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November 22, 2011, 11:31 AM

Circumcised Hearts

I don’t normally do this, but today I think I’ll make an exception. The following is an excerpt on a verse I was studying during my quiet time, where I am currently going through the book of Jeremiah. Truth be told, Jeremiah has spoken much to me as I go through it this time, and I see the reality all too often of how I do not see God correctly and put Him in His correct place in my life, and Jeremiah is ruthlessly honest and brutal in calling out our sinful ways. Take for example this verse,  Jeremiah 2:20 "For long ago I broke your yoke and burst your bonds; but you said, 'I will not serve.' yes, on every high hill and under every green tree you bowed down like a whore.” OUCH. Every time I turn to something besides God for anything, I am like a prostitute who lays down in front of everyone to sell myself. Uncomfortable with that imagery in this blog? I am, even more so with it in my Bible, until I realize that God is using this harsh (i.e. brutally honest) language to show us how serious He takes it when we trust in things other than Him. He is all we need, and He is here to turn to, why are we looking elsewhere? With that in mind here are some of my thought on Jeremiah 4:4. After you read, I would love to hear your thoughts on this verse in the comments section.


Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD; remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds."

God is not going to identify us by outward signs, but if we have the signs of the covenant in our hearts. If we allow God to mark our hearts and to radically change them for Him, then our outward behavior will also change. But only in this order! God changes us from the inside out…heart change to life change. This is unfakeable and lasting, even if we wander once marked we will always return to Him. The call of Him, His touch upon our lives, His hands on our hearts are never forgotten and always drive us…away from Him due to shame and misunderstanding of His love as we seek Him in other gods that leave us empty, dry and aching in a dark land that will never be home; or directly into his arms understanding that the only cure to our brokenness and wandering heart is to fall into the just and righteous arms of the one who created us and knows us better than ourselves. In the quiet when no one is around we know this is true and that we are always drawn to and away from God at the same time, but we can never be rid of Him. And if we honestly examine these fickle hearts of ours and our seemingly never ending desire to appease our needs on empty and dead idols that we know only increase our needs and steal away from us what little we have,  we see that what we long for is the firm hand of God cutting out hearts with His mark, taking away all we thought we needed and opening our eyes to the realization that all we ever desired was always found in His grasp, in Him. If we’re honest we realize every day anew our desperate need for Him to carve his mark on our heart anew. When will we grow tired of seeking the reality that can only be found dwelling in his hands, in every place but Him? When will we realize our failings are always found in the reality that we are looking for God everywhere, never stopping long enough to know He dwells in our hearts and let Him imprint His mark in us again.



01-18-2012 at 11:30 PM
Ed griffin
Wow, chocolate and God\'s wrath. I\'ll never eat the stuff again. I guess the moral is to get the golden ticket to get the coolest elevator ride to the top.... Only to fall back in bed with your grandparents. Good blog
12-14-2011 at 6:22 PM
Ivy Moore
Years ago I was seeing a counselor, and I was complaining of a stick sore neck. He said,"Why don't you see if you find a Bible verse that speaks to that?" What I found was Deut. 10:16 "Circumcize your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer." OUCH, as you said. Then I wondered how to do that,until I found Deut. 30:6 "The Lord will circumcize your love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul." It is a lifelong and daily choice to make.
11-28-2011 at 3:59 PM
Karen Schuenemann
So many thoughts on God and my heart. I am constantly asking Him to search my heart and often needing my heart changed. I pray that He will change it and He does in His time as He wills. I am thankful for that.I always want my heart to be after Him and be for Him. Thank you for sharing on this.
11-22-2011 at 2:04 PM
Earl Whiteley
I wake up each and every morning struggling with this very subject. I know that I have idols in my life that I want (in mind) to hang on to and that I will sin sometime during the day. However, the few times in my life that I have been able to fully step out on faith and realize that I am at the end of my rope, I am always amazed at what he does in my life and more importantly the people in my life. Our pastor recently said that "being on the edge of dispair is an awesome place to be, because at that moment we have no one else to turn to but to HIM!" Keep preaching brother - you never know who is watching.
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