THE PRESSURE TO DO RIGHT
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).
There has been a marvelous measure of this grace in God’s people since Pentecost. The Holy Spirit has sent conviction of sin on all nations, teaching believers of every race and tongue how to forsake ungodliness and worldly lust. The result has been a people who live soberly and righteously and who long for the coming of Jesus.
The Bible says in Zechariah 12:10 that the Holy Ghost will be poured out as “the spirit of grace and supplication.” I believe this spirit of grace will turn God’s people completely from worldliness and produce in them a cry for purity of heart.
We are going to witness convicting, sin-exposing, repentance preaching beyond anything ever seen in history. All unrighteousness, ungodliness and foolishness will be exposed and those in God’s house will feel compelled to do right.
I received a phone call from a dear brother in the Lord, the head of a ministry. He and other leaders in this ministry had been gathering to seek the Lord and soon the Holy Ghost began to expose sin in their midst. Several on the ministry team were dismissed and the brother said to me, “Now that the Holy Spirit has come down, there is a pressure to do right.”
His phrase struck me and I couldn’t shake it: a pressure to do right. When the Holy Spirit comes down and exposes sin, those who have been lukewarm or are living in compromise become convicted.
Beloved, the pressure to forsake sin and do right is going to intensify in God’s last-days Church.