As the warriors of Israel walked from the Jordan River they entered the Promised Land. This was the first time that they had ever possessed anything, since the birth of their nation in Egypt. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you. To commemorate the spot, they rolled twelve great stones out from the midst of the river and arranged them in a circle. This magical place they called “Gilgal.” The word Gilgal means, “Sacred circle or wheel,” in reference to these stones. It is the doorway to Canaan. Those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. Gilgal is a very special place. It is the war camp of God. It is the headquarters for your invasion of Canaan. At Gilgal the counsel of God is forged into battle plans. These plans require three basic steps: circumcision, Passover, and a change of food. From this firebase you will carry the battle to your enemies. And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. As you make camp at Gilgal, your first task is circumcision. For those who sojourn in the Wilderness, there is no circumcision required. All the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. But when the Israelites made camp at Gilgal, they circumcised all those who had been raised in the Wilderness. At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. So also, your bid for spiritual perfection begins with the circumcision of your heart. At Gilgal you will remove all the protection that shields your feelings. Your normal desires for self-preservation will be set aside. Your emotions will be stripped and left naked to the scrutinizing wisdom of God. There you will learn the absolute sovereignty of God over every seemingly accidental circumstance of good and evil. In difficult, painful situations, you will be given practice in disregarding the obvious, while acknowledging only God as the instigator behind every event. The understanding of God’s sovereignty will become a permanent possession of spiritual power for you. Like a knife it will cut away hard-heartedness, surgically joining your heart to God’s, in an immutable bond of trust. Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. Then you will be empowered to expose your family, your business, your life, and your destiny, to the beneficent plunder of your loving Heavenly Father. There is no pain required for the Christians who remain in the Wilderness of Organized Christianity. They remain spiritually feminine. Circumcision is only required for those who become spiritual males. Gilgal thus represents the spiritual conception of a new life. At Gilgal your spirit conceives to the life of Jesus Christ and you pass from feminine to masculine, from death unto life. Like a newly conceived embryo in a womb, Gilgal was Israel’s first tiny possession in the land of Canaan. So also, Gilgal represents the starting point for your becoming a son of God. At Gilgal you become a young warrior- you need only then to grow up. This is accomplished as you slay the Canaanites and claim your spiritual inheritance. This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day. The second step at Gilgal is to keep the Passover. This was accomplished by the Israelites right after their circumcision. And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. The Passover in Egypt was called “The Lord’s Passover.” By the death of Jesus Christ your sins were forgiven and you entered into the Wilderness. But the Passover in Gilgal is different. At Gilgal you are in Canaan, battling for your own spiritual possessions. This time you are not just to eat the Passover sacrifice; you are to become the Passover sacrifice. When Passover occurs in you, your sins will not be merely forgiven, but eradicated, and you will become a new sinless being. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remain in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. The spiritual gestation of the Sons of God requires that they become a living sacrifice. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. At Gilgal, the “good” things that God has given you will be toppled into painful confusion. Your humanity will be consumed in a kiln of cunning design. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Only a lamb without blemