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In a million lifetimes, we cannot do anything for our salvation—it is God’s gift, totally undeserved. This is why no one can brag or boast about their role in their salvation. From beginning to end, it is God’s plan and work. All boasting should be in the Lord alone.

Not only did Jesus pay the penalty for our sin and free us from eternal death, He opened the door for us to be adopted as sons and daughters of God. Through God’s gift of faith, we receive salvation. When we do, we also receive His name, His power, His resources, and His blessings. He dresses us in His royal robes of righteousness. He does it all, and all praise, honor, and glory are His.

There are no accomplishments, possessions, or connections that will help us on Judgment Day. The only contact that matters is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only one who is going to secure our salvation, and so our boasting is in Him alone.

Have you submitted fully to the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you accepted His free gift of salvation by faith? Are you boasting in the Lord alone? Take some time to reflect on who is receiving the glory in your life.

Prayer: God, thank You for the free gift of salvation. I pray that I will always give You all the glory because You alone are worthy. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord’” (1 Corinthians 1:31).

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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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