[anzac] "YOUTH REVIVAL KILLED"

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <revival4@...>
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 15:21:56 -0500
From:           	LauraMLaBrie@...
Date sent:      	Fri, 03 Sep 2004 10:02:55 -0400

"YOUTH Revival KILLED"
-Laura LaBrie.  

After 15 years in a non-denominational Christian Church, I had a 
nervous break down. 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. 
(HELLO!!!)
       
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?" 

We have recently moved to a different state and my husband is
toying with membership in another church. The Lord has met with 
me in a wonderful way and I know that going back into bondage 
would be my death. 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 have never had the freedom to share these things because I am 
not a licensed minister and to tell the truth, it is not the lack of 
wanting to study that keeps me from pursuing a degree. I have 
already completed many of the required courses. It is the state of 
the church. I want no part of it. 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. I thank you again for 
sharing so many testimonies. It gives me hope - brings me
excitement to know that God is up to something glorious in the earth.

Yours in His Wonderful Love,
 
-Laura LaBrie.   
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