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A person suffering from starvation or dehydration can think of nothing else but to find food or water. Hunger and thirst are God-given sensations that help us survive physically. In the same way, spiritual hunger and thirst for righteousness help us survive spiritually. God gave us an inner longing, a deep desire for fulfillment. He gave us a spiritual hunger at the core of our being.

Unfortunately, many take this hunger and aim it at other things. Some hunger for power; some hunger for pleasure; some hunger for possession. Even within the church, we feed ourselves with things other than God’s righteousness. But if we sate our spiritual appetite on church activities or our own Christian reputation, we will die of spiritual starvation. Nothing will fully satisfy but Jesus and His righteousness.

Finding true satisfaction means recognizing that our own righteousness is not going to cut it. It means turning to God for His righteousness, which He gives to us through Christ. We will be satisfied when we continue to hunger and thirst for God, for His holiness, for what is pleasing to Him, by the power of His Spirit. For as we do, we will be filled with peace and thanksgiving and goodness and mercy that no one and nothing can take away.

Prayer: Lord, help me to seek spiritual fulfillment through Your righteousness. I want to long for holiness and to see it manifested in my life. I know that true satisfaction is found in holiness because You are holy—worthy and beautiful. Make me more like You, Lord. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Matthew 5:6).

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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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