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Read Romans 8:2-4.

Some teach that you will no longer struggle with sin once you receive Christ. But the Truth is the more faithful and righteous you desire to be, the greater your battle against sin will become. You’ll see the depths of your sin more clearly and feel the frustration of fighting your flesh, just like Paul, who cried, “What a wretched man I am!” (Romans 7:24).

Praise God, Jesus delivers us and gives us His indwelling Spirit so that we might have victory in our daily spiritual battles. Every day, the Holy Spirit—your Helper and Comforter—is there fighting for you, defending you, and empowering you. He comes to you as a result of your God-given faith in Christ’s perfect sacrifice on the cross. However, so many people in the church today tell us, “Just follow Jesus’ teaching and example.” But telling someone to follow Jesus’ example without His Spirit’s help is like telling a two-month-old baby to walk. It is impossible—and it will only lead to failure and frustration.

In the heat of your own spiritual battle, it is vitally important to remind yourself that you are not in this alone. Beloved, I am constantly saying to the Holy Spirit, “You are with me. You care about me. You are fighting for me.” I encourage you to do the same today!

Prayer: God, I thank You for giving me victory over sin. I know You are with me; You care about me; You are fighting for me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“. . . because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).

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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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