The experts are wrong about California youth. Youth prove it every night in Marysville. Not only are they turning to Jesus, they do it understanding they will be persecuted. They know the price they’ll pay for turning to Jesus.
Ironically, I know that their persecution will not come from their own age group. It will come from certain educators, and other adults who want the agenda to continue. Still, they come forward and they receive new life.
Then they go and get their friends. Word is on the street that the power of God is flowing in the tent. The adult “influencers” aren’t there when youth talk among themselves. Who would have thought that Satan’s ageless tool of peer pressure would backfire. Youth are bringing youth to the tent.
I once wrote the blog “preparing the coming youth awakening.” In it I made this prediction:
Scientists predict hurricanes by measuring a very unhurricane looking condition—they detect low air pressure over the ocean. In other words, they know violent air is coming because the air is so nonviolent. Nature always rushes to fill a vacuum.
Universities are sowing the seeds of revival by spiritually starving students. They are not creating lifelong atheists…they are creating a vacuum. The push to invalidate the Gospel will not remove the need of the human soul. In fact, suppression of spiritual desires can make those desires overwhelming.
There is no doubt in my mind that what I am witnessing in Marysville is a direct fulfillment of that prediction. But as much as I rejoice in the youth being saved there is something else happening here that is also explosive: Young people are seeing miracles for the first time and they are entering the GLORY that has flooded the tent.
Again tonight every seat is taken. The crowd has not taken a night off. After 4 straight nights more and more of the audience is youth. At a key moment, the Holy Spirit calls out a woman and gave words of knowledge about years of serious heart disease, joint disease, spinal disorder. Her healing was stunning…but there is something going on that truly threatens Satan. Youth are watching undeniable proof of the power of God.
Here again, something Satan has done to our children backfires. They emotional emptiness makes them prime candidates for total commitment to Christ. Their hunger and joy seeing God move and feeling the intense presence of God leads them to enter the Glory of God without hesitation or unbelief.
Last year, I took a prayer out of Psalms and made it my own. Psalm 71:18 “Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.” Tonight it came to pass in vivid detail.
I have not been able to sleep tonight because I know that something is unfolding here in Marysville that is so much bigger than I know and far beyond the jurisdiction of any one ministry. A mighty locomotive has left the station. It may be impossible for me to predict what is going to come out of all of this.
As I write this at 1:30 AM, I am deep conviction. My prayer is “God please don’t let the hand of man come on this fragile but mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Never have I needed your prayers more and never have I seen this much for you and I to rejoice over. Stay tuned.
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