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One perception that many Christians hold in error is their idea of what it means to be meek. People think of meekness as weakness or timidity. Those who are meek are thought of as wimps or cowards. Nothing could be further from the Truth.


The Greek word for meekness, praotes, is synonymous with courage, confidence, security, and strength under control. Gentleness causes us to care for the weak, defend the helpless, and nurture the innocent. A gentle person is strong in character and resolve, yet tender and humble before God.


Gentleness does not brag about accomplishments or bully people around to show strength. It is not false modesty, but true humility. Meek people know they are nothing without God. At the same time, meek people know that because of God, they can do whatever He asks them to do. They know that all talents, abilities, and success come from God.


How do we rely upon the strength of God and not our own strength? Through a continual outpouring of thanksgiving. Acknowledge God daily as your provider and protector. Thank Him for your health, strength, intellect, talents, and spiritual gifts. Thank Him for the opportunities He brings your way and the rewards and blessings He bestows on you.


Prayer: Father, thank You for all that You’ve given me. I acknowledge that without You, I am nothing. Help me to always rely on Your strength and not my own. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).

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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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