J. Lee Grady on How I Stir My Faith During Troubled Times

This has been the most spiritually intense season I’ve ever lived through. We’ve only reached the midpoint of this year, yet many of us are ready for 2020 to be over. First there was the coronavirus lockdown in March, then George Floyd was killed in Minnesota in May—and riots erupted amid peaceful protests. Now, medical experts say a second surge of the virus is heading our way, just in time for the presidential election.

Put on your seat belts, my friends. I don’t expect the second half of this year to be any easier.

How do we navigate tough times? One thing that helps me is meditating on God’s prophetic promises. When the skies grow dark, I remind myself of what God has said about the future. The apostle Paul told Timothy that the prophecies we have received can be like weapons, by which we “fight the good fight” (see 1 Tim. 1:18b, NASB). God’s prophetic words pull us through bad times.

Watching the news depresses me. So I’ve been listening to special prophetic messages that were given to Christian leaders about a coming of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Over the past century, revivalists received powerful words from God about what He will do in the last days. Here are five of them:

  1. William J. Seymour, the humble leader of the 1906 Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, shared a message in 1913 saying that God would send an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that would begin 100 years later. He said what happened during the Azusa days (which birthed the global Pentecostal movement) would be dwarfed by the coming outpouring. It’s interesting that around 2013 Western believers began to hear about the most sweeping revival in the world today in Iran. (You can learn more about Seymour’s prophecy here).
  1. Maria Woodworth Etter, a powerful evangelist who died in 1924, led the famous Stone Church revival in Chicago in 1913. During those six months of mass conversions—which attracted people from all over the United States—Etter prophesied that something far bigger was coming. She declared: “We are not up to the fullness of the former rain, and when the latter rain comes it will far exceed anything we have ever seen.” (For more information, go to this video message from her great-great-grandson).
  1. Faith teacher Kenneth Hagin shared a vision and prophecy in 1963 of a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In a video that is archived online, Hagin says he saw in the spirit a rise in communist ideology, even in the United States. But then he saw a “ball of fire” coming from heaven. “When it came to the earth, it divided into small sparks of fire, and I saw an army of men rising up,” Hagin said. “It seemed as though their hands were fire, and there sat upon their heads a tongue of fire—tongues of fire leaping. Before the worst shall come, in the day of darkness, there shall go those who shall carry the fullness of my truth and the fire, not only to the states of this nation but to many other places” (watch full video here).

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SOURCE: Charisma News