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.