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Pressure to Conform

Conformity Fellowship Transformation

Source: Psychology Today

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Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-01-29

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:14 ; Romans 12:2

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

In 2005, neuroscientist Gregory Berns conducted experiments to try to gauge how people respond to societal pressures. Berns created social groups that were tasked with looking at a series of objects to decide if they were the same or different. But unbeknownst to the volunteers, four participants in each group of five had been coached to unanimously give fake answers to some of the questions. Even though they were obviously wrong, on average, 40 percent of the time the volunteers went along with the group.

Subjects were also hooked up to a brain scanner. Berns concluded that social pressure activates the part of the brain devoted to spatial perception, showing the desire to fit in causes people to change their picture of reality.

APPLICATION

in Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul writes, "Be not conformed to the world." Berns' study proves how easily we can abandon what we know is right in order to fit in with a group. Paul adds, "But be transformed by the renewing of your mind." The world's pressure is an external force, while the transformation the apostle calls for is from within.

The secret to this renewing of the mind lies not in running the right thoughts through the mind, repeating Scriptures over and over, but by yielding to the Holy Spirit. Knowing how susceptible we are to the influence of others, the power of good and godly fellowship is of the utmost importance.

"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Extreme Makeover

New Birth Regeneration Transformation

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-06

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

Makeover shows have become very popular. Whether it is a home, a car, or a person, it seems people love to see things transformed. 

Have you ever thought about how you would change yourself?  Maybe a tummy tuck, or hair plugs, or a nose job, or cellulite suction, or dental work?

The difference can be profound. Ugly can be made beautiful. But for how long?

Live in a house and soon it will return to its previous state of disrepair.  Put enough miles on a car and it will end up in the scrap yard.  And no amount of cosmetic surgery will overcome bad eating and lifestyle habits. 

APPLICATION

By contrast, when the Holy Spirit changes us, His changes are permanent.  As we read in 2 Corinthians 5:17, we become a "new creation."  That means what we became is not susceptible to decay, disrepair, destruction, or dilapidation. 

The stale is made fresh and it stays fresh. 

The unattractive becomes beautiful and it stays beautiful

The undesirable becomes wanted and is always wanted

The worthless becomes more precious than gold and it will always be precious.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

Spilling Your Coffee

Fruit of the Spirit Character Transformation

Source: Original Source Unknown

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Imagine you’re holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you, causing you to spill what's in your cup.

You didn't spill tea. You didn't spill grape juice or soda. You spilled coffee because coffee is what was in your cup. If you’d had tea in your cup, it would have been tea that spilled out. The point is, whatever is inside your cup is what will spill out of your cup if bumped or shaken. 

APPLICATION

We are each a vessel, not unlike a cup. Looking from the outside, no one can know what we “contain.” But when events of life bump up against us or shake us up, whatever is inside will likely come spilling out. 

So we must ask ourselves, “What’s in my cup?” Is it love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Or is it anger, bitterness, anxiety, impatience, mean-spiritedness, ill will, faithlessness, harshness, and lack of discipline? 

We might present to the world that we are full of one thing when really we are full of another. It’s easy to fake it when nothing is bumping into us or shaking us up. But bring on a little trial, a little temptation, irritation, conflict, inconvenience, etc., and what's inside our heart of hearts will come spilling out.

So fill yourselves with the Fruits of the Spirit so that the goodness and light within you spills out onto others as a testimony of the transformative power of Christ in your life.

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New Birth Transformation Salvation

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2015-04-13

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Author: Aaron Pratt / Charles Schuyler
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Turn the World Around

Worldly Mindset Spiritual Warfare Transformation

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-02-16

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:3

Author: Unknown
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Cooperating With The Miracle of Metamorphosis

Transformation Salvation Futility

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2015-01-01

Author: Bill Hybels / Larry Lewis
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No Such Thing As Privacy

Transformation Grace Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-25

Scripture: Psalms 139:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Statistical Proof That People Long To Change

Resolutions New Year's Transformation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-24

Scripture: Ephesians 5:18 ; Titus 3:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Superstar Mark Wahlberg Seeks Pardon for Past Crimes

Pardon Redemption Transformation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-09

Author: Alison King for NECN / Illustration Exchange
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This is Your Brain On Gratitude

Gratitude Optimism Transformation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-22

Scripture: Philippians 4:6 ; Hebrews 13:15

Author: Alex Korb / Illustration Exchange
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