Jesus described the end of the age as a time when “many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:10-13).

Satan knows he cannot remove Jesus from the throne of heaven, but he will stop at nothing to see Jesus removed from the throne of our hearts. This is his agenda until Christ returns. How are we to respond to his schemes?

The Bible clearly teaches that Satan and his minions are very real. This present world is a battlefield where unseen and powerful forces operate (see Ephesians 6:11-12). We see this heavenly assault waged daily in our schools, governments, and homes.

However, the most important thing to remember is this: The Truth of God’s Word reveals the lies of Satan. Do not underestimate Satan’s schemes. Rather, be prepared for them and stand ready to respond to deception with the Word of God.

Many people see the scope of Satan’s influence in the world today and become so overwhelmed that they forget how to live for Christ, how to walk with Christ, how to serve Christ, and how to sacrifice for Christ. Some believers, when they go through the fiery furnace of life, are tempted by Satan to think that God has abandoned them and is not answering their prayers. As a result, they develop a cold heart toward the Lord. They lose their joy, their confidence in the Lord, their trust in His promises, and their warm sense of fellowship with the Father.

If you are experiencing these doubts today, be encouraged and of good cheer. God is hearing and answering your prayers even though you may be unable to see it. As you wait upon the Lord, do not allow your heart to grow cold. Stand firm in His Truth. Keep your heart warm toward God by dwelling on His love displayed on the cross for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, protect my heart from ever becoming cold toward You. Help me to be spiritually alert, not falling for the enemy’s tactics but trusting in Your Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

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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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