I’ve been planning to write down an article about the need of the youth to be involved in the new move of God in this season. Although this is on my own perspective as a leader and my passion to see young people rise to their gifts and use it to profoundly impact darkness and bring many into the light. I hope this makes sense to any young and old alike…
God is moving so mightily in the earth to expedite His plan and hasten His coming back. As being involved in the youth ministry for quite some time, I have experienced being blessed to see young people show passion and commitment to their relationship with the Lord. Although this is good, I feel that there is still a need to create a stir in their hearts the need to not just grow but to expand their possibilities by getting involved in activities or ministries that will activate their gifts.
To a young people, getting involve sometimes mean being present all the time and come to church. Involvement in the church is second option to being in school or being with friends or maybe staying at home to help chores. As much as this is good rather than being with friends doing nothing, this causes hindrance for youth to flourish and be counted as one who is faithful for what has been given to them – their spiritual gifts.
I am not saying that the need to be in school or helping out in the house shouldn’t be a priority, what I mean is the need to input in the mindset of the young people that they can do more and be more.
One particular story that impresses me to stand in a young crowd is the story of David and Goliath. David knew he has a destiny to pursue. At a young age he was taking care of his father’s sheep and running errands for his father, He has a heart of a warrior and a worshipper. He was anointed to become the next King of Israel. Although he was anointed as one, He waited. He didn’t go to King Saul and demanded the throne. He was willing to be trained and be ready when the time comes for his to be the next heir to the throne.
One day, when he learned that the Philistine army is mocking the God whom he loves and serves, he was enraged. Although young and inexperienced in wars, David knew one thing that the Israelites have forgotten – God was on their side.
In Samuel 17: 41 -54 showcases the climax of the story –
“Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods."Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!"
David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands."
And surely, God delivered the Philistines into the hands of the Israelites through a young lad named David.
David’s courage and determination allowed the fearful Israelites to rise into the situation and pursue their enemies and subdue them. David knew that God is on their side and He will not fail to give victory over darkness. David won so many battles and defeated God’s enemies with his hands for his entire lifetime. His influence and battles are still being shared today not as a remembrance of what God has done but as a roadmap to anyone who wants to pursue destiny and create influence in God’s Kingdom.
I believe this generation has that grace and anointing like of David. Our generation can increase and expand God’s Kingdom to heights beyond our expectations. It stirs the passion inside us to do more and give more to the work of the Lord. Like David, this anointing stirs our passion and allows us to leap and go for the dreams and visions God has given us. I strongly believe that the Davidic anointing will not just stir us but that the effects of our labors will be exponential. Like David winning tens of thousands compared to Saul’s thousands after every battles. God can do this in our time, in our generation.
I believe that this Davidic anointing when released to this young generation will create supernatural influence to the nations. Like the influence of David being more than centuries ago still being recognized today will be the driving force of this generation to rise in their situations and influence others to run and set before them the kingdom perspective. This will change the course of history as well as create a new mandate for the old and new alike – to run the race hand in hand and not the young people just taking the baton.
It is my prayer that whoever is reading this article right now is challenged to move into new heights with his gifts and influence others for spiritual change! As a youth leader, my passion is to encourage and train young people in all areas of life to be influencers in the community. If God has allowed me to become an influence in the territory he has given me, God can do it for you too! He is no respecter of person or educational background, what matters to Him is the heart and the will to do so for Him and for His glory.
Thanks for reading!!!