During World War II, immediately after the collapse of France, Hitler moved to invade England. His Operation Sea Lion included a massive formation of bombers and fighters covering the English sky.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) realized that there was only one way to deal with this sinister attack—higher altitude. Whenever the pilots got the command to “scramble” from the radar operators, it meant they had to get above the attacking German planes. These pilots became known as the Scrambling Squadrons.

They understood that there could be no victory without high altitude. They knew that they could not blow the enemy’s planes out of the sky unless they were at a higher altitude.

Back then, for the RAF fighter pilots, there was no such thing as instant altitude. But this is not so for God’s “Scrambling Squadrons.” As a child of God, you are given the privilege and the power to have instant altitude from any and every situation. When Jesus rose from the dead, He was at the highest altitude possible. He was above Satan—high above all the forces of evil.

The Bible says that those who are in Christ Jesus are seated with Him in heavenly places (see Ephesians 2:6). In Christ, you have been raised to the highest altitude possible. There you have victory over Satan.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for seating me in the heavenly places with You—far above the attacks of the enemy. I pray I will be faithful and find shelter in You when the enemy attacks. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6-7).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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