Read Numbers 20:12-13.

Every new year, people step into January with the best of intentions. Maybe it’s fitness. They say, “This is the year I finally get in shape.” Maybe it’s finances: “This is the year I finally get out of debt.” But then sometime in February or March, the will to exercise is overpowered by the desire to sleep in, and an unexpected expense balloons the credit card bill.

These sorts of goals are good things to pursue, but the most important resolution you can make as you enter 2021 is to give yourself more completely to Jesus Christ. This is a resolution that will never fail because Jesus has promised to be with us always. You may stumble, but if you have been made new in Christ, the Spirit of God will be with you to lift you up.

Just look at the Bible—every bit of it God-breathed (see 2 Timothy 3:16)—and it’s filled with broken, imperfect people. God lets us see these great men and women of faith, warts and all, because He wants us to be encouraged by them. He wants us to see that if these sinners overcame by His power, we can overcome too. If they received victory after suffering defeat, so can we.

Moses wasn’t a perfect man. But he was loved by God—and God worked through him mightily. So don’t let your mistakes keep you down. Rest in the fact that He has made you new in Christ—and decide today to give everything you have for His glory.

Prayer: Father, Your love for me is astounding. I am in awe of Your grace and mercy. Thank You for making me new. May I live in the freedom You have purchased for me by Christ’s blood so that You might be glorified. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them’” (Numbers 20:12).

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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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