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Rock Solid Faith: Running to God and Away from Trouble

King David called God his “Rock.” Whenever David found his security, his family, or his reputation under fire, he ran to the cleft of the Rock and found a never-failing source of aid and protection.

In the Bible, a rock symbolizes the invincible, immutable and changeless character of God. Therefore, David did not pray feeble prayers. Even when circumstances seemed out of control, David overcame some of life’s worst situations by making confident requests of God, calmly reasoning with God, and acknowledging he had cause for rejoicing because God would certainly answer his prayers.

What has failed you in your life? When your world collapses before your eyes, do you turn to God, the Rock, or do you wonder how God allowed this to happen to you? David’s proven method of running to God will help you find direction for and protection from the difficulties you are facing right now.

David was a great king and warrior, but in Psalm 28, we meet him when his world is crumbling around him. His subjects have turned on him, his family is at war with him, and his security has melted. We hear him cry out to the Lord from the depths of spiritual, personal, and career failure.

David begins by confidently making his requests of the Lord. His is not the self-confidence promoted by the thought leaders of today. In fact, a humbled David prays, “Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help” (Psalm 28:2).

David understood that God wants to hear from His children before, during, and after times of trouble. He understood that God is just and fair; He will always do the right thing. Instead of praying vaguely and timidly, David calmly reasoned with God, presenting his case against life’s injustices in specific detail (see Psalm 28:4-5). Bold, persistent prayer aligned with the will of God will receive an answer.

David is so confident that God will answer his prayer that he has cause for rejoicing even before he finishes praying. He says:

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped (Psalm 28:5-7).

 

God eventually restored David’s family and his throne, but David thanked him while he was still running for his life.

Have you earnestly called out to God for help? Pray as David did, by confidently bringing your requests before God. Begin now to rejoice because He is your Rock, your unfailing refuge in times of trouble.

Testimonies from Listeners Around the World

Where were you when you first heard Leading The Way? What circumstances were you facing when Dr. Michael Youssef first came on your radio? We are always encouraged by stories of how our listeners and viewers found Leading The Way at just the right time.

Vijay, listener in India

Vijay found no peace fasting, praying, and worshiping the traditional gods and goddesses of his culture. "When I first heard the Word of God on your program, I cannot explain the joy and peace that flooded my heart," Vijay says. "I continued to listen with deep interest, and every episode spoke into my life. Before long, I had surrendered my life to Jesus, and He became the Savior of my soul."

Vijay began to attend church and had the opportunity to publicly testify to his newfound faith in Christ. "Pray that I continue to grow and experience His mercy and grace in my life. It is my prayer that God's divine intervention will touch the lives of my family members."


MaryAnn, listener in Rhode Island, USA

"My life has been changed ever since I first heard you on the radio over a year ago." MaryAnn says. After hearing the program in her car, MaryAnn rushed home to find Leading The Way on the Internet. "I now listen to your messages throughout the week, and I am learning so much from you. Most importantly, I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and I'm growing in my faith every day through His Word."

Berna, listener in Turkey

Berna is a university student in Turkey who comes from a very conservative Muslim family. Berna heard a Leading The Way program while riding in a cab.

"I was so surprised by your program that I forgot to get out of the cab," she says. "After a few days, I remembered your program and searched the radio to find the station again."

After finding the station, Berna became a regular listener and started to study the Bible.

"After three months, I decided to give my life to Christ," Berna says. "I read the Bible in secret. I'm afraid that my family will find out that I have changed my beliefs. Please pray for me."

The Journey of Faith

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. Nor is He alarmed by daily news reports or changed in any way by the shifting of governmental powers. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is faithful and true, and we 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 (see 1 John 2:1).

Will You Trust Him with Your Life?

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 the peoples of the 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.

Obedience Without Hesitation

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 also 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 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 run for cover. 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 than 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 for guidance and trust that He will always lead you in paths of righteousness for your ultimate good and His glory.

Field Reports from Iraqi Pastors

Recently we shared a video of Leading The Way's special Iraq Update, where Dad and I discussed what’s going on in Iraq, what Leading The Way is doing in the region, and how you can help.

In the days following the update, I was able to speak with Iraqi pastors and ministry partners who were able to shed light on what life is like right now for our brothers and sisters who fled the ISIS takeover. These people are on the ground in Iraq right now, serving their communities in the midst of the crisis. They, better than anyone, understand the reality of what’s going on in their home country.

You can click below to watch these field reports with Admon Isaacs, a coordinator for our Help The Persecuted ministry, and Pastor Ghassan, a local pastor in the area. Both are on the ground in Arbil, Iraq, where many of Mosul’s Christians have fled from ISIS. In these videos they discuss the practical and spiritual needs of these displaced believers—which we are actively working to supplement.

 


In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing more specifically about how Leading The Way is reaching out to Muslims and persecuted Christians in Iraq. Until then, please continue to pray, share these videos with your friends and family, and prayerfully consider giving a gift to Leading The Way.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support as we broadcast the Gospel, provide personal on-the-ground follow-up, and help the persecuted in the region.

In Christ,

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Understanding the Iraq Crisis

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

Dear friends and partners of Leading The Way,

Linked below is a special video I want you to watch. For those of you who have seen news reports of the persecution and political turmoil taking place in Iraq and have asked, "How can I pray? How can I help?"—this video is for you.

Last week I joined my son Joshua, Executive Vice President of Leading The Way, in the studio to put together a special video addressing the many questions we were receiving about what's happening in Iraq. I hope it will help you better understand what is going on in the Middle East and what we as Christians can do. You can click below to watch it now.


I want to let you know that, by God's grace, we are already on the ground broadcasting the Gospel, following up with listeners and viewers, and helping the persecuted in this region. God has given Leading The Way a unique platform to reach the world's most hostile areas with the Truth of Christ, and in these moments, we must never forget the power of the Word of God and the prayers of His people. Let us press on with this crucial mission.

In Christ,

 

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Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Leading The Way

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