November 20th – Lizards into Stallions

Imagine that sitting on your shoulder now is a crimson lizard! This red thing whispers in your ear about getting your share of all that’s going. That’s how the great C.S. Lewis depicts a man travelling through purgatory with the lizard of his own sensuality on his shoulder. A great angel begs the man to let him remove the lizard from him and destroy it. The man is terrified at this suggestion, but eventually agrees. The angel takes the beast in his white hot hands and flings it, crumpled, to the ground. But that is only part of the story. Listen!
“Something seemed to be happening to the lizard. At first I thought the operation had failed. So far from dying, the creature was still struggling, and even growing bigger as it struggled. And as it grew it changed. It’s hinder parts grew rounder: the tail, still flickering, became a tail of hair that flickered between huge and glossy buttocks. Suddenly I started back, rubbing my eyes. What stood before me was the greatest stallion I have ever seen, silvery white, but with a mane and tail of gold. It was smooth and shining, rippled with swells of flesh and muscle, whinnying and stamping with its hooves.” The man mounted this wondrous beast and galloped away.
What a superbly vivid picture of the way God’s supernatural power deals with our animal nature, our passions and our old, self-centred urges. A passion for God is not a denial of our human instincts, drives and emotions.It is the harnessing of those very energies, the taming and training of them into a power supply. A mount for us to ride with controlled strength and speed and grace, and not a hellish creature shouting obscenities in our ever-open ear.
Let the Bible address us about our disordered passions in one frank, personal, self-analysis of the Apostle Paul:
When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7: 21-25
A Prayer:
Who can work such a miracle in me? You Lord Jesus. You can, you will, and you are doing it in me now and in the lives of all who trust you.
Now read Amos Chapter 5.

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