3 Steps to Recover the Past

In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 2:11-14, ESV

As a new believer comes out of the world, Jesus does something amazing of cutting away all the sin of your flesh and setting you free.  

When we understand our spiritual connection to circumcision, we find the impressive work of Christ in taking all of our sins in the flesh and nailing it to the cross. Thus, setting us free from sin to live in the Spirit.

Both in the Old and New Testament, we have examples of circumcision about the heart more than the flesh. 

Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.” (Deuteronomy 10:16, ESV)

You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.” (Acts 7:51, ESV)

Anytime a man was circumcised, there was a three day period of recovery before he could function again. It is a time of healing and restoration that must take place for the person to whole again. So it is in spiritual circumcision. There is a process that God takes you through so that your heart can be whole again, and you ready to face the battles of life. 

A wounded soldier is a liability on the battlefield of life. 

If you don’t heal from the wounds of the past, you will not be ready to fight in the strength of the Lord. You must allow the gospel to heal the wounds of your heart from the things of this world.

Here are 3 steps that will help you to heal your heart from the past. 

1) Receive the forgiveness of God.

When God forgives, you must forgive yourself. Don’t keep yourself in condemnation with Jesus has set you free from it. When a person is unwilling to forgive themselves, the guilt causes fear and shame in the life of the believer. If Jesus is going to go through the work of circumcising you through the cross, why would you hang on to that nasty flesh? 

2) Renew your mind with the ways of God.

If you think the same way, you will do the same things. Let the Word of God change your perspective on yourself and the world you live it. The Bible will fill your life with purpose and meaning as has never had been before. 

3) Renounce the flesh and live in the circumcision.  

Once you are thinking godly, your actions will follow. Too many people try and change their actions before they reconcile their past. This is the reason many believers can’t find victory over their past, even though Jesus has set them free. 

Strength in the Spirit only comes after the healing of the heart. If you have a broken heart, take time to heal before jumping back into the battle of life. You will be more equipped to handle it, and you will be an asset to those around you. 

If you were encouraged through this post or need clarification on any of the topics, please leave a comment below.

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Published by Bill Sizemore

Bill married Kim in 1990 and has two daughters serving the Lord. He has served the body of Christ as Pastor for the past 25 years. His goal is to see the church become​ Jesus followers of faith that expand God's Kingdom. His heart for discipleship is the driving force for training on every level.

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