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Disobedience with Good Intentions Is Still Disobedience

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Read Exodus 2:11-15.

About forty years before God called Moses to deliver His people out of slavery in Egypt, Moses decided to be the people’s deliverer all on his own. Moses, the adopted Hebrew son of Pharaoh’s daughter, took matters into his own hands. One day, he saw an Egyptian abusing one of his fellow Israelites, and so, with righteous anger, Moses struck the Egyptian dead and buried him in the sand.

He did this without praying and without seeking the mind of God. Though Moses’ intentions may have been admirable—defending the weak—his actions were contrary to the Word of God. That’s why he acted in secret and buried the consequences of his sin.

How many of us grab for the first opportunity that comes, without praying, only to be disappointed? When we take matters into our own hands, we will always look to the right and to the left to make sure nobody is watching. But when we know we are acting in obedience to the Word of God, we can be confident in our choices and bold with our actions before anyone’s eyes.

What can we do about our secret sins that haunt us? There is a place where we can find redemption: at the fount of Jesus’ blood. When we confess and repent, our sins are washed white as snow, and Christ frees us from our past to live abundantly for Him in faithful obedience. Thanks be to God!

Prayer: Jesus, Your blood is precious—thank You for saving me and washing me white as snow. Lead me to seek Your will in my decisions so that I can act boldly and confidently as I pursue righteous action. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand” (Exodus 2:12).

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About Leading The Way

Along with partners committed to changing the world, Dr. Michael Youssef is leading the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ. By passionately proclaiming uncompromising Truth through print, web, television, and radio, this international team of experts is uniquely providing hope that is revolutionizing lives at home — and around the world.

What began as a small local radio ministry in 1988 has grown into an international ministry reaching millions for Christ — including a vast audience in the Muslim world seeking Truth in closed countries. Leading The Way's television and radio programs are broadcast in more than 25 languages to audiences across six continents. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazinesolar-powered Navigators, and daily e-devotionals to spread the light of Christ. In 2009, the ministry launched its own 24/7 satellite TV channel, reaching the Muslim world with Gospel programming in English, Arabic, French, and Indonesian. Leading The Way utilizes field teams to evangelize and disciple viewers in closed countries and help persecuted Christians on the ground.

Dr. Youssef and the Leading The Way staff are committed to sharing the Gospel with the lost and equipping believers to grow into a deeper walk with Christ. Learn how you can partner with this unique ministry today.

About Dr. Michael Youssef

Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, a worldwide ministry that leads the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ through the creative use of media and field ministry teams. His weekly television programs and daily radio programs are broadcast more than 13,000 times per week in multiple languages throughout the world. He is also the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. Dr. Youssef holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia; Fuller Theological Seminary in California; and a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 40 books, including his most recent, Fearless Living in Troubled Times. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and 10 grandchildren.

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