Paul tells us not to conform to the ways of this world (see Romans 12:2). However, many times our beliefs and morals are challenged to a point beyond anything we have known. It is so easy to get caught up in a quest for more money, freedom, and material possessions.
What does nonconformity mean in today's world? It means standing firm in our faith, no matter what the cost. Second Timothy 3:12 reminds us, "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." John Calvin's commentary on this verse says, "In vain shall we endeavor to detach Christ from his cross; for it may be said to be natural that the world should hate Christ even in his members."
When you feel overwhelmed by life's temptations, turn to the Lord.
Throughout the Bible, those who followed Jesus Christ endured much persecution and hardship from those who despised the Lord and His followers. But the saints of God never gave up.
Though it ultimately cost them their lives, their physical death meant being in the presence of God. Jesus said, "Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it" (Luke 17:33).
Even in the midst of persecution, the godly will go forward, grow upward, and receive victory. When you feel overwhelmed by life's temptations, turn to the Lord. His strength will protect you so that you will be able to continue on the path He has ordained for you.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You promise to be with me always. May my treasure be in heaven with You so that I can stand firm in every trial and temptation, being holy as You are holy. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones" (1 Thessalonians 3:13).