By John Eckhardt
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The calling to apostleship may be present, but the release comes after a season of preparation. Apostles need to be able to operate in strong prophetic and teaching ministries. If churches develop and strengthen these ministries, they will see a greater release of the apostolic. This is not to imply that everyone who teaches or prophesies will become an apostle. The calling of an apostle is sovereign and based upon the will of God. There are people who are called to be teachers and prophets. They can have an apostolic spirit, but their primary calling will be as a prophet or a teacher.
In the beginning, God spoke and there was light. Light and revelation come from anointed utterances. The prophetic word releases, activates, initiates, exhorts, comforts, and confirms. Prophetic utterances activate and release the plans and purposes of God. The prophetic word is creative. Prophecy not only informs us of what God is doing, but it actually triggers the move (Psalm 105:31, 34). Prophecy does more than confirm, it releases. This is true concerning both personal prophecy and corporate prophecy.
It has been there all the time, but hidden by the tradition of the Church. The spirit of revelation comes to open the eyes of believers to the truth. This truth is preached in spite of opposition. What was birthed in the heat of reformation becomes standard truth in the years to come. In order to transition successfully, a new wineskin must be developed. Leadership must concentrate on developing this new wineskin. The structure and format of the church must change. One cannot be afraid to change the structure of the church in order to create a new wineskin.
A Shift in Leadership by John Eckhardt