Tonight at the Dream House in Martinez I will open my heart in a blatant attempt to spread revival fire. Here is a taste of my message this evening:
God is not waiting for liberals to find out America needs revival. He is not anticipating revival prayers from atheists, secular humanists or any think tank. Our creator scans the nation looking for only one group to cry out for awakening. “If my people,” is not a catch phrase it is the key.
God’s core have a much greater role in the affairs of state than anyone can imagine. A vivid example of this is when the people of the boat screamed at Jonah when they found out that he had disobeyed God and caused the storm. “Why have you done this to us?” they shouted in anger and the question is even more valid today than it was then. God, and society is waiting for the American church to decide that enough is enough.
Again and again I am being asked why the Santa Rosa meeting is so different from any of the other meetings going on right now. They difference is that they get it and they know that it is now or never for America.
Most pulpits today say this but if they meant it then the real fire would fall. In the Santa Rosa it is not just words. They possessed with a divine desperation. Their war cry is, “IT IS NOW OR NEVER FOR AMERICA!”
I was in another meeting that many thought was revival. We had crowds, we had miracles but we did not have a sincere desire for change in the majority of the people. Often during that meeting I would tell the audience that it was not yet revival and many were upset and bewildered by my remarks.
It is now clear that they only wanted a better version of what they already had. In Santa Rosa, they are passionate about change. They want a permanent change of heart, behavior, and church life.
Revival can be a fad. When it becomes a fad, it can be worse than never having had revival. Most homes have a box in the attic or garage with beanie babies, pet rocks, Pokémon cards, photos in old outfits, and other remnants of past passion. Sorting through the box often brings embarrassment, and a wondering about how we ever were so excited about that stuff. It is tragic when revival gets put in that box.
The Santa Rosa Fire has come into my life at a time when I have outgrown the need of celebrity, recognition, or even legacy. It is all about souls, souls, and more souls. The only other fire that burns in this evangelist’s heart is for God to save my country from herself.
It baffles me when a pastor is more afraid of displeasing a board than failing God. It grieves me how easily the weeds of tradition can grow back once the fires of revival have cooled. I am befuddled by the side shows that excite so many Christians.
Somebody needs to help me understand why we cannot just get desperate? What more evil do we need? How much worse does it need to get before we collapse before God and do away with human marketing and compromise?
My mission in Santa Rosa is clear: I would rather fail in a total attempt to see God’s glory on a dying nation than to succeed in a ministry that has all of the outward features of achievement that is really only self delusion.