put a magnifying glass over the verses that apply to us and over Jesus, Himself, and magnify the Lord. The Lord be magnified and praised. Look at how that woman’s eye is so much bigger, Jesus is bigger than any problem. Let’s magnify Him and look right into His altogether lovely face and see the sacrifice He made to redeem us. What problem? Everything pales in comparison to Him.
Mary said her soul magnified the Lord in Luke 1:46. but 2 Chronicles 1:1 says the Lord magnified Solomon. So see it can work both ways.If we magnify Him, He can magnify us. If we exalt Him and we are humbled and in awe of Him, He exalts us. When we establish His word in our hearts, minds and lives, He can establish us in faith.
In Daniel 11:26, Darius the Mede, the king, exalts or magnifies himself, but God exalted Joshua. God can build you up or take you down, He is magnified with thanksgiving and praise in the Psalms. Magnify means to make great. Sure, He is greater than anything that comes our way. And in Acts 10:46, He is magnified by speaking in tongues.
After speaking to the disciples about being crucified and sending the Holy Spirit, Jesus in John 17:1. 1 When Jesus had spoken these things, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify and exalt and honor and magnify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify and extol and honor and magnify You. This may have ties to Psalm 138 about God magnifying His Word. John 1 calls Jesus the Word, made flesh to dwell among us.
We are to say continually the Lord be magnified who delights in the prosperity of His servants. Psalm 35:27 Isaiah may have written about the law being magnified but Jesus fulfilled it and brought grace and truth. And finally, Psalm 34:3, Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! Rebecca Jones / Mohammad Metri, Unsplash