Read Exodus 14:19-22.

These days it seems everyone is looking for someone to follow. All you have to do is turn on the television, and you’ll see channel after channel filled with talking heads—experts with their opinions—telling viewers what to do. But there is only one guide for those who are new creations in Christ: the Holy Spirit of God, who speaks to us through the book that He authored. Every other guide will lead you astray.

When Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea onto dry ground and then out into the wilderness, Scripture says there was a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night to show them the way. This cloud was symbolic of the Holy Spirit. And what does the Holy Spirit do? The New Testament says He is our Comforter, but He’s more than someone who offers a Kleenex and a pat on the back. The Greek word translated “Comforter” is also used to describe a warrior.

You see, Jesus did not leave us to fight life’s battles alone. Instead, He has given us a battle partner to cover our blind side. This is why no believer can say, “I am alone,” or, “I am comfortless,” or, “I am vulnerable.” For Jesus said, “When I go to the Father, I will send you the Holy Spirit. He will dwell in you and will be with you in each day’s battles. He’s your warrior, and He’s got your blind side.”

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You are with me to sustain me in life’s battles. Holy Spirit, move my heart to follow You and to build up my faith by feasting on Your Word. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long” (Exodus 14:20).

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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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