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17 September 2008

Super-Hypnotism

I love reading Silver Age Superman comics! Who wouldn't? Have a look at these two panels:
This is just the same thing that God does with us. When we follow Him, He will hypnotically zap the old habits and ways out of us, turning us into perfect followers of His; people without any predisposition to do the old things. Right?

Actually, that hasn't happened with me -- no Super-hypnotism. I wish that happened with everything, and I think I actually pray like this sometimes. But in my life, this is not typically how God has made Himself known.

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2, NLT)

The Greek word which is translated "transformed" in Romans 12:2 is "metamorphoō," from which we get our word (wait for it...) "metamorphose" or "metamorphosis." (You didn't see that coming, did you?) Pretty plain and simple. The message communicated here is not that we will, in this life, be changed in the twinkling of an eye, but that we are to allow God to daily change us into the person He wants us to be. This is an ongoing thing.

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires." (Psalm 37:4, NLT) God will give us -- that is, He will make, or add, or apply -- the desires of our heart. New ones.

But the prerequisite for this is that we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Maybe soon we need to talk about Super-Ventriloquism... "And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!" (James 3:10, NLT)

1 comments:

Preston N said...

Could it be said that the one prayer God is unable or unwilling to answer is the one whereby a person ask "God make me love you!"

I think the bible is pretty straight forward it is up to us to change our hearts toward God. When God told the people of Israel:

Duet 6:3-6 "O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart."

Not once did God say I will make you love and obey me - instead God ask what is reasonable and intelligent from all of us. Interestingly enough the Israelites responded by saying: "All that the Lord has spoken we will do!"

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