Walking out your destiny

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Thursday, July 3, 2014
I have learnt so much over my 43 yr walk with the Lord. Seen and heard more than anyone possibly should have. Yet the experiences, both good and bad, have enabled my walk, have helped develop my character and caused me to keep my eyes focused on Jesus.

Sometimes we get it all wrong and make judgement calls that we end up having to pay for and then there are times when you know it is God and you go, knowing that it might look crazy in the natural, but in the end, God proves His faithfulness through our obedience.

When Andi and I heard the Lord say He was sending us to a new land and that we were to pack up everything we owned and prepare ourselves for the transition, we never realized that we would end up in Botswana. Although, I had spoken a willingness to have a ministry base in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, I never for a moment thought God would move us out of our beloved Cape Town and move us into the arid desert. Nevertheless, when God opened the door and said, "GO to the land I am sending you", that was exactly what we did. We had no way of knowing what lay ahead of us, but we did what we believed our heavenly Father was telling us to do.

Since we arrived in Gaborone, we have seen the hand of God move for and on our behalf and in ways we could never have anticipated. But, the journey has not been without controversy. I always thank God for Andi, for her strength and willingness to DO what God has told us to do. The fact that she would go with me into places many dare not tread, to give up everything we own and cross into a foreign city with no where to go, blesses me way beyond any expectation I had of her. One thing for sure, we have never had an expectation for one another outside of God and our life journey together has been one that has taught us much. Today, we can confidently say we trust in God as one flesh, knowing in the end, everything that He has promised, we shall see come to pass.

Nevertheless, having said this, I have been the troubled soul. My personality style requires much, demanding in a way, and sometimes, gets in the way of my faith. I find having to deal with the problems we face, is really the "I" in me. Talking about this is really easy, because I want you to understand what we have set out to do, is not easy by any means and requires dedication to the plan and purpose of God and cannot be compromised in any shape or form whatsoever if one wants to see destiny fulfilled.

When we arrived, God took care of our needs in an amazing way, but, I kept focusing on our lack of finances, the fact that our ministry method had changed and that once we had arrived, although God had spoken many things, our purpose here was not that clear. And here was where my frustration lay. I focused so much on it, that I ended up been depressed about our situation and ultimately became discouraged as a result. I wanted to pack up so many times, and run back to who knows where, but I have however since learnt that when God speaks, it is always up to us to follow and even if we do not understand where His words are leading us, because our trust is in Him, we know (Faith) without a doubt, God will bring us to the place He has set out.

Slowly, my moaning and groaning has turned into joy, for even though we do not quite understand where God is going with this, we are learning, it is not about the journey, or even where it or we will end up, but rather, it is and always has been about honoring (Worship) our Father. Jesus came to this earth to do the will of the One who sent Him (John 6:38). He freely came, He freely laid down His own life in honor of His Father in heaven. And it is by the same free will that we choose to go. When I understood that it was all about Him, I surrendered to the process and allowed the Holy Spirit to guide our hearts.

No longer are we to be driven by emotions, but rather, by our faith in His ability to perform all that He has promised. Now, abandonment, takes on a complete and different meaning. God requires the same from every believer, that we live a total, surrendered life of worship, for this bring glory to God. Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I now understand my worship is in obedience, in serving, in doing, in going, in coming, in honoring and in giving and was never about us or our ideas or our emotions, or our vision and plans. These need to be unconditionally surrendered to Jesus Christ if we want to see the purpose of God fulfilled. Jesus had one purpose, and to that end He willingly came. His purpose my friend, was to please His Father. And through His obedience, salvation came through the grace of God to all mankind, and life to those who accepted it.

We have had to depend on God for everything, and this is how it ought to be, nevertheless, sometimes, I got in the way and stuck my nose in where it never belonged. When our funds were running low, instead of running to Jesus, I listened to the enemy and tried to get people to support the vision. But, only ended up butting my head against a brick wall because of it. I now know that God wants our trust to rest in Him and not any other, and at times. When things are especially difficult, one tends to try and "Make a plan" as it were. But the uncompromising heart knows better...

The road less traveled is not for everyone. When you look across the valley and see the rest of your peers, with their TV programs and their church buildings, the bells and whistles and trappings hanging over the walls, you begin to think, I must have missed it somewhere. But, sometimes God draws His men aside, away from the crowd, and reveals the secrets of His heart to those who willingly surrender, and quite frankly, this is where I want to be. By this I am not implying those across the way are not, but it is difficult to be still 24/7 in His presence when you have to spend vast amounts of time, maintaining the "vision".

So, we might not have all the trappings, the bells and the whistles that go with it, but that by no means we are not walking out our destiny...

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...