Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on the Apostolic Handbook book by Apostle Colette Toach
If there is only one thing constant about the apostolic call, is that it is inconsistent! When everyone is flowing downstream, the apostle is flowing upstream. Its easy to identify those with an apostolic call. While many are content with the church "the way it is" the apostle sees what can be changed. Sometimes this can get you into a lot of trouble though. You will come to discover something called:
The RC Factor
RC stands for "Resistance to Change." This is not something new to human society. Consider poor Moses who spent all those years with the children of Israel, only to see that entire generation die in the desert. Even Jesus faced this same conflict with his own disciples. Even after He had risen from the dead, His disciples still asked, "Lord now will you restore the Kingdom to Israel?" They just could not get the concept that His salvation reached beyond reclaiming the throne.
So I have both some good news and some bad news for you.
The Bad News
You will fight the RC factor in people for as long as you live.
The Good News
Jesus is not dead! Even though it seems that people just will not see the truth, the Holy Spirit is alive and well and capable of bringing change.
So what is your job in all of this? Your responsibility is to press on with the calling that you have and to not give up. Do not allow others to de-motivate you or tell you that "it cannot be done." If the Lord has given you a vision for ministry, hang on tight. Who would have thought that the most qualified Pharisee would end up being sent to the gentiles, as Apostle Paul was? He came with some crazy ideas, but here you find a man that could truly let go of the RC factor!
As you continue to invest into people and continue to sow in the spirit, change will come. Not only because you press on with what God has given you, but because you have the Holy Spirit at your side, helping you all of the way. You are not alone in your calling. The Holy Spirit will soften hearts and open doors on your behalf. Your job is to press on towards the promised land and to hold onto the hope of glory!
Testing your RC Factor Levels
This week, consider the goals and visions you have for ministry afresh. Allow the fire in you to burn again. Then perhaps take a good look at yourself, do YOU have the RC Factor? Could it be that the Lord has been trying to lead you into some new directions that you are afraid of going?
I cannot tell you how many times the Lord has tested us on our RC factor. Sometimes it can be so humbling. When we started out, we preached fervently against the use of titles. Until one day, the Lord told us to use titles to let people know who we were. What a death that was and how humiliating! Then there was the time when we boasted as a ministry on never having to make financial appeals. We worked hard for our money and we liked it that way. That was until we faced a crisis situation and suddenly had to live on donations. Again...so humbling. There goes your pride, your ideals and...you RC Factor.
You know, sometimes I think the Lord does things like that just to test our RC Factor level from time to time. At the end of the day, you come to realize that no matter what your own convictions and visions are, that the Lord should be in control of every step you take. If you can relate to what I am sharing, then get used to it. Welcome to the Apostolic Calling!
So how high is your RC? As you deal with this in yourself, it will automatically spill over to those around you and bring change. So, check out your RC factor this week and get ready to take some new turns in your apostolic walk!
Chapter 13 - Handling a Rebellious Generation
People Are Still Stiff-Necked
Now, there are some in these times whom the Lord is raising up to be Moses apostles. If you are one of them, you will be handling a rebellious generation. They will be people who are stiff-necked and do not want to change. They will be people who are used to the old way of doing things.
In this chapter, I would like to discuss some points on how to break those stiff necks, perhaps shatter some templates and bring about a bit of change. However, before you take what I have to say and apply it to the hearts of others, I want you to apply it to yourself first because the change starts with you. Acts 7:51-53 says:
“You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers,
53 who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”
This word was given to the Pharisees, and it is the same word that was given to the Israelites in the wilderness. You would think that after a few hundred years, they would have changed a little. You would think that two thousand years later, in today’s modern age, people would have changed a little?
Reality check! People have not changed that much at all! We are still stiff-necked. We are still rebellious. We still hanker after the leeks of Egypt and continue to look back while trying to walk forward.
If you are called to be a Moses apostle, realize that you have your task cut out for you because you will be confrontational, you will be strong, and you will get in people’s faces.
You will also be doing a whole lot of smashing. That is your main responsibility as a Moses apostle. It is to smash the mindsets and templates, and to replace them with the new, so that you might prepare the people for the Promised Land, and for the move of God that is to come.
How will you prepare them? How are you going to convince a bunch of stiff-necked people that they have to change? Have you ever gotten into an argument with somebody to try and convince them that what you know is right? Did you try to tell them that your revelation is the way to go?
Have you ever tried to get somebody who just doesn’t understand - to get it? It is impossible! In our own human understanding, and in our own human ability, it is impossible. You see, that is why we have the Holy Spirit, and He is what makes everything different.
Hearts Must Be Ready to Receive
The first thing you need to realize is that the Lord will send you when the people’s hearts are ready. Don’t think that it is because of your great ability and anointing that the Lord raised you up out of the ashes. Don’t think that it is because you are so wonderful that you were called up out of obscurity.
It was the cry of God’s people that raised up Moses. It is the cry of God’s people today that are raising up the prophets and apostles. It has nothing to do with you.
It is not because of your faith or your anointing. It is because of their prayers of faith, crying out to God night after night saying, “Father, my heart needs change. Father, this church has to change. I can’t go on like this anymore. Send us a deliverer.”
Their hearts have to be ready first. That is what happens when you are in the backside of the desert. Moses thought he would take things into his own hands at the beginning. We all know how that ended up. He ended up killing an Egyptian and running for his life.
Newsflash: You’re Going Back
Why? The people’s hearts were not yet ready. You have seen this. You have seen what has happened as you have stood up to deliver a word. You know it. You have been criticized, kicked out of churches, and ridiculed. Their hearts were not ready to receive.
Moses thought he would stand up and say, “Your deliverer has come. Hello Israel, here I come.”
They looked at him and said, “Who do you think you are? You little upstart, little rich kid, sitting in the palace, now you want to come and tell us what to do? You have no idea what it is like to be a slave! You have no idea what it even means to put in a day’s work, and you want to come and talk to me?”
So, the Lord put him in the backside of the desert for a little while to calm him down. He taught Moses a few principles about work and getting his hands dirty, and what it meant to look after some smelly sheep.
He started learning a few lessons. As he was learning a few of these lessons, the hearts of God’s people were being prepared. Their hearts were becoming hungry. They were crying out to the Lord and saying, “Lord, you have to send us a deliverer!”
Only then did the Lord send Moses back to the children of Israel.
As you have been sitting in the backside of the desert, you have been wondering, “Lord, did I miss it? I just don’t even want to think about them! They gave me such a hard time. I don’t want to go back. What do I want to go back to that horrible church for? They kicked me out and called me a Jezebel. Why must I go back and speak to them again?”
You see, as much as He has been preparing your heart, He has been preparing theirs. When their hearts are ready to receive, He will send you back.
This is something we overlook so much. We think that our words will bring readiness to their hearts, but this is not so.
Who changes the heart? The Holy Spirit does it. If you are sitting in the backside of the desert, that is what you should be praying.
You should be praying, “Lord, change the hearts of your people,” because when their hearts are ready, He will send you to speak the word. Then, when you speak, they will listen.
Excerpt from The Staff of Moses by Colette Toach
- Write a list of the last steps and directions that God gave you to complete, even think of the directions that God used someone else to tell you.
- Highlight the steps you have not yet taken, and the directions you have not yet completed.
- Determine why you have not taken those steps or fulfilled those directions. (Fear, doubt, insecurity, needed to help someone in your family and didn?t have time, what is it that is stopping you, good or bad?)
- Keep your answer to question 3 in mind. You have just found your RC Factor, the very thing that hinders you from evolving and moving your ministry forward.
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