A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals, is who we ultimately need, no matter what area of weakness, sickness, disease, or trouble we encounter. This doesn’t mean we will never get sick or that we are immune to death. But God will be with us through every pain we experience. If you are suffering, remember that God desires to use your suffering to bring an even greater reward to you and an even greater awareness of His presence to others who may witness your steadfastness.

What a tremendous encouragement it is to know that God is healing us day by day, week by week, year by year. He takes all of those broken bits of our lives—even those which we aren’t aware of—and mends them with His tender love and great healing power. And one day we will stand perfectly whole in Christ Jesus before His throne.

The ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in our world is the work of Jehovah-Rapha. It is the Holy Spirit who mends broken hearts, renews degenerate minds, and restores shattered relationships. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to conform us to the likeness of the perfect, complete Christ Jesus. Jehovah-Rapha is the God who heals us and makes us whole.

If you are suffering from emotional or spiritual hurts today, cry out to Jehovah-Rapha. He wants to restore you. He wants to make you whole. Praise Him today for His healing power. Praise Him for dying on the cross so you can be healed of your sins. Praise Him for restoring your broken relationships and broken heart. Praise Him for His daily care and provision for your health. 

Prayer: I do praise You, Lord, for Your healing power, released through Your death and resurrection. Forgive me for trying to find healing and wholeness apart from You. May I rest in You today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion” (Psalm 103:2-4).

 

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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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