We are a supernatural people, born again by a supernatural birth, kept by a supernatural power, sustained on supernatural food, taught by a supernatural Teacher from a supernatural Bible and empowered with the supernatural gifts of the Spirit (Hudson Taylor).
There are certain verses in the Bible that can be very discouraging. An example is recorded in Luke's Gospel [23:27-31], “A large crowd trailed behind as Jesus was being taken to Golgotha where He would be crucified. In the crowd there were many grief-stricken women. Jesus stopped and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us. 'For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?" Jesus prophesied that wickedness will increase and the atrocities being done in the beginning of the end of time will intensify at the end of the ages. The coming of Jesus marked the beginning of the end and today in the 21st century we are living at the end of the end of time.
That verse alarmed me because things were difficult enough without persecution. Could I encounter the kind of treatment that Jesus faced to the point of giving my life as a sacrifice and retain my salvation? I didn't like to think about those things but as I read the scriptures I was forced to do so. One day while thinking about Jesus' words recorded in Luke the Holy Spirit gave me two inspired thoughts which has given me courage to face the things that will happen at the end of the ages. The first through the Lord gave me, "If the Spirit of God moved mightily in the early days of the church how much more will He move in the DRY TREE as the end of the ages approach. Joel 2:28 says, “In the last days I will pour out my Holy Spirit on all flesh ….” The church was born on the Day of Pentecost in the midst of great hardship and persecution, but it prevailed. The Holy Spirit assured me that God would never allow the forces of spiritual wickedness to invade the domain of mankind without encountering it with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, empowering us to stand as conquerors.
The second thought the Lord gave me, "For every commandment the Lord has asked us to keep and every challenge that He said we would face in life; God has promised to empower us to keep His commands and stand strong in adversity no matter how severe. We are and will be more than conquerors today and tomorrow."