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Seeking His Power

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

The Apostle Paul understood the daily power of our Mighty God as he experienced his great thorn: "Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).

Seeking the power of God is not only pleasing to God, but it enables us to do His work and live abundantly: "And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light" (Colossians 1:10-12). Without His power and might, we can do nothing!

Are you living a defeated life? Have you tried to become self-reliant and self-sufficient? Do you depend on your own human wisdom and ingenuity to navigate through life? If so, the Mighty God wants you to fully depend upon His power and might in your everyday life. You may acknowledge Him as the powerful Creator God, but He also wants you to know His power personally.

Prayer: Mighty God, thank You for Your power that is available to me personally. Help me to depend on Your power today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 1:18-20).


Mighty God

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Jesus' might and divine power sets Him apart from any other human who has ever lived. Jesus Christ is the only perfect man who died to give eternal life to those who believe in Him. Jesus Christ is the only man who owned a whole universe, but lived in poverty for the benefit of others.

Jesus Christ is the only man who owns all of the iron ore of the world, but He allowed His hands and His feet to be pierced with iron nails in order that He may save others. Jesus Christ is the only man who made all of the trees of the forest and yet He allowed Himself to hang on one of those trees for the redemption of others. His name shall be called Mighty God.

How amazing is our all-powerful God! But what’s more amazing is that the supernatural power which resurrected Jesus from the dead is the same power that can transform our lives on a daily basis. When we try to solve our problems in our own strength, we will fail; only His power can perform miracles in our hearts and in our circumstances.

Prayer: Mighty God, thank You for all that You did as the perfect man, God in the flesh. Thank You for suffering at the hands of men so that I might be saved. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also" (1 Corinthians 6:14).


The Same God

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

It's easy to become so focused on the humanity of Jesus that we forget His all-powerful divinity. Yet, Jesus is the very God through whom all creation was made. Jesus, the babe of Bethlehem, was the very God whose power created the moon and the stars. Jesus of Nazareth is the very God whose power hung the sun in its orbit. Jesus is our Mighty God.

In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet described the future Messiah as the Mighty God. The Hebrew word El for God in this verse is used throughout the Old Testament, and its context is often used to describe His might and power.

Throughout His earthly life, Jesus demonstrated the power of God on earth just as He did from heaven. The Mighty God who hung the stars in the sky is the same Mighty God who calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee. The Mighty God who formed the oceans is the same Mighty God who walked on water. The Mighty God who said, "Let there be light," is the same Mighty God who preached, "I am the light of the world." The Mighty God who parted the Red Sea to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt is the same Mighty God who hung on the Cross to deliver us from the slavery of sin.

Prayer: Mighty God, thank You for being both human and divine! Help me to understand how powerful You really are. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies" (Psalm 68:34).


Obedience Without Hesitation

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Abraham did not hesitate to obey the Lord. He packed up everything and headed for the land of Canaan—no questions asked. God had spoken, and Abraham obeyed. Are we willing to do the same and step out obediently without hesitation?

There will be times when the Lord instructs us to wait, and we must be willing to do just that—be still and wait for Him. Waiting is also a form of faithful obedience.

Abraham was not perfect. He panicked and took matters into his own hands as he took his family to Egypt. What made sense from a human viewpoint was folly from God’s viewpoint.

When we feel threatened, many of us do the same thing—we become fearful and take matters into our own hands. However, in times of crisis, we must remain steadily focused on Christ, watching and listening for His leading.

Fear always challenges faith. When we divert from God’s plan out of fear, we end up in a foreign land, fighting a foreign enemy with our own resources.

Like Abraham, we will make mistakes. We will take a wrong turn and end up in a place other that the one God has for us. However, the journey of faith begins at the Cross where Jesus died for our sins and where we can find eternal forgiveness for our souls.

When we stray, the Cross reminds us that we can always turn to the Lord, asking Him to forgive us and to lead us on from that point. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, look to the Lord in faith for guidance and trust that He will always lead you in paths of righteousness for your ultimate good and His glory.

Prayer: Father, I confess that at times I have allowed fear to cause me to hesitate to obey You. Forgive me for those times and help me to trust that You will not lead me astray. You are worthy of my complete obedience. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).

 


Will You Trust Him with Your Life?

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Abraham could have remained in Haran the rest of his life, but he knew that there was something far greater that God had for him. A gnawing sensation deep within his heart pulled him on to something else—something greater than he had ever known.

This is when God spoke to Abraham, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1-3).

Within the context of these words, Abraham’s life changed. It went from a life on a journey to nowhere, to a life on a journey of faith with an eternal destination.

Travel the road of life through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the One who brings light to our darkness, hope strong enough to shatter our greatest fears, and peace deep enough to calm our anxious hearts. Will you trust Him with your life?

Prayer: God, help me trust You with my life like Abraham did. Thank You for leading me on a journey with an eternal destination. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this” (Psalm 37:5).


The Journey of Faith

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Many times when we hear the word journey,we imagine time spent along broad vistas with restful pastures. The word even sounds poetic.

But in reality, the journey of faith that God requires us to take through this life can lead up steep, emotional mountain grades; out across vast, lonely plains; and, without warning, down into dark valleys, where we face some of our greatest challenges.

Through it all, however, we can have a tremendous sense of hope and determination because our faith is founded in an unshakable God who is not frustrated by the rise and fall of the world’s economy, the daily news reports, or the shifting of governmental powers.

Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is faithful and true, and you can be sure of this: God is just as concerned about your needs as He is about the nations of this world. No request is too small for Him and no problem is too great for Him to solve. When we are tempted to feel hopeless, He comes to us as our strong and mighty advocate, proclaiming His care and plan for our lives (1 John 2:1).

Prayer: Father, this journey of faith has taken me through some challenging struggles. Thank You for the reminder today that You are faithful and that You care about my every need. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones” (Psalm 37:28).


Remember the Ending

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Heaven will be a time of truly serving the Lord without our current worldly distractions: “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him” (Revelation 22:3). The term “serve” in the passage implies a joyful, enthusiastic service— not a chore.

In heaven, believers will finally have full knowledge: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Whatever questions we struggle with today about pain, suffering, and evil, we will finally understand from God’s perspective.

How wonderful it will be to be in God’s presence, worshiping Him! Our time in heaven won’t be the joyless, ritualistic service you may have experienced in some churches. It will be full of unspeakable joy and exuberance. “After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God’” (Revelation 19:1).

In this life, whenever Satan begins to wear you down, stop and think about heaven. Remember there will come a day when Satan’s deceptions and attacks can no longer reach you, when you will no longer face temptations, broken relationships, spiritual struggles, or pain and suffering.

Prayer: Thank You, God, for the promise of heaven. I look forward to the day when I will serve and worship You face to face! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).


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