I was friends with one of these Zulu ministers, Elijah Maswangani. We used to minister together in Jerusalem quite frequently. In one of our times together he told me the story of his mentor, an old Zulu warrior, who was asked to open a crusade meeting in prayer. The old man simply stood and beheld the Lord and said, "Awesome. ... Awesome." Then he looked down, and once more he said, "Awesome." That was the end of our meeting because the enthroned One suddenly appeared. The tent was filled with the glory of God. Every stretcher was emptied, every blind eye opened. People ran to the altar in order to meet this King and be saved. That old Zulu warrior carried a big chair.
When you come into the presence of God, you might have been praying. You might have been struggling. You might have come to an impasse in your life. But you just say, "Awesome." You just step into worship, and that's it. The angels are loosed.
At Bethel, Jacob came to a place at which the gate to heaven was standing open. Angels ascended and descended from the throne to earth. Jacob said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the gate of heaven."
God wants to raise up people who can come into a situation and just say, "Awesome"—who can connect with the Living God and become a conduit for His glory to touch the earth. We behold Him, and angels take care of the details. We worship the covenant God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He brings us into covenant breakthrough.
We often make faith religious, as if it's all about our quoting a hundred Scriptures, making confessions over our situations, getting our theology in order. Knowing the Word is good. Rehearsing His promises is powerful. But when faith becomes religious, it is as if we are trying to lift ourselves up to God in our own strength.
There is an ease in the glory! We come into a revelation of His awesomeness, His power, and His majesty, and we come into communion with the God of covenant breakthrough. This is resting in the finished work of Jesus.
As I mentioned previously, when the divine messenger appeared in my library, the room was infused with the strains of "Come Thou Almighty King." Later when I shared with my wife, Bonnie, what had happened, she immediately saw that the angel had just come from victory in the American Revolution and was jubilantly heading to the next battle for our liberty—the one we are in today.
One of our friends was with us and immediately googled "Come Thou Almighty King." Amazingly, what she found was that during the Revolutionary war, a group of Hessian soldiers fighting for the British stormed into a church on Long Island and demanded that the congregation show allegiance to the British tyranny by singing "God Save the King." The organist started the tune that we call "America," but the people, true to the colonies' cause and their God, sang "Come Thou Almighty King." The song was an anthem birthed in the Great Awakening that held spiritual authority over tyranny and humanistic governing. Those faith-filled believers had a big chair.
"The people who know their God will do great exploits!" (See Dan. 11:32.) The people who know their God intimately and are in communion with Him will do exploits. He is giving us signs right now. Let us stand and revel in Him and in His victory. Let us thank Him in advance, "calling things that are not as though they are," for the turn-around in America. Let us proclaim His goodness and mercy in awakening America. Let us celebrate!
Your praise can shape your history. Your praise can move mountains and bring heaven down to where you are today. The Bible tells us, "Everything comes from [God]; everything happens through him; everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes" (Rom. 11:33, The Message).
How big is God's chair in your heart?
About the authors: Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda lead a worldwide apostolic ministry, proclaiming Christ's kingdom with power, equipping believers for ministry and ushering in God's revival glory. With over three decades of experience, the Chavdas have led more than 1 million people to Christ and have seen thousands of healings, including documented healings from terminal diseases such as AIDS. They have also prayed for and witnessed the resurrection from the dead. Authors of numerous bestselling books, Mahesh and Bonnie are co-founders and senior pastors of All Nations Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia (www.maheshchavda.com). Their television program, The Watch, is presently broadcast to a billion households globally.
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