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Visionaries are people who see the big picture and are not afraid of change. They don't hold back, refusing to leave their comfort zones.

Those who have the "show me" mentality move only if they see proof that the change is good. They embrace the vision if they see evidence and proof that it is the right direction. Then there are those who refuse to change or adapt at all.

The Israelites arrived at the edge of the land the Lord had promised to them after a long journey from Egypt. The journey was a process of learning lessons of obedience and faith. Now they were ready to enter the land.

The Lord said to Moses, "Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders" (Numbers 13:1-2).

The mission was simple: “See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many" (Numbers 13:18). After forty days of looking around, the twelve men returned and reported incredible prosperity and fertile land.

However, ten of them gave a bad report because of the fortified cities. Only two, Joshua and Caleb, had a different opinion. What seems impossible to us is possible to God—no matter how daunting. Do you fall into the "show me" category, like the majority of Moses' scouts? Do you want complete proof of success before you will participate in change? It is better to be like Joshua and Caleb—visionaries who could see that with God on their side they could not fail.

Prayer: Lord, help me to live confidently in You. May I follow You even when trials come, remembering that You are sovereign and that You love me. May my trust in You and Your unchanging faithfulness to me bring You glory. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us” (Numbers 14:8).

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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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