Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Saturday, October 22, 2011
Over the last seven years, I have taken time out to seek the Lord as part of a sabbatical, which I truly believe the Lord took me into. This was a time of extremes. Initially, there were times that I was angry at the church, and I guess God too. I can remember I wanted to write a book about my experiences in the ministry and the hurt that I had gone through was something I felt needed to exposed. It sounds a little dramatic, but I have learnt since these early days, the ministry is not a walk in the park and when you are working with people, there is always going to be areas of conflict and times of joy. And I suppose that after all these times. and I really had to endure some tough stuff, some of it caused by my own indiscretions, there were many lessons to be learnt.
So these years were filled with various types of emotions. At the same time, the Lord graciously took me on a journey and healed my heart of all the baggage I was carrying around with me and changed my understanding of His love for me, healed my emotions, touched my heart and set heavens standard in my heart, changed, delivered and set free to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
One of the greatest parts of this amazing journey was my introduction to His grace. I have never really been one to honor any man in the past, but there are three men that have played a pivotal role in my life's journey, to be quiet honest, there were not too many examples out there that I could follow, nevertheless, I always believed this to be part of God's plan for my life as He promised, He would teach me by His blessed Holy Spirit to walk in His ways. Having said this, I will always thank the Lord for the person of Glenn Artt (www.facebook.com/aarongartt) and for allowing our paths to cross. For there was a moment in time, when we stood on the porch of an old wooden cottage in the Ozark's and the presence of the Lord touched us that day as he shared the heart of a true father with me. I can remember that day so clearly, and can remember how the prophetic word I spoke carried us into a dimension, of true rarity. Glenn, remains a man I will always honor before men and God for the kindness he had shown towards me.
For my dear friend and the man I consider my pastor, Henry Young (www.ligenlewe.org.za). Henry has stood with me through these times and has guided me in love along a path that, well, I can only truly thank the Lord for. Today, we are members of the congregation that Henry pastors as we felt this is where we belonged.
Bertie Brits (www.dynamicministries.com), an unlikely candidate for this purpose who became the other person God used to open up my understanding of grace and again, I will never be able to thank the Lord enough for using three people from total different backgrounds and countries, to play such an important role in my life.
Today, many doors are opening up to us and once again, we see the truth set people free. I am excited about what is ahead of us as the period of restoration has produced a fruit in both Andi and myself that I believe truly reflects the heart of God. Together, we would like to thank many of the friend who have stood with us in prayer, for those the Lord has placed alongside us who have remained faithful and for those who have been a reflection of the character of the Christ we serve.
Sad how many others had opportunities to be a blessing but choose to allow their flesh to control their decisions and we too were guilty of doing the same and so we have learnt, and especially I have, that God gives us opportunities to be a blessing to others even when we might think they do not deserve it. So, we come to a place where we pray for the success of the many we have met along the way and trust the Lord for breakthrough in every area of their lives.
Today, we step out in faith, believing the Lord for great ministry opportunities as we continue to worship Him. Our pray is that the Lord would touch our nation and fill His people with His glory... Watch this space!