As I was preparing for Bible Study tonight, I couldn’t help but think about a sermon my dad use to preach entitled,
“Magnifying God.” He would read the words of the Apostle Paul found in Philippians 1:20
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
Dad would talk about how difficult Paul’s life was, but still, he was able to have expectation and hope. He then explained that the only way Paul could be so confident is because he continued to magnify God. You see, to magnify something, means to make it larger, and that’s precisely what Paul did, he made sure God was bigger than his adversity. If you knew my dad, and ever heard him preach, then you know, by the time he laid that foundation, you were on your feet, and your faith was high.
What a great lesson to share with you today. Learn how to magnify God in everything you do. Make Him bigger than your sickness, your trial, and your storm. The moment you let what your facing become larger than God is in your eyes, you’ll lose confidence and start to slip. The more you worry and talk about your problems, the larger they will get. But the more you praise God, the bigger He gets, so make sure you’re doing that today. OH MAGNIFY THE LORD!!!
Dad would conclude his sermon by explaining how a magnifying glass works. Whatever you are looking at, when you place a magnifying glass on it, the larger whatever you’re looking at becomes. Dad would say, our Bibles are like a magnifying glass or telescope. When you look at God through His Word, He starts to increase. Reading the scriptures will make God even bigger than you have ever seen Him before. This sermon made you want to praise God and read His Word. You were determined to Magnify God!!!
Hopefully, as I honor my dad with this blog, it will also help your faith to increase. I encourage you to worship God today and read His Word. As you do, you are making Him bigger than whatever you might be going through right now.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!