TODAY’S PROPHETIC WORD
You have already made a bigger impact than you know. Be still and know that He is God. He will use you for big things if you stay humble and give Him the glory.
A TRIP TO SMALLVILLE
It was prophetic that the place I was camping was balled Big Bend National Park. It’s the place where I first got a revelation of God’s still, small voice and what John the Baptist meant when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Anything I had known of this spiritual truth flew out my tent as God downloaded a brand new revelation into my life.
It was the first time I had fasted for 30 days and I wanted to spend the last part of it in a tent, way out in the middle of nowhere. I had never sought the Lord in such a radical way, and consequently, He showed up in a more radical way then He ever had before.
While reading the Word by my flashlight, the Lord began to whisper something in my spirit that would change my life forever: “The smaller you get, Troy, the more I will use you.”
Jesus confirmed this word by showing me the nine small things He used to do great things in the book of Judges. Remember, nine represents judgment.
1) In chapter 3, God uses the weak, left hand of a man from the smallest tribe of Israel to kill the most powerful king who had ever ruled over Israel. He did it all under the guise of a simple present.
2) In Judges 3:31, God uses a simple ox goad in the hand of a guy named Shamgar to slay 600 Philistines. Now, that’s a killer cattle prod!
3) In chapter 4, He uses a little lady by the name of Deborah to encourage and lead the people into war against a cavalry of 900 chariots.
4) In verses 15-17, they win big, but the Philistine captain escapes. He runs into the tent of a woman named Jael. One bad mama, Jael gives this exhausted man a whole bottle of fresh milk, which spikes his blood sugar and causes him to fall asleep so she can drive a tent spike right through his head.
5) In Chapter 6, we have the account of another little person with a big destiny – Gideon. Trembling and afraid, Gideon leads an army of 300 against thousands where God shows up big and smites the enemy.
6 and 7) In Judges 9:22-49, wicked Abimelech rules certain cities with an iron fist. He kills his own people, burns down towers and lays waste to strongholds. While he is trying to bring down another tower, a tiny woman leans over the edge and drops a small piece of millstone on his head. He turns to his fellow rapists and pillagers begging, “Please kill me before I die, so that it won’t be said that I died at the hand of a woman!”
8) In chapter 11, God used Jephthah, the son of a harlot who had been rejected by the king and thrown out of the palace, to deliver and defeat God’s enemies in 20 cities. He rescued Israel and took back the Promised Land despite being a man of no real promise himself.
9) In Chapter 15, God uses the jawbone of a donkey in the hand of Samson to slay 1,000 enemies.
Why would God use these small items and insignificant people to deliver Israel? Because God was looking for optimum Glory!
This is what He is looking for in all of us and He is not asking too much. We must be willing to get small to be used by God in a great way. He does’t want to share the credit or the glory with anyone because He shouldn’t have to.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
– 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO GET OUT OF GOD’S WAY AND GIVE HIM THE GLORY. THE SMALLER YOU BECOME, THE MORE HE CAN USE YOU FOR HIS PURPOSES, BUT THE GLORY IS HIS ALONE – NOT YOURS OR MINE!
From my book: Soul Invasion