The battle that we are about to take part in this year will require us a different level of preparation. And we must not neglect the most important – our spiritual preparation. God will surely entrust the victory to us but we must show Him how spiritually-prepared we are. We must never think that confidence and our own abilities will make it, because the battle still belongs to God.
When God was about to do something great for the people of Israel, He knew His people must first undergo through the process of preparation. In Joshua 5:1-3, “Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the LORD had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites. At that time the LORD said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.” So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.”
The first step for our spiritual preparation is the circumcision of our hearts. Our circumcision represents our covenant with God; we need to renew that covenant. Colossians 2:11-12 says, “In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” We have to deal with our sinful nature. If you want to renew your covenant, remove all your sinful nature! The only way to battle that sinful nature is to become heavenly-minded. In Colossians 3:1-3, the word of God says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Many things inside of us – things belonging to our sinful nature – must be put to death.
Circumcision is an outward reminder of an inside act of faith. There must be a cutting of the flesh. Any person who walks in the flesh is not ready for battle. You walk in the spirit if you are able to cut the flesh. You cannot walk on both! Everyday, an act of the flesh must die. When you are walking in the spirit, you are in covenant. Whenever we are in covenant, we are always in the advantage point. We should be able to lead ourselves first to walk in the spirit. Like the eagle, he is a leader because he knows how to lead himself. The day we fail to lead ourselves, we will also fail to lead others.
Joshua 5:4-8 “Now this is why he did so: All those who came out of Egypt—all the men of military age—died in the wilderness on the way after leaving Egypt. All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness during the journey from Egypt had not. The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the LORD. For the LORD had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey. So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised. They were still uncircumcised because they had not been circumcised on the way. And after the whole nation had been circumcised, they remained where they were in camp until they were healed.”
It may seem that the Israelites were in a disadvantage point. After the circumcision, their bodies were not physically prepared as the enemy may come to attack them. Sometimes we are like the Israelites – thinking that we are in a disadvantage position every time we serve God. But the Lord is allowing such moments to happen to re-affirm and develop our faith and trust in Him. Can we really trust God in the middle of disadvantage points? Sure enough, the Israelites were kept safe in the camp until they were all healed. This clearly demonstrates that the battle belongs to the Lord. He is our protection! There is sure victory for those who trust in Him!
The victory was given to the Israelites during the moment when they have renewed their covenant with the Lord, they reaffirmed their faith through the cutting of flesh and they reminded themselves to trust the Lord. This word of God transgresses in such as time as this wherein we envision promotion, explosion and expansion of Jesus’ game in our nation. Truly a man who trusts God is the one who will experience divine intervention.
Joshua 5:9 says ‘Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.’ Reproach means disappointment. Maybe your life in the past is disapproved in the eyes of many. But today, the Lord is taking away all those reproaches; He is removing all your disappointments and disapprovals from your past. You cannot live according to the past! So don’t self-disapprove by reminding yourself who you are in the past because your past is no longer an issue today. Always remember that we cannot plan our future according to our past. We need to walk in victory today rather than in the defeat of yesterday.
Our lives before is disapproved as well. Yet that is our past! God always want to restore your self-esteem because you are a child of God. In God’s eyes, we are not a reproach but sometimes we are the ones who disapprove or disappoint ourselves. Definitely, this is not God’s plan. Your past is not an issue anymore and should never be because we are released by God to be victorious in our lives! He has won it all on the cross already! “Therefore, there is now no condemnation in the Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) People should never live with guilt in thy hearts. We will never be able to walk in victory unless we forgive ourselves. The Lord has already forgiven us and He has but one request and that is genuine repentance.
Do not take care of your sin; rather face the truth and change. If you really believe that God loves you, just repent and live for Him. This is the way to fulfilling the commands of God and conquering the promises of Him who sent us. This is for the better future of our nation that we have been battling in prayer so that a generation that loves God will be raised up. You only plan your future the day you settle your past and you can conquer the enemy if you don’t see yourselves as slaves anymore. You cannot conquer your enemy if you see yourselves as slaves!
In this battle, we will never grow tired of reaching the lost and raising them up for nation transformation all for the glory and honor of God. People may be disappointed about you or disapprove you but God will never be disappointed about you when you do His will.
Our past has been taken cared of our God so let’s move forward!
If we receive this in our hearts, we will surely experience genuine repentance. We will no longer be slaves to sin and we will begin to face the reality. Nothing from our past can have a hold on us because we are set free by God!