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Read Romans 8:18-27.

As long as we live in this world, we will groan. We may groan due to cancer, heart attacks, or depression. We may groan from being separated from family members, alienated from former friends, or victimized in broken homes. We may groan when we witness violence in schools, rampant drug use, increasing terrorism, incompetent political leaders, or apostate pastors. No matter what the exact reason is—we groan.

Not only humanity, but the earth itself is groaning because of sin. All the earthquakes and hurricanes, all the fires and violent storms, are sure signs that the whole creation is convulsing under the curse of sin. But here’s the Good News: All this groaning cannot begin to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us who believe. 

Our suffering is short-lived, but our glory will be forever. Our suffering is limited, but our glory is limitless. Our suffering is in a mortal, corrupt body, but our glory will be in a perfect, glorious body like Christ’s after His resurrection.

What makes you groan today? God wants you to know that He can turn your groaning into glory. All your pain and disappointments, your shattered dreams, dashed hopes, rejections, and abuses—every one of them—will fade away in the glory of our coming King. In this hope, stand today. 

Prayer: God, I thank You for the incredible hope of glory I have in You. When I am overwhelmed by the suffering and sadness of the present, lift me up with the promise of eternity with You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:18-19).

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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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