Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Monday, December 10, 2012
I worked on a messaged that was burning in my heart for over a week and really believed that this was a word the Lord wanted me to deliver on Sunday in Paarl. Andi and I arrived our usual time at the service and from the moment we arrived things seemed different. It felt as if I had walked into a different place. The folks that were in attendance were their usual self and so I really could not put my finger on it.
When the service started, it felt like the worship team was just belting out the songs and I remember asking the Lord to please help me minister this morning because of what I was experiencing in the house. When I did get up to minister, everything seemed to go wrong. I never had my normal glasses with me and I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 11 to minister with. Although it is a fantastic little piece of technology, I really fumbled with it and even switched it off at one point and so I had to reboot it and my mouth was as dry as it could be and it felt like the roof was about to cave in, although at some point I almost wished it had as I really considered leaving the building. I have ministered in this place so many times in the past and never had I experienced such resistance.
However, after asking the congregation to stand and pray with me, I asked the lady to get behind the piano and immediately felt the Holy Spirit settle on my heart and so we pressed through what felt like an endless and impossible situation. When I made the alter call the number of people that responded, even though I cut my message short, amazed me. Tears were flowing and I was almost taken by surprise at what I was seeing. I mean, this ministry time had felt like it was a total a disaster and yet these precious people responded to the alter call. It made me realize that the word of God, even in its most simplistic form will produce results that we might never have expected.
One can try and work out what actually happened, but in the end, God still remained faithful and we continue pressing on, for I know it is and always has been all about Jesus, and that in my opinion, is all that matters.