Prophetic Ministry & Spiritual Mentoring: July 18th, 2022
THE PROPHETIC TIMES BY DANIEL EMERSON
JULY 19 - THE PURIFICATION
Israel was being prepared spiritually for their destiny. The first step was purification. All the males of Israel were to be circumcised as a token of the covenant between them and God (Genesis 17:1-14). The covenant of circumcision was instituted at the time of Abraham but had not been practiced during the wilderness wandering. The new generation of Israelites had not been circumcised and did not bear the sign of the covenant upon them. Israel was preparing to war against the nations of Canaan, yet at this strategic time, God commanded them to be circumcised. By circumcising their flesh, they actually disabled themselves physically in the presence of the enemy, which did not make sense in the natural. But God's ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).
If you are to claim your spiritual inheritance, you must bear the marks of change upon your life. As believers, we are to be circumcised in heart: "In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ" (Colossians 2:11).
Our circumcision is spiritual and is of the heart instead of the flesh. If you have been circumcised in heart, however, there will be external signs just as when Israel was circumcised in their flesh. You will act, talk, and live differently. Your life will bear the marks of change which are the signs of your covenant with God: "For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward of the flesh: 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" (Romans 2:28-29.)
Do not be afraid of the "knife" of God's Word as it marks your life. The reproach (shame) of Egypt (representing sin) must be eliminated. You must put off the filth of the flesh. You do not have to bear the shame of your past because Jesus bore it for you (Hebrews 12:2). Gilgal means "the rolling away", indicating that the shame of slavery in Egypt had been removed. As you camp in the very shadow of your enemy, you must realize that you cannot war in the flesh. You must disable your flesh and trust in the power of Almighty God. Your destiny will be possessed in the power of the Spirit, not through the efforts of your flesh. You fight from a position of strength in Him. He shows Himself strong in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
This circumcision of heart is two-fold. God initiates it: "And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart..." (Deuteronomy 30:6). God changes you, but you also have a responsibility in this process: "Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart..." (Jeremiah 4:4). You must continually cleanse yourself of the filthiness of the flesh through prayer and the Word. You cannot do your part until He does His part. That would just be another attempt at self-improvement.
Senior Leader - ATR Global Ministries, Daniel Emerson.
Daniel has a unique grace mix of an apostle, prophet, and evangelist. I believe this is the prototype that the Lord is using and emerging in this hour in the prophetic. Daniel reminds me of John the Baptist. The Lord has fashioned and formed him in the secret place, which has enabled him to become one of the emerging voices crying out, “Prepare the way of the Lord!”
Daniel not only has a heart for the prophetic, but also to help build and equip the Body of Christ. Daniel has tirelessly spent hours forming curriculum for podcasts, teachings, schools of the prophetic, and so forth. His heart is to see the Body of Christ mature and walk in the destiny God has for His Church. At the heart of it all, Daniel has a passion for souls and the end the harvest. As a voice in his life, it’s been a pleasure and joy to watch Daniel emerge and begin to impact what God has called him to. - Prophet Madeline James
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