The ultimate desire of our hearts is to follow His.

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I know that God is working in His people and causing His purpose to continue to unfold and really does not need anything or anyone to help ensure His master plan is carried out. However, by the blessed Holy Spirit, we are compelled to share the things He places on our hearts, even using the electronic medium we now have at our disposal, to help bring about His greater purpose in His Church.

I have been spending a lot of time lately in the presence of the Lord, listening and learning as I apply the things He has shown me during this invaluable time. One of the things you might have noticed, that is if you have been following my posts here and on my Facebook ministry page ( is the fact that our success only lies in His death. We have to follow Jesus life, death and resurrection is we want to dwell in His exaltation.

One of the biggest problems I see in the Church today, is when unbelievers come into the Kingdom, instead of teaching them to die as Christ did so they can live as He does, we teach them to live like we do. Now, some might say, what is wrong with that? Seriously, I would reply, if everything we do honors God, then please tell me why is the church in the condition that it is? If all our opinions, perceptions, teachings and theologies were right, why then does the church not reflect the heart of Him who sits on the throne? I will tell you why.

The reality is this, as a people, we are not really willing to lay our lives "down unto death". It is not something we hear preached from behind the pulpit anymore and this because it is no longer a popular message. Andrew Murray writes, "What is it to be dead with Christ, and how it is that I can practically enter into this death with Christ. We know that the characteristic of Christ is His death. From eternity He came with the commandment of the Father that He should lay down His life on earth.   He gave Himself up to it, and He set His face towards Jerusalem.  He chose death, and He lived and walked upon earth to prepare Himself to die.  His death is the power of redemption; death gave Him His victory over sin; death gave His His resurrection, His new life, His exaltation, and His everlasting glory.  The great mark of Christ is His death.  Even in Heaven, upon the throne, He stands as the Lamb that was slain, and through eternity they ever sing, "Thou art worthy, for Thou wast slain."  Beloved brother, your Boaz, your Christ, your all-sufficient Savior, is a Man of whom the chief mark and the greatest glory is this: He died. And if the bride is to live with her husband as His wife, then she must enter into His state, and into His spirit, and into His disposition, and ever be as He is".

If I were to make distinctions, then we can clearly assert from this extract, those who have truly died, are in the minority. How can one make such a conclusion? We simply have to look at Israel, the people God called out of Egypt. A people who rebelled against His plan and caused their own demise. Many never made it to the promised land because of their rebellious hearts. God's plan was never for their forty year wandering in the wilderness, but because they were unsurrendered, they lived in a place of discontentment. God wanted to them to submit to His purpose, to surrender to His leading, and to be totally abandoned to Him. If they only had, they would have realized, not only did God bring them out, but He also was able to bring them in. Canaan was the promise, the fruit of His words, the place of ultimate victory. Eventually they came to inherit the promise, but at what cost to themselves. It was by their own doing that caused them to remain in the wilderness as a people without a destiny.

Church, this does not have to be our story. All we have to do is submit to the purpose of God in us. Through Jesus Christ, we have being brought out of our sin, out of bondage (Slavery to the law),  and placed in the place of promise, the abundance of the resurrected Christ, manifesting in us. But alas, somewhere, we have allowed ourselves to murmur and complain and have slumped back into our all ways and this to our own detriment. From the looks of things, one might be excused to think that the church seems to have a form of godliness but deny the true power of God in her. We seem to be a bunch of needy people who endlessly wonder around hoping that somehow everything will work out. There is no glory in that, where is the preparation for His coming. Where is our readiness? His plan, which still remains on track, is to bring you and I to the place of absolute surrender. Giving one life to Christ, is the beginning of an eternal process, laying down your life unto death is where Christ life begins in us.

We are encouraged this day, to set our minds on things that are above, to set our hearts on Christ and to do so through the process of death. Dying to our ambitions, our plans and our goals is all part of the process that I am talking about and in order for the manifest life of Christ to be revealed in us, we need to choose the place of honor.

The place of honor is found in the surrendered life.

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...