A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

Read Romans 8:5-17.

We can be active in our churches and exhibit many commendable traits, but still be operating from our flesh if we are not allowing ourselves to be led by the Spirit. Being led by the Holy Spirit means He is at work in your life in three distinct ways:

1.      He is revealing to you the Truth of the Scriptures, illuminating your mind and allowing you to submit to God’s law.

2.      He is helping you obey God’s Word. It is one thing to read and even memorize the Word of God. But it is a whole different ballgame to                     actually obey the Word of God.

3.      He is confirming your adoption into God’s family, freeing you from fear and assuring you that you are His child.

There are times when I have fervently prayed and sought the Holy Spirit’s guidance, but still could not discern His leading. Only later did I realize He was guiding me all along.

So, though you may not see the fruit of your surrender immediately, trust that the Spirit is at work. If you are actively yielding to Him, you will bear fruit. But He will not beat down the door of your life; you must welcome Him in. So, pray with me now, “Holy Spirit, let Your will dominate my will.”

Prayer: God, I thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, open my eyes to the beauty of Scripture and so work in my heart that I delight to submit to its Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:13-14). 

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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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