Monday, May 21, 2018

Using Alpha Power for Spiritual Circumcision

UV 2952/10000 Using Alpha Power for Spiritual Circumcision
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live
Deuteronomy 30 v 6

This uni-verse speaks of spiritual circumcision. Like circumcision cuts and casts off the outer skin, the Word of God acts as a double- edged sword to cut into our hearts and minds and remove the outer coat of sin. The Word cuts out the ungodly passions, the lusts that rage in our souls. The evil motives, the wickedness, the covetousness, the pride are incised out. The cutting and casting away happens not on the surface but in our inmost being. Our hearts that are like stone are replaced by the heart of Christ. Our minds that are worldly are replaced by the new creature mind- the mind of Christ. We are now enabled by grace to love the Lord our God with all of our being, our thoughts, our emotions, our desires, our actions and reactions.

Talking of skin, a snake grows a new skin and casts behind its old skin and moves away from the place where the old skin lies. The change from the old creature without Christ and the new creation in Christ is not a superficial transition or cosmetic change like this. The bad root of sin in us is replaced by the good root of Christ in us. If there is a good root in us, we cannot avoid being fruitful. We will be fruitful in two aspects – the inner fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control will abide and abound in us. The outer fruit of good deeds done to honour Christ in us and to win souls for Christ will also abound in our lives. Just like circumcision can be painful and hard to endure, spiritual circumcision also causes some pain and hardship but it is pain and hardship that can be endured.

Spiritual circumcision removes the blocks in our personal and intimate relationship with the Triune God. The blocks may be spiritual, emotional or intellectual. As we submit ourselves to the Alpha or the power of Jesus working in us, the process of spiritual circumcision happens in our hearts, minds and spirits. Unhealthy attitudes, unwholesome habits, superficial falsehoods will be removed and cast away. We are able now to love God selflessly, unconditionally, wholeheartedly. This will reinforce the DNA or divine nature in us. We are no longer working at cross purposes with the Lord but our purpose in life is centred and aligned with His cross. We sacrifice the bad parts of our lives so that we live the good life, the eternal life, the abundant life that Christ came to give us, the blessed life, the life where we are fully human and fully alive.

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