You could gather from the title of today’s devotional that there is wordplay going on here, at least that is my hope. Not everyone may know about Pavlov’s dogs, so first let’s bring everyone up to speed on Pavlov’s pooches.
Well over one hundred years ago, in the 1890s to be exact there was a Russian physiologist curious about a dog’s salivation during feeding periods. He constructed a testing methodology, in order to more closely observe when and how much the dogs salivated and recorded whatever stimulus could be observed.
Initially Pavlov observed that the dogs would salivate when food was placed in front of them. After a period of time Pavlov noticed something else. Regardless of if the dogs were being fed or not whenever the lab assistant would approach the dogs the salivation would trigger as the dogs became conditioned to the repeated feeding sequence.
What they observed was that virtually anything the dogs exposed to would eventually condition them trigger their saliva glands to prepare them to eat.
This popularly became known as Pavlovian Conditioning (AKA classical conditioning). It also could be called the oldest trick in the book.
“If you tell a big enough lie
and tell it frequently enough,
it will be believed.”
― Adolf Hitler
The serpent in the garden used similar tactics to lure Eve, and then her husband Adam into thinking God was holding back something they had a right to have. As a result, they took and ate of the fruit which was forbidden, and we have been eating it ever since.
The easiest way to change the state of thinking around a matter is to normalize the activity or environment through continued exposure. When we alter the environment regardless of just how outside the norm it may be, over time the bizarre becomes expected and normal is erased from our thinking.
Society is no different than Pavlov’s dogs. Increasingly we have been told, we have rights for this, and rights for that. Should anyone infringe on our rights then we have a right to be offended and resist the infringement with a flurry.
There are several societal norms that are being constantly bombarded on us every day. Some are innocent while others are the depth of depravity.
Therefore God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served what has been created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.
Romans 1:24-25 (CSB)
We have come to believe we have a right to happiness, and yet only the right to pursue it exists in the US law. The scripture tells us something entirely different, that if we dedicate our lives to following Christ happiness may result from our joy in the Lord, but the world will hate us and persecute us.
“If the world hates you, understand that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.”
John 15:18-20 (CSB)
We listen to false teachers who debase the Word of God and echo constant streams of counter gospel of their own making. Big names that preach and teach through public displays and their distorted writings. We must verify what is being poured out to us because if it isn’t coming from the Word of God it is a lie in its purest form.
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.
He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
Revelation 22:18-20 (CSB)
Sexual immorality is being paraded before us as the norm. Our televisions and video normalize aberrant behavior and insists that these are natural and our right to have. We have become so conditioned to the exposure, those things which were hidden in darkness are permitted to be displayed in broad daylight. If we were to question behavior of these ‘lifestyle choices’, we are guilty of an infringement of their rights.
Recently in the US the state of New York redefined the legal boundaries of abortion on demand. It became the first state in the nation that permits abortion right up to the full maturity of the child in the womb.
As if murder of children was not wrong as they were smaller and more helpless, it now has the stamp of approval to perform infanticide on a fully viable child moments before their birth. Another state attempted to pass a law taking this insanity to the next step which would have allowed the termination of a life to include fatal intervention during birth!
We are being conditioned, just as Pavlov’s dogs were, that this is okay, this is normal, this is our right. When all along it is nothing but a debase erosion of the truth of the Gospel.
Brother and Sister, I plead with you, immerse yourselves in the Word of God, pray for yourselves and the souls of those who are being conditioned day in and day out, to accept depravity, for a right and a privilege.
Verify every teaching that proposes itself to be an outcropping from the Word of God.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming; even now it is already in the world.
1 John 4:1-3 (CSB)
It is only when you listen to that which God has provided for us, you can understand that these lies the world is telling us are false. You will not find speaking the truth and being obedient to it, sits well with the world, for there is an agenda which desires which is to separate us from the truth, so we will trust in a lie.
Allow Jesus to transform us from the debase dog that have been conditioned to respond to what the world offers and accept it as natural. It’s not. It is satanic.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (CSB)
We are in a battle right now taking place in the heavenlies. A battle for the hearts and souls of every man woman and child that is alive today. The enemy has fortified his position and is seeking to substitute his lies for God’s truth. We’ve already won, but he hasn’t surrendered yet.
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 John 4:4 (CSB)
Allow God to recondition our lives to be the people He seeks to have an eternal relationship beginning with today, no longer a Pavlovian Dog.
In His Grace,