Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on the Apostolic Handbook book by Apostle Colette Toach
If you read the writings of Apostle Paul, you will see him repeat this word, 'Labor' again and again. When you hear this word, what kinds of pictures come to your mind? Let me list a few here for you
- Hard work
Well the apostolic walk is littered with much labor and if you have been along this way for a while, then you should be pretty used to it. By why all of this hard work? Why does it seem that you have to face so many difficult situations all of the time? Let me borrow some words from Apostle Paul here:
2 Corinthians 1:6 Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
What Paul is saying here, is that as they were afflicted, it gave the church consolation to overcome all afflictions. It means, that as apostle, you will live through the tough times, so that others can benefit. It is much like being a farmer who sows an entire field and just when the fruit is ready for picking, he opens the field up to anyone that would like to come and lets them eat his fruit.
It does not seem fair does it?
Yet consider Jesus who worked so hard for those 3 years and just when things were getting good, got crucified and had to hand everything over to His disciples. Or how about Moses? Just as he finally led the children to the brink of the Promised Land, he could only look on and not pass through himself. David, with his great vision of the temple, never got to see the gold floors that Solomon put into place.
There is always a price to pay for your calling and this is a price you will pay continuously.
So why do we do it?
For the simple reason that we desire to see the church rise up as a city on the hill. We desire to see every believer walking in power and in abundance. We desire to see the church without spot and wrinkle. It is like Jesus who as He hung on the cross, saw His inheritance and was satisfied. He saw the fruit of his work and this burned in him more than his own life. Consider Apostle Paul who wrote most of the New Testament while imprisoned. How could he know the impact he would still be having on the church today?
And so you pay the price, knowing that the work you do, brings the church a step closer to the Promised Land.
Doesn't it burn in you to have that kind of impact on the church? To walk away at the end of the day and be able to say to the Lord, "Father, I did what you called me to do. I invested my life and I accomplished my destiny in you. Take it and do with it what you please."
This is the heart of a true apostle and if the fire to see The Church rise up is greater than your fire for recognition and fame, then you are on the right track. Welcome Apostle, you are in good company.
Called, Set Apart, Commissioned
What is YOUR Commandment?
Every single one of us have our own commandment. Just read through the Old Testament, especially in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and you will see, again and again, how God speaks about obedience being the secret key to blessing.
I have an entire teaching of obedience, so I am not going to labor the point. However, when we walk in obedience, we unlock heavens. If you want to know the secret to see blessing, prosperity, and every desire come to pass in your life, it is wrapped up in this one word ? obedience.
When we sin, we give satan license in our lives to steal the blessing. If you are familiar with our teachings, then you know what I am talking about. Yet, if you want God on your side, then you walk in obedience.
Isn’t obedience an act of faith?
What you misunderstand is that your obedience is not the same as my obedience. When we look at the whole subject of obedience, we are looking at the Word from Genesis to Revelation.
You read, “Thou shalt” and “Thou shalt not” and you think, “Oh no, I swore today. I am in trouble now. I committed this sin and that sin. I am in trouble now.”
No, that is not what I mean by obedience because if you look at all the heroes of faith, you will see that every single one of them were called to a different obedience.
Abraham was called to leave home. He had to forsake his people and his gods. That was his price. I always got confused about why God still blessed Abraham, even though he messed up so badly with his wife.
I was like, “Seriously Lord? If my husband does that to me and you do not punish him, then I will.”
You lie about your wife, say that she is your sister, she is taken into a harem to be another man’s wife, and God blesses Abraham for it.
Seriously?! Wasn’t he sinning and being disobedient?
Yes, but he was obedient to the commandment that God gave him. Since he was obedient to what God told him to do, God covered his sin because of his act of righteousness in faith.
Your price is not my price. Abraham’s price was not Isaac’s price.
Isaac wanted to go and hang out with the Philistines when they hit a famine. God said, “No, this is the price you pay. You stay here. You are not going to those people.”
He obeyed the Lord.
Then, we have Jacob and we know some of the prices he paid. He had been with Laban for so many years, he had a new family, a new father, wives, sons and daughters. Then, God sent him out.
“Jacob, it is time for you to pick up and leave. It is time for you to go back.”
It was scary for Jacob because he knew that he was going back to face Esau. He was not sure if he was going back to face certain death or not. He was going back to the past to face those things that he hoped he would never face again.
That was his price to pay.
What is your price to pay? What has God asked you to pay? What is your commandment?
I cannot look at my husband and say, “God has told me that I need to do this. So, you need to do it too.”
“Lord, why is it, as an apostle, that I am asked to give up my family, leave my country, give up my finances, and to never have normal, when I see other apostles sitting at home and having a big mega church? That is not fair, Lord.”
It is because that is your commandment. You are loved of God. We get so hung up on comparing ourselves that we fail to walk in the leadership position that God has given us individually to walk out.
You cannot walk out your call by comparing your call to someone else’s. You can only walk out your own call in fear and trembling. With that comes four simple steps.
Taking the Steps on 4 Roads
Step 1: Acknowledging the Call to be Set Apart
There comes a day when you just have to get the memo. I am assuming that you got the memo. Otherwise, you would not be reading this book. There comes a day when you not only get the invitation, but you accept and embrace it.
You become the invitation and you decide that you are going to go through.
“Whatever price this takes and whatever work I have to do, I am going to do what God has told me to do.”
Excerpt from Today’s Apostle by Colette Toach
- List the struggles you have been facing over the past 5 years?
- Of the struggles listed in question 1, which ones have you overcome?
- The struggles you have overcome are a land full of fruit, water, and blessing. If you have truly overcome, you will see that God has or will send you people to eat of that fruit. You walked the hard road, so that others can eat the fruit of your labor.
You have now finished your last lesson. By this point, you have definitely gained more ground in your apostolic calling. Whether that ground is a conviction of your apostolic call, some understanding of your journey, or some encouragement to keep moving, the Lord has done something amazing in your life.
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