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Read Romans 5:3-11.

Let’s look at the final three guarantees we receive from God:

Suffering for Christ (vv. 3-4). If you take a stand for Christ at work, in school, or even within your own family or community, you will be persecuted—but your suffering is not meaningless.

God uses our suffering to produce perseverance, and it is by learning perseverance that we are prepared for even greater Kingdom purposes. Suffering for Christ produces character, and character cannot be learned from a book. Therefore, we “glory in our sufferings,” enduring the pain in hope of the joy to come (v. 3).

God’s overwhelming love (vv. 5-10). Many believe that the love of God is dependent upon our performance, but this could not be further from the Truth. When we were totally enslaved to Satan, sin, and death, God sent His Son to die for us. And if He so loved us while we were His enemies, how much more can we be assured of His love now that we are His children?

And finally, overwhelming joy (v. 11). Any time your circumstances try to bring you down, remember all that you have been given in Christ. As you do, His supernatural joy will bear you up and renew your hope.

Have you been rejected for Christ or maligned for doing good? How can these salvation guarantees help you persevere?

Prayer: Father, thank You for the amazing guarantees You have given me through Jesus Christ. May Your love and peace sustain me with overwhelming joy and perseverance whatever trials come. I pray that my endurance and hope would glorify Your name, for it all flows from You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10).

 

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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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