I have watched disagreements between believers develop and then denigrate into a war of words. The end result is two people perceiving one another as enemies.

I also have watched Christians repeatedly yield to temptation and sin and then rationalize their behavior by blaming others for their circumstances. These Christians do not realize the deeper reality, the greater battle they are unwittingly facing and losing. They are oblivious to Satan’s mission, which is to prevent them from living holy and pure lives before the Lord, compromising both their witness and joy.

Churches and Christian organizations are not immune to Satan’s attacks. A church may be vibrant and active until one or more individuals begins to murmur against God’s vision and plan. Soon, a group gathers and begins murmuring, which undermines the work of the Lord. Satan’s plots are real, and they are dangerous. We must be aware of them, or he will destroy our marriages, friendships, and other important relationships.

Jesus referred to Satan as the “prince of this world” (John 16:11). Our enemy is on the prowl. Burying our heads in the sand or hiding from the spiritual battle will not protect us. In Christ, we can boldly face our enemy, knowing that Satan is ultimately a defeated foe.

Prayer: God, help me to be mindful of the enemy’s plots. Thank You that I can boldly face the enemy, knowing that he is already defeated. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

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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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