Summary: We battle the spirit of smallness. I am a little person in a little place and I do not matter? God loves little people. God builds his great plans touching us where we are.
MY ALTAR DOES NOT MATTER!
THE BATTLE OF BEING INSIGNIFICANT
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. THERE IS A NEGATIVE CROWD THAT STANDS AROUND AND TALKS NEGATIVE
ABOUT OOTHERS AND HINDERS THE WORK OF GOD... IF I ERR, MAY I ERR TO
THE SIDE OF A SECOND CHANCE AND TO MERCY...
Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise
made of none effect:
Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Unimportant, undistinguished, ordinary, mediocre,
B. VIP... Very important person...
Matthew 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid
his lord's money.
Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I
knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and
gathering where thou hast not strawed:
II. IF I ALLOW THE FLESH TO DICTATE TO THE SPIRIT I WILL FEEL INADEQUATE
Luke 14:18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him,
I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee
have me excused.
 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
WE DEVELOP THE ABILITY TO PALLIATE AND MAKE EXCUSES...
WRONG THINKING PRODUCES WRONG ACTIONS...
III. THOMAS CHANGES HIS LAST NAME, TO BE KNOWN FOREVER AS THE DOUBTER BECAUSE HE MISSED ONE PRAYER MEETING...
REMEMBER THE STORY GROWING UP, WHERE ONE SMALL BOY SAW A LEAK IN THE DIKE
AND THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WAS IN DANGER?
THE BOY PUT HIS FINGER IN THE HOLE AND MADE A DIFFERENCE...
John 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
IV. LITTLE PEOPLE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE...
2 Kings 5:2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of
the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria!
for he would recover him of his leprosy.
V. THERE IS A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY IN A BACKSLIDDEN, DYSFUNCTIONAL NATION...
AND A SPIRIT OF SMALLNESS ALMOST KEEPS THE DYSFUNCTIONAL FROM RECEIVING
Judges 6:12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with
thee, thou mighty man of valour.
A. SURE THE LORD USED TO BE WITH US...
IF THE LORD IS WITH US NOW, WHY ARE WE GOING THROUGH THIS MESS?
Judges 6:13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this
befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord
bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of
B. IF THE LORD CALLS THE LORD ENABLES...
THE CALL IS CLEAR AND VERY IMPORTANT...
Judges 6:14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt
save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
C. GIDEON CAN NOT SEE WHAT GOD WANTS TO DO BECAUSE HE CAN ONLY SEE
HOW INSIGNIFICANT HE IS...
Judges 6:15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family
is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
D. GIDEON HAD ENOUGH SENSE IN ALL HIS LITTLENESS TO BUILD AN ALTAR...
Judges 6:24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah-shalom:
unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.
VI. MOSES HAS AN IDENTIDY PROBLEM THAT WOULD HINDER GOD'S PLAN...
AGAIN LOOK HOW DYSFUNCTIONAL ALMOST STOPS
SOME MIGHTY MEN OF GOD ALMOST ALLOWED THEIR SMALLNESS TO HINDER GOD'S
Exodus 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I
should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
THE PEOPLE DIDN'T BELIEVE ME BEFORE, I HAVEN'T CHANGED...
Exodus 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken
unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
I AM SLOW TONGUED... THINK THIS CAUGHT GOD BY SURPRISE?
Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore,
nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.