As we take a deep look at what it means to be a believer, we must realize how God’s grace is not just the starting place; it is where we start and remain as believers. God’s grace is more than just a gesture of goodwill to a soul mired in sin.

God’s grace is necessary for us to experience the life-changing power we so desperately desire. The biggest mistake we can make is acting as though we have the ability to earn anything in God’s Kingdom. The currency in God’s Kingdom is grace—something we can never earn, and something we can never exhaust.

Oftentimes, in our desperation to have the heavenly Father smile upon us, we adhere to a strict list of dos and don’ts. Although legalism may prove our loyalty, it never changes our hearts. We can dot every i and cross every t, but if we do not allow God’s grace to flow through our lives, then we have done nothing but put on a show for the world.

Earning God’s love and approval is impossible. You can preach the greatest sermons. You can serve as a missionary in the jungle. You can pray until you run out of breath. But if you refuse to find your salvation in God’s grace, depending instead on your works, you will miss out on the greatest gift He bestows upon His children.

God’s grace is free. It is unmerited favor from heaven, poured out on His children. No one deserves it, but we should all desire to walk boldly in it.

Prayer: Lord, help me to cease striving to earn Your favor. Help me to learn to walk in Your grace. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6).

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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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