YOUTH REVIVAL KILLED – Sad Story by Laura LaBrie

After 15 years in a non-denominational Christian Church, I had a
nervous breakdown. I had served in leadership in teaching and
worship ministries, but there was a subtle, insidious spirit of control
that invaded every arena of our lives. The control from the leadership
in my church brought such bondage that I felt as if I were physically
choking. I tried and tried to work everything out but eventually had
to leave; and when I did, and only then, I recovered.

My husband and I immediately joined another church body
(Assemblies of God) where I again ministered in worship and
teaching roles. After the youth pastor left the church, I took over
Senior High Youth Group. For a year we prayed for a move of the
Holy Spirit and one evening in May of 2003, in a completely                                       teen-led worship service, the Holy Spirit fell. Teens wept openly on their
faces, they worshipped with no music and no adult leadership, they
rose up one after another and testified of repentance and the Lord’s
voice to them and of visions concerning the lost, and they prayed for
one another… I stood in awe as a group of 10 or so teens laid hands
on one young man and interceded for him with loud cries and
groanings. In the midst of their prayer, the Holy Spirit fell and they
ALL were baptized in the Spirit with the manifestation of speaking
in tongues!

The next day I heard from the elders and the pastor. We couldn’t
have such things happening in our church because some might be
offended. (This was an AG church! They preach the ‘baptism’ at
every turn!) At the following Youth Group, word had spread and
more kids showed up than ever before (over 40). They were so
hungry for the reality of God’s presence, whether they understood
it or not. Sadly, they were met with disappointment. The elders
took over the service and had the kids sit on the floor and taught
them as if they were kindergarteners. They (the elders) felt a
“foundation” must be laid before we could move in the things of the
Spirit, so they went back to the beginning. They said kids needed
to be baptized in water before they could be baptized in the Spirit.

The youth group quickly became as dry as dry toast and the kids began
leaving. I was told to choose one of several selected curriculums
and follow it, but I could not follow a book instead of following God.

My heart is broken for these children. Others took over the ministry
and followed the leading of the elders. Within a few short months, the
kids are all gone except the ones whose parents are in youth ministry.
The Senior and Junior High groups have merged because there are
so few kids left.

Not long after this, the word of the Lord came to me while I was in
my garden. “I’m taking you out to bring you in.” Over and over the
phrase ran through my head. I seemed to make no sense to me.
That evening I attended a small group of worshippers not connected
with any church. A woman shared her testimony and a song she’d
written called “I’m taking you out to take you in”!  My jaw nearly hit
the floor.  The phrase was repeated to me several more times over
the following months from various sources. I know the Lord has
brought me out of bondage, but I keep asking Him  “INTO WHAT?”

I want the freedom to be who I am in Christ. He has been speaking
to me in prophecy now for years and I have notebooks full of words
from Him all stashed away in a box in the attic. Words of a tidal
wave hitting the east coast of the US and words of the need to
“cry a river of tears” – words that have been confirmed by other
prophets all over the world. But what am I to do?…

I want the move of the Holy Spirit. I love the people of God. I love
to fellowship with them. But I desperately need to be in a place
where I am on this journey, following wherever He chooses to take
me… to know that God is up to something glorious in the earth.


Will You Trust the Lord to Restore to Better Than Before?: Part 2


The story of the man of God in 1 Kings 13 has come repeatedly to my attention lately. If you’re not familiar with this story, you might want to read the whole chapter, but basically, the man of God cried out against the altar and prophesied something King Jeroboam didn’t like. When the king attempted to have the man of God arrested, the Lord withered his hand. The king then said, “Please entreat the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me” (vs. 6, NKJV). And the man of God did and it was.

You might know the end of the story. The man of God ended up disobeying part of the Word of the Lord to him on his way back home — he was told not to “eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way [he] came'” (vs. 9, NKJV). But he disobeyed and it cost him his life. He was given raw power — but at a price.

