A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

In James 5:7, we see patience and perseverance embodied in the example of the farmer: “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.” The farmer waits for the crop because the farmer knows that the harvest will be worth the wait.


In the same way, we must be patient as God uses circumstances and situations to mold us into His image and draw us closer to Him. Our natural tendency will be to rush the process God is leading us through--but when we do this, we force God to keep going over the same ground in our lives until we finally learn to trust Him.


When James said, “Wait patiently,” he was not suggesting that we sit back and do nothing. Like the farmer who is actively anticipating the time of harvest, still working after the seeds are planted, so we too are constantly witnessing, praying, interceding, giving, and studying the Word of God so that we may reap a harvest of maturity and wisdom in due time.


When an unanswered prayer, an unexpected event, or relentless spiritual opposition challenges your faith, God is waiting for you to come to Him and to ask, “God, what is it You want me to learn? What do You want to teach me?”


The more you know God’s character and promises, the greater your encouragement will be during the fiery trials of life and the greater your capacity will be to wait on His specific timing. When you are tempted to run ahead of or away from God, don’t forget patience and perseverance. Stand your ground and be patient, knowing that the harvest will be worth the wait.


Prayer: Lord, sometimes it’s so hard to wait on You, but I know that You are working out Your purposes. Help me to actively wait rather than falling into idleness as I anticipate the fulfillment of Your promises. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

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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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