What is adolescent youthful exuberance mean is the question of many believers today.Youthful exuberance is a situation whereby youths exhibit uncontrolled qest for things that will stir them up in other to belong.
We are in a time where the challenge is being your self rather than what the world wants you to be. Pleasures of life have blinded man so much that sin seems so normal.
But then we must know that the rules of Holy Bible which guides our path on this earth still remains the same.
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At this stage,they think that older generation (parents) have been denying them freedom and and some level of exposure.
Therefore they look for ways they feel can help them find satisfaction in life. In a bid to do what they want to do and how they want to do them,they tend to forget God who created them.
christians and new believers, we have a task of maintaining purity both spiritually and in flesh. Well it is up to the individual to study the Word which delivers us from temptation. NB: JESUS replied satan with the Word when HE was tempted.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13, Hebrews 2:18, 1Corinthians 3:16, James 13:15 Matthew 26:41, 1 Peter 5:6-8, 1 Corinthians 15:33,
1 John 2:16-17.
Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
The verse says that anyone who thinks he stands should be very careful because temptation is a phenomenon that comes everyone’s way at some points in life.
Frankly speaking, temptations can be escaped but most at times people are entangled in it. In fact the best way to deal with temptation is either to escape it or to endure it.
Enduring temptation is not an easy task but then if only you have the HOLY SPIRIT (our helper & comforter) by your side there’s no way it will overcome you.
In Hebrews 2:18, it says that for because himself has suffered and been tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted.
This is so because He has experienced the pain and suffering temptation so He is ready and able to help victims of temptation. My brethren, if our LORD JESUS was then who are we to walk freely and go on with our lives without temptation?
In 1 peter 5 verse 8, it says that be sober, be watchful meaning be alert, be aggressive be careful and also be careful and also be ready. Why does the BIBLE tell us this?
We should be ready, alert and careful for what reason? The verse further says that our adversary “the devil” prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Actually, he is looking for someone who is neither alert nor careful to pounce on. How will he devour his victims? It’s only or mostly through temptations.
The moment you are not able to overcome it he devours you by getting you addicted to the sinful act he tempted you with.
Majority of his victims are the youth of our society. What do we see nowadays? All the nasty and well known social vices are being done and practiced by the youth.
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Right from drug abuse to shooting of porn videos but then I believe that with the comforter at work and our GOD being
so merciful and loving they will be delivered in the mighty name of Jesus!!!
“For all that is in the world, lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the father is not of the father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
THE CHALLENGES OF ADOLESCENT YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE
What then are the adolescent youthful lusts? What are those things that always look appealing to a young man but that are very destructive? A critical survey of our environment provides immediate answers. I will like to quickly share few of these things with you, namely:
challenge of Pornography and sexual addiction:
Pornography is any depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures, music or writings) intended to cause sexual excitement. It all begins with a thought.
And remember “a little seed of bad thought will turn to a bad action which in turn will lead to a bad habit. When bad is consistently indulged, then a bad character is formed”
Unfortunately, pornography has turned out to be a big business in our days. It has found an easy way into our homes through the internet and mass media.
Various advertisements and music industries have no other intention other than to expose young people into the world of sexual excitement. This is one of the lusts God warns the youth to flee from.
Challenge of Drug Addiction:
Another monstrous appetite of the 21st century is drug. The rate at which young people abuse drug is becoming alarming.
How adolescents’ use of drugs turn into addiction isn’t a mystery, because progression of drug use follows a fairly predictable pattern.
It starts from taking little alcohol to tobacco smoking. Before long they open the gate to stronger ones like marijuana and cocaine.
Challenge of Mass Media:
Contemporary youth culture is media driven. Thousand of images of immorality that are being acted out in movies, videos, cables have brought several young ones under some negative influences and have seared their consciences.
Worst of all is the perverted use of the internet facilities where they get incessantly exposed to all kind of evils. What you get from all these means are sordid reflections that run contrary to Christian values.
Challenge of Materialism:
Our generation is characterized with materialism. Whereas Jesus said “The life of a man does not depend on the abundance of things he possesses”, the pursuit of every young man of our time is how to amass wealth unto himself.
The expectation of God is that kingdom minded youths will focus on the kingdom and its righteousness instead of the mundane things that perish with the world.
HOW TO OVERCOOME THESE CHALLENGES
There is the need for you to consciously and carefully say NO when you are confronted with these choices.
But how can one actually live victoriously over these challenges? The Bible presents the answers:
1. Flee: This suggests self control. You’ve got to discipline your sight and your ears. These are the gateways to your mind. Whatever is stored up in your mind is definitely channeled by it.
But the Spirit of God can grant you the grace to say NO to whatever may be disastrous to your destiny (Read Titus 2:11; 2 Timothy. 1:7)
2. Pursue. Always go for whatever is right. Pursue faith, love and peace (Read Galatians 6:7)
3. Be careful of your association. Move with people who call on God out of a pure heart. Evil company does not only corrupt good manners, it also destroys good destiny. Be careful of your company (Read Psalm 1)
4. The need for a Transformed Mind (Col 3: 16; Psalm 119; 9, 11,105):
Young ones ask yourself these questions: What are some of your biggest influences? Do you find it easy to change the way you think?
Normally the way one think is a major part of ones makeup. It affects the emotion, actions, heart, and soul. All these go a long way to determine the very essence of who a person is.
For this reason we must ensure that the lives of our young ones is based on the truth. Fortunately there is absolute truth, and it can be found and defined in the Bible. A lot of young ones have been influenced by so many lies.
Youthful time is divinely arranged by God to be a useful time. You must ensure it does not become a wasteful time. The divine injunction to the young is to remember their creator while they are still young.
When this becomes your preoccupation then you are set to overcome the battle that confronts the young. With this, what Apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:14 becomes a reality in your life!
We have only limited time to live here on earth.Therefor, forsake the sinful and rebellious life you are living today and live a genuine life so that will escape eternal damnation.