A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

It’s difficult to comprehend the power of the Word of God. God’s very word set the world in motion; Jesus is the Word who became flesh; and it is the Word of God that speaks to our spirits at salvation, bringing us from death to life.

Unfortunately, many Christians acknowledge the fact that they are supernaturally born again by the Spirit of God but then live the rest of their lives in the natural. We are born again through the living, enduring Word of God, and we should continue to live that way.

Are you growing in the Word of God every day? Do you allow it to penetrate your heart and your life? Do you allow it to rebuke and encourage you—maturing you in Christ? Do you feed upon it? Do you meditate upon it? Do you exercise the power therein?

James warned us of an age-old trap we can easily fall into: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). The key to truly making the most of our Bible reading is to apply what we have learned. Seeking out Truths takes work, but the work will be in vain if we don’t allow these Truths to transform our lives.

Try following these steps to seek to do God’s will as He has shown us in His Word.

1.      Choose a passage of Scripture to study today.

2.      As you read, take notes on what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. Ask yourself what the passage was saying to the original reader and what the passage means.

3.      Then ask yourself how you can apply this Truth in your own life today.

4.      Review your notes often to remind yourself of what you have learned. Make a plan to incorporate these Truths into your life.

As you dig deep into Scripture and actively apply it, you will find that God is using His Word to produce righteousness in your life. When we are open to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, He will give us encouragement when we are struggling, rebuke us when we are rebelling, challenge us when we need to step forward in faith, and warn us when we are about to head down the wrong path. Whatever situation we are going through, God will use His Word to give us the knowledge and wisdom to handle it.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the reminder today of the power of Your Word. Help me to spend more time feeding and meditating on Your Word and exercising the power of it. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).

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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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