A Daily Word from the Word for New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” – Jeremiah 17:9
I have been in Gilgal, a place which lies across the Jordan River, since October. Gilgal is a most amazing and bittersweet place, where one allows the Lord to circumcise their heart.
This circumcision is necessary for a more intimate relationship with the Father. We must allow Him to remove the foreskin of our hearts, which represents the hurt inflicted on us by the world, so that nothing stands in the way of God pouring forth Himself into us and through us in the fullest measure possible, which is the height of true intimacy with our Most Holy God.
I strongly encourage you to purchase a copy of Apostle Dr. Pernell Hewing’s book “Come to GILGAL for circumcision of the heart and for a deeper walk with God” (© 1999, Sanctuary Word Press). Contact Sanctuary Word Press at 262-473-7472, or visit www.thesanctuarywhitewater.com for more information and to purchase this priceless treasure. I consider Apostle Hewing a dear friend, and am privileged to know such a mighty apostle of the Lord.
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, cries out for us to “circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart” (Jeremiah 4:4a).
“Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. At that time the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Israel again the second time.’ So Joshua made flint knives for himself, and circumcised the sons of Israel at the hill of the foreskins. And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way, after they had come out of Egypt. So it was, when they had finished circumcising all the people, that they stayed in their places in the camp till they were healed. Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’ Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.” (Joshua 4:19; 5:2-4, 8-9).
The Father gave me a dream last week, which I was to hold until this day, as this is your New Year's Day gift from the Lord—an invitation from the King of kings and the Lord of lords to come to Gilgal, and allow Him to circumcise your heart.
Many of God’s children long for and yearn to see the manifestation of His Glory; however, in order for God to allow His Glory to reside in greater measure within each of us, we must allow Him to circumcise our hearts. 1 Corinthians 1:29 testifies of this truth that no flesh can stand in the glory of God. The flesh is the foreskin of the uncircumcised heart.
In my dream, I was going to see my grandmother, who was in the hospital. In reality, this particular grandmother and the only grandparent that I knew, passed away when I was nine years old. Back in my dream, I was driving to the hospital to see her, as I knew she was going to die. My mother was flying in to also meet her at the hospital. As I was going to find her room, I passed by the hospital cafeteria, and stopped to unexpectedly see my earthly father in there; and by himself just waiting, and surrounded by an amazing bounty of grapes and assorted cheeses.
For some reason, I did not want to go in at that moment; and instead became distracted by something going on outside. When I walked out the doors, I saw another eatery filled with delicious breads and various cream sauces. There were multitudes of people sitting around long tables, enjoying themselves while socializing and eating.
Being more drawn to these delicacies, I fixed a plate and searched for a seat. Out of what seemed like 500 people, there was one single seat open, and it happened to be right next to an individual with whom I had some issues, but believed that my heart was right toward her, because I had asked God to forgive me for my wrong attitude and to make my heart right. I thought this work was complete; however, in my dream, when I realized that she was sitting next to the only available seat, I refused to sit there and kept on walking with plate in hand.
This is part of the deep circumcision process: attitudes, thoughts, mindsets, and behaviors that we thought we have allowed God to deal with; when, in truth, we have not—not to the degree needed; but rather only superficially. And God is not a superficial God; but rather an intimate Father Who wants to go deeper into our hearts and our lives.
The Lord then gave me Jeremiah 17:9, our study verse for today, saying that it is the UNCIRCUMCISED heart that is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” This heart will deceive us, trick us, and keep us from our true self, which is found only in Christ Jesus. We must allow the Father to remove the foreskin of our heart, which barricades the hurt and pain, and holds us captive from receiving the true unconditional love of the Father, and the manifestation of His glory.
In my dream, my natural father represented God the Father. The grapes represented the Fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). God was not withholding from me, but I was withholding from God, because I was distracted due to a deceived heart.
I instead chose to satisfy my cravings with the world’s empty calories (which is what the bread and cream sauces represented for this purpose in this particular dream). And even then, I wasn’t satisfied to sit and eat even that which would only provide temporary fulfillment; because my uncircumcised heart, yet again, moved me out of place and position due to an offense with which I thought was settled.
My brothers and sisters, it is our uncircumcised heart which keeps us from receiving the fullness of the Father’s unconditional, healing, and restoring love. It is this deceiving member, which keeps us from meeting our true love, Who is waiting for us with open arms, and keeping our seat open for us at His table of tender loving-kindness.
Do you long to return to your first love, my brother? Waiting to meet your true love, my sister? He is waiting for you with open arms on the shores of the Jordan River, in a place called Gilgal. It’s not far from here. In fact, you can leave right now. He has already taken care of all your arrangements. He just needs your heart. Will you give it to him this New Year’s Day? I pray that you do.
Happy New Year, family! Be of good cheer! God is on the throne, and working faithfully on your behalf, to bring you through and to your expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
I will be away at one of my most favorite places, The Sanctuary, with my Honey Bee, beginning today for the rest of the week. I look forward to spending time with my Holy Father in a new and more intimate way over these next few days. And I look forward to spending time with you again next week at our usual, but most unusual and highly anointed place—where humanity meets Divinity.
God bless you.
Father, thank You for loving us with Your unconditional and everlasting love. We want to experience your healing and restoring love to the fullest! We commit our hearts to you this 2014, and forevermore. We accept your invitation to circumcise our heart. In Jesus Name, we thank You for taking us across the Jordan River. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake the deceit of your heart by allowing God to circumcise you. Reject the separation of the Father by embracing the invitation of Gilgal. Choose to allow God to take you across the Jordan River. Make your number one New Year’s resolution to allow God to circumcise your heart. And continue to fight the good fight of getting to Gilgal; for God, your Perfect Place, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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