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GLORIFYING GOD, MAGNIFY GOD

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)
The whole duty of the Christians can be summed up as follows: we have to feel, think, and act in a way that will make God look as great as he really is. Be a telescope for the world of the infinite starry wealth of the glory of God. There is nothing and nobody superior to God. And so the calling of those who love God is to make his greatness begin to look as great as it really is.

This is what it means for a Christian to magnify God. But you can’t magnify what you haven’t seen or what you quickly forget. Therefore, our first task is to see and to remember the greatness and goodness of God. So we pray to God to, “Open the eyes of our hearts,” and we preach to our souls to not forget all his benefits. 
To “glorify” God means to give glory to Him. The word glory as related to God in the Old Testament bears with it the idea of greatness of splendour. In the New Testament, the word translated “glory” means “dignity, honour, praise and worship.” Putting the two together, we find that glorifying God means to acknowledge His greatness and give Him honour by praising and worshiping Him, primarily because He, and He alone, deserves to be praised, honoured and worshipped. God’s glory is the essence of His nature, and we give glory to Him by recognizing that essence. 
The offering we bring to God as we come before Him in the splendour or beauty of His holiness involves agreement, obedience, submission, and rehearsing His attributes or extolling Him. Glorifying God begins with agreeing with everything He says, especially about Himself. In Isaiah 42:5, God declares, “I am the Lord God. I created the heavens like an open tent above. I made the earth and everything that grows on it. I am the source of life for all who live on this earth, so listen to what I say.” Because of who He is, holy and perfect and true, His proclamations and statutes are holy and perfect and true (Psalm 19:7), and we glorify Him by listening to and agreeing with them. God’s Word, the Bible, is His Word to us, all that we need for life in Him. Listening to and agreeing with Him, though, will not glorify Him unless we also submit to Him and obey the commands contained in His Word. “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts” (Psalm 103:17-18). Jesus reiterated the idea that glorifying and loving God are one and the same in John 14:15: “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” 
Psalm 117:1-2; “Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD!”

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SERVANT OF GOD

How can I be a better servant to God?
Thousands of books are published about leadership but a few about servant-hood. Everybody want to lead and nobody wants to be a servant. In today’s world, we find it very hard to avail ourselves for God at any given time. We have busy schedules and plans we don’t want to be messed up without showing resentment. 
But this exactly what servant-hood is about; not being able to choose when and where we want to serve and giving up the right to control our schedules and allowing God to interrupt them when He needs to.  
Are you a called soldier who is tangled up in the affairs of everyday life and your actions displeasing to the one who called you? Then the time has come to consider the following guides that will help you to become a better servant.
Adopt Paul’s personality
Paul thought of himself as a ‘servant of Christ’. In everything he was subordinate and subject to Christ, and that Master set the parameters of his obedience. Paul understood that God didn’t call him to be creative but obedient, not innovative but faithful. For Paul, success in the ministry depended upon pleasing God. To proof his faithfulness to God Paul says; “For am I now seeking the favour of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
Pay attention to needs
As a servant, you should always be on the lookout for ways to help others. When you see a need, seize the moment to meet it, just as the Bible commands us, ‘whenever you have an opportunity, we have to do what is good for everyone, especially for the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10) When you are part of a congregation, you should always find an opportunity to serve. If not in the service of others, then how can we serve God who is in need of nothing?
We miss many occasions for serving because we lack sensitivity and spontaneity. Great opportunities to serve never last long so take advantage when the moment comes.  
Be faithful to the ministry. 
Faithfulness has always been rare quality posed by human beings. Most people don’t know the meaning of commitment. Are you also counted this list? Well you can change this behaviour by refraining from making commitments casually and then break them for the slightest reason without any hesitation, remorse or regret. Be a person that people can always count on, keep promises you need to keep, vows you need to fulfil and honour your commitments. God has promised to reward your faithfulness in eternity. 
Be Humble
As much as we are always applauded for our selfless and generous behaviour, we have to be careful not to develop and overinflated sense of self-importance. No matter how far along we get in the walk with the Lord, there is never a time when there is nothing we need from other believer. God has intentionally designed it this way. We don’t all have the same function in the Body of Christ and we all need each other. 
Be thankful
As a devoted servant of the Lord you will be sure to take thetime to thank God, regardless of your schedule and your own sense of urgency for the task at hand. Before you ask for another thing from God or present anything else to his people, Paul ensures that he gives thanks to the Provider of all things. The frequent giving of thanks in the life of a believer is and often repeated, highly important practice in all of Paul’s teachings (see Phil. 4:6; Col 3:15; 1 Tim 2:1)
Learn to detach yourself from the false identity that your ego has fabricated for you and connect to your true self, being of higher divinity. 


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