Joni Ames, Rock Hill, SC
The Least Likely to Succeed = the Most Likely to Succeed in Jesus!
One of the things the Bible is clear about regarding God choosing “those He can use” is that you do not have to be professional, just available. The condemning voices of the enemy are constantly trying to discourage God’s people from being what God called them to be. It seems that every time God wanted to use somebody in Scripture, it was the most “unlikely people” He used to do the most exceptional things. Perhaps, the reason is because He would then truly get the glory.
When God called Gideon, he argued that he was too poor to be used. He said that he was from the poorest clan in all of his region and he was the poorest one in all of his clan. Apparently, God decided that was not a good excuse, because He still used him. God knew what He had put inside of Gideon. He knew that, in his humility, Gideon was a lot more capable because he would truly have to be trusting in God to accomplish the task.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord.” Zechariah 4:6
Sometimes there are people who think way too much of themselves, and other times there are people who are far too humble. As one man said, “True humility is agreeing with God.” God is the one who knows what He put on the inside of His people. It is like a baker who is making a cake—they know what ingredients they put inside. God knows what ingredients He has put inside of you! Even if you do not believe in yourself, you can believe in God who made you, called you, and is sending you forth.
“God has chosen the most unlikely to be His heroes.”
One of the most unlikely heroes of the Bible is the apostle Paul—he murdered Christians. When you think about that, it must have been scary for Christians to trust him when he started ministering. Most likely there were those who were concerned that he was just “pretending” so that he could get inside their group and kill them too.
Fear is a terrible and debilitating thing. It can cause you to be trapped in the paralysis of analysis and totally halt your faith and all that you are called to do. One of the big causes of fear is listening to other people’s opinions. People will often listen to the voices of others rather than God Himself. Imagine what all could be accomplished if God’s people would just believe Him in the first place.
Those in History Who Had Great Success
When you think of it, it is interesting that the prophetess Debra was the very first female political leader ever known. Other nations have had females in leadership far back in history. So many women, even today, feel like a “lesser being” and are afraid to step out into what they are called to in the area of ministry. But the women who were willing to take a chance and didn’t look at those lies succeeded, so why not you?
After all, God has mightily used women like Aimee Semple McPherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore, Paula White, Juanita Bynum, Marilyn Hickey, Mother Theresa, Mother Angelica, Lisa Bevere, Joni Lamb, Kay Arthur, Jan Crouch, Tammy Faye Bakker, just to name a few. Some of of the women mentioned above had serious situations in their lives that others would use to disqualify them, even divorce.
Oftentimes when one steps out into ministry, one of their children begins to go astray. That happened to Oral Roberts with his son Richard who was astray from God for quite a while. But God let Oral know that did not disqualify him, because a lot of God’s full grown kids are astray, and that doesn’t disqualify God. Eventually Richard also returned to God and his calling too.
Just the other day, there was a story on television about a young man who had started to get into trouble with the law in his early teens. He got involved in a program through the Police Department which a judge made him participate in. That program caused him to go forward into law enforcement and eventually become the police chief in a major city in America where he grew up. No one would have thought that would happen when he was a young troublemaker.
While “the world” would often disqualify people, God forgives, accepts, and uses those who have failed. There are some famous televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker who “fell” in front of the whole world to some degree. Yet better days were yet ahead as God continues to use them.
Authority to Heal Others!
There are awesome testimonies throughout the Body of Christ of the things God has saved people from. Alcohol, prostitution, drug-trafficking and abuse, robbery, and the list goes on. The word testimony means “a formal statement, evidence of proof of something; a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience.”
Rick Joyner says, “In the very areas where you have been wounded, once healed, you then have the authority to heal others.”
The Bible puts it this way, “Satan is defeated by the Blood of the Lamb and word of your testimony.” Rev. 12:11
“Even if you do not believe in yourself, you can believe in God who made you, called you, and is sending you forth.”
Too often, people shrink in shame over what they have been through in their past. The enemy will try to constantly condemn you and threaten you that if others find out about what you used to do or who you used to be, you should be rejected and forgotten. While your past may not be something to be proud of, it is something to be proud that the Blood of Jesus saved you from.
In essence, while the enemy would like to try to use it as a sword over your head, when you have repented and received forgiveness, it becomes an area of authority for you. You are then able to use it to bring salvation and deliverance to others through the testimony that God gives to you because you have been through it and were saved. There is no one else that understands and has authority in that type of situation like you can because of your experience!
The key for you is to not allow the enemy to blackmail you with it. Be ready to speak it out in the realms of giving God the praise and glory for having saved and delivered you from it. That totally overturns and takes the authority out of the condemning voice of the enemy who would like to use that thing to shame and defeat you. Instead, it becomes your weapon to disarm, subdue, and defeat the enemy in your life as well as the lives of others.
Jesus accomplished victory at the Cross for all mankind so that you may be able to walk in it also. The Word tells us, “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He (Jesus) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross” (Colossians 2:15).
When you research everyone God used mightily in the Bible, most had something “wrong” with them. Some sort of “disqualifying” marker. However, when they took it to the Lord and admitted to it, they were forgiven and mightily used. It appears that God delights in using those which others would deny.
There’s a saying, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” It appears as if God, for some reason, is “loser friendly.” Apparently, the greater our afflictions or even our failures are, the more miraculously God can use us.
The Least Likely to Succeed
Case in point regarding physical afflictions is Joni Erickson Tada. In 1967 at age 17, she had a diving accident which left her as a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. However, she has had an incredibly successful ministry since then and still does. She is an amazing singer, artist, and speaker throughout the world.
The truth of the matter is, in God’s economy, the “least likely to succeed” are actually the most likely to succeed. Why? Because in your weakness He is strong, and there is nothing that’s impossible for Him. You are the right material to become someone’s hero.
Recently in the news, a McDonald’s drive-thru clerk was attentive and recognized the face of a wanted killer as he ordered chicken nuggets and fries at her window. She remained calm and told him the fries were not ready. She called the police and he was soon apprehended shortly thereafter. A McDonald’s drive-thru clerk became America’s hero that day.
God has chosen the most unlikely to be His heroes. Today it just might be you!
Joni Ames is an itinerant prophetic minister, writer, teacher, encourager, mentor, mother and grandma. Joni has taught in churches of many varied denominations including: conferences, government offices, Christian businesses, Women’s Aglow groups, Full Gospel Businessmen groups, house groups, prisons, and wherever the Lord leads. Joni believes that the Lord wants to encourage and activate the Laborers as we continue to move into the harvest and does share specific types of teachings (activating others in personal prophetic ministry, intercession, etc.). Joni believes that the job of the five-fold ministry is “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,” (Eph. 4:11) and that “…the whole Body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the Body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph. 4:16)
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