Are you a Prophet

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Everyone filled with the Holy Spirit should eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially that we should prophecy, BUT, we do well to remember, this does not make everyone a Prophet. Many seem to confuse words of knowledge and discernment as prophecy and then go on to promote themselves as Prophets. 

After being called in 1972 to the ministry, it took time before the Lord told me that I was His Prophet. It took time because there was much work that needed to be done on the inside. I had to learn to die to self; and to my ambitions; and to surrender unconditionally to the purpose of God in my life. I have had to learn and understand what it means to walk in the calling that was now placed on my life. God, by His Blessed Holy Spirit continues to do all the molding and shaping of His mouth piece, His voice and causes everything that man represents (the flesh) to die until there is nothing left but the Word of Truth. 

In the Old Testament, we see God appointed His prophets and anointed them for His service and so to in the New, God gives these gifts to men. We need to be careful not to assume a gift that is not ours to assume. False prophets continue to thrive in this day and age and many of them do not even know they are false and this because they have been either deceived by the enemy or by the flesh to the point they think that God has indeed called them.

Even after forty one years, I choose not to walk around calling myself a Prophet, not because I doubt the office I walk in or because I am in denial, but rather because of the emphasis I place on the graces of the Spirit (Love and humility, than I do on  the gifts of the Spirit. The graces of the Spirit are there to set man free from self; the gifts of the Spirit on the other hand are to make man fit for the work of the ministry. We see this illustrated among the Corinthians. In the first chapter Paul says, "I thank God that you are enriched unto all utterance, and all knowledge, and all wisdom." In the 12th and 14th chapters we see that the gifts of prophecy and of the working of miracles were in great power among them; but the graces of the Spirit were noticeably absent.

As in the days of Paul, when ministering to the Corinthians, I may be a minister of the Gospel; I may teach God's word in such a wonderful way; I may have influence, and gather a large congregation, and yet, I may be a carnal man; a man who may be used by God, and may be a blessing to others, and yet the carnal life may still mark me. You all know that a law is named by its most prominent characteristic. Now, in these carnal Corinthians there was a little of God's Spirit, but flesh predominated; the Spirit did not control the whole life. And the spiritual men are not called because there is no flesh in them, but because the Spirit in them has obtained dominance, and when you meet them and spend some time with them, you feel that the Spirit of God has sanctified them. Let us beware lest the blessing God gives in our work deceive us and lead us to think that because he has blessed us, we must be spiritual men. God may give us gifts that we use, any yet, our carnal loves may not be controlled by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I have never concerned myself with trying to be something I have never been called to be and in my walk with Christ, I have placed more emphasis on being a doer of the word and been submitted to the inner working of the Holy Spirit than been concerned about trying to find prominence among men. 

No amount of titles will make me any more President of the country I reside in than calling myself a Prophet will make me God's mouthpiece. Jesus warned of false prophets, He said, we will know them by their fruit and fruit does not mean our ability to articulate the word of God. Fruit is a visible demonstration and manifestation of the Spirit that controls us. I am therefore concerned about, and realize there is nothing I can do that will change peoples understanding of this important office, however, and I say this with absolute conviction, our heavenly Father will soon expose the lying spirit that has so dominated the hearts and lives of so many who call themselves "Prophets" and we will see their destruction and this because their hearts remain carnal.

God is more interested in seeing His Son in us than He is in how well we can share the word of God and or how well we function in the gifts. It is for this reason that He desires the manifestation of these graces more than He desires the gifts. We on the other hand tend to place more emphasis on the gifts than on these graces.

Friend, if you believe the Lord has truly called you to be His Mouth piece; His Voice; His Prophet, then let the Holy Spirit confirm His word in you. Let Him guide you; and wait on Him and continue to do so, until the power of God is released through you. A true prophet is tuned into ONE voice only and is NOT moved or swayed by man. These are those who do not seek favor and are found hidden in the palm of His hand, and trained in the spiritual desert where they learn and find the special graces I talk about. They are not popular as many suppose and most often will be opposed and spoken against. Anyone who finds themselves been exalted by man, needs to heed the warning of the Spirit.

May the true Prophets, the Voices come forth in this day and age...

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Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

Ministry Bio

Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...