[This is part of a series of articles on the ministry of the prophet and gift of prophecy.]
God desires an army of broken and weak supermen and women to change the world.
In II Corinthians 12:7-10 we read about Paul’s thorn in the flesh. Verse 9 says, “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
In many ways – pedigree, education and position – Paul was a heavy-weight, a “superman” if you will. But it was Paul’s thorn, his weakness, that drove him closer to God.
Being used by God in the prophetic, or in any gift, is not about our greatness, but His grace.
Several years ago God gave me a disturbing vision of myself. He showed me a before and after picture of me as a vessel. The first picture was what looked like an empty tin can with a number of nails and nasty looking screws sticking into it from the outside. God told me, this was you. The next picture was after He healed me – it was the same tin can, with the nails and screws gone. But, all the holes were still there.
I was confused – God, why are all these holes still there after Your work of healing? How can I be a super-servant of God with all these ugly wounds? When You fill me up I will leak all over. Your grace will be wasted.
God’s response was clear – Let me fill you up with My great grace, and allow yourself to leak out of all those healed wounds and touch others who suffer in the same areas so they can be healed. My grace is never wasted.
This response from God takes me back to the beginning of my journey.
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Because God’s grace will never ever run out, go ahead and be a leaking vessel and touch others with your own story!
More in this series:
- My Prophetic Journey: The Call
- My Prophetic Journey Part 2: The Redemption Box
- My Prophetic Journey Part 3: School Starts
- My Prophetic Journey Part 4: Motives
- My Prophetic Journey Part 5: When to share or not to share
- My Prophetic Journey Part 6: Confirmation
- My Prophetic Journey Part 7: Learning the Radar
- My Prophetic Journey Part 8: The Challenge of the Roller Coaster
- My Prophetic Journey Part 9: How to minister in North Dakota and not even be there!
- My Prophetic Journey Part 10: Prophetic Protocol
- My Prophetic Journey Part 11: You Can’t Draw Water from an Empty Well
- My Prophetic Journey Part 12: Using your keys
- My Prophetic Journey Part 13: Prophetic Props
- My Prophetic Journey Part 14: The Angel and the demon
- My Prophetic Journey Part 15: The Last Word