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Read Romans 3:19-4:25.

As we run the race of faith, one of the greatest hurdles we will face in the Christian life is pride. Pride ruins relationships. It blinds us to our faults while giving us a critical attitude toward others and an unteachable spirit. It keeps us from knowing God intimately, causing even greater isolation and loneliness.

The reality is that not one of us has the right to be prideful—"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Here in Romans, the apostle Paul rebukes us for our self-centeredness and shows us the only way to brag:

·         In Christ alone—for He alone has given us a wondrous salvation (see 3:21-31).

·         About our faith—which God alone has given to us as a gift (see 4:1-8).

·         About God’s grace—because our salvation comes from Christ and not by our own works (see 4:9-17).

·         About God’s power—for only He can “[give] life to the dead” (see 4:18-25).

When it comes to our salvation from sin and judgment, boasting in ourselves is unthinkable; God has done it all. We “all are justified freely by his grace”; His gift of salvation is totally undeserved (Romans 3:24). You did not do anything to deserve it and could not do anything to earn it. That is why God alone deserves all the glory for all He has done.

Prayer: Lord, for as long as you have me on this earth, let me boast in Jesus—not myself. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. . . . For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” (Romans 3:27a-28).

 

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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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