Although we know we are "not of the world", we need many things from this world.
When you are deprived of these daily necessities because you are a Christian life becomes difficult and hard.
This has often been the case with Christians in my country. Not only was it hard for us to find employment but it almost became impossible to purchase certain articles, ranging from luxury goods like cars to necessities of life such as food and clothes.
When church services are forbidden as well you feel discriminated against as a Christian and you have to beware of despondency and hopelessness. But the words spoken by Christ in Revelation 21:5 gave us hope, "I am making every thing new!"
Is this only valid for eternity? No, God in His might is able to make all things new now. How does He do that? By changing the circumstances? Or by changing us, so that we experience that in all these things we are more than conquerors? In trouble, in loneliness and in prison. For nothing is able to separate us from the love of Christ. He holds us fast, He makes all things new. Every day – including today.