If you’ve ever undergone a surgical procedure, you know what it means to trust in a surgeon’s skillful hands. The scalpel he uses can either be a dangerous knife or an instrument of healing; it all depends on how it’s wielded. The author of Hebrews described Scripture as a double-edged sword, even dividing soul and spirit (see 4:12). He has in mind a precise blade, much like a modern surgeon’s scalpel.

When we come to the Bible with our hearts and minds open to hear what the Lord has to say to us, we are lying down on the operating table, ready for the Master Surgeon’s expert blade—for He alone knows where it should go. The Word of God cuts through to the bones, penetrates deep into the recesses of our spiritual being, and stops at nothing until it brings our sin out into the open to be dealt with.

But the Great Physician doesn’t just leave us on the operating table, open and exposed. He cuts and removes the bad, but then He puts us back together again for complete healing. The longing of God is to heal us through His Word, not wound us. If we do get hurt in the process, it’s for our good and our healing. He is the Surgeon we can always trust.

Prayer: Lord, I know You and Your Word can be trusted. Your work in my life is always for my good. Help me receive it, submit to it, and rejoice in it. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

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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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