Your Limits Don’t Limit God

God's Limitlessness

More of the Holy Spirit in someone else does not reduce the Spirit’s presence in you.
The outpouring of the Spirit reveals the limitlessness of God.


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16 Responses to Your Limits Don’t Limit God

  1. Lucy says:

    Oh, that’s lovely. Very encouraging and very true.

  2. Too bad it often seems we’re trying to compete to see who has the most Holy Spirit in them. This little quote sure puts things in a much better perspective.

    • Tim says:

      So true, Jeremy. There is no competition for the Holy Spirit, but rather he longs to fill us all to unimaginable abundance.

  3. Laura Droege says:

    I think that sometimes we imagine God having to “divide” his power and time, etc. among his people, like he’s a gigantic pie chart and we’re little slivers of pie. If one pie slice gets more pie, then we might get less of the pie. We’re so bound to the concepts of being finite (it’s the only thing we can grasp based on our experience and reality) that the infinite qualities of God (which would apply to all his qualities, right?) blow our poor little mathematically-challenged minds.

    • Fall Timothy says:

      When God tells us that his ways are not our ways and that his thoughts are not our thoughts, or when we read “Who has known the mind of the Lord and who has become his counselor”, I think we’re being told that there are things about God that are beyond our experience. Yet we still try to fit God into our finite experiences. I’m always glad when he reveals another aspect of his limitlessness to me once again.

  4. I wonder if a little more humility in some pastors/preachers might prevent the littler ones – who struggle to believe that God would want to have anything to do with them – from believing that God favours some more than others. Why is the sin of pride so rarely addressed? I’m sure it’s a hugely damaging sin, and more so for being ignored.

    • Fall Timothy says:

      Interesting connection between pride and understanding God’s limitlessness, sfk. Thanks.

      • Yeah my brain always goes sideways, but there is a logic to it. I recall feeling so much less than adequate in the past and certain people – perhaps unwittingly – made that perception worse. Does that make sense? I think those kinds of thoughts and feelings – that God’s love or Spirit doesn’t extend to me as much as someone else – are probably most prevalent among people who are damaged in some way. Which is ironic because Jesus made a special point of loving the broken and the lost!

        • Tim says:

          You’re so right. Jesus knew a lot of people who felt that way, and he made a special effort constantly to spend time with them and show them how much he loves them.

  5. Jeannie says:

    So often we live our lives from a sense of scarcity instead of abundance: “There won’t be enough to go around — what if I come up short?” That’s why I love the verse that says God is able “to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” I don’t think this God has any problems with scarcity! Thanks for this excellent reminder today, Tim.

    • Fall Timothy says:

      “I don’t think this God has any problems with scarcity!” That’s a worthy sermon right there, Jeannie.

  6. The abundant goodness of the Holy Spirit fills the universe and we often overlook the obvious.

  7. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    More of the Holy Spirit in someone else does not reduce the Spirit’s presence in you.

    If it did, that would be the Zero-Sum Game on a Cosmic scale, with the only way to get more for Me is to take it away from You. And since the ante’s been raised to Cosmic significance, take it away by any means necessary.

    Judge Tim, I think you’ve seen that Zero-Sum Attitude wind up in your courtroom.

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