It is important that we are able to recognize sin in our lives. When we sin, not only do we feel the conviction of having sinned, but we also have been given the mirror of God’s Word. The Scriptures make clear what God approves and disapproves, what God commands, what God requires, what God blesses. We need to read the Word, study it, apply it, and ask the Holy Spirit daily to reveal to us the Truth of God so we might live in it.

Among Christians, a frequent mistake made when embracing the Spirit-filled life is seeking the power of the Spirit as a substitute for faithfully practicing the spiritual disciplines.

These believers sit quietly and wait for God’s power to overtake them so they won’t have to bother studying God’s Word, spending hours with the Lord in prayer, or getting involved in service to others. They see the power of the Spirit as an easy route to spiritual maturity, which is not what God promised.

Too many people say such things as: “I’m just waiting for God to carry me along. I don’t have to do a thing; I’ll let God do it all. I will just sit and wait for God’s power to motivate me.” When people do this, they are looking for magic. In the end, they are attempting to use God as an excuse for their own lack of faith and discipline.

Prayer: God, help me not to be lazy in my walk. Help me to practice the spiritual disciplines of spending time in Your Word, in prayer, and in service. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (Hebrews 6:12).

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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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