Created in His likeness

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
What an awesome revelation. When a believer understands that God has created us in His likeness and in His image, then and only then will we be able to see ourselves as He is. If God, for example is joy, then we are joy. If God is strength, then we too are strength. If God is the source of life, then we find our life in Him and everything that our God is manifests in the hearts of those who believe in Him.

So, if this be true, why do we see ourselves otherwise. Why do we look to God for deliverance, when we have already been delivered? I see and hear God's people claiming victory, but still walking around as if they have been defeated. I hear a people, say all the right things, but it is as if their hearts are not filled with the truth. I personally believe the Church does not truly believe that we are filled with the power of God and able to overcome every obstacle because of the glory that already dwells on the inside of us.

We have and continue to learn who we are in Christ and it is this revelation that enables us, God's people, to not only draw from the source, but to also live in Him and have our being. Our victory Church was guaranteed in every area from the beginning of time and it is with this understanding that we lay aside every and anything  that would stand between us and our heavenly Father.

Matt 6;33 Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. "Seek first the Kingdom of God", that does NOT mean, as many people take it, "Seek salvation; seek to get into the Kingdom, and then thank God, and rest there." No, the meaning of that word is entirely different and infinitely larger. It means; Let the Kingdom of God, in all that it represents, in all its Heavenly glory and power; let the Kingdom of God be the one thing you and I constantly and continually live for, and all other things will be added unto you".

This in my opinion, right here is where the issue lies and we need to ask ourselves, do we continually seek the Kingdom of God, do we continually lay aside everything we deem so important, our agenda's, our dreams, our visions, our ministries, our businesses, our work, our families and all other needs in pursuit of the Kingdom of God. Col 3:1-4 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Ask yourself, and before you answer, maybe allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you first, what is the most important in your life. What is the one thing you consider every time you pray, what is the very thing you are focused on and then ask yourself is your mind truly set on the things above 24/7 and if you are honest enough, you will have your answer right there. You see my friend, we would love to believe that God is our all in all, but the facts speak differently. We say we love God with all our hearts, but in reality, other things have become our subtle priority. 

I want to leave you with this, we have learnt to set aside every plan and agenda we ever had in pursuit of His Kingdom. I do not write these things to point fingers, for I have been the worst offender. Saying and doing all the "right" things, but not pursing the Kingdom with any real measure of aggression or vigor. Matt 11:12 And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.

Time to take the Kingdom of God by force and to do so until we see ourselves in the likeness of God and remain doing so, for it is and always has been about Jesus and nothing more than total abandonment.  

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...