We all, with open face beholding.. the glory of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
"A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone. In the first phases of Christian life disheartenments come, people who used to be lights flicker out, and those who used to stand with us pass away. We have to get so used to it that we never know we are standing alone." (Chambers)
We have to learn not to depend on anyone else but God. People will come and go, friends will disappoint us- we should try our best to be there for them- but realize that because people are of sinful nature- they will all let us down.
If we evaluate our lives the way the world does then we will not be happy. If we are searching for the American dream then Christ will not satisfy. We have to surrender everything including our desires to Christ every single day.
"Allow nothing to keep you from looking God sternly in the face about yourself and about your doctrine, and every time you peach see that you look God in the face about things first, then the glory will remain all through. A Christian worker is one who perpetually looks in the face of God and then goes forth to talk to people. The characteristic of the ministry of Christ is that of unconscious glory that abides. "Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him." (Chambers)
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, but they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take (us) out of the world but that you protect us from the evil one. We are not of the world, even as Jesus was not of it. Sanctify us by the truth, our word is truth. *John 17:13 revised
We must embrace our differences from the world, for Christ never fit in.
Sometimes we must stand alone- from other worldly people, friends and things- but you're never really on your own, for Christ never will never leave you nor forsake you.