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“When I accepted Jesus as my Savior, I had many troubles,” Chinh says. After hearing about Jesus through Leading The Way’s radio broadcasts in Vietnam, Chinh had a difficult choice to make. Would he continue worshiping idols—an important responsibility for the eldest son in Vietnamese families—or would he give it up in order to follow Christ?

“I was regenerated by the Holy Spirit. From then on, my life was changed,” Chinh says. “Following the call of God, I broke down the altar, and there is no more idol worship.”

On our journey of faith, we will have to obey Christ and make decisions that are impossible to make in our own strength. In these moments, we must look to God as our source of strength.

King David wrote Psalm 3 in a time of deep trouble: He was enduring a coup, in hiding from his son Absalom. He was struggling with his desperate situation that night—emotionally as a father crossed by his son, spiritually as he tried to understand the reason for his predicament, socially as his people had deserted him, and psychologically as close friends had betrayed him.

“Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him,’” David cried out. “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high” (Psalm 3:1-3). Although he was tempted to despair, David chose to trust God—the secret of his triumph.

David’s enemies were certain that there would be no deliverance for him. Have you ever felt that way? Perhaps Satan has come to you and said, “Look, there’s no hope for you. You can’t do this. Why try?” Don’t give in to his lies. Look to the Bible and even your own life for evidence of the goodness, mercy, grace, and love God has demonstrated to you in the past.

David trusted in the Lord so perfectly that he could lie down and sleep even in the midst of his treacherous circumstances; he could go to sleep because he knew that his heavenly Father held his tomorrow (vv. 5-6).

Chinh has experienced this same peace. “In the past I was a pessimist and worried about my future,” he says. “Since I have been a Christian, I have become an optimist, and my soul brims over with hope in God.”

Experience the grace of God and receive the strength and peace of the Lord, so you, too, can rest in Him.

Prayer: Lord, help me trust in You and receive Your strength and peace in every trial. May I remember and rest in Your goodness. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high” (Psalm 3:3).


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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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