What is hypnosis? Is it some kind of zombie state where a person does the bidding of the hypnotist? While this depiction of hypnosis is far from the truth, the sad part is it is not totally removed from the truth. Hypnosis is represented by a state of hyper suggestibility. When you are frightened or angry, you can easily slip into a state of hypnosis to later be found saying things like “I don’t know what happened” or “I never thought I could do such a thing” or “I never thought I could run so fast”. Hypnosis is created by suggestions. Everyday of our lives we are bombarded with suggestions from commercials to conversations. A child is suggested to from an early age and the effects of these suggestions are often manifested in their actions years later for good or for bad. With the event of hyper media influence, it is important as ever to continually guard the gates of our hearts and minds.
The best defense against hypnosis can be found in Romans 3:4, “Let God be true, and every man a liar”. This statement is a corner stone for all our desires, hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Measure every suggestion by the rubric of God’s word. If the suggestion contradicts the word of God then it is an evil to be eschewed.
This week, pay close attention to your gates; ear, eye, and mouth. Whatever it is being communicated to you, does it foster a closer fellowship with God? Can you think that thought in the presence of God? Every day this week, make it your goal to develop a closer walk with the Lord.
And as always:
“God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.” Psalm 67: 1-2