2012 Bulletins "Do the WORD!"

May 2012 "NON-CONFORMISTS"

                                                                                                                                                         H. L. Sheppard
                                                                                                                                                         Bulletin
                                                                                                                                                         May 2012
 

NON-CONFORMISTS

 
Rom 12:2  "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

1)       Conformed = (Gk.) = Patterned after; fashioned/shaped like.

2)       Transformed = (Gk.) = Undergo a Metamorphosis {gradual change/transformation}.

3)       Renewing = (Gk.) = Renovation {tearing out the old and installing the new}.

4)       Mind = (Gk.) = Intellect; understanding.


It’s not always easy being a “non-conformist”. People have a tendency to frown upon anyone unlike themselves. Going against accepted norms and blazing one’s own trail has always drawn the ire and criticism of the less-tolerant.
 
Abraham was a “non-conformist”. Men often run away from total consecration. Abraham ran toward it with single-minded determination. He left Ur of the Chaldees, a bastion of false doctrine. He left the safety of his camp and climbed Moriah to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham was always moving away from the norm and closer to the divine plan and purpose of God for his life.
 
Esther was a “non-conformist”. While everyone else recoiled in horror at the possibility of total Jewish annihilation; Esther fasted, prayed and made her solemn request to the king. Her boldness saved an entire race from being wiped off the face of the earth.
 
David was a “non-conformist”. When Israel’s toughest soldiers, his own brothers and even his warrior king from the valiant tribe of Benjamin, refused to face Goliath, David took on the Giant in “non-conformist” unconventional warfare. With a sling-shot and a few rocks, he routed the entire Philistine army.
 
The three Hebrew Children, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were “non-conformists”.  Choosing not to worship the ninety-foot tall idol erected by King Nebuchadnezzar did not sit well with the king. In his rage, he commanded that a fiery furnace be heated seven times hotter than it ever had been heated in the past. In a blind fury, he had the boys thrust into the skin-melting flames. The soldiers, who were the designated executioners that day, were immediately immolated by the fire’s intensity. To the king’s shock and utter amazement, four men suddenly appeared in the fire. Within minutes, the three “non-conformist” Hebrew Children said goodbye to the “fourth man” and stepped out of the furnace without so much as the smell of smoke on their clothing.
 
Daniel was a “non-conformist”. In direct conflict with the kingly decree he opened his window toward God’s House in Jerusalem and prayed three times every day. His refusal to conform thrust Daniel into a lion’s den. His refusal to conform moved God to send angels to shut the lion’s mouths.
 
Jesus was a “non-conformist”. He refused to allow the elitist theologians and sacrosanct religious traditionalists to change His message or alter His pre-designed course. Christ’s non-conformist choices ultimately led to a hill called Golgotha and an early demise on a cruel cross, but those choices opened the door to God’s Kingdom for all of mankind.
 
The list goes on. The question is: “Will your name be added to the catalogue of heroes of “Non-Conformity”…or will you be one of the many who choose to stick with the status-quo and live your life blending in with the world?  Non-Conformists have had a “Brain-Renovation” that causes them to see the world as God sees it-that’s why they refuse to conform. Has your brain been renovated?
 
Don’t allow the world to form your thinking about right and wrong, good and evil.  DO THE WORD now and start your “Metamorphosis” into becoming a “Non-Conformist”!!
 

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