The Israelites had to be circumcised. It was their door into the Promised Land. As you read in my previous post, the act of circumcision is a picture of joining in Jesus death for our sin that we might walk in forgiveness and freedom. Why then are we not experiencing all that we have been promised?
Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren. When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.
Some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up. These were Christians who had decided that other Christians must submit to the old rules of religion in order to have a right relationship with God. They still believed physical circumcision was necessary in order to experience Gods’ blessing.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.
You who are seeking to be justified by the law have fallen from grace. Where you walk bound to law you cannot walk in grace (receive) If the law could have saved people Jesus would not have had to come. Paul goes on to say that those who want the gentiles to be circumcised, they themselves cannot do all the law requires.
Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh.
This still happens today. Some are more comfortable with rules than freedom received by grace. Some would like to say AHA! when they manage to convert you to their way of thinking, that you must follow the rules that they themselves cannot follow either!
Why am I going on about this, is this not a blog about the prophetic? What does this have to do with walking in the fulfillment of our prophetic destiny, the experience of the breakthrough, the suddenly that is being prophesied of late? Because God is wanting to circumcise our hearts.
The weeping prophet, Jeremiah wrote:
Jeremiah 9: 25 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised— 26 Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart.”
God was saying he expected what He got from the uncircumcised but He wants His people’s HEARTS circumcised. Neither could they follow the rules nor change their hearts. God is bringing us through a season of cleansing. It is time to get things right with Him. I am not talking about something religious but spending our time on relationship with Him. Our ‘quiet time’ should not be a SHOULD, something we feel guilty about doing or not doing. When our hearts are circumcised we are marked with a desire for Him that nothing else will satisfy; every day an open conversation with Him.
It is time to cry out for that hunger if we do not have it. Only His Presence in us can bring about the change that we so desire. To live out the prophetic words spoken over us is to walk daily in His Spirit and the way to do that is to Seek Him, call upon Him while He is near. Look to see what He is doing and join Him in doing it. HE has put this desire in us to see more of His power manifested in the world. He is putting the desire in our hearts to see our political climate change, to protect the children in the education system, to see addicted people set free, and the sick healed.
Real power in the church will not happen by continuing to do the same things, just because that is the way we have always done them. Like the Christian Pharisees in the past insisting physical circumcision was necessary. What is needed is a time of weeping between the porch and altar until He comes and rains His Hosea 10: 12. This kind of righteousness that Jesus walked in when He performed miracles: intimacy He had with His Father. I am not talking about trying to do something to deserve a new move of the Spirit, but acting on what we know to be the Lords’ heart because He has revealed it to us.
Jeremiah 9: 23 Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.
Believe God wants to revive the land more than you do and CALL OUT for it.
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