Read Numbers 20:1-13.

Moses was described by God as the meekest man on the face of this earth (see Numbers 12:3), and yet he had a ferocious temper. He just could not get complete victory over his tendency to rage. And ultimately, it kept him from the prize: leading the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Of course, Moses isn’t the only person to ever struggle with anger. Every day, we can see the consequences of uncontrolled anger in our society. Mishandled anger has killed an untold number of people, destroyed homes, ruined careers, and devastated friendships. It has blocked many blessings and many answers to prayer. On the other hand, unexpressed anger turned inward can cause depression.

While anger is a natural and legitimate emotion, Christians have been called “to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). The question is not whether or not we’ll get angry; the question is What should we do with our anger? How do we express righteous anger so that we do not sin (Ephesians 4:26)? By being constructive, not destructive; by being a blessing, not a stumbling block; by bringing joy to others, not sorrow.

Victory over our anger won’t happen overnight. God’s training takes a lifetime. Therefore, let us persevere knowing that our God has given us all we need to pursue a godly life in Christ Jesus, for by His blood, we are a new creation.

Prayer: God, forgive me for the ways I mishandle anger. Show me what to do with my anger when it boils up within me. Help me to channel it to produce good and not to tear down. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff” (Numbers 20:11).

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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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