Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on the Apostolic Handbook book by Apostle Colette Toach
Have you ever heard the saying, "I am between a rock and a hard place?" Well if you have not heard it before, memorize it. As an apostle, you will come to know this expression very well.
There will be many times during your apostolic walk, when suddenly things will come to a dead stop and all you can see right in front of you is a solid mountain. You will feel like there is a huge rock behind you, and a very hard mountain ahead. Nowhere to turn. Nowhere to run. Only one pressure situation after the other.
What do you do now? There is only one thing left to do, you have to climb the mountain. In The Staff of Moses, I dedicated an entire message entitled, "Climbing the Mountain" but I want to highlight some points for you here so that you can keep moving forward.
- You will experience definite phases in your apostolic walk when things become very quiet.
- Suddenly the Lord will not give you direction as before
- Pressure situations will increase and you will feel like you are in the middle of a storm.
It is time to Climb the mountain!
But what for? The purpose of climbing the mountain is to reach a new level of promotion. Only when you have passed through this phase, will you receive what you need for the next phase of your apostolic journey. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. There are some things you should take into account.
The first thing you need to realize is that you cannot take anything up with you. When the Lord calls you to separate yourself to him for this season, it will mean laying aside everything you have done and accomplished up until now. Could you imagine Moses climbing the mountain with his tent on his back? It is a time of letting go of everything you have done and received, so that the Lord can give you something new.
The Mountain Top
This phase does not last forever, but if you are truly willing to pay the price, you will enter into a new level of promotion and ability. Each time Moses climbed the mountain, the Lord gave him another piece of the pattern. This is the only way you will receive the mandate the Lord has given to you. The pressures that are so uncomfortable for you now, will shape you into a new vessel. Just when you think you cannot take a step more, you will find yourself on that mountain top and the view will open up as never before.
So are you climbing the mountain right now?
ENTER INTO PROMOTION.
The Lord has something new for you.
Chapter 10 - The 7 Mountain Top Experiences
A Broad Picture
I already covered in, “Climbing the Mountain”, how you need to climb the mountain to receive that mandate from the Lord, how you need to go and seek His face and get a direction, a vision, and a confirmation of where you are heading in your apostolic calling.
But, it is not a once-off event. In fact, your first climb up the mountain is really only the beginning. The first climb is when you start to realize, “Hey, there’s something more to this. There’s a greater call and purpose.”
You stop wandering around aimlessly in the wilderness, and you start getting a direction and a vision. All the Lord told Moses was, “Go there to Egypt. Go and get my people out.”
Moses said, “How? When? Why? How much? How am I going to do it? What am I going to say?”
The Lord said, “Just go there. I’ll give you the words.”
So, he went with a broad picture of what he was called to do. He knew, “Okay, I’m going to take the children of Israel, get them away from Pharaoh, and take them to the Promised Land.”
That is all the Lord told Moses to do. He gave him a couple of signs and sent him on his way. But as to how he was going to accomplish this, as to how he would lead the children of Israel and what route he was going to take, Moses didn’t have a clue!
This is where this chapter will pick up. We will begin with you having had an experience with the Lord. You have received your mandate. You know the broad picture. You have a general idea in your heart of where you are going to go and what you are going to do. However, as to the fine details and how to actually carry out that mandate, it is still a secret to you.
That is why you must return to the mountain. You must return for a number of reasons. As we go through each one in the chapters that follow, and share each visit to the mountain, realize that through your apostolic walk, you will continue climbing the mountain. It is not something you do just once.
It is not something that you say, “Well, I climbed the mountain yesterday, and now it’s over.”
“Climbing the mountain” for an apostle is a continual state of being in the presence of the Father.
Your apostolic call begins and ends on the mountain. The very last time Moses ever climbed the mountain was to be with the Lord. You will climb the mountain continually through your apostolic walk until you have completed the mandate that the Lord has given you.
You have received the mandate. You will then be empowered to complete the mandate. You will be changed from image to image, from glory to glory. You may start off as a little weak Moses in the backside of the desert. You may not be able to speak. You stutter and stammer and are too afraid to head out into the big mean system.
By the end of this journey, we see Moses leading the whole nation of Israel into war and starting to take the land for God. A change had come.
What is the purpose of returning to the mountain? Why do you have to go back? You go back so that you can enter into the glory of the Father. Sure, you had an experience with the Holy Spirit. Sure, the power came down, and you received your revelation and your mandate. But, that is not good enough. You see, that experience is not going to carry you through the journey.
That experience is like a transition. It is one little moment. It is one picture. Sure, it gave you hope. It gave you faith, and it gave you love. Yet, that fire will not carry you through the whole journey because you are going to face hard times.
You will face obstacles, and you need something more substantial than just zeal, fire, or vision. You need a relationship with the Father!
Zeal is not enough. Vision is not enough. Potential is not enough. Not even commitment is enough! To get you through this journey, you need a face-to-face relationship with the Father because it is by His strength, power, and authority that you are going to lead the church of God into victory.
Your zeal is not going to cut it, nor will your ability cut it. It is not your great commitment and your great sacrifice that is going to cut it. It is His anointing and His power and authority that is going to take you through.
Excerpt from The Staff of Moses by Colette Toach
- What have you been stripped of? Identify the stripping that has taken place in your life over this last year. (Separated from friends and family, ministry fell apart, loss of home, fired from your job, the work of your hands is not successful like it used to be, etc.)
- List some of the revelations that God gave you after being stripped of these things.
- Now smile, because if you listed revelations in question 2, then you have already began to enter promotion. Don?t stop now. God is not done with you yet! ;)
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Identify your apostolic type and where God has you right now. Each Apostle is given a mandate from God to accomplish a specific task in equipping the saints. Based on the walk the apostles we read about in the Scriptures walked their journey, we have identified 6 different types. Learn how to identify which type is you and receive the tools you need to fulfill your God given mandate.