Running ahead of God

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Friday, June 13, 2014
Really the time has come that we learn to keep time with God. Back in the day when I was busy with my military training, I can remember how hard our drill instructor worked to ensure that we kept in time with his mark. "Left, right, left right" he would shout and his instructions were relentless as he continued until everyone of us were in step. It was quite obvious that some just struggled with this as they were either one step behind or two steps ahead. Our Sargent, with his loud, billowing voice, would sound out the command and we would have to rehearse, over and over again, until we got it right.

Our platoon was selected out of our company to compete against the other platoons from Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo companies for the annual parade and so we would drill morning, noon and night and some until we were the best. In fact, winning the trophy at the grand parade was so sweet, but we had learnt hard to over come our inadequacies or over zealousness in some cases on the training ground to become the victors in the end.

I can however remember how some were over enthusiastic and found themselves ahead of the Sargent's commands and then there were those who were always behind, but as we practiced, eventually, it all came together. Our timing became perfected through our training. 

Today, many Christians remain out of step with God's command and the only way to over come this is through practice. We have to learn to come in line with God's word and with His instructions so that we can function as a Body. Learning to keep in step with the Sargent s commands, enabled us to work together as a team, and when we faced the enemy, even what we considered to be a "waste of time" on the training grounds, carried us through on the battle fields. Spending time in prayer and the word of God will enable you and I to stay in step with the word of God and the Holy Spirit. It will cause us to hear the sound of the Master's voice and everything else fades away as we listen, surrender and submit.

When we stand on the battlefield of life, it is here when the practiced hear His voice the clearest. It is here where we know who we are, where we know what we have become and all this because we willing to be drilled on the "parade ground", our inner closet. Friend, as a child of God, we need to know that there is no success outside of Christ and when we learn to follow His leading, we see Him in the midst of the battle, we hear His resounding voice, ringing in our hearts and are able to take courage from His word in us.

The drill Sargent was the voice that kept us focused, every instruction we received while in training was put into practice when we needed it the most. It was as if that voice, shouting in our ears, was with us right at the moment of contact and beyond. It was the voice that carried us through the battle and the voice of success when it was all over.

Today, I want to encourage you not to neglect the training you have received. Sunday after Sunday, many Christians find themselves on the parade ground, in church, joined together by other believers, training for a common purpose. Listen to the sound that represents the voice and word of God that comes through the mouths of His instructors and apply His teaching to our every day lives, for when we do so, we will find ourselves equipped to face the enemy of our souls and walk in the victory that only Christ can give.

It is in prayer, the word of God and in our gathering together that we learn by the spirit never to run ahead of God. I want to encourage you to train the inner man, for it is only by listening to the instruction of the Spirit that we will be able to stay in time with His command. When we do so, we will find ourselves, never running ahead of God, but rather always in step with His word. 

Eph 3:16 
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.

Romans 7:22
For in my inner being I delight in God's law;

Romans 9:23
What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory--

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

2 Corinthians 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.

Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

Ephesians 3:8
Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,

Ephesians 3:15
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Colossians 1:11
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

Colossians 1:27
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 2:2
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,

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...