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Magnify Him

by Damilola Oguntunde

Good morning amazing DP readers. It’s yet another beautiful week unfolding. Isn’t God faithful? God preserved us until now, and He sure deserves your worship, because He will never stop preserving us. I had a wonderful service yesterday, I hope you did as well? I hope the Character Series has been a blessing? Quite frankly, it has really helped me even as the writer to put a check on myself with respect to some attitudes in my own life, and I believe this has been transformational for many others alike. Today we continue on Boldness. In our last post, we considered the overwhelming importance of exercising boldness in our walk with God and how it guarantees us victory over the devil’s schemes. Today we’ll be espousing the pathway to unusual boldness. Boldness is not necessarily expressed in the absence of fear, but in spite of fear. The tugging negative statistics of unemployment craving for attention, the sad news pumped into the atmosphere at every chance, the daily grind of routine and reality we face all push the GodMan to the threshold of losing heart. We need boldness to survive and thrive in the the harsh conditions this terrain poses to our spirit man, and how do we become this bold? By magnifying Him above all other realities.

Psalms 34:3(KJV) O MAGNIFY the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

We see here that the moment David began to magnify the Lord, all his fears began to dissipate. What does it mean to magnify God? To magnify God doesn’t in any way imply that God is some tiny little germ that needs a lens to magnify it before it’s seen. No! To Magnify God simply means to come closer to Him and focus on Him until it produces blindness to the fears of our lives. What a lot of people do not know is that FEAR and FAITH are both a FUNCTION of FOCUS. If you focus on the negative things happening in your life and around you, you will be filled with fear, and if you flip that around and begin focusing on the positive things, faith will rise in your heart. Focus produces blindness. What I mean is that when you focus so much on something or someone, you cease to consider the existence of other variables, that is you become blind to other realities. When you focus on God, you cease to consider the existence of lack, sickness, and depression because in God, there is no lack, sickness or depression. It’s all about what you see. God will not superimpose His might on your circumstance, you’ve got to magnify Him beyond your primitive circumstance.

Numbers 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

This was Joshua and Caleb’s response to the children of Israel as against the evil report the other 10 spies brought from Canaan land. These 2 guys must have seen something others did not see, or perhaps seen in a way others couldn’t see. That’s the only thing that could have produced such boldness. Caleb would later claim that same land 40 years down the line, because his focus on God never flinched. He continued to look in God’s direction and it produced matchless boldness in him. Boldness becomes easy when our focus is on God and His abilities. Peter and co while praying in Acts 4 didn’t trust in their eloquence or numbers, they trusted solely on the power of God to move on their behalf. All we need in our life is a Divine Perspective. Our realities are a function of our perspectives. Do you see as the 10 spies saw or do you see as Joshua and Caleb saw? They all saw the exact same things but processed it in 2 totally divergent ways. 10 saw the giants and remembered how weak they were during the slavery experience in Egypt and couldn’t imagine surmounting “bigger devils” in Canaan. 2 saw it and remembered their miraculous exit out of Egypt and preservation in the wilderness and could not help but pity the giants on their inherited land. It’s all about perspective!

Rev 4:1b (KJV) …Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

How could Joshua call the giants bread? And the other 10 will call themselves grasshoppers before the “bread”? It shows how much the 10 had magnified their fears and starved their faith, meanwhile Joshua and Caleb never stopped to remember the amazing miracles wrought by the hands of God in Egypt and the wilderness. Take it or take it, your boldness is determined by what you see. Several years down the line at the valley of Ellah, Israelites saw a giant in goliath, but Bold David saw bread, little wonder he spoke of feeding him to the birds of the air. When you magnify the Lord by spending quality and quantity time with Him, every other thing seems small and trivial to worry about, and that produces boldness, but when you magnify things and events above God, it gets to a point that even God wouldn’t be ABLE to help you in the time of need. Yes I used the word ABLE deliberately, because we actually limit God in our minds with the way we perceive Him. It’s no surprise that of all the crop of people who were in the generation of the spies, only Joshua and Caleb made it to the Promised Land. God couldn’t help those who didn’t see properly.

Psalms 78:40(KJV) How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! 41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and LIMITED the Holy One of Israel. 42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy. 43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:

They totally forgot about what God had done for them. If they had remembered, it would have been default for them to be bold enough to take over their territory. There are territories left unconquered waiting for you to take a bold step and possess your possession. Begin to focus on God’s abilities and His Word. Magnify Him in your heart, let your focus on Him create blindness to limitations and failures, take a bold step today and move within reach of your destiny. May you see bread where others see giants in Jesus name. See you on Friday. I love you 🙂

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4 comments

Adebayo September 7, 2015 - 8:44 am

Wow.. I dare to Believe.. I see the way, God sees. In Christ, I triumph always…
I love and celebrate you sir
I magnify God always

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Kemi Lot September 7, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Great stuff!!!

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Ayobola September 7, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Deep and insightful. Dami Oguntunde sheds light into the scriptures with so much acuity. I celebrate you sir. I am fed.

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Godbless September 11, 2015 - 9:37 pm

God bless you for this one sir. ”Come up hither” seemed like we were both synched in the spirit there sir. I love you too.smiles.

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