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An Unleashed Youth: Being Led By The Spirit

In a world that constantly shifts its values and norms, the youth of today face an array of challenges and opportunities. As young people, we are bombarded with voices telling us who we should be and what we should do. Yet, amid this cacophony, there is one voice that stands above the rest—the voice of the Holy Spirit. Embracing this divine guidance is the key to living a powerful, purposeful life. As we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit, we can truly become an unleashed force for God’s Kingdom.

THE CALL TO BE LED BY THE SPIRIT

The call to be led by the Holy Spirit is not just for the elderly or the seasoned believer; it is a call for every believer, including the youth. In John 16:13, Jesus promises, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.” This promise is as much for you as it is for anyone else. The Holy Spirit is our guide, our helper, and our counselor, and He is ready to lead us into a life of truth and purpose.

In Romans 8:14, Paul emphasises this call by saying, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” This verse underscores the importance of being continuously led by the Spirit. It’s not a one-time event but a daily, ongoing journey. As young people, we must make the conscious decision to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every aspect of our lives.

LIVING BEYOND RULES: EMBRACING GRACE

One of the greatest obstacles to being led by the Spirit is the tendency to rely on a set of rules or laws to define our righteousness. Many young Christians fall into the trap of legalism, believing that their worthiness is based on their ability to follow religious laws perfectly. However, the Bible teaches us that righteousness is achieved not through the law but through grace.

Ephesians 2:8 reminds us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” Grace is a gift from God that we cannot earn through our actions. It is freely given and can only be received through faith. When we embrace God’s grace, we are empowered to live a life free from the bondage of sin. Romans 6:14 affirms, “For sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not under law but under grace.”

YIELDING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Yielding to the Holy Spirit means surrendering our own efforts and trusting in His guidance. It’s about coming to the end of our own strength and saying, “Holy Spirit, take over. I cannot handle this situation, but You can.” This does not mean that we abandon our willpower, but rather we use our willpower to trust the Holy Spirit rather than relying on our own strength.

As young people, we often believe we can solve our problems on our own. Our independence and self-reliance can become barriers to truly yielding to the Holy Spirit. Yet, it is in our surrender that we find true strength and direction. By allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us, we open ourselves to divine solutions that we could never conceive on our own.

THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES

Jesus beautifully illustrates our relationship with Him in John 15:1-5, where He compares Himself to the vine and us to the branches. He says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” This passage highlights the importance of staying connected to Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Just as branches cannot bear fruit on their own, we cannot achieve true success or fulfillment without abiding in Him.

Pruning is also a crucial part of this process. Sometimes, the struggles and challenges we face are God’s way of pruning us, cutting away the dead parts so that we can bear even more fruit. Though the process may be painful, it is necessary for our growth and maturity. Trust in the Vinedresser, and yield to His pruning, knowing that it is for your ultimate good.

CHOOSING THE GUIDE OVER THE MAP

Imagine being given a choice between a detailed map and a personal guide to navigate an unknown territory. While the map provides information, it is the guide who knows the terrain intimately and can lead you safely. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is our Guide, and we must choose to follow Him over relying solely on our own understanding or a set of rules.

In life, we often find ourselves in situations where our knowledge is insufficient. It is in these moments that we must turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance. He knows the way, and He has a perfect plan for our lives. Trusting Him means letting go of our desire to control and allowing Him to lead us step by step.

THE BRIDE WHO TRUSTED HER GUIDE

The story of Abraham’s servant finding a bride for Isaac in Genesis 24 serves as a powerful analogy. The servant, guided by the Holy Spirit, found Rebekah, who trusted him to lead her to a future she had never seen. This story mirrors our journey as believers. We are the bride of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit to our eternal destination. We may not see the end, but we can trust our Guide.

Just as Rebekah accepted the servant’s gifts as a sign of her new identity, we too must accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts mark us as belonging to God and equip us for the journey ahead. Rejecting these gifts means missing out on the fullness of what God has for us.

CONCLUSION

As young people, we have the opportunity to be a powerful force for God’s Kingdom. By being led by the Holy Spirit, we can navigate the complexities of life with divine wisdom and strength. Let us choose to yield to the Spirit, embrace God’s grace, and stay connected to the vine. In doing so, we will bear much fruit and fulfill the incredible destiny God has for each of us.

Take some time today to thank God for His Holy Spirit. Ask Him to lead you, guide you, and empower you to live a life that glorifies Him. Together, we can be an unleashed youth, making a lasting impact for the Kingdom of God.

Written by Elder Martinson T. Yeboah (Den Haag District Youth Ministry Leader, CoP-Netherlands)

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