Lesson 01: Love in the Heart of a Prophet
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on Chapter 09 of the Practical Prophetic Ministry book by Apostle Colette Toach
Before you even learn the Lord's prayer, the very first phrase you will ever learn about being a Christian is the phrase "God is Love". In fact it is said so often and used so often, I wonder if anyone really knows the real meaning of it. Think about it - what does it mean to you? Is it just another phrase, or does it tug a few heart strings in you?
Maybe you are the point in your life right now where the Lord is asking you to draw closer to Him. Maybe the Lord keeps leading you to the place where He asks of you to open your heart to others. Sounds scary doesn’t it? Perfect love casts out all fear, and God is Love. Fear cannot co-exist with love. Fear does not co-exist with God.
So the very first step you are going to take on this road will be the road to letting go. You have worked through your life in such a way that you react to things in a certain way, and in that life long plan, a very integral part of that is ensuring that others don’t hurt you. You have gone through a life of so much pain and torment that you have learned well to shut off that pain, to shut off the pain inflicted by others.
Problem is, by building up those walls you have cut the Lord off as well. So before the Lord can even get deep into your tender heart, He is going to have to chip at that wall a bit, so that He can get in there and start to make a change.
I want to look at the most famous chapter on the Love of God. By the time I am through I hope to give you a clear picture of how to get to that place of tenderness and encourage you to move into that special place the Lord has for you in ministry.
1 Corinthians 13:1 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and do not have divine love, I have become [like] a noisy brass [instrument], or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have prophetic [insight], and understand all the hidden things, and all the known things; and though I have absolute faith, so that I could remove mountains, and do not have divine love, I am nothing."
I am sure that by now you are familiar with all the teaching of Faith and Hope. Faith gives you the power to release and hope keeps your eye fixed on the end result. But, Love is greater than both of these. Why? Why is God seen as a God of love? Do you know that it was His love that first created man? He breathed His life into him.
Gave man part of His own spirit. He gave man a very special part of Himself. The Lord has given to each of us a part of His great spirit of Love. It has always been His plan for us to use that power within us. But yet, few do. Most are afraid.
Well I can imagine how you are going to tell me the great love you have for the Lord. Sure, I don’t doubt it for a minute. God is easy to love. He says nice things. He encourages you when you are down. He is always there for you. But that is not the Love He was talking about here. The Love Jesus speaks of here is our love for others.
I can tell you right now, that if you do not have an earnest love in your heart for the flock, you will not be effective in ministry. You will be a tinkling cymbal, clanging brass. You will be nothing but empty noise with no power in the words of prophecy you bring.
That is why in the walk of any believer who is called to ministry, they will face the call to love and the call to let go of self. Especially in the Prophetic Office is this applicable. You can bring prophetic words until you are blue in the face, but if those words are not backed with the agape Love of God, your words will dry up in that desert and whither away.
If you have been moving in the gifts and revelation. If you have been flowing well in the spirit and suddenly dried up - chances are you need to water your soul with the Love of God.
You see without love functioning with faith and hope you will progress so far and no further in your upward climb. You may have faith to move mountains, as the passage says, but when you get to the place of knowing you are nothing without love - you are at the starting line. Do you want to get to the top? Do you want to go beyond the norm, to do things in the Kingdom of God that others are afraid to do? Get back to love. Get to the very root of all power, of all strength - the Heart of Jesus.
Luke 6:35 "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be the children of the Highest: for he is kind to the ungrateful and [to] the evil."
I think that there are many times you just overlook this passage. I mean, you know God told us to do it, you know it is the right thing to do. Hey, sometimes you even grit your teeth and force yourself, sometimes you pretend so well to love that horrible person, that you may even convince yourself you ‘love’ them.
Why did the Lord ask this of us? Did He maybe ask this painful thing of us to keep us humble? Maybe He said it to test our commitment. But, He said it so we had better obey...- is that the way you see it?
God always has a reason for instructing us to do things. God is Love. God does all things through love, be it in blessing or be it in judgment to those that stand against His people. Always with a heart of love. Jesus also told us to love those detestable people because He loves us so much.
Huh? Come again? Well, how else do you think you are going to overcome the hate and darkness in the lives of those that persecute you? Through judgment? Through condemnation? No, they have enough of their own to go round. You need to fight darkness with light and hate with love.
Any man can react against hate, any enemy can react against harsh words and strict instruction, but there is no man alive who can react against love. Love has a unique power, in that it can get into places no other force can. It can get into places the devil cannot, it can creep into such a private part of a person’s heart that they won’t even know it.
By loving and loving and loving, those who hate you, you plant in their hearts a seed that as you water it, will grow and they will not be able to help themselves but to be effected by it!