Some fears are natural and protect us from harm, while other fears originate from confusion and a lack of faith. These unhealthy fears paralyze us and keep us from walking in obedience to God. But God loves us and wants us to live a life free of these seizing fears. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).

When people lack confidence in God, they become fearful and confused. Such confusion leads to self-doubt, and we can begin to question what God’s Word says is right and wrong in a bid to be accepted by the world. When we become confused over our identity in Christ, fear of rejection and criticism overwhelm our desire to obey God. When we doubt the love and power of God, we begin to lose discernment in choosing the right path. When we are filled with self-doubt, fear of the future, and a desire to please people instead of God, we become vulnerable to spiritual attack and temptation. Fear and a wavering faith will surely cause us to fail, but obedience to God will help us pass the test.

God graciously reveals His love and character to us as we seek Him. As we grow in the knowledge of His unfailing love, our faith is strengthened, and we become bold to speak His Truth. Faith is an expression of our confidence in God and who we are in Christ.

Prayer: Father, I recognize some unhealthy fears in my life. I pray that You would help me to live a life free of these fears. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26).

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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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