Today is the day. NOW IS THE TIME!
By Mando Matthews
Carpe Diem – “Sieze the day!”
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me. Genesis 32:24-26
A few years ago, I had a question before the Lord that was burning on my heart the entire year, “Why haven’t we yet seen the fullness of the next Revival, Great Outpouring, Great Harvest, Jesus People Movement, etc?” That year, I had three significant dreams in answer to that question. This is the last of the three dreams.
In this dream, I heard a voice that said, “Mando, do you know why you haven’t seen the fullness of breakthrough (for this great revival)? Because you’re okay with breakthrough coming NEXT TIME. You’re okay with breakthrough coming TOMORROW.” In the dream, I began crying out, “Make my next time, NOW! Make my tomorrow, TODAY!”
Friends, we don’t have any time to waste. This is an urgent hour in the history of California and our nation. Our families and cities are in desperate need of an unprecedented move of God NOW. If we don’t see the fullness of another Great Awakening in our nation RIGHT NOW, our nation could be lost. Many of us have been waiting for the perfect moment to fully pursue the promises of God. We may be thinking, “I’ll jump on the next train… it’s not a convenient time right now.”
I love the story of a young Oral Roberts who fasted and sought God for 7 months for a greater breakthrough in his ministry. While he had ministered to hundreds, God had promised him that he would bring healing to an entire generation. Over the last three months of his time of seeking God, he lost 40 pounds in fasting. Finally, one night in divine frustration, he got on his face before the Lord and told God that he would not get up until God spoke to Him. He prayed until he had nothing left and then lay on the floor waiting for the Lord. After a long period of stillness and silence, God finally spoke: “From this hour you shall have My power to heal the sick and to cast out demons.” In his next meeting, 1200 people showed up and he had his most incredible healing ever. Roberts had experienced his breakthrough.
Oral Roberts was a mighty spiritual giant who wrestled like Jacob wrestled. Imagine Jacob letting the angel go, with the intention to wrestle him at a more convenient time or another day. The truth is, Jacob didn’t have that option. He knew the time was urgent. He needed breakthrough that night or he and his entire family could be destroyed by Esau the next day. This is the kind of urgency that we need in this hour!
The greatest enemy to revival is APATHY. We tell unbelievers that it’s urgent to respond to the message of salvation “today,” but, as Christians, we often delay in our obedience to Holy Spirit. Oh, that God would set ablaze every apathetic bone in my body. Oh, that God would set ablaze every apathetic bone in the body of Christ all over California. It’s time to awaken! The time is now for an army to arise and not tolerate another day of the intolerable works of the devil in our state! We need the violent rushing waves of revival to sweep over our state TODAY. Tomorrow is too late.
God, awaken me and a generation of violent warriors all over California that will rise up NOW, seek You with all of our hearts NOW, take the Gospel of Jesus to our streets and cities NOW, and win the battles of our day like Jacob. Psalm 24:6. God, break apathy and complacency off of the California church and set us ablaze again! Baptize your church with another dose of your unquenchable Pentecostal flames!