Something I’ve noticed is that sometimes prophets and prophetic people can be held to different standards than anyone else, and it’s difficult to explain. Try telling someone you’ve gotten direction to buy a new vehicle, move to a different location or to not eat or drink anything and return a different way home! It’s not something most people can understand — but you know when you know what you know — you know?

All this to say that along with greater responsibility comes greater accountability. Maybe not in the extreme sense seen in 1 Kings 13, but it’s still true nonetheless. That’s the season I sense we’re entering into — raw power — but at a price.

Better Than Before

Remember how I said earlier [Prophetic Insight 9/27} I’d sensed a pattern? Here’s what I’m hearing. It’s been a season of loss — but I’m seeing the Lord just as quickly restoring it. Not in every area yet, mind you, but enough to realize that God is up to something. Sometimes something has to die before it can be replaced — like my laptop, for example — but it could also be a dream or a vision or a way you thought your life or ministry should look like or be. But the good news is that if God is in the picture, that loss can bring forth much fruit (John 12:24).

There’s a Scripture I want to leave you with but it’s important to understand the context. This was spoken during the darkest days of Judah’s history — the seventy-year period of Babylonian captivity. There had been monumental loss. Jerusalem had fallen in 587 B.C. Down came the walls, the Davidic line, the throne, even the temple came down — the place where the Shekinah glory dwell.

And into this situation came the word of the Lord to the land of Israel through Ezekiel: “I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezek. 36:11, NKJV).

Be encouraged. Despite it having been a season of loss, it’s a season to press through open doors — not just stand still or draw back. The Lord has a plan to take your loss and restore it to better than before. Will you trust Him in this?

Diane Lake is a writer, speaker and minister ordained with both Christian International and Generals International. Her articles are regularly featured on The Elijah List, as well as platforms like Charisma MagazineCharisma NewsIntercessors For America and others. She and her husband, Allen, co-founded Starfire Ministries with a vision to see the kingdom established beyond the four walls of the traditional church. They host a podcast with Charisma Podcast Network, and serve as church mountain, regional and Montana coordinators for the Reformation Prayer Network, and as media mountain leaders/facilitators for C.I.’s Culture Influencers.

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Will You Trust the Lord to Restore to Better Than Before? Part 1


It’s been a somewhat quieter season for me personally, as I haven’t written a major article in probably four months — the longest stretch I can remember. There are a number of reasons for this and unexpected things that have occurred, but it also has to be that I get specific direction to release an article — I can’t just write an article any old-time just because I have some revelation or content. It’s like sometimes I have to become the Word — if I walk it out first before writing it, I can bring the Word with more authority. At least, that’s what I hope will be the case here.

Something “New New New New New!”

Several weeks ago, I heard the Lord say, “It’s a day of new beginnings.” This got my attention because just that day, I’d taken delivery of a new truck. Upon hearing this, I began to realize there were indeed a number of things that were new in my life at that point but apparently we were just getting started. Shortly after this my laptop died, our AC died (it turns out our whole HVAC system needs to be replaced), our hot water heater died, followed next by our refrigerator. During this time period, we even experienced an unexpected death in the family and another devastating loss that’s too personal in nature to disclose. (In addition, shortly after this article was originally released, my husband was involved in a vehicle accident.) At one point, my husband said he was starting to feel like Job!

Of course, the enemy (Satan) at times seems to attack with a vengeance (Luke 4:13) but I began to recognize God’s hand somewhere in this. I hadn’t wanted a new truck originally and actually resisted at first, but there were a number of things that happened — including a dream in which my truck was totaled, although I was okay — that confirmed to us this was the Lord’s direction.

And guess what? I actually love my new truck! With the current lack of inventory and shortage of microchips, it proved to be a challenge to find, but after broadening my search, the perfect truck “popped up” on someone’s incoming shipment inventory that had all the things I wanted. And I hadn’t realized how much technology had advanced in the seven years since my last new truck; and it’s really made my life easier.

