Just how big is God? What is the range of His power? What is the capacity of His mind? And what does this mean for you and me — our potential right now?
The Milky Way viewed from the Kofa Mountains in Arizona (credit: Richard Payne)
Is the Creator telling us something?
We live on this terrestrial ball, circling a rather medium-sized star.
Our solar system is within the solar interstellar neighborhood … the Milky Way galaxy … the local galactic group … the Virgo Supercluster … local superclusters … and within the observable, known universe!
Earth’s location in the universe (credit: Wikipedia)
It’s really impossible to get our minds around just how ginormous things are! Is God showing us the sheer scale of His person?
He stretched out the heavens …
Just our neighborhood — the Milky Way Galaxy — has between 100 billion and 300 billion or more stars. And there are billions of galaxies that we know of!
“It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands and I ordained all their host.”
The Scriptures say that God numbers the stars … He calls them by name!
The heavens — the universe — are still expanding. What source of information and energy produces this?
God’s mind and power are greater than ours by a factor of millions, billions, trillions, quadrillions (10 to the 15th power) … and we could keep adding these unfathomable numbers for quite a while, but our word count for this post may become a bit much!
We grow into the ‘mind of Christ’
Our Creator wants us to think way beyond ourselves.
Paul said we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). It’s something we grow into. And we’ll be growing in the mind of Christ forever!
We are transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2) … the very spirit of our minds is renewed by the Holy Spirit and the expressed thoughts of God (Eph. 4:23).
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows nearly 10,000 galaxies (Hubble Ultra Deep Field). It is the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos.
Are we moving toward an abundant, expanding mind? The same God who stretched out the heavens will stretch our minds so we can experience a supernatural lifestyle.
God’s design is to partner with us!
Come out of your “tent” and play bigger!
I don’t know what your tent is … your life experience to this point, self-identity, constricting circumstances …
God brings us out of our limiting experience, just as He brought Abraham out of his tent and challenged his faith (Genesis 15).
Let’s look to the stars and to the one who created them. Yes, from time to time, it’s good for our soul to gaze into a clear evening sky and look to the heavens.
Our perspective and stance of faith can be that we lift our heads and look upward into expanding, limitless possibilities.
A few quick activation steps …
- Progressively tune your inner person to the mind and heart of the Creator by investing time in the inspired Scriptures (reading for breadth, deeper study, meditation, memorization, dialogue with others).
- Yield to the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit … what we don’t know is greater than what we know (much greater!) … there is more that we have not yet experienced than what we have experienced. These things are revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. And they are freely given to the sons and daughters of God (read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16).
- Develop a lifestyle of worshiping God as Father in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24) — this will create space in your life for his presence and possibilities. As He fills the spaces of our lives, we are filled with joy and supernatural potential. Magnify God (make Him big!) in your sphere of life.
- Search out and create relational alignment with others who are in the same pursuit. This quest is designed to be pursued with other members of the Body of Christ. It will be an accelerator for you. Truly, there are many things heaven has for us now which we will not experience without healthy connections with others.
Resolve to transcend those limiting forces!
So how is your thinking? Do you sense a passion to go higher with our Creator?
photo credits: Milky Way viewed from the Kofa Mountains in Arizona (credit Richard Payne, www.astro.wisc.edu/sirtf/); Earth’s location in the universe (Wikipedia)