Praise the Lord my brothers and sisters as we get ready for your circumcision. We have crossed over and it is a new day. Are you ready to make the next move. To our many readers, friends and well-wishers get ready and prepare for this big ritual. We have taken that step of faith and now we are in our destiny season.
They cut away their flesh. (Joshua 5:2-4)
Joshua 5 (verse 2) At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.” (verse 3) So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.
Circumcision was a picture of what we are to do with our hearts. It represented a cutting away of flesh. What is the flesh in spiritual terms? Anything that gets in the way of our relationship with God.
Deuteronomy 10 and (verse 16) Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. So from in the days of Moses the message was clear for us in this present day. However, what was a natural thing for them because of the laws that govern them, it is the spiritual aspect for us under the plan of grace .
In Hebrews 12:1, the author speaks of cutting off that which would hinder us in our race.
Let us read from the Book of Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
The story is told of two men riding on a two person bike going up a steep hill. They were panting and perspiring the whole distance as they crested the top of the hill. The first man said, “That was a tough climb.” The second man said, “It certainly was. And if I hadn’t kept the brake on, we would have slid down that hill backwards.” We need to learn to cast off anything that hinders our progress! This is the time for us to get rid of our baggage and move on to the net level. You have sanctified yourself and cross over your Jordan, now circumcise your heart. Anything that is not God get rid of it. Cut it off and throw it away.
They didn’t camp out at their experience-they moved forward! (Joshua 5:13-12:24) There are so many people that came to the river and baptized and they are still at that place camping. God called us into our destiny and it is a journey. God has called us to a spiritual journey–not a camp out! We can never stand still in the kingdom of God. We are either moving forward or falling backward. God didn’t make us to back pedal! Note what we can learn from the emu and the kangaroo.
Let me give you an example of the nation of Australia. The Australian coat of arms pictures two creatures–the emu, a flightless bird, and the kangaroo. The animals were chosen because they share a characteristic that appealed to the Australian citizens. Both the emu and kangaroo can move only forward, not back. The emu’s three-toed foot causes it to fall if it tries to go backwards, and the kangaroo is prevented from moving in reverse by its large tail. Those who truly choose to follow Jesus become like the emu and kangaroo, moving only forward, never back (Luke 9:62).
In Joshua 3:5, God promised the Israelites that He would do wonders among them if they would only trust Him and follow His leading. God promises the same thing for us. All we need to do is follow. Remember we are not in a competition, but on a journey into our destiny. If you stop the competition and walk in obedience to God’s word you will move wonders.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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