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We must understand that we have a formidable enemy—one that has an ultimate goal of defeating and overthrowing the body of Christ. The average Christian is ignorant to his schemes and to the fact that no matter how divisive Satan may become, his fate is sealed. He is a defeated foe thanks to Jesus Christ!

Many believers are blind to the invisible war taking place around them. They are not equipped to fight a spiritual battle, let alone win the war. Consequently, Satan often uses born-again, Spirit-filled believers as his emissaries to do his bidding in order to destroy God’s work.

How can this happen? Imagine that you are facing a room with many doors. If any one of these is left unattended or open, the enemy can enter. These doors are labeled hatred, bitterness, rebellion, jealousy, sexual lust, greed, and more. Doors that lead to dark attractions such as fortune telling, reading one’s horoscope, and becoming involved in the occult are there, too. If left unbolted, these doorways provide a passageway for the enemy to gain access to your life.

Take a moment and ask God to reveal to you any doors in your life that you have left open to the enemy. Unless you deal with these, Satan will enter your life and steal your peace, joy, and effectiveness for Christ. He will also hinder your relationship with the Father, and then your relationship with others. Whatever doors are open in your life, confess these strongholds before the Lord and watch as He closes each door, one by one.

Prayer: Father, help me to make sure that no door in my heart is left unattended or open for the enemy to enter. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

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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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