Magnify: make (something) appear larger than it is. Other words for “magnify” are: enlarge, boost, enhance, maximise, increase, augment, amplify, etc. I pray, may God make you appear larger than what you are seeing now in Jesus name.
Another definition of “magnify” says “To cause to be held in greater esteem or respect. To increase in significance; to enlarge in fact or in appearance.
As believers, we always pray for God to bless us, which is good. God, however, made me understand that one of the highest forms of His blessing is to be magnified by Him. When God magnifies you, it’s a combination of many blessings.
Abraham was undoubtedly blessed by God. His blessings were in sevenfold:
Genesis 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
It’s not everyone that is blessed by God that become a great nation.
It’s not everyone that is blessed by God that their name became great.
It’s not everyone that is blessed by God that eventually became a blessing.
It’s not everyone that is blessed by God that when people bless them, that their life releases a resultant blessing.
It’s not everyone that is blessed by God that when people curse them, that their life releases a consequential curse in return.
It’s not everyone that is blessed by God that all the families of the earth are blessed through them.
May God not only bless you but may He make of you a great nation.
May God make your name great.
May God turn you into a blessing.
May those who bless you be blessed.
Those who curse you be cursed.
May God make families of the earth to be blessed through you in Jesus name.
There are many ways that one can earn a great name. One may be successful in business, academia, medicine, politics, invention, etc. The apostles of Jesus were however illiterate, yet they were very notable.
In Acts 3:1-11, Peter and John were going to church one day, without any money in their pocket, their name soon went around the whole city of Jerusalem. People looked at them with amazement.
Acts 3:10-11 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.
God also magnified the eleven apostles in the eyes of all, such that other disciples were even afraid to get too close to them.
Acts 5:12-14 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
May God turn you into a wonder and an amazement for Him.
May God put you into a special class that is unrivalled.
Many years ago, I heard an advert which says, there are only two cars in the world: Mercedes Benz and Others. What that means is that Mercedes Benz is in a league of its own.
May you occupy a league of your own.
There are many remarkable days in the life of a man, one of such is the day that God decides to magnify him. For someone here, that day is today.
Joshua happened to be a leader of Ephraim Tribe at 40 years. He was, however, a servant to Moses as they journeyed unto the Promised Land. Moses was like a small god to the Israelites, so it was going to be difficult for anyone to fit into his shoes. It was like an ant taking over from an elephant.
Prior to Moses death, God asked him to lay hands on Joshua, in order to raise Joshua respect among the people.
Numbers 27:15-20 And Moses spake unto the Lord, saying, Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
God however still had a bigger plan to magnify Joshua before all. The day finally came. Joshua successfully led the Israelites through the Jordan River on a dry ground. A feat that only Moses had done before!
Joshua 3:7 And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
Joshua 4:14 On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
God says I should tell someone here “This day He will begin to magnify you in the sight of all”. Today is the beginning of your Divine magnification!
May God bring out the giant in you.
May the fear of you come upon all spirits.
May the reverence of you come upon mankind.
May mere mention of your name cause the spine of people to shiver in amazement.
May God amplify your person more than what and who you are right now.
There is someone here, there is a Jordan ahead of you. A great challenge and difficulty in your path. The crossing of it is to bring you into greatness. You are crossing over!
Receive the power to cross that Jordan!
Jordan was the boundary of the Arabian Desert and entry point into Canaan. The Israelites needed to cross it to enter into their Promised Land.
You are here, you have travelled through a ‘desert’ to get here, you are now at the entry point of your Promise Land, I have a good news for you, you are crossing over!
The same scenario that happened to Joshua happened to Solomon too. David had many sons, Solomon was not even one of the first seven sons of David, and her mother had ‘k-leg’ – she had issues, somebody else wife. But Solomon was the one that God wanted to reign after David; so his father tried to prepare the ground for him by letting the who is who in Israel to know about it while he was still on the throne.
1 Chronicles 28:1-6 – And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem. Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building: But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build a house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood. Howbeit the Lord God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over all Israel: And of all my sons, (for the Lord hath given me many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.
Even with that, there were still oppositions and threats to Solomon ascending and reigning on the throne after his father. For Solomon reign to be lasting, God had to magnify him in the sight of all Israel.
1 Chronicles 29:23-25 Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father and prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David submitted themselves unto Solomon the king. And the Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.
I decree every opposition to your throne and against your name are now removed in Jesus name.
Solomon had many powerful oppositions, they were all silenced by God. E.g. Absalom, Adonijah, Shemei, Joab, Abiatha, etc.
Your enemies as families, as powers, as prophets, as friends, as accomplices, may God silence them for you. May your name be made great. May your throne be established in Jesus name.
David’s life was also magnified by God. He was the last of eight sons of Jesse, he did not only became the first in their family and clan, but soon became the first in the whole nation.
I Samuel 16:13 – Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
There is someone here, you are so much to the rear, but God says I’m bringing you to the forefront.
There is another person, under normal circumstances, you know you shouldn’t amount to much, but God says He will change the course of events to favour you greatly.
May God handpicked you to the front in life in Jesus name.
When Abraham was to die, he shared his inheritance with his children; but unto Isaac, he gave the blessing of the covenant. It was in Gerar that God really magnified Isaac beyond his imagination, to the extent that the king of Gerar and its inhabitants were envious of him.
Genesis 26:12-14 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
Genesis 26:16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.
There are people in here that will be pillars of cities and nations tomorrow.
Mayors of cities will envy you.
Kings and royals will envy you.
Heads of nations will envy you.
As I conclude, Jesus also enjoyed the magnification of the Father. Prior to the New Testament, all prayers were made directly to God the Father. Even Jesus had to pray to the Father and taught His disciples to do the same.
John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
But because Jesus sacrificed His life for the redemption of man (something that only one of the Trinity had to do); God magnified the name of Jesus after that ordeal, such that mankind must pray through Him to get the attention of the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We must not be ignorant of this divine sequence. All prayers said must either begin or end in the name of Jesus to get to God, otherwise, the prayers will be wasted exercise.
May God magnify you in the sight of mankind.
May God showcase the magnified version of you.
None will be able to pass by you without taking a notice.
You will be too relevant to be ignored.
May the zeal of the Lord of hosts bring it to pass in Jesus name.
Father, magnify me for the whole world to see.
Father, let Your multiplier effect come upon me.
Father, let the world fear You by the reason of my promotion.
The sermon, May God Magnify You In The Sight Of All, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on October 7, 2018.