The Cost of the Battle

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Read Exodus 5:1-9.

In any battle, there is a cost to be paid. You see this readily during times of war. Lives and treasure are spent to secure the victory. There are no shortcuts along the way—which is perhaps why, following the conclusion of World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower famously remarked, “There can be no victory at bargain basement prices.” Yet today, many Christians are looking for just that: a victory for the Truth without a fight.

Make no mistake. God’s Word is being assaulted on all sides in our culture today, whether from the entertainment coming out of Hollywood, the Supreme Court rulings coming out of Washington, or the social media algorithms coming out of Silicon Valley. As Bible-believing Christians, we must stand up against these pressures. We can remain silent no longer.

Moses knew the same battle in his day. His confrontation with Pharaoh was not just about Israel’s freedom; it was a battle between the Truth of God’s Word and the lies of the enemy. Moses understood that the battle would not be easy, which is why he was reluctant to answer God’s call on his life at first. But after he counted the cost, he decided to trust God and pay the price to do what was right.

Today, the battle lines may be drawn differently, but the same war is still raging—and we have a choice to make, just as Moses did.

Prayer: Lord, give me courage to stand firm in Your Word, Your Truth. May I know when to speak and what to say by the power of Your Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go’” (Exodus 5:2).

Learn more in Dr. Michael Youssef’s sermon Treasure That Lasts: Giving Up Gold for Glory, Part 5: LISTEN NOW

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