Daily Bible Study
1 John 2: 15: "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." Do not love the world may be rephrased 'stop loving the world.' World here is the morally evil system opposed to all that God is and holds dear. In this sense, the world is the satanic system opposing Christ's kingdom on this earth.
COMPANIONSHIP - "The way of the soul's transformation is the Way of Divine Companionship. Not so much the asking Me to make you this or that but the living with Me, thinking of Me, talking to Me - thus you grow like Me. Love Me. Rest in Me. Joy in Me."
2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." Because believers are united with Jesus both in His death and resurrection, they participate in the new creation. That is, we receive the benefits of being restored by Christ to what God had originally created us to be. A believer's life should change, because he or she is being transformed into the likeness of Christ. Instead of living for oneself, a believer lives for Christ and looks at the world through the eyes of faith.
1 Peter 4:12,13: "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His Glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." Apparently Peter's readers were astonished that they had to suffer as Christians. The Greek word translated 'fiery trial' here was also used to speak of the intense fire that burned away impurities in metals. 'to try you' - for Christians the purpose of suffering is to prove their true character, to clear away the dross of sin, and allow the pure nature of Christ to show itself. Christians should expect and prepare for suffering.
2 Timothy 2:12: " If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us." Persevering in the faith even in the face of hardship or persecution will result in a reward when Christ returns. (Romans 8:17; Rev. 3:21). If believers deny the enduring of persecution for Christ, He will deny them the reward and reign that could have been theirs. No doubt life is hard and no one gets out without problems. But remain faithful and Christ will guide us through them.