“Worship is the highest form of service. In Hebrew, one word to describe the act of blessing is ‘barak‘.
“It is to humble and prostrate yourself — like a dog coming to lick the hand of its master.
“Your first calling is not to do the five-fold ministry — not even to reach the lost! Your first calling is to be a pleasure unto the Lord.”
These were Suzette Hattingh’s opening words when she took the stage on the last day of Kingdom Invasion 2018. A former associate evangelist with Reinhard Bonnke and founder of missions organisation Voice in the City, Hattingh’s teachings commonly focus on the Holy of Holies and intimacy with God through prayer.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:4)
“The Holy of Holies is not ‘the right atmosphere’, it’s not ‘goosebumps’. It’s not a specific way of worshipping. The Holy of Holies is where God dwells and where we meet with God.”
FELLOWSHIP BEGETS FRIENDSHIP
Expounding on Genesis 2, Hattingh said, “God created Adam for fellowship. We were created for fellowship. Our first task is to be a friend of God.
“Abraham was friend of God. Enoch – we don’t know if he was an evangelist or a prophet — but we know he was a friend of God.”
Before she herself is an intercessor, Hattingh presents herself first for fellowship with God. “God is inviting us to walk into the presence of God. The Holy of Holies should be as natural as breathing.”
“To be a friend of God isn’t arrogance. It’s all because of the blood. We can only go into the Holy of Holies because of the blood, because Jesus paid the price.
“I want you to understand that Jesus rent that veil so God could invite us to come boldly into His presence. We don’t go in there by our merit, we go in there by the atonement of the blood.
“I can never understand pride when we are in the Holy of Holies. The more you see Him, the more you see you. And the more you see you, the more you need Him.”
INTIMACY BUILDS IDENTITY
Hattingh also posed a sharp question: Why do we sometimes fear when we are challenged to do ministry? Her answer was simple, “In the Holy of Holies we look at Jesus, in the world we tend to look at ourselves.”
And instead of looking at our lacking selves, we should not shy away from what God has still called us to do. “It is your responsibility to administrate spiritual power, releasing it into the spiritual realm!”
“From that place where you pray and spend time before God in amazing intimacy — you have to take what happens there and impact the spiritual realm.”
And that starts with laying aside false humility. “I’m not this, I’m not that. It’s not about what you feel – it’s not about you!”
If we understand who we are and the kind of dominion we have, we won’t have such a thing as an identity crisis.
“If you don’t administer spiritual power, you rob a nation of its breakthrough. You rob the harvest places of their harvest. And how will you be fruitful? You have to speak!
“You are to fill the earth with the fruit of your love, your giving, your speaking. If we understand who we are and the kind of dominion we have, we won’t have such a thing as an identity crisis.”
“It’s not about man, or the praise of man. It’s not ‘your ministry, my ministry‘. It’s about walking into the Holy of Holies, uniting with Christ and partnering with God.”
That means that the bulk of Kingdom work is spiritual in nature, where the war is waged on our knees in prayer: “Alone in my bedroom, me and the Trinity – all hell has to listen to that.”
“… So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Suzette Hattingh will be speaking at LoveSingapore’s annual gathering, Momentum, happening May 1, 2018. In this year of prayer, the Momentum 2018 conference will focus on the theme H.O.P.E (Houses Of Prayer Everywhere) and dedicate itself to challenge and equip God’s people to delve deeper into prayer, intimacy with God and intercession for the nation. Register your attendance here.