How much of God do you think your soul can hold?
I have been asking God to increase my capacity recently – to see Him, to know Him, to hold much of His wisdom inside of me.
And He reminded me of a story in Mark 5:1-20 about a man filled with a multitude of demons. They call themselves “Legion” and end up running 2,000 pigs off a cliff into the sea. My Bible notes say, “a legion was the largest unit of the Roman army and at full strength had 6,000 soldiers. This does not necessarily mean that there were 6,000 demons, only that there were a great many.”
Stop and think about this. This man had a legion of demons within him. His soul had the capacity to hold that. many. demons.
It makes me stop and wonder … how do we underestimate our soul’s capacity to hold Jesus? To contain His Spirit and all that comes with Him?
Scripture tells us chains could not hold this man because he was so full of demons. He just kept breaking free. No one was strong enough to subdue him.
Is not Jesus INFINITELY greater than any demon? Those demons bowed before Jesus. They begged Him not to send them away. And then they fled in the face of Him. They knew and recognized His power and authority. Do we?
Where are we bound by chains Jesus has said no longer have to hold us? Where are we, where I am, underestimating what we already carry inside of us as Believers sealed and filled by His Spirit?
Our God is greater than we know, and our capacity to contain Him is greater, as well!
He longs for us to be filled with all the fullness of Him. For us to know that He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we can ask, hope, or think according to HIS power at work in US. (Ephesians 3:14-20) These earthen were designed to be filled.
I don’t know about you, but I need this reminder. I live like I’m just daily carrying around some scant thimbleful of the Lord. I live, quite honestly, a bit more pitiful than powerful. But my soul’s capacity is GREAT!
I have the capacity for more peace than I realize. I have the capacity for more hope than I have known. I have the capacity for more kindness and patience and beauty and creativity and wisdom and power and faith and love than seems humanly possible. All because of Him.
If that man could hold legions of demons, I have to know I can hold MUCH of my God. And maybe a good place to start today is bowing before Him in worship. Acknowledging who He is and thanking Him for all that I have in Him.
The Spirit of the living God lives in me. Oh, that I would know it, believe it, live it, and let Him show up truly great in me.
“For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:5-7
Praying that wherever we are forever saying “I can’t” (basically “I don’t have the capacity for this, Lord”), we will instead see that we carry MUCH of the One who is able.