From a grateful heart

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Sunday, October 14, 2018
Expressing His word through my thoughts

I am not a child of the law, but of grace... My Father is not confused about me, and therefore, neither am I...

True failure is just quitting. You could have been so close, but you say, "it’s not going to work". My friend, our God is always near and if we fall, He is always ready to pick us up and dust us off.

I want to encourage you to keep on pursuing righteousness and rely on God’s strength. We must have faith in our Saviors ability to rescue us. We are never to place our trust in the arms of the flesh and the things that are seen.

So, we are exhorted to place our trust in God and to remind yourselves, with God on our side, we cannot fail...Isaiah 41:9 I brought you from the ends of the earth and called you from its farthest corners. I said to you: You are My servant; I have chosen you and not rejected you.

If anyone is going through a difficult time, let him worship; when times are good, sing praises. (Don’t take your lead from your negative or your positive circumstances!) [James 5:13] 

A good man shall have a settled spirit, a mind set on God and will remain calm and undisturbed. 

I heard the Lord go on to say... "The rumbling sound of My holiness which sounds in and across the heavens, will be the new sound of holiness rumbling across the face of the earth and in the hearts of My people. The light of My glory illuminating across the heart of My chosen generation for this is the time that My people, who are called by My name, will rise up in holiness and declare the favorable day of the Lord is at hand"... 

The agenda of heaven is found in the heart of the Father... that you shall know ME!

Do not pursue the agenda of the flesh, for it is and always will be selfish, self-centered and it serves no other purpose than self. But if you pursue the heart of your Father, your flesh will no longer dictate the standard by which you live, by being led by My Spirit, you will see the agenda, the plan and purpose of your God manifest in you.

Surrender your heart unconditionally to Mine and you shall see the glory of God.

I have accepted you, there is no reason to seek further acceptance, you are My child, you belong to Me, you are Mine... simple faith is all that is now required. Everything is behind us, the new day has dawned, wait in My presence and see the goodness of your God manifest in you.

The pursuit of earthly things is vanity, however, the pursuit of My heart gives life. So, STOP pursuing temporarily, pursue the eternal gift of grace.

Your end has not come... God is able to restore and cause His peace to settle in your heart... Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

I sense in my spirit the Lord calling those of you standing on the sidelines who might think you have reached the end to come into His presence. An invitation freely extended to you. All you need do is come by faith...

Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

What have you done with the Word the Lord spoke to you... Never take it for granted, it is the life sustaining power of God in you...

Your journey might seem lonely, but, it is His glorious presence that we pursue.

The prophetic gift has no need to inspire silliness. In its purest form, it simply remains devoted, dedicated in reverence to the Author and Architect of the Word. It remains a voice, a mouthpiece of encouragement to those it is sent too. It is not self-seeking and does not need to add anything more to what it is instructed to do or say. It does not act out or draw attention to self, but always and in every way points people to Jesus Christ! 

The more time I spend in the word of God, I find, conveying the truth is reflected in my day-to-day lifestyle positively advertising the attraction and the beauty of the message of Jesus Christ, of which I remain a custodian... 

Unreserved passion is the starting point of my unrestricted pursuit of His righteousness made possible through Jesus Christ, my Savior. Your brave fearlessness in the face of every kind of obstacle is a sure sign to those who oppose you that their efforts are futile. Your triumphant attitude makes salvation even more apparent. Phil 1:28

My prayer is that your life would give an accurate account of the magnificence of Christ. This is the message of encouragement that I speak, declare and prophesy to all who I am sent to...

The all consuming fire, the power and the glory of God manifesting across the face of the earth. Holy Spirit consume the hearts of those who pursue righteousness... The mouth will reveal the condition and motive of the heart.

Luke 6:45 NKJV A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

If we take Christ's word, and rely on his power and faithfulness, we shall see the glory of God, and be happy in the sight. Our Lord Jesus has taught us, by his own example, to call God Father, in prayer, and to draw near to him as children to a father, with humble reverence, and holy boldness...

John 11:40 NKJV Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"

Here is some good advice, before you decide, find out what is acceptable to the Lord... This is how God's people, the surrendered heart, live... 

Lord we look to you, above the singing, above the songs, over the sound of our voices, we hunger and thirst. We surrender our heart as You draw us near, we long for You... Spirit of God breath on the inside, we simply cannot live outside of You. 

Don't let arrogance keep you from meeting those God sends along your way, they might just be carrying the answer you were looking for... 

One thing you won't find and that is a man who is able to shut a door your heavenly Father has opened. However, disobedience will prevent you from going through. We do well to remember, by simply remaining in Him, we will find Jesus is and always has been the Open Door. Revelation 3:8 NKJV "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name".

Through Jesus Christ, I now live a surrendered life in the New Covenant and I am a subject of all that it represents. 

Our worship is shifting the atmosphere, it's moving and it's breaking every yoke, every chain, our praise shifting the atmosphere... 

If Jesus came to fulfill the law and not impose it, why would we who have been set free wish to return to and live by it? We do not live in the past participle, no longer subject to the old covenant...
Gal 3:13 Matt 5:17-20

Choose to be approachable and this because of who your Savior is... We should never think more of ourselves than we ought to... I love the way God uses the gift to dispel the lies and expose the deceit of the enemy. Love them (Prophets) or keep your distance, the fact remains, the sent ones, our Father's mouthpieces, will bring correction and give direction by the Word of God wherever needed and will always pointing people to the Christ... 2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Prophesy by faith to the situation and or circumstances you are currently facing, calling those things that be not as if they were. This is the day your Saviors established victory manifests in you.

I AM strengthening the faith-hearts of My followers, My disciples, transforming, revolutionizing and galvanizing a fearless people. I AM calling forth the revelation knowledge and wisdom of My established kingdom in the hearts of those whom I have gathered from the four corners of the earth, to speak, declare and prophesy into the very foundation, to the establishment, to the high towers and the valleys below, tearing down fortified opinions and diverse perceptions, straightening the crooked paths, causing all things to come in line with My word. This is the great and mighty day of the Lord, bringing an open heaven across the land. I AM causing darkness to flee as My light separates and establishes life and glory across the earth. These are those who will stand measured and approved in the presence of the King! 

My prayer is that your life would give an accurate account of the magnificence of Christ. This is the message of encouragement that I speak, declare and prophesy to all who I am sent to...

You might have started out in a hole, but and because of Jesus, you will end up as a king...

You cannot celebrate Jesus love and not show it to one another... as a follower of Christ the two cannot be separated. We are His love to our world... 

I exhort you to seek the influences of the Holy Spirit, in faith and through sincere and faithful prayer... 

Ever considered how far is far enough, especially when Jesus went all the way? "Truly, I say to you, you must love one another just as I have loved you, yet, I have this against you, your actions show something different... Allow My love to show you the way so that you too can walk in this truth" declares the Lord.

Embrace your "desert moment", for it is here where change is the most obvious

You might be unfairly judged and accused by man, but you can take courage from this truth, because of Christ, your Father never will and quite frankly, that is all that matters. 2 Cor 5:21 Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that we might become God's righteousness in him. And for those who have sinned, God remains your forgiveness. He has not abandoned or condemned you either. His grace remains all you need. 2 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

"Never take your eyes off Me, declares the Lord, for I am the way, the truth and the life, and your security is found in Me. Do not allow yourselves to be caught up in the sound of those voices that only seek to influence your hearts against My word. Listen intently to the sound of My voice, the sound of My Spirit on the inside of you, for you belong to me and if you listen, you will see and understand what is the good and acceptable will of your God. My hand rests upon this nation and all who call on My name shall be saved. Turn back to Me, come into My rest and you shall see the goodness of God manifest in you"... 

A man that has power over his own will, is a man who abides in the word of God, a true disciple (Follower of Christ)... 

Never think for a moment the enemy will not try his utmost to hinder, derail or destroy the plan of God in you. Stay the course. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, for He will carry you through. If God is for us, who can be against us. Rom 8:31

As my heart is, so has my mind become occupied with Christ... Romans 12:1-2 NKJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

It is impossible to stop or prevent the love of God from making an impact in your world. In fact, Jesus said, "it is finished"... Mission accomplished my friend. His love stands today as it did yesterday and will continue throughout eternity. All that is left is for you to believe it is so... Romans 1:17 NKJV For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

We could never do what we do, if it was not for His provision in us. We have come to know that everything we need is already found IN Him! So, my friends, our God shall and does provide in all things, for He is all the provision we will ever need!

The Kingdom of our God is an unstoppable force, advancing in the power of the Holy Spirit. Indestructible, invincible and endless. His purpose continues to unfold unhindered and without opposition... And we who believe can now confidently speak, declare and prophesy, we are victorious in all things through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Friend, you cannot fail...

Let our love for our heavenly Father be evident in all that we now are in Christ. 

As a believer, this one thing we can be sure of, in Christ, eternity is guaranteed... 

Sometimes waiting can create frustration if you have not learned to be patient! Could it be the reason why the answer seemingly is being delayed? Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

Our heavenly Father does not need our help to restore a nation, however He does require our obedience and willingness to be part of this divine process. 

A doer of the word: An obedient heart, not hesitating to do all the Lord instructs:

Loves unconditionally
Does not show favoritism 
Has no plan or agenda outside Christ
Carries out their duties in honor of the One are surrendered to
Helps wherever needed
Never speaks against another
Is not threatened
Is always encourages
Is never self seeking
Is motivated by Jesus
Their goal is heaven...

But to mention a few... all that remains and begs to be answered, are you a doer of God's word? When you surrender your heart to your heavenly Father, you will soon find, He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

He is the Restorer of the brokenhearted, of broken relationships, of broken marriages, of the hurting family, the sick, the weak and depressed, the disillusioned, the disgruntled and the lost, He is the Restorer of the thirsty and hungry soul...
Today I heard the Spirit of the Lord say, "I will restore all those who come to Me, I will cause My restoration to manifest in their hearts, come".

Never stop moving forward... 

I heard it said, "No matter how difficult it gets, your God is always with you" … Genesis 28:15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Whatever you have to do, keep reminding yourself, in Christ, you are already a winner.

Our ability to overcome all things and to be declared "more than" conquerors was granted and enabled through our Savior, Jesus Christ, now we who live by faith, walk in it... 

If we are dead to self, this means Christ who died to sin once for all made it possible for us to reckon yourselves dead to sin, but now also alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Sin consciousness has no place in the surrendered heart.
Luke 14:27 " And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. NKJV 

Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. NKJV - (If nothing else stops you from doing something wrong, death certainly does.) Mirror bible

I would like to encourage you reading this to once again do a study of Rom 6:1-23

Every situation another opportunity to praise God... we are not of those who complain about everything we go through, we are however of those who praise our heavenly Father irrespective of our circumstances... 

Everything we go through and or experience produces something good in us. Romans 5:3-5 NKJV And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; [4] and perseverance, character; and character, hope. [5] Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

We are not intimidated by what we do not have, but  we remain joyful, rejoicing for what we do have, Christ in us, the hope of glory...

Truth does not become true by popular vote. All truth is in Christ irrespective of what man thinks or believes! 

As I read the book of Mark this morning and got to chapter six and verse twenty, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man... the thought came to me, does the world around us (Believers) fear (Respect, honor) us because we are known to be righteous and holy or are we known by them for another reason?

When I hear some talk about those they follow, it never seems to be about the righteousness or holiness of God, but always about the achievements of man. If the world cannot see Christ in us, then we have NO testimony worth talking about.

Oh, my prayer is, Lord let the world know us because you have made us righteous and holy and not for any other reason. Let our enemies, know and fear You because of our willingness to surrender our hearts unconditionally to the Christ in us. Forgive us for honoring man, yet not for this reason, but because we choose to see "greatness" measured by our standards in them.

It is and will always be about You Jesus..

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...