A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

When you have a sleepless night, what do you do? Do you get up from your bed, turn on the television, and try to avoid facing your problems? Do you allow your mind to replay old tapes of the day's events, or do you stop and pray?

 

Many times, Satan is the one who awakens us at night, telling us what we have yet to do or reminding us of the things we have done wrong. If God wakes you up at night, you can be sure His instruction will be swift, never condemning, and always based on the Truth of His Word.

 

Satan, however, uses lies and temptation to work out his plan in our lives. He enjoys tempting us into doubting God's goodness. He likes to lure us away from the Truth of Scripture while getting us to respond to his lying words.

 

To be prepared for the enemy's attacks, it is important to remain vigilant in our spiritual walk. In 2 Samuel, we find that King David did not take this advice.

 

The Lord had given David victory after victory, living in the light of God’s blessings. God even proclaimed that David was a "man after His own heart" (see Acts 13:22). David was conscious of God's abiding presence and personal love. But he made a horrible mistake. He became careless in his devotion to the Lord. He fell for Satan's trap, and, on a sleepless night, he took a stroll on his rooftop instead of going into the temple to pray (see 2 Samuel 11). Adultery left its mark on his life and on the lives of his family members.

 

While God's forgiveness is always available to us, His greatest desire is that we avoid Satan's entrapments. Remain faithful in your worship and devotion to the Lord. Pray that the Lord will guard your heart in all that you do.

 

Prayer: Father, when I have trouble sleeping and my thoughts are filled with anxiety and guilt, help me to recognize the work of Satan as he seeks to condemn me. May I run to the cross and remember the grace and freedom I have received. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy” (Psalm 94:18-19).

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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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