A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

As the assault on Truth intensifies in our nation, each of us must be sure of what we believe and why we believe it. Praise God that He has given us His Word full of Truth from Genesis to Revelation—if only we will study it. 

Read Acts 17:1-15. The Berean Jews are described as “of more noble character” than others Paul had encountered (v. 11). They were open-minded but skeptical, setting aside their biases and preconceptions to listen. They fact-checked every claim Paul made, examining the Scriptures every day to see if what he said was true. And as a result, many of them believed.

This is exactly how God wants us to pursue the Truth today. We must follow the example of the Bereans and begin by examining the Word of God for ourselves. If you rely on Sunday sermons or a midweek Bible study alone—as good as they may be—you cannot experience the fullness of what God has for you. Our faith and delight in God cannot grow if we do not spend time consuming Scripture.

When we neglect God’s Word, we also risk being deceived by false teachers. The apostle John admonished us to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). In other words, if someone comes to you with a message that is supposedly from God, you need to put that message to the test by searching the Scriptures. 

Like the Bereans, be open-minded but skeptical. Verify the message, ensuring that it is godly and Biblical, by being a noble student of the Bible. As Paul told Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). As you do, the Holy Spirit will empower you to obey Christ, embolden you to speak Truth in love, and equip you to stand firm even when the culture calls you to give in. For “[a]ll Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Let us take Jesus at His Word and commit ourselves to searching the Scriptures and obeying what we find, regardless of the earthly consequences.

Prayer: Lord, help me to seek Your face through Your Word as the Bereans did. May I grow in wisdom by the power of Your Spirit as I consume Scripture. Help me to be disciplined about humbly reading and studying the Bible. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:5).

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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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