The Conviction of God’s Grace
Whenever the Spirit falls, two things are always in evidence: a spirit of grace and spirit of supplication. “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication” (Zechariah 12:10).
The book of Titus tells us that grace is given to us as power over sin, to enable us to live sober, holy lives. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13).
A marvelous measure of this grace has been present in God’s people ever since Pentecost. The Holy Spirit has sent conviction of sin on all nations, teaching believers of every race and tongue how to forsake ungodliness. The result has been a people who live soberly and righteously and are longing for the coming of Jesus.
I believe Zechariah 12 is prophesying that in the very last hour, the Holy Spirit will fall mightily upon God’s people with a spirit of grace that turns them completely from all worldliness. It will produce in them a purity of heart. God’s people will wake up to true “grace preaching” — the kind that convicts people of every hidden thing in their lives. Ministers will preach a convicting, sin-exposing, repentance message beyond anything ever seen in history. All unrighteousness, ungodliness and foolishness will be exposed, and those in God’s house will feel a “pressure” to do what is right.
Ministers worldwide who have been lukewarm will be moved upon by the Holy Spirit. God will smite them with the conviction of his grace and he will tell them, “The world is coming apart and soon you will stand before me. Start speaking to the hearts of the people with the anointing of the Holy Spirit.”