Are you being prepared

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Prepare (prɪˈpɛə)
1. to make ready or suitable in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event,or to be equipped and to be willing and able (to do something).
[C15: from Latin praeparāre, from prae before + parāre to make ready]

Sitting around meditating on something Andi said earlier about "Being prepared", made me feel the need to investigate the word "Prepare" a little more. God has been speaking to us for some time about our mission to Botswana and we know that we have not just come to our adopted land because we felt the need to do so, on the contrary, we came to Botswana as the "Sent" ones and it is with this in mind that we continue to wait on the Lord.

Many years ago, I meditated and spend some time contemplating the meaning of the words, "To wait on the Lord" and soon realized, it was not just a matter of sitting around and waiting for God to do something, but rather, it was an action on my behalf. The action of waiting, was to worship rather than do nothing, it was to do something. In other words, a Born-Again believer who waits on the Lord, is one who worships God.

I found this note the other day, "
No one can wait on the Lord if he or she does not truly trust in God as the rock of their strength and refuge in all of life. Waiting means claiming God's promises by faith and resting in what God is doing in our lives so we can faithfully follow God's principles and keep His values, priorities, and pursuits", and felt that it clarified what I was saying. Waiting becomes an act of our worship!

I now understand waiting also to be a state of been prepared for what God has in store for a future event. The act of waiting is bolstered by my faith and becomes a time of rest, of surrendering to the processes of God, all signs of an obedient and diligent heart and these actions substantiates proof of our obedience. This my friend, is worship in action.

Today, we realize our hearts are continually and systematically being prepared for our future in Christ. Our surrendered lifestyles a place of readiness for all that God is about to release through us. I want to encourage you today, maybe you are not sure about what tomorrow will bring, but, this one fact you can be sure of, if your heart is surrendered to His, your hope will produce the future in Christ you have being waiting for.

He said, "I will never leave you, nor will I forsake you" and this is one guarantee you can totally depend upon.

Our love for our Father

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...