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17) CIRCUMCISION OF HEART FROM IDOLS IS THE MARK OF GOD’SPEOPLE

Nov 01, 2010

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CIRCUMCISION OF HEART FROM IDOLS IS THE MARK OF GOD’SPEOPLE  AND NOT MERE CHRISTIANITY!

 In order to become God’s people, God told Abraham, our father of faith: “ This is my covenant, which you shall keep between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the Flesh of your foreskin” (Genesis 17:10-11).Who were those to be circumcised? It is written: “Both he that is born in your house and he that is bought with your money shall be circumcised” (Vs 12-13). This, pointing to spiritual circumcision of our ‘esh’, which is no longer, the physical foreskin, but our heart.

The Bible talks of the circumcision of Abraham our father of faith in these terms : He received circumcision as a sign or seal of the righteous which he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised … but also followed the example of the faith which our father Abraham had before he was circumcised(Romans 4:11-12).

Therefore, as Abraham believed in the Lord before circumcision of his foreskin, so too are we to believe in Christ before circumcision of our hearts from idols. Consequently, today it does not just suce to be a new born being bought by the blood of Christ. The most important thing is to be circumcised in heart from idols by the Holy Spirit. With regards redemption, we have all been born and bought by God through the blood of Christ, but if our hearts are not circumcised, we cannot part-take in the testimony of God’s people. God told Abraham: Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the esh of his foreskin shall be cut o from his people; he has broken my covenant (Vs 14).

Therefore, all those who were not circumcised, were to be cut o from God’s people. Linking this to testimony, it means the entire uncircumcised in heart can never be an instrument for God’s testimony. Thus, a man can well be bought by the blood of Christ and have life but if he is not circumcised and his natural life passed through the cross, he can never be a member of God’s people (member of Christ’s Body); and consequently be cut o .

The Lord further emphasize the necessity of circumcision saying:  “For he is not a real Jew who neither is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision some thing external and physical. He is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart, Spiritual and not literal (Romans2: 28-29).


“And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your o
spring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live (Deuteronomy 30: 6).

For some illustration, one can take the text of Galatians 5: 16 that say: This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not ful l the lust of the esh. For the esh lusted against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the esh … Now the works of the esh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, hatred, anger, strife, heresies … … … … (all idols of the heart). But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, long-suering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance … (Galatians 5:16-23 king James Version).

 With this text , I carefully handle one idol of the heart after another, as already mentioned by overthrowing it from my heart( i.e I pray it out of my spirit ). After this heart circumcision from idols by the Holy Spirit which sometimes is very “painful”, I then pray into my spirit, the fruits of the spirit. For Example: I pray into my spirit, the fruits of the Holy Spirit of: Love, gentleness, joy, peace, and long-suering which is not suering because of sins, but for the Lord’s service.

This cancels the modern preaching of carnal comfort in the service of the Lord. We must note that the Holy Spirit we have been baptized with from God constitutes all spiritual blessings from God. After the cleansing of our spirit from the works of the esh, we then pray the  flow of His fruits into our own spirit so that through our spirit, we can then experience them materializing in our lives from the invisible to the visible. The human spirit is the channel through which God’s Holy Spirit in us ows the character of Christ through us.

We can have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our spirit but not being able to ow through our unbroken or uncircumcised spirit outwardly to our bodies, the fruits of the Spirit. With spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit for ministration, we pray them to manifest in our ministry. God then through the channel of His Holy Sprit dwelling in us, manifest them in the measure that He likes with regards to what He wants to use us to do.. At times therefore, He may by-pass the nature of dirtiness of our spirit and overow through His Holy Spirit to carry out some works of healings, to cast out demons, to operate miracles and wonders etc …..

This will justify what He says in Matthew 7: 2123 that: Not every one who calls me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do … … In your name we drove out demons and perform many miracles! Then I will say to them, I never knew you, Get away from me, you wicked people. As believers, we must understand God’s functioning principles with the Holy Spirit and us, so as not to confuse the whole notion of salvation by grace in Jesus Christ.

When the Holy Spirit comes into us, His rst  task is to circumcise or breakdown our spirit from idols, so as to be able to ow through it. When we talk of the heart of a man, we do not mean the biological physical heart but the human spirit, because the heart of a man is its dwelling place. But He can not do it without our collaboration. Therefore, a person who denies to collaborate with the Holy Spirit in praying for exposition of the heart’s idols, and overthrow them, will still keep the nature of the devil (esh). And if so, then we don’t see how such a person will enter the kingdom of God with just his mere confession of being saved by grace in Jesus Christ.

This, since the Bible clearly says: Do not fool yourselves people who are immoral or worship idols, adulterers, greedy, steal, slanders… none of these will possess the kingdom of God (1st Corinthians 6:9-11). It is therefore very clear that, no uncircumcised heart can serve and please God. “.. THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE; EVEN AS THOU, FATHER, ART IN ME,AND I IN THEE, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE IN US”


The  circumcision of our hearts from idols, raises us as one with the Lord. Being already one with God the Holy Spirit automatically makes us one with one another through Him. (Book Imminent End of the world pge 231).