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At times, it may seem impossible to span the chasm between who we really are and who we know God desires for us to be. In the distance, we see who we can become, yet we get discouraged when we look at who we are and realize how far we have to go.


But God does not want us to grow disheartened on this journey, which is why He desires for us to live and walk in the Truth. When we try to deceive others about who we really are, it becomes more difficult to reach the destination God has chosen for us. We cannot put on masks and pretend our spirituality is much deeper than it truly is. Our masks may fool others, but God is not deceived. James encourages us to be honest with each other: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).


There is something freeing about coming clean and being honest. Those little secrets that we try to hide from others so they will not know what is really in our hearts become more of a burden with each passing day. We deeply desire to be known and loved for who we are, yet we struggle to allow anyone to see the Truth for fear of how he or she may react.


However, when we learn to walk in the Truth, freedom reigns in our lives. We also discover an exciting Truth about being honest: We find others struggling just like us in areas where we thought we were all alone. God’s Truth will transform your life when you shirk conventional thought and are honest about who you are.


Prayer: Lord, let me see Your love for me today and know the freedom of Your Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


“Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires . . . and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22, 24).

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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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