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Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Matter of the Heart

I have been thinking about circumcision of the heart; the circumcision represented the covenant with God. So, if you were not circumcised, you had no covenant with God.
Genesis17:14, "And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant."
See what
Chuck Smith has to say about this verse: 
God established the rite of circumcision, which became, of course, the most important rite as far as the Jews were concerned. It is a badge and a mark of the people that have been separated unto God. And the spiritual significance is that of people who have cut off the fleshly life and are living after the Spirit. Now they made the mistake, as people so often do, concerning rituals as identifying the ritual for the reality.

The reality is a matter of heart. God wanted a people that were separated from their flesh in their heart. People who were spiritual and spiritually minded who would serve God in the Spirit. It was to be symbolized by the cutting away of the flesh. But it was really a spiritual thing that God was seeking people who would cut away the fleshly mind and the fleshly heart and would serve God in the Spirit. But they began to identify the physical rite for the reality of the experience of the heart and thus made the physical rite totally meaningless.

So if you would go through the rite of circumcision and yet still within your heart were living after your flesh, walking after the flesh, the fact that you had gone through the rite meant nothing. Now if you had gone through the cutting away of the flesh in the heart, then again the rite meant nothing. For God was really searching for the heart and the work in the heart. Same with baptism in the church. For many it's become a meaningless rite. They think, "Well, the important thing is go down and be baptized". Baptism doesn't save you. Not that that is the washing away of the filth of the flesh. You can go down and be baptized a dozen times and not be saved. The rite of baptism doesn't save. It's the inward work of the Spirit within your heart that really counts.

And so here God established an outward rite which was to speak of an inward experience, the cutting away of the fleshly heart, the heart after the flesh and it was to be God desired that people whose heart was after the Spirit and after Him. And so here is where the rite was established and God ordered it for all of His children, all that were in his house, all of the servants, all of those that have been brought into the house of Abraham. It was something that was to be done unto Abraham and to his descendants after him on the eighth day of the male child. The rite of circumcision was to be fulfilled.
 Acts 7:51
  



God is seeking such people who will cut away the fleshly mind and the fleshly heart and serve Him in the Spirit and in Truth.




But the hour is come, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and His worshippers must
worship Him in spirit and in truth.
(John 4:23-24).


I find it interesting that Jesus was speaking to a Samaritan woman when He said that. It is just another conformation that He is seeking true worshippers -male or female.

Our life should is an act of worship. The question is, "Whom or what are you worshipping?"

"Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission" (Webster's Dictionary, 1828).

The choice is up to us how we live our life. God loves us so much! He could have made us in such a way that we loved Him and Him alone. But He gave us a free will. When we stop to think about all that Jesus did and how he gave His life for us to pay the price for our sins(Rom.6:23) doesn't that make you want to give your life to Him? We deserve to be cursed, put to death, and separated from God. But Jesus took our place so that we could spend eternity with God.

Jesus' life is an example of a true act of worship.  Shouldn't we as followers of Christ live our life in such a way that when people look at us, they not only see our extreme love for God, but also see us living a life in complete submission to Father God?
 

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