Before the children of Israel could go into the promised land, circumcision had to take place. Why? Those born in the wilderness had not been circumcised. Joshua 5:9 was the Lord’s statement after it was done. It says, “…This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you…” The circumcision set them free from all ties to their slavery.
We were slaves to sin. We were bound in iniquity. The world system was deeply ingrained in our hearts. At salvation, our hearts were circumcised. Colossians 2:11 says, “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.”
What hinders you in your walk with the Lord? Our hearts can get contaminated through what we see and hear. Habakkuk 1:13 says that the Lord’s eyes are too pure to look upon evil and wickedness. We are to exemplify Him. David wrote Psalm 51 after his sin with Bathsheba. Verse 10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Our flesh is hungry. It wants to be fed. Psalm 37:3 says to feed on His faithfulness. We starve our flesh by constantly yielding to the work of the Holy Spirit. May He continue to circumcise the flesh in our hearts: circumcision made without hands. It is essential to read His word daily, so He can use it to cut out those fleshly entrapments that displease the Lord.