As I woke up this morning I heard the Spirit asking me a question,
“What was the first thing that happened when My people crossed the Jordan River?”
Through my sleepy mind I slowly answered, “They were circumcised.”
Then I heard,
“Many of My people have crossed over but are wondering why they are still hurting so much. This is why! I have circumcised their hearts because they were born into a wilderness generation.”
“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 reason that these men had to be circumcised was because they were the sons of the circumcised that came out of Egypt. They were born in the wilderness and had never received circumcision. They were a “wilderness generation”.
As I remembered this it hit my spirit with such revelation. We are a generation that was born into a spiritual wilderness time in history but have now crossed into the “promise generation” and those who were born in the wilderness need our hearts circumcised.
It has been painful and we have needed a time to heal from this circumcision. It is also important to remember that the Lord made an announcement right as they were being circumcised saying,
“Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.”
June was a passing over time and July has been a circumcision time where the Spirit cuts away the flesh that keeps us from fully identifying as His sons and daughters. This time and place is holy ground so take your shoes off and honor Him. This is also the place that the manna ends and we begin to eat of the fruit of the Promise Land. The children born at this time will be born into the “promise generation”! They will grow up eating from the bountiful spiritual fruit that grows in the Promise Land.
For those of us who were born in the wilderness…get ready! Stop searching for the manna on the ground and begin to look up because fruit is on the trees. The Lord is lifting your head to find your provision above. Though there are battles ahead, as we follow the instructions of the Spirit we will be assured victory after victory! It is time to re-calibrate to life in the land of promise because we no longer are living under the reproach of Egypt! We are counted among the children of promise. What amazing news!!
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
Since July began I have continually heard the word “double”. This is the beginning of your double portion. The identity of Egypt and the lifestyle of wilderness living (reproach and shame) is now off of you; this circumcision has cut it off of you!
Take your shoes off…this is holy ground. It’s time to thank Him because you are now children of promise.
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