Sunday, March 6, 2016

Supply, Apply, Mutiply, Magnify

UV 1692/10000 Supply, Apply, Multiply, Magnify
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord
Colossians 3 v 16

The Word of God is also described as the Word of Christ as Christ the Word became flesh in order to communicate the peace of God with all mankind. Having the peace of God, we should then let the Word stay with us. It implies that we never depart from the Word and that the Word never departs from us. We abide in the Word- we are surrounded at all times by the teachings of Jesus. We abide in Him when His teachings stay with us. We will be enriched by the wisdom of the Lord. We need to richly experience the Word by applying our knowledge of His Word in all practical and real situations of need or challenge in our lives. The process is “Supply, Apply, Multiply, Magnify” : first, we need to ensure an abundant supply of the Word by spending enough time reading, praying over, memorising, claiming, remembering, meditating. Then, we need to apply specific verses to specific situations. Finally, we need to teach it and multiply it in the lives of others around us. A doer of the Word is its best teacher.

We need to use the Word to build or edify or strengthen each other. This kind of rich input will lead to an outflow of peace, grace and joy from our hearts that will express itself in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs. There will be a constant outpouring of praise, thanksgiving and worship in our innermost sanctum sanctorum- our very hearts. Every blessing, counsel and experience of salvation, deliverance and victory the Holy Spirit will turn into a song of thanksgiving from our hearts that words cannot express, that no man-made instrument can accompany. We are magnifying the Lord even as a magnifying lens catches the light of the sun to focus it on a particular object.

When a stream of praise and thanksgiving flows from our spiritual hearts like blood that oozes in and out of our physical hearts or breath that flows in and out of our nostrils, respiratory passages and the lungs, the grace of the Lord continually flows in our lives. Instead of our natural tendencies of fight or flight, we will be in a supernatural state of flow. The grace of the Lord will fill and overflow our lives as water overflows a vessel that is standing under a constant downpour. Moses enriched himself in the Word so much that he applied it to his life. He modelled it in his leadership and applied it to practical situations in leading the people of Israel. He taught it to the people he mentored and led. The grace of the Lord or the favour, enablement, empowerment and blessing of the Lord was multiplied in his life and leadership. He experienced mighty deliverance and great victories. He magnified the Lord with a spiritual song called the song of Moses.

Prateep V Philip

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