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Let's begin by looking at a few verses of scripture found in Romans chapter eight beginning in verse 18: "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God" (NKJV).

This scripture is often used to talk about Heaven and the glorious eternity that awaits the children of God; however, I do not believe it is referring to the after life.

I believe that Paul is referring to the glory of God that will be revealed in us here on the earth before the church is caught away to go be with the Lord.

I truly believe that God has an awesome plan for every one of His children, here on the earth. He brought us out of darkness and into His marvelous light not to leave us in our average, ordinary life but to take us into a life that is more abundant.

The Bible says that the things that happened in the Old Testament are types and shadows of things in the New Testament. When God brought His people out from under the bondage of the Egyptian pharaoh, He didn't just want to get them out of Egypt, He also wanted to take them into the land of Canaan.

The Bible calls Canaan "the land of more than enough." I want you to know that God has an awesome plan for your life.

This brings me now to my subject matter, "Don't Judge Me Yet!" Like we just read in Romans 8:18, there are things that we go through, many of them unpleasant, on the way to where we are going but Paul said that no matter what you are going through now, it isn't even worthy to compare it with the great things that God has ahead of you.

Many times other people want to come along and give their evaluation of our lives when we are going through a season of drought. I have an answer for those people, Don't Judge Me Yet!

As I am on the journey to discovering the great things that God has in store for me, it has helped me numerous times to remember the lives of Abraham and Joseph. I wonder how many times during the 40-year period between the promise to Abram and the birth of Isaac did people ridicule him and think that he was crazy for believing that God was going to give him and Sarah children.

I also wonder how many people forgot about Joseph after he had been gone for a few years. I'm sure that his family and friends had written him off, so to speak. Even though he was sold as a slave and later wrongfully imprisoned, he still had a word from the Lord over his life.

It really doesn't matter what your present circumstances look like as long as you have a word from God concerning your future.

Other people are not always going to be able to see the plan of God for your life and many times if they can see the plan of God for you, it makes them jealous. This is precisely what happened to Joseph. His brothers didn't do what they did because they thought Joseph was lying but because they were fearful and jealous of God's plan for their little brother.

We as Christians have to learn to walk by faith and not by sight. God may speak to someone today and say "I am going to make you very wealthy and use you to flow money into my work in the earth" and tomorrow they may be standing in the unemployment line or in the food stamp line.

Never judge, nor allow any one else to judge, your future by your present. You may have been in a terrible situation for 25 years, but it doesn't have to stay that way forever. Never give up on your dreams and the visions that God has put in your heart.

On the way to our personal "promised land" we will encounter many battles and have multiple opportunities to give up or begin to doubt that we ever heard God to begin with - but you must remain focused.

I have seen so many Christian's make devastatingly wrong turns during seasons of intense warfare. During these times I encourage you to begin to draw near to your spiritual leaders and other mature saints that you know can hear from God and those that have your best interests at heart.

Don't let Satan steal your destiny away from you by tricking you to go another way. Remember, the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in you.

So when the devil sends doubters across your path to inject you with discouragement about your future just say "Don't Judge Me Yet!"

Voice of the Lord Ministries
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Author Biography

Brian Mullins
Web site: Voice of the Lord Ministries
Brian Mullins pastors Voice of the Lord Ministries, a non-denominational, Spirit-filled church located in Kernersville, North Carolina, between the cities of Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

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