But what does that mean for us as believers? We have to live in this society even though it’s not headed the same direction that we are. There are some definite guidelines we need to know if we’re going to be successful.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus spoke these words to His disciples as He was preparing them for His departure. He explained to them that they would soon be led by the Holy Spirit. We need to understand this as well.
Jesus Christ has overcome the world system. Now, as we live in Him, we have that same victory. We are free from the control of sin and the devil. We don’t have to worry about the same things that the people of this world fear.
As the Lord prayed for His disciples and all who would believe their message, He said these words.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
The truth is clear. Now that we’re in Christ we’re no longer a part of this world system. We’ve been removed from the workings of it even though we’re still physically located on the earth.
When I look at all that’s happening in the world around me, I need to take a step back. I have to realize that I’m from a different kingdom. As the Apostle Peter put it, we’re strangers and aliens here (1 Peter 2:11).
Knowing this brings us to the next important point of how we operate here.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
We are not to conform to the world’s way of doing things. Our kingdom has a different system. It doesn’t work the way the world does.
In the world system, I have to struggle and fight to get ahead. It’s survival of the fittest. I have to think about what’s best for me, in order to reach my goals.
In God’s kingdom, it’s not my struggle. That’s why my mind needs to be renewed to a new way of thinking. I must be led by the Holy Spirit. It’s His job to bring me into my destiny.
That brings us to the final point.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
We have to keep ourselves from being stained by the world. This happens when we try to run after the things that the world thinks are important.
This often causes unforeseen consequences. Either we suffer or our family suffers. Then it takes us time and effort to get our lives back on track again. We need to keep our focus on the priorities of God’s kingdom.
These are the things we need to know if we’re going to live victoriously while we’re living on planet earth.
Question: What are the differences between God’s kingdom and the world system?
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