ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: Today’s lesson, beautifully taught by Sister Johnson, was entitled, “EXPECT GREAT BLESSINGS!”. The Scripture was from Luke 1:39-56. The KEY VERSES were verses 46 and 47 which read, “’Mary said: ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior” (KJV). These verses are part of the “song” that Mary sings. In scholarly circles, the song is known as the “Magnificat”.
One of the chief powers possessed by the soul is that of MAGNIFICATION. The soul has power to magnify whatever enters it. We know this fact subconsciously, if not consciously. It is innate knowledge. How many times have you heard someone speak these words, or words similar to these, when speaking of some negativity that has presented itself to them? “Lord, I can’t let that get in my spirit!”
We somehow know, or have been taught that even the most minuscule iota of negativity that finds its way into our spirit can become magnified seven thousand-fold.
Just as truly, the soul magnifies the positive, for Jesus tells his disciples, in Matthew 17:20, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”. The soul magnifies that tiny bit of faith into a power that can move mountains.
That kind of power, has to come from the spirit or soul. The physical body couldn’t withstand the stress on its own.
In essence, the soul can be seen as a spiritual magnifying glass. When I was a child, getting my hands on a magnifying glass was a joyful event. Having possession of a magnifying glass could guarantee a young, creative mind, hours of fun. There was a world of large things which, when looked at under a magnifying glass, were revealed to have details and characteristics, previously unimaginable. Just looking at one’s hand was worth an hour of fascinating discovery.
In addition to observing, heretofore, unimagined details on relatively large items, the magnifying glass could also make tiny things appear huge. Insects became giant monsters and plants became alien worlds; even looking at the page of a book, revealed details much more interesting, to a young mind, than the words printed there. The paper fibers and the spaces between the ink of the letters became visible.
The magnifying glass could also be manipulated in such a way that the power of the sun’s radiation could be focused into a small area of intense heat. This area could become hot enough to light fires. A magnifying glass would be a boon in the survival kit of a person lost in the wilderness.
On a grislier level, the intense heat of the magnified sun rays, could be used to incinerate ants and other small insects (forgive me Lord).
Mary was able to channel her physical joy, through the magnifying power of her soul, resulting in an intense and greatly magnified praise and glorification of God.
How do we magnify Christ in our bodies? By exalting Christ in our minds, making Him manifest in our thoughts and actions, and thinking of our body as a temple dedicated to Him and occupied by Him.
The “Closing Thought” in our text reads, “God delivers a guaranteed promise to each of us, collectively and individually. Whether it is your church family, home family, or personal endeavors, God wants you to be successful. Listen to Him as He affirms His promise. Expect to be blessed, and go ahead and praise God in advance for your victory, breakthrough, and deliverance.