TOPIC: THE PURPOSEFUL AND PROSPEROUS YOUTH
TEXT: Psalm 1:1-6; Daniel 1:3-21;3:1-30; Joshua 1:5-9; I Chronicles 22:8-13; II Chronicles 31:20-21; 32:30
MEMORIZE: Then shalt thou prosper; if thou takest heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: Be strong, and of a good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed (I Chronicles 22:13)
The youthful age is a delicate period of character formation, when a teenage one begins to make personal decisions on which way to follow and what to become in life. It is an early stage of accountability in which one though not much experienced as an adult, but is equally no more an ignorant child. Such has come of age to choose between evil and good and so becomes accountable to God for deliberate/voluntary offences he/she has committed.
The bible lays strong emphasis on the effect of one’s youthful life-style on his/her future welfare, either for good or for evil, for progress or retrogress, prosperity or poverty and frustration; according to whatever life-style one chooses to live. “For whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7-8)
CONSEQUENCES OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
Those who spend their youthful days in sin and disobedience to God get entrapped in the bitter consequences thereof, with darkness and perversion of their destiny, from comedy to tragedy! Your sinful activities as a youth throw back clouds and deadly shadows on your future tending towards bad-luck ill-favour and frustration; hindering God’s original plans for your life. This is why most people end up in agony and sorrow of unfulfilledness. Their reckless youthful involvements destroyed their future just as says the Bible in Job 13:26 for thou writtest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth”. And also from Job. 20:11 speaking of the recklessness sinner now in pain and agony, it says His bones are full of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. (Job 16:5-6; Pro, 4:18-19).
Most people today suffer untold bitter experience of hardship including infections, diseases spiritual oppressions, mysterious set-backs, illiteracy, biological disorder, occult bondage, mental and psychological dementia etc as a result of their unchecked consequential youthful activities in immorality, abortion, lies, deceit, theft, gangesterism, and cultism, hard drugs, mystiscms and demonic initiations, alcoholism, masquerading, robbery, rape, sodomy/lesbianism (homosexuality), masturbation, incest, truancy (away from school), parental insolence, unruliness and stubborn, plus pride, greed, high-mindedness crowed with laziness and incorrigibility (unchangeableness)
Any youth laden with such ungodly behavior is sure to hit the rock of crashing repercussions of sin if repentance and transformation keeps delaying. God’s judgment is reserved for every Godless youth who lives in recklessness and neglect of God! So the Bible in Eccl. 11:9-10. Rejoice O young man in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thy eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgement. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart and put away evil from thy flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.
CAUTION: BE WISE NOW!
Don’t allow darkness to overtake your destiny with the ugly repercussions of sinful vanities! (See Isa. 59:7-10; 21:17-20)
Seize your early/youthful opportunity to enter/walk in the light of life with JESUS. And secure a bright and blessed future for soul and destiny; for time and eternity.”Seek the Lord while he may be found” (Isa 55:6). Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth”. (Ecc. 12:1). Receive JESUS the light. Now at the early stage of your life and avoid the bitter regrets of deadly mistakes! (Jn 12:24; 12:35-36). If you obey and serve God early in life, your future is marked with success and prosperity! (Job. 36:11; Ps. 1:1-3).make God your guide – Ps 71:17; Jer. 3:4.
PURPOSEFULNESS FOR PROSPERITY
True prosperity goes with purposefulness. Purposefulness is being objective in life. It is having meaningful goal you are pursing and the determination to accomplish it in spite of difficulties and oppositions, with readiness to pay the price of self discipline and hard work. Purposefulness is taking strong, sound/godly decision towards your faith and commitment to God and standing to it without fear and compromise in the face of threatening challenges, like the Bible heroes of our text. Daniel, Shedrack, Meshach and Abednego.
Read through the text and make observations and comments on their
- Purpose/decision towards God _________________________________
- The challenges/trials that followed: _________________________________
- The determination and commitment they manifested __________________________
- God’s intervention and deliverance _________________________________
- Their success, promotions and prosperity _________________________________ (See Daniel 1:3-21; 3:1-30).
King David Admonished His son Solomon on very important issues which would make him prosperous towards the fulfillment of his calling/destiny as the builder of God’s temple. What are they? _________________________________ (Read 1 Chronicles 22:8-13; 28:9-10, and make your comments. Read also II Chronicles 31:20-21; 32:30 and comment on the secret of King Hezekiah’s prosperity
Joshua the second leader of Israel after Moses was admonished on very important issues by which he would be successful and prosperous in life and ministry; what are they?
What important roles does the knowledge of the Word of God play in your life, for your becoming the successful and prosperous person God intends for you? According to Ps. 110:11; 97-105; II Tim 3:15-17.
Do you agree with the scripture that evil-companionship is dangerous to a purposeful life and could destroy your soul and destiny according to 1 Cor 15:33; Prov. 1:10-16; II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11-14.
What have you learnt from this seminar and what decisions and commitments are you making today towards reaching the great and glorious heights of success and prosperity God has for you
Receive Jesus with purpose of heart; Acts 11:23
Make your purpose like Daniel (Dan 1:8) and be resolute to becoming somebody in life for God and humanity. Begin today! Start now! By giving your life to Jesus, as your Lord and personal savior, he makes you a bonafide child of God (John 1:12) and your future is bright your soul is saved and your life a success! Amen.
“Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and be my Lord and personal Saviour. Forgive all my sins and make me a child of God. I sincerely renounce all my evil ways and bad relationships. I have decided to follow you Lord Jesus all the days of my life through your grace. I shall never go back from following you! Thank you Lord for saving me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Be purposeful! Be prosperous! Amen.