Sep 27, 2012

No faith in the flesh

(Phil 3:3) For we are the circumcision, who give worship to God and have glory in Jesus Christ, and have no faith in the flesh:

One of the last things that a believer holds onto before giving up all to the lord, is the faith in the flesh. When the believer sees a lot of things happening in his favor, he tends to hold onto a faith in himself. For a person who is born again, it is easy to believe that all things are possible for us - but the bible also says - through Christ who strengthens me.
(Php 4:13)  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

God wants us to worship him, and have glory only in Jesus christ. And have absolutely no trust or faith in our flesh.

 Like Zerubabbel who was asked to believe in impossible miracles, we can wonder how this will be achieved. The word of God says
(Zec 4:6)  Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Like Joshua, we may stand at the walls of Jericho and contemplate. (Pls read Joshua chapter 5 - it's full of spiritual truths) We may have reached the promised land, but how will we live a victorious life there. How will we overcome the walls of Jericho standing before us. But according to the promise of God, Joshua first circumcised his men. i.e. he and the men of israel acknowledged how powerless they were. In their state of inability, did their enemies come and ravage them ? No. God gives a divine protection for his men who acknowledge and admit their weakness. The enemy will not be allowed to plunder them in that state. God will offer  all his protection. After this, God acts by supernaturally (by the work of his spirit and the army of angels) breaking through the walls of Jericho on behalf of his men. I don't know what is the Jericho in our lives. But many of us do have a spiritual jericho - something which is standing in the way of spiritual progress. A block which we cannot overcome on our own. Submit it to God, and he'll do the demolition for us!

Remember another classic from the proverbs
Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

For the spiritual Israel (i.e. us, the believers), we are called into a circumcision of our heart.
Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
All he wants in our lives is a circumcision of the heart- a spiritual step- where we acknowledge our state of powerlessness. And where we look for praise from God, not from men.

God bless you
Praise the lord jesus christ

Song for the day:
You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all

Seeking you as a precious jewel
Lord to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all