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Circumcize My Heart Lord
3/25/2010

Circumcise My Heart Lord

Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer. Deuteronomy 10:16 (NKJV)

"Circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer." These were the words of God to Moses on the mountaintop.  God had just recently given Moses the two stone tablets containing the 10-commandments, and Moses had thrown the tablets to the ground, breaking them in disgust and anger because he had found the people worshiping a "Golden calf" upon returning from the mountain.

God had made a covenant with Abraham where he would be the father of a chosen people, and He would be their God.  This covenant was not to be broken, but everlasting.  So now God was giving Moses guidelines with which the people were to function.

"And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NKJV)

After giving them these guidelines to follow, God then gives them a strong message through Moses, telling them to "Circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer."  When God had given the original covenant to Abraham, circumcision of every male was performed, and then on every newborn male when they were 8-days old.  This cutting away of the flesh represented an outward sign that they were no longer to live after the flesh, but in the ways of the Lord.  And it would be an outward sign of an inward transformation.

Q:    So why did God tell them to circumcise the foreskin of their heart?

A:    Because even though they had been circumcised outwardly, signifying that they were Gods people, their hearts were far from desiring the things of God.

As Christians, we too have been given a covenant with God, and it is simply that God wants us to have a relationship with Him.  The way we have that relationship is to be reconciled to Him.  The way God made for us to be reconciled is through Jesus.  It was His blood that was shed for the remission of our sins.

For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28 (NKJV)

If we have accepted the New Covenant, then we need to make sure that our heart is right before God - we need to be open, responsive and obedient to the Lord. 

Willing:  We need to be willing to allow God to change and transform us to be like Him.

But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:40 (NKJV)
 
Responsive:  We need to be responsive to hearing God's voice and His will for our life once we have been saved.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27 (NKJV)
 
Obedient:  We need to be obedient to applying Gods Word to our life and with following His promptings by the Holy Spirit.

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? Galatians 5:7 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, are you "Willing" to allow God to change you - to making Him the Lord of your life?  Are you willing to be "Responsive" to His voice when you hear him in the thoughts of your mind as He guides you in doing what is right?  Are you willing to be "Obedient" in applying God's Word to your life in every area?

I want to encourage you today to think about whether or not your heart is right before God.  If you cannot answer yes to these 3-questions, then perhaps it is time to say to God, "Circumcise my heart Lord.  Cut away anything in my life that is keeping me from becoming what You desire.  Remove anything that is hindering You from doing a mighty work on me, in me, and through me." 

God wants to bless you today if you are willing.  He wants to speak to you and to guide you in making every decision if you will let Him.  He wants to help you to obey Him if you will allow Him to empower you.  Take a few minutes right now and talk to God.  I know you're probably rushing to read this, but take a few minutes and just be honest with Him.  He will redeem the time you take, and you will be greatly blessed.  I know that the enemy doesn't want this - don't let him win this battle.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with respect to a proper heart from these Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: How is your heart doing?  Is there some flesh that needs to be circumcised?  Are you willing to allow God to help you?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in prayer.  Ask Him to reveal any area where you are being hindered in your walk with Him.  Now lay these areas at His feet today and sacrifice them to Him.  Let Him cut these things out of your life. 

Father, Thank You for Your Word and Your Holy Spirit.  Thank You for loving me so much, that You faithfully continue to chip away the rough areas of my walk.  Thank You for doing this in a loving and gracious way so as to not damage me.  Help me to see those areas where I need to lay things down at Your feet.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott








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