Read Exodus 5:1-5.

God’s Word describes Moses as the leader of God’s people, the one who delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt and then guided them in the wilderness for forty years. But if we take a closer look at the Exodus, we see God is Israel’s true Deliverer. He is the one who rescued the Israelites from Pharaoh’s hand and cared for them in the desert.

Still, God chose to work through Moses. He could have snapped His fingers to deliver the Israelites from their slavery and ushered them into the Promised Land in a moment, but He didn’t. Instead, God chose to use Moses because He delights in using His people as His instruments. Because He is a gracious God, He wants to give every believer a share of the victory that He wrought on the cross. He wants to empower us to live for Him and stand firm on His Word—bringing goodness, mercy, and justice to the world.

Many believers would rather avoid confrontation. They’d rather not stand up for what’s right if it makes others uncomfortable. We should be wise in how we approach the battle, but we must confront sin and evil. As followers of Jesus, we do not fight for what’s right in arrogance, anger, or bitterness. Instead, we stand as Jesus did—with unwavering love. God is looking for people to stand up for Truth in love in the world today.

Prayer: Father, thank You that as I seek Your face and follow Your will, I will be a vessel of Your reconciliation. I want to serve as an ambassador of Your grace and justice in this world. Show me opportunities to exercise Your compassion in my community. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness”’” (Exodus 5:1).

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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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