Lesson 10: The Truth About Training
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on Chapter 14 of Practical Prophetic Ministry by Apostle Colette Toach
Imagine that having a baby was as easy as just deciding! You and your husband decide... that's it! We want a baby! Then you go out to the store and make your purchase, coming home with a cute little bouncing boy or girl.
That seems pretty ridiculous doesn't it? Well as ridiculous as that sounds, that is the way that many people see their prophetic calling. They get a prophetic word that says, "You are going to have a baby! You are called to be a prophet!" And so from that day on you think, this is great! All I need to do is read a few books and then I take my baby home.
I am sorry, but I have to tell you the truth. The truth about your training. Just like a baby takes time to be formed and then birthed painfully into the world, so also will you be called to training before you can birth your prophetic baby.
This is something that the Lord put on my heart from the beginning of my ministry and why, since then I have acted as a midwife to many who were birthing their spiritual babies. It is the reason we have established our Prophetic Training School So that "parents to be" could have an environment to learn and also to get help along the way!
So let me give you some facts, right down the line. The good, the bad and the very... very... deadly!
Fact 1: Preparation Comes First
Someone that is called to be a prophet can face a time of preparation from anywhere between 14 and 30 years, before going into the practical training for their call.
Fact 2: Training
The training phase can only come when that prophet is released into it by another prophet and this is a much quicker and more intense phase! This stage takes about 9 months to complete.
If you have a mentor to guide you, then you take the full 9 months and pass through it well... if not... it can take longer with much pain and mis understanding.
Fact 3: Few are Chosen
This is the hardest fact of all. It does not mean that because you are called, that you are chosen. The Lord presents you with the calling, but you must pass the tests to qualify.
You have to follow through with this pregnancy. You must be careful not to abort it before the time is right. Once again a mentor can help you take the right steps and to pass those tests - no matter how painful they are!
Fact 4: Death Becomes a Way of Life
You need to understand that a prophet is called to say what John the Baptist said about Jesus, "Let Him increase and let me decrease." You do not qualify to speak for the Lord until "YOU" are out the way!
Are you Still With Me?
If you made it through all of that, then you MUST be called to be a prophet! Only one called to be a prophet would want to face the death and the struggle. Only The Lord can give this desire, because no one else in their right mind would want to face it!
If you are one of those that has what it takes to follow through, then you might consider doing the Practical Prophetic Ministry course at www.prophetic-training-school.com with us so that we can help you through this difficult, but also exciting time of your life.
Midwives are standing by as we speak! I want to end by encouraging you. I know that these times can be hard and the trials can come over you like a big wave. But the Lord has you in the palm of His hand. No matter how much you have stumbled or fallen, He will be there to lift you through it. Hang in there. Press on. You are special to the Lord and important to the Body of Christ. You CAN make it through!