A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

Read 2 Peter 3; Revelation 22:12-14.

Many people are comfortable with the idea of baby Jesus, but they are disturbed by the thought that Christ will one day be their judge. These people do not mind worshiping a helpless child in a manger or a helpless body on a cross; neither one makes any demands. But the risen and glorified King of kings demands our all—and He will one day return to “judge the living and the dead” (2 Timothy 4:1). 

Jesus told His disciples that His return would be sudden, and only those who are waiting for Him will be ready (see Matthew 24:42-44). When that day comes, God will shut the door, all opportunities for salvation will be past, and Jesus will not only make eternal judgment on people’s salvation—He will also reward believers based on how we lived our lives (see Revelation 22:12). 

Let me be clear: For those who love Jesus, this will be a joyous day! But for those whose names are not written in the book of life, it will be a dreadful day. No amount of good deeds will matter unless you have trusted Christ for your salvation. 

There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to spare people from having to suffer everlasting regret. Day and night, I feel a burden to pray and tell people about the love of Christ. I want to live for my audience of one—as if He is coming back today! 

Christ is coming for us, and it won’t be long. Until then, we are to “keep watch”—advancing His Kingdom in every way we can. Are you ready to meet Him? 

Prayer: King of kings, You are the just judge—perfectly qualified, as the infinitely wise, all-knowing Creator. I rejoice that I am Yours—safe from condemnation because You have given me Your righteousness. You are my fortress. May I share Your love and compassion with those around me before it’s too late. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:12-13).

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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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