A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

God had promised to give the Israelites the land of Canaan. They simply had to believe His promise and take the land, but when they heard the scouts' report of fortified cities and people of great size, fear gripped their hearts.

The majority is always wrong when God is not its focus. When we look at our circumstances from a human perspective, we often see impossibilities instead of God's provision. Then we miss out on the blessings of God. Doubt, unbelief, and negativity can lead us to question God's Word.

It is obedience, and not opinions, that will bring you blessings. Faithful God had promised to give His people a land flowing with milk and honey—the Promised Land. But even though He had delivered and sustained them and had guided them day and night through the wilderness, the moment they faced an obstacle, Israel asked, "Where is God?"

Read Numbers 13-14. When spying out the land God had promised they would occupy, ten scouts saw the Canaanites as giants and themselves as grasshoppers (see Numbers 13:33). Only two, with the eyes of faith, saw themselves as giants because of God’s promise. Only someone who is strong in his faith can challenge unbelief. When you take a stand for Him, the Lord will never let you down.

Obedience has its own reward. Two of the twelve men Moses sent to explore the Promised Land knew that if the Lord was with them, He would defend, protect, and lead them. While worry, anxiety, and fear won’t stop us from entering the ultimate Promised Land through the blood of Jesus Christ, these emotions can prevent us from enjoying God's many blessings.

Do you wake up in the morning worrying about the future? Do you go to bed at night thinking about the giants in your life? Place your faith in God, be obedient, and trust His Word, and with the eyes of faith, you will see that next to our God, who fights for us, these giants are nothing but grasshoppers.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You that You are always with me—even to the end of the age. May I trust in You and Your promises, remembering Your steadfast love and faithfulness. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matthew 19:26).

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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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