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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Sign of the Covenant

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS . . . REPENT: FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND


“10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.” (Genesis 17:10-11 King James Version).

The covenant referred to in the above quote is given in detail in Genesis 17:5-8. To summarize, GOD promises to multiply and prosper Abraham and his descendants. Verse one tells us that GOD told Abraham to walk before HIM and be perfect, meaning obey the LORD’s commands and be made complete and whole from doing that, being both upright and sincere. As a result, GOD will make HIS covenant with him.

In verse 10, GOD says this is what you will do to show that you are in covenant with ME. You will circumcise yourself and every man child in your household whether blood related or bought as a servant. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and that will be a sign that we are in covenant.

Medically, “circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the human penis.” (Wikipedia). Biblically, circumcision means to cut short, cut off, or destroy. Believers are Abraham’s descendants, meaning we are also in covenant with GOD (Galatians 3:29). If we are in covenant with GOD, what is the sign that we bear? Circumcision, but not of the flesh. Our circumcision occurs in our hearts.

“15 Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.” (Deuteronomy 10:15-16 KJV).

Moses makes it apparent when talking with the Israelites, that being in covenant with GOD is more than just an outward sign, a cutting away of a piece of flesh. It is a heart change. We call it repentance, which is a change in our attitudes, beliefs, and actions. We turn around from the sinful direction we were headed, and run toward the LORD and do things HIS way. This is what Moses is saying.

In the verse above, Moses said because GOD chose to love their fathers and their seed, which are the descendants he’s talking to, that they are to circumcise their hearts in return for being chosen by GOD. They are to circumcise the foreskin of their hearts, or cut off the hardness and impurity from their hearts and be no more stiffnecked, no more rebellion, but obedient to GOD.

That is what we are to do in 2022. We are to be no more rebellious, no more stiffnecked. We are to cut away the hardness and impurity from our hearts and turn to GOD. Paul says, “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.” (Romans 2:29 KJV).

A Jew is known as a follower of the one true and living GOD. Cut away flesh, in itself doesn’t make one a follower of GOD, no more than baptism does. They are outward signs and acts that signify our loyalty like fans wearing their favorite team’s hat or jersey. Paul is saying, it takes more than that. True loyalty is shown by our actions. Do we truly obey GOD and not seek the approval of man, but GOD’s praise? Instead of a pat on the back, are we looking for a well done thou good and faithful servant?

“11 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 KJV). When Christ died on the cross, He circumcised our hearts just like the Deuteronomy scripture talked about. Jesus removed, pruned, and cut away the hardness, stubbornness, and rebellion. He took away the impurities that sin stained us with, and made us whole again.


Want proof that we have been made whole again? I could say simply reflect on our lives and look at how far the LORD has brought us. Look at how we don’t do the things we used to do, say the things we used to say, or frequent the places we used to hang out at. That’s evidence in itself. Yet, for those of us who still may be struggling, scripture tells us,

12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. (Colossians 2:12-13 KJV).

We’ve been quickened, or made alive again with Christ. We have a new moral life, a new set of values and beliefs that align with Jesus and the kingdom. Our sins and rebellion have been forgiven. We have been raised from the dead with the Spirit of GOD now inhabiting us.


Now, we have to decide to walk in the newness of life. We must decide to walk as this new person whom GOD has fashioned after HIS own image. The body of the sins of our flesh is gone . . . if we believe in and confess the Lord Jesus. Do you believe? Walk in your freedom today, Family. Just believe and walk according to the Holy Spirit.

Sis. Clark (wife of my previous pastor) once told me that instead of concentrating on not doing the vices that bound us, we should rather focus on drawing closer to GOD and doing the things of GOD. Once that happens, GOD will draw closer to us and we’ll find those vices slipping away.

Let us draw closer to GOD today by obeying HIS voice, and watch the sinful self that we resurrected through disobedience wither and die. It has already been pruned from the vine when Jesus’ breathed His last on that cross. In Jesus’ name, amen (so be it).

“16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 KJV).




How to be Saved


Romans 10: 9-13


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).


Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8


8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)


8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:


“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”


You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.












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