We tend to speak of faith as if it were a tangible commodity that can be measured and weighed and quantified. People sometimes say, “I wish I had your faith,” as if they were saying, “I wish I had your blue eyes,” or “I wish I were as tall as you.” Some people talk of faith as if it is here today, gone tomorrow—“I used to believe, but I lost my faith.”

Faith is not something that can be weighed by the ounce. Faith is not something we inherit through our DNA. And faith is not something we can lose the way an absent-minded professor loses his glasses. Faith is a growing relationship of trust in the living God.

Relationships are dynamic, not static. Therefore, our trust relationship with God is equally dynamic. It’s like a tree whose roots grow deeper into the soil and whose branches grow higher into the sky—but which dies without water. It’s like the muscles of an athlete—muscles that grow strong with exercise but atrophy when inactive.

If your faith is weak and spindly, you need to water it with the Truth of God’s Word. If your faith is flabby and atrophied, you need to exercise it by living in utter dependence on God. The believers in Thessalonica were continually in the Word as they tested and trusted God’s promises. Won’t you grow your relationship of trust in the living God by seeking His face—His character—in His Word?

Prayer: Lord, I want to trust You more and more with my life. Help me to prioritize time spent with You in Your Word so that I can better live out each day in submission to Your will. Strengthen my faith with Your Gospel. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’” (Luke 17:5).

*Excerpt adapted from Fearless Living in Troubled Times by Michael Youssef © 2017. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. Used by permission.

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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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