As I have prayed about the coming year, I’ve sensed three clear
Some people are terrified of 2012. They worry
because the Mayans of ancient Mexico mysteriously ended their 5,126-year-old
calendar on Dec. 21, 2012—as if they expected the world to end that day. This
silly hypothesis became the basis for several New Age books and a goofy
disaster movie, 2012, in which actor John Cusack avoids meteors and
earthquakes just in time to get his family aboard the modern version of Noah’s
ark (built in China!) before the rest of the world is destroyed by a tsunami.
I’m not afraid of 12/21/12 because (1) Ancient
Mayans never actually said the world would end in 2012—and even if they did,
they didn’t have an inside track to God; (2) Doomsday predictions have never
been accurate; and (3) Jesus holds the future in his hands. As long as I’m in
relationship with Him, it doesn’t matter what happens on earth. I’m secure.
“Despite strange weather patterns, global
terrorism and the specter of an economic crash, I’m actually optimistic about
where we’re headed in 2012.”
Despite strange weather patterns, global terrorism and the specter of
an economic crash, I’m actually optimistic about where we’re headed in 2012.
And as I have prayed about the coming year, I’ve sensed these three clear
1. Expect major transitions in kingdom leadership. The world is focused on
leadership in the political arena, but God has been working behind the scenes
preparing men and women for kingdom assignments. Our focus should not be on
Democrats, Republicans, Obama or Romney. 2012 is not about a presidential
contest. Just as David was prepared for the throne during years of testing in
the wilderness, a new battalion of Christian leaders has been trained in
obscurity. They will be commissioned and appointed in the new year. And their
influence—not that of a political figure—will shift the nation.
Jesus said He would call the humble from the back
row and seat them at the head table. He openly rewards those who pray, fast,
give and serve in secret. God will exalt those who have walked with Him in
faithfulness and crucified selfish ambition. As in the days of Elijah, He has
reserved thousands of prophets who have not bowed their knee to Baal. They have
been in isolated caves of preparation for years, and some have been on the
verge of quitting. A wind of new strength will cause them to stand and assume
2. The sound of evangelism must be amplified. The prophet Isaiah said:
“Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, lift up your
voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say
to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’” (Isa. 40:9). Just as the early
disciples prayed for boldness in the midst of persecution, and the Lord
answered with a supernatural earthquake (see Acts 4:29-31), the Lord wants to
turn up the volume of our message and empower us with a spirit of might. We
must put aside our timidity. We cannot hide our light under a basket.
Many churches in the United States have not made outreach a priority.
We’ve catered to the saved and preached to the choir. The Holy Spirit wants to
remodel and revamp weak churches and make them into powerhouses of spiritual
impact. He can take a church with a four-cylinder engine and outfit it with
eight; He can turn up the volume and cause a quiet congregation to shake a
city. In 2012, expect small churches to be revitalized. God specializes in
using small armies, like Gideon’s group of 300, to catch the enemy by surprise.
3. Supernatural provision will be released. The great recession has
brought heartache and difficulty to families, companies and churches, but it has
a silver lining: God has used it to purify motives, refine faith and refocus
priorities. The Holy Spirit has exposed our materialism, and His fire has also
consumed unhealthy prosperity doctrines that tainted the church with scandal
Today, a new passion is arising in the church to
fight injustice, feed the poor, show compassion to the broken and share Jesus’
love with unreached nations. We’re tired of giving money to support charlatans
who demand private jets and luxury treatment; we want to serve the orphan and
the widow in the spirit of Christ. And we are asking God for His supply,
knowing that if God can feed a multitude with one lunch, or provide for a
family with one jar of oil, He can open sources of provision we never knew
Missionary Hudson Taylor said: “God’s
work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” I pray you will
experience this truth in 2012.
Isaiah 66:9 says: “Shall I bring to the
point of birth and not give delivery? … Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?”
Don’t fear the future. Receive new strength from the Lord as you step into this
new year. No matter what disappointments or delays you have encountered during
the past season, don’t give up. God brought you to this point, and He will not
fail you now.
J. Lee Grady is the former editor
of Charisma and the director of The
Mordecai Project (themordecaiproject.org). You can follow him on Twitter
J. Lee Grady is an author, award-winning journalist and ordained minister. He served as a news writer and magazine editor for many years before launching into full-time ministry.
Lee is the author of six books, including 10 Lies the Church Tells Women, 10 Lies Men Believe and Fearless Daughters of the Bible. His years at Charisma magazine also gave him a unique perspective of the Spirit-filled church and led him to write The Holy Spirit Is Not for Sale and Set My Heart on Fire, which is a Bible study on the work of the Holy Spirit.