I hope you guys don’t mind, but I’m about to preach! This post will be long… very long, take your time to digest it. The words are inspired by a preaching given by Tracy Stewart, I hope the message blesses you.
The Back Story
2017 has been an interesting year for many of us, to say the least. I wrote so much that I never posted because I felt I was addressing old issues- problems I had already overcome and documented in time past. I found myself re-reading so much of my old work in the hopes of trying to pick myself up. One post in particular, was titled ‘Why Not Me? #KaliefBrowderStory’. I wrote it after watching the first episode of the documentary but never got around to publishing it because I knew deep down it wasn’t the kind of tone I wanted to set. It was a dark piece, possibly the most depressing thing I have ever written and I’m happy that I chose not to publish it because my mission here is not to spread negativity.
The post was over two-thousand words of pure anger, hate, frustration, sadness and feelings of hopelessness. With so much injustice in the world and the added pressures of my own personal life, I felt truly helpless. I was angry at myself for not doing enough to change the world. I was angry at the world for being consumed in hate. I was angry at people I didn’t even know because of how easy it was for so many to tweet a hashtag and feel as though they had done their part to tackle world issues. I was just angry at so many things that I couldn’t really control and angry because I believed that there was nothing I could do about it.
We all have battles, we all face challenges that seem impossible and so, chances are you can understand how I may have been feeling without having to read any more about my sorrows and hopefully you can be inspired by how I overcame them.
I’ve spoken to many people, none who were short of their own list of problems. Such is life. But what we noticed was that we didn’t appreciate the responses we received during our cries for help and I think I understand why. The problems we were facing were not new, we had been in the same situations for months already. But we were magnifying them.
To cause something to be seen as greater; to make larger; to attribute to much importance; to twist together with (Hebrew meaning); to extol; to enhance; to deepen; to glorify; to heighten; to praise; to boost; to build up; to increase
As I said, my problems weren’t new, but I was paying more attention to them. The more I complained about them, the more I discussed them, the more I focussed on them: the more power I gave them. I made my problems bigger than God. I praised my problems more than God. The opposite of magnification is to diminish. By magnifying my problems, I was diminishing God and His power. I knew deep down that the only permanent fix to my problems would come from God, but I didn’t give Him the praise and honour He deserved or room to do His work. Instead, I wallowed in self-pity.
A close friend of mine who I confided in during this time said: “Tisha, you have a strange way of dealing with things”. He was referring to the fact that when I’m in a bad mood, I intentionally do more things to put me in an even worse mood, almost as if I like the feeling! I was searching for God, I was stumbling across so many messages, articles, videos etc that were telling me that I needed to fix my eyes on God but I was ignoring them; during this same period I was completing a Bible study on Exodus, every morning I read about how God was hardening Pharoah’s heart and every day I allowed the devil to do the same to me.
I pray that if anyone reading is currently at this point, reading this message and refusing to put it into practice, that God touches your heart.
When you learn to magnify God, you exchange your inability for His ability.
These things I felt so helpless about were not impossible for God. We live in a world full of fact and opinion and often we forget that truth falls under neither of these categories. Truth comes from the word. Truth is God. When the children of God explored Canaan and saw the giants (Numbers 13), what they say was fact. But the plans that God had in store for them was the truth. How you choose to see yourself is how the enemy will see you- learn to see the truth that God sees! You can choose to magnify your truth based perspective or you can choose to magnify God’s truth based perspective. Whatever you choose to magnify will be what consumes you. Whatever you choose to magnify will become your reality. Whatever you choose to magnify will manifest.
The problem with many Christians is that we still haven’t figured out how our relationship with God is supposed to work.
God invites us into a friendship and we go to Him as customers expecting a service. We want the manna that falls from heaven, we want the freebies of forgiveness, mercy and grace but we don’t want to praise Him, glorify Him or magnify Him. The sacrifice we are to make is so little that we ignore it completely.
After I watched the Kalief Browder story, I thought back to so many who had lost their lives in this world at the hand of hatred, hatred that has been roaming around in the dark corners of the world since the beginning of time; and I cried out to God with a heavy heart and asked Him what needed to be done for peace to reign. That very same week, He sent Tracy Stewart to answer this very question. You know when the sermon was set up for you and you can feel it in your spirit? This was one of those times.
The answer was that we needed heaven on earth. So there I was thinking, “thanks God, solving impossible questions with impossible answers” but the truth is that heaven on earth is not impossible. Jesus has given us this power. We’ve become so accustomed to saying The Lord’s Prayer that we’ve forgotten how much power it holds. We can enable heaven to invade the earth through Jesus and the power He has bestowed upon us.
Whatever you magnify has the power to rule you.
If you are magnifying God, God rules you, He fills you with His power and His hope. Those with the most hope have the power to influence. Paul and Silas were filled with hope, hope that not only broke their chains but those of all the prisoners- even some who may have been guilty! They didn’t focus on their acts but on God’s truth. If you want to see a change, first have faith in God’s power, don’t doubt His abilities.
Your hope brings influence to those around you, whether or not they have chosen to tap into God’s power. Even when the odds are against you, magnify the Lord! Tracy said something I had never heard before in the house of God: “Satan doesn’t care about you going to heaven, he cares about the power you have on earth daily!”. To try and manipulate you into believing you that you don’t have this power, the one thing Satan can’t do is tell the truth- stop believing the lies!
Your expectation of God is your judgement of God. I clearly didn’t rate Him very highly because I knew He was the way but I didn’t expect my freedom from Him.
God is not a liar, allow His truth to be your facts!
Stop waiting for the mood to be right, stop waiting for the worship to give you that warm cosy feeling, nowhere in the Truth, His word, did God wait for the choir to get their harmonies right before He performed a miracle! If you can find a scripture that says otherwise I would like to see! You can be encouraged by many things, but you can only be changed, healed and delivered by the Lord. Magnify Him!
One key point that I need you to grasp is that you cannot magnify the Lord on crossover night and expect the rest of the year to be sweet. You have to do this daily! You need to be in-tune with God and aligned with His truth!
Yes, the world seems like one big giant mess at the moment. but don’t let it weigh you down. Magnify the one who has the power to change that, bring your heaven down to earth!
I know this was a long one… But I also know that someone out there needed this message as much as I did.
These words aren’t entirely my own. I have combined Tracy Stewart’s message with my own experiences and teachings from the Bible. I hope that you’ve been blessed.