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Read Romans 5:12-14.

Why does death seem to reign supreme? No matter how much we try to escape it or how invincible we may feel, death is inevitable for us all. And in Romans 5:12-14, the apostle Paul shares why.

It was Adam’s sin against God that first activated the power of sin, bringing physical and spiritual death upon both himself and all his descendants. But don’t misunderstand this—Paul is not saying that sin and rebellion originated in Adam. For sin and rebellion against God began in Satan’s mind.

Satan tempted Adam, but Adam had a choice: Should I obey Satan or obey God? Beloved, you and I face this same question every single day. Inside each of us, two natures are fighting—the flesh against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. And this is even true for those of us who enjoy new life in Christ.

By obeying Satan, Adam fell, and the poison of the forbidden fruit was death, not only for Adam but for all his descendants—meaning you, me, and everyone who has ever lived. But the Scripture makes it very clear that while we are all born in sin, by nature at enmity with God, only the cross of Jesus Christ can rescue us from our sin and transform us into the likeness of Christ. Adam fell, but Christ arose. And now in Christ the believer wins.

Where in your life are you being tempted? Fight back now by sharing your struggle with a fellow believer.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that, in Christ, I win. I know Your Spirit will have the victory in my heart and bring me closer and closer to Christlikeness. I long to be like my Savior. May I keep in step with Your Spirit and always give thanks for the changes You are working in my heart. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—" (Romans 5:12).

 

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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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