Joshua 5:9 Cutting Off The Past

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. Joshua 5:9

Every person has a past filled with things that can be positive or negative. It is often the negative things in one’s past that has the biggest impact on one’s life.

Abuse, bad relationships, sinful behaviors and actions all create problems that need to be removed. While some of these things are desired to be removed, the sinful behaviors are often ignored as acceptable or strongly desired.

After getting all the Israelites circumcised, God told Joshua that He had removed the reproach of Egypt from them.

Circumcision is a process of removing something that is unwanted or unneeded. The older the person is the more painful the process will be.

Prior to being a believer, every person lives in the world and is filled with sin and sinful desires. He was guided by the principles and practices of the world, which brings about judgement and death. It is a disgrace to hold on to, but one is blinded from that truth.

Upon believing in Jesus, one’s life has been circumcised from the past. All the past sins and sinful desires are to be cut off and thrown out.

In the same way that circumcision is painful for the older person, so the cutting out of the past sinful habits can be painful but comes with great benefits. The sinful heart desires the sin of the world that only brings about death in the end.

Cutting off sin and the desire for sin brings about true life that will last for eternity. There will no longer be judgement and reproach upon the believer, but forgiveness, acceptance and holiness that God intended for all mankind.

You most likely have things in your past that are painful and sinful. As a believer you must allow God to cut those things off from your life and be filled with the new life that God has in store for you. This process may be painful at times, but in the end, it brings a greater joy and life than the world can ever offer.

Allow yourself to be filled with God and the things of God, not the sinful things of this dead world. Live life as God has originally intended for you to live.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to circumcise sin out of your life; that you will live your life to honor and glorify God; that you will allow God to cut off your past hurts and sins; and that you will live holy unto God.

Deuteronomy 30:6 Allow God To Circumcise The Heart

The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. Deuteronomy 30:6

Circumcision is a process of cutting away something that is not desired or wanted. It is most commonly thought of with young boys but can be a cutting away in anything else.

This process can sometimes be painful, while at other times very little to no pain. Often it will bring about greater benefits despite any pain in the process.

Moses tells the people that when they turn back towards God, He will circumcise their hearts so that they can love Him with all of their being and live.

The hearts of people who are not following God are filled with self-desires and sinful lusts. Hearts are filled with things that only bring about death in the end, rather than life. The only life that most people have is in the here and now with no view of eternity. It is about pleasing oneself right now.

Believers who have allowed themselves to slip into sinful ways have allowed sin to grow on their hearts and minds. Their hearts have become calloused against God and His ways.

In order to change the calloused heart, one must allow God to circumcise his heart. This is the process of allowing God to cut the desires for sin out of the heart and filling those desires with Himself. As with physical circumcision, this process can sometimes be very painful and at other times very little to no pain.

Only when this process has occurred will a person know and have true life. Desires for sin only bring death. Loving God with all of one’s heart, soul and mind will bring true life for now and into all eternity.

If you are struggling with sinful desires and actions, you have allowed sin to grow on your heart that needs to be cut out. Turn to God and allow Him to cut out what does not need to be in your life.

Desires for sin can only be cut out by the power of the Holy Spirit working in your life. As God circumcises your heart, He can fill it with Himself. With God in your heart, He can fill your life with true joy and satisfaction that the world cannot have, nor understand.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to circumcise your heart; that you will love God with all of your heart, mind and soul; and that you will know the true life God has for you.

Galatians 6:15 All That Really Matters

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:15

Every person has an idea what is most important in every situation. Each person’s idea of what is most important can be very different. The focal point is what is different.

Some will focus on wealth, while others will focus on position or title. Some will focus on self, while others will focus upon family or others.

Depending upon a person’s point of view, will depend upon what the person is willing to say is most important.

After discussing about laws and what to obey, Paul says that neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. The whole point is a new creation.

Everywhere a person goes there are lots of different regulations or laws governing what a person can and cannot do. There is guidance as to how things are to be done or not to be done. Following the laws often shows the person is a good person.

In the church, there have been many laws established. Most of which are man-made laws to make people look good. Many of these laws do not really have any effect upon a person’s heart with God.

The real sign of whether one believes in God and follows Jesus or not is seen in being a new creation. The follower of Jesus must be someone who has become a new person.

He must be willing to give up his old ways of sin and live his life as Jesus lived His. If one does not become a new creation, his following or not following the law does not really mean anything at all.

The new creation will love and serve God and others from the heart, not out of obligation or law. God’s law will be written upon his heart, not just the mind.

As you go through life, you must ask yourself why you obey the laws that you do. If your heart is not right before God and things are done with the right motive, all your obedience to the law means nothing and is worthless.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to come upon you and change you from the inside out. Allow God to make you into a new creation that loves and serves God from the heart and not out of duty.

Are you the living dead in the law? Or are you a new creation in Christ Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a new creation in Christ Jesus; that you will love and serve God from the heart; that you will do everything out of love for God; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and change you.

Romans 2:29 The Heart of the Action

“No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.” Romans 2:29

Some of the people in the church were telling new believers that they must become a Jew in order to be a true believer. Part of that was that the person had to become circumcised. They looked at that as a requirement to really serve God correctly. Paul comes against this type of thinking.

People love to have rules, especially if it is easy for them to follow. They will expect others to follow those same rules. Circumcision was one of the rules the Jews loved to follow and require of all others to be a Jew. Paul points out that having a circumcision does not make you a Jew. It is also the change that must occur in the heart.

In the workplace there will be people who will follow all of the rules, outwardly, that the boss makes, but on the inside is grumbling and rebelling against the boss. They will go around complaining about the rules. Yes, they are following the rules physically, but their heart is not in it.

How often does a person claim to follow Jesus, yet harbors sinful thoughts in their hearts and minds? This is not truly following Jesus.

When you follow Jesus, there should be a circumcision of the heart. This is a cutting out of sin and the desires for sin in your heart. Only God can really do this by His Holy Spirit, but you must allow Him to do so.

Where is your heart today? Are you following God in your heart? Or are you just following God with outward actions, appearing to be following Him?

Are you just physically circumcised? Or has your heart been circumcised?

Allow Jesus to change you from the inside out. Do not just follow the written code. Love and serve God with your whole heart, mind, body and soul.

I pray today that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to circumcise your heart; that you will fully follow Jesus with all of your heart; that you will not just be a follower of Jesus outwardly; and that God will receive all the praise for who and what you are.