God's redemptive love for us is beyond anything this world offers. There is nothing we can do to earn it. It is a free gift that God has chosen to give us. It is, however, our responsibility to accept His gift by faith. Paul admonishes us to "[t]ake hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:12). Paul calls us to live out our faith, to grasp it with confidence, for God’s love is sure. We have nothing to fear: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Author and evangelist E. Stanley Jones wrote:

I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sands in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath—these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely—these are my native air.

We have been redeemed from eternal death through Jesus Christ. We no longer have an occasion to fear. Our fate has been sealed, and we have every reason to have hope for the future. Many people, however, do not realize the power of God's redemption. They cower in fear and worry about tomorrow.

But fear stifles creativity. Fear destroys our dreams. Fear blocks God's love. Fear prevents us from telling others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Fear is one of Satan's favorite weapons against the believer.

Each one of us can think back to a time when we felt fearful and wanted to retreat. God, however, calls us to move forward in the victory His love has secured, just as the apostle Paul reminds us “we are more than conquerors” through Christ who loves us and gave Himself for us (Romans 8:37). The redemptive love of God is yours to enjoy. Claim it by faith and refuse to allow fear to rob you of God's blessing.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for the times that I have taken my eyes off of You and allowed myself to be overwhelmed by my circumstances. I know that You are sovereign over all things, that Your love for me is deeper than I can fathom, and that I have nothing to fear, for You have overcome the world. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

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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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