The Holy Spirit invites us to magnify and exalt the Lord with Him. What a privilege!
We are magnifiers by nature and magnify whatever we concentrate on. If we concentrate on the negative, we magnify it and anxiety is the fruit. However, because Jesus exists in perfect peace, when we magnify Him, His perfect peace fills our hearts. To magnify the Lord doesn’t mean we can make him bigger than He already is as He fills all things and the Heavens and Earth cannot contain Him – 1 Kings 8:27; Acts 17:24, It simply means that we make Him bigger in our vision of Him. When the immensity of who He is, is imparted to our inner world, everything changes. This is the work of the Spirit in us.
Jesus said of the Spirit:
John 16:14 – He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
We are not victims, we have been born-again to be powerful people, with a choice.
We can choose:
1) To repent from wrong thinking.
Repentance includes a change of thinking (metanoia). We don’t only repent from sin but we also repent towards God – to think as He thinks. Not just a turning away from sinful thinking – but a turning away from inferior thinking. We now have the Christ nature and as we fix our eyes on Him we increasingly see things and people, including ourselves, as He sees them and we are transformed to His likeness.
We now have the power to choose. Feelings follow choices and blessings flow from right choices. Jesus ‘loved righteousness and hated wickedness, therefore God anointed him with the oil of joy’ – Hebrews 1:9 He chose righteousness and blessings followed.
2) To behold His beauty!
We become what we behold’
“O magnify the Lord with me” is the invitation of Holy Spirit
He is beautiful and when we magnify him in our hearts, we become beautiful too.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
These adjectives – noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy are a description of Christ. Contemplate Him and these are produced in us too.
Jesus isn’t satisfied with a Bride who has put on some lipstick and made some cosmetic changes. He is looking for Bride who is just like Him.
Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus – Hebrews 12:3
Magnify Him in our inner beings – Psalm 34:3
Be renewed in our thinking – Romans 8:6 ; 12:2
And be transformed to His likeness – 2 Cor 3:18
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