The prophetess stopped preaching for a moment and pointed her finger at me. “God is doing, brother, a quick work in you…You are going to teach the word…” she prophesied.
My first thoughts were less than holy when I heard the prophecy. They were along the lines of: Yuck! A teacher! No way! Not me! Not ever!
This little scene occurred twenty-three years ago in a small Midwestern church. Unlike William Branham, I did not want to teach. My heroes were preachers like R.W. Schambach, Lester Sumrall, David Wilkerson and Leonard Ravenhill; I wanted to be like them and preach the word.
Isn’t it funny how it always seems that we want to be something other than what we are called to be?
This was especially true for me. That is, until the Lord took me down some long, bumpy roads and through some smelly swamps. Then,eventually a light switched on inside my thick skull and a revelation dawned on me: “Maybe the Lord knows best.”
Oh well! I’m sure you don’t struggle with your callings like I did, right?
Why is teaching so important?
If we look at all of the great healing ministries, what do we see? Now, I’m talking about the healing ministries of William Branham, Jack Coe, A.A. Allen, Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Benny Hinn and others. What do you see?
First, you see a big production. It’s almost like a Cecil B. DeMille epic picture with a cast of thousands. There is usually a choir, guest singers, warm-up preachers, crowd handlers, back-stage people, advertising and publicity workers, local church networks and countless other people. All of the massive production is held in a gigantic auditorium, huge stadium or under a large tent.
Second, you see a star. That star is the anointed man or the anointed woman who will make an appearance, stir up the gifts and do miracles. Everyone looks to the star.
Just so you know, I’m not putting down these great ministries, I’m making an important point, okay?
The Lord uses forerunners and pioneers to draw attention to His purposes, but He does not want us to live in the early stages of His purposes. He wants us to receive a revelation from the forerunners and pioneers; and then allow this revelation to grow within each of us so that we can be His hands.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service…(Ephesians 4:11-12)
Hello! Hello everybody! The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are supposed to train the believers to do the healing miracles. And not do the work for the believers.
So, you ask, “How did Jesus train His disciples?”
(Continued in Part 12)