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Read Romans 5:1-2.

How can we continue following Christ for the rest of our lives? In Romans 5:1-11, Paul gives us an answer. We must hold fast to our salvation by remembering the six incredible guarantees that we received from God when we were justified through faith. Let’s look at the first three now.

Peace with God (v. 1). This peace is not dependent on our feelings but is permanent and irrevocable, for it is found in Christ Himself. I know that thousands of you could testify here because you have experienced His peace even in your darkest hour. I know I have.

Favor with God (v. 2). This favor is a privileged position that we stand in for the rest of our lives. Once we enter into grace, we cannot fall out of it—for God Himself sustains, strengthens, convicts, and restores us by His Holy Spirit as we live for Him each day.

Hope in God (v. 2). The word hope here means absolute certainty. By faith, we are absolutely certain of what we cannot see—that God is real and His promises are true. Therefore, we can rejoice, even when our whole world is falling apart, because in Christ our future is gloriously bright.

Prayer: God, help me to hold unswervingly to these guarantees of my salvation and experience Your peace, favor, and hope today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, . . .” (Romans 5:1).

 

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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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