The same with the laptop. My old one was ten years old and wasn’t able to be repaired; and I hadn’t realized how slow and hard to work with it had become until I got the new one. And quite unexpectedly in the process, I also ended up getting a larger desktop monitor and an upgraded office space — which I really needed but would not have done otherwise. This is a pattern I’m noticing, which I’ll come back to in a minute.

About a year ago, I kept hearing the Lord say, “I’m planning to do a NEW thing; the old ways won’t work anymore!” Little did I realize that the old ways literally were not going to work anymore! Every time I turn around there’s something else new, even if it’s not of my own choosing.

If you recognize yourself in this pattern, I encourage you to trust Him. As I heard the Lord say recently, He is doing something “New new new new new!”

Greater Obedience — Greater Favor and Glory

When discussing with my husband the direction we felt we were getting to replace my truck in June, I mentioned that I felt the Lord was not messing around in this season — I’d sensed a new level of seriousness concerning the need for obedience. As believers, it’s like the Lord has taken us through a season of testing and consecration — and brought us out “leaner and meaner.”

Let me say a couple of things about the importance of obedience before I move on so that you don’t misunderstand. I like to tell people, “Obedience earns you nothing, but the lack of it can cost you everything.” (Think of Moses or Saul.) Obedience is not a substitute for faith — it’s not synonymous — they are not interchangeable. And yet, if we love Him, we will obey Him (John 15:10, 14). Plus, just a thought — if God can’t trust you to obey Him, maybe He won’t give you the best, most coveted assignments!

The most consistent theme I hear among the prophetic voices is that there’s a greater level of glory coming than we’ve ever seen, and I’m personally hearing new things about the favor and glory of the Lord — things I’ve never heard before. But my sense is that this greater favor and glory comes with a price. You’re about to see the glory and favor of the Lord displayed as never before, but here’s the “fine print” — obedience is also more important than it’s ever been before.

Diane Lake is a writer, speaker and minister ordained with both Christian International and Generals International. Her articles are regularly featured on The Elijah List, as well as platforms like Charisma Magazine, Intercessors For America and others. She and her husband, Allen, co-founded Starfire Ministries with a vision to see the kingdom established beyond the four walls of the traditional church. They host a podcast with Charisma Podcast Network, and serve as church mountain, regional, and montana coordinators for the Reformation Prayer Network, and as media mountain leader/facilitators for C.I.’s Culture Influencers.

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“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness” (Luke 11:39 NKJV).

How would you feel if you get to a restaurant, ready to order what you can eat, and you find out that the dishes and cups that the attendants are about to use to serve the food are only clean outside, but dirty inside? Would you allow them to use the half-clean utensils to serve you?

Unfortunately, the Pharisees and many experts of the law while Jesus Christ was on earth were like those deceptive utensils.

After a teaching engagement of Jesus Christ, one of the Pharisees invited Him for a meal in his house. The Pharisees were surprised that Jesus Christ did not follow the traditions of ceremonially washing His hands before the meal. He expressed his surprise.

However, Jesus Christ compared him and other religious leaders to utensils that were clean outside but dirty inside. The Pharisees and other religious leaders were clean outside in their outward religious and ceremonial activities, but their lives were full of wickedness and greed against their fellow human beings.

Jesus Christ did not spare them as He condemned them for this hypocritical lifestyle. He wanted them to live a life of honesty that will show concerns for less privilege and be acceptable to God.

It is unfortunate that many people nowadays are like the Pharisees. They are outwardly religious, but inwardly not spiritual. Such people cannot deceive God with religious activities.

Prophet Micah put it in other words: “[God] what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (6:8 NKJV). Do not be a modern-day Pharisee. Be cleansed inside and out. Do not be only religious outwardly. Be genuinely spiritual inwardly by acting honestly in your service to God and humanity.

In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will not only be religious outwardly but also be genuinely spiritual inwardly in your dealing with God and other people around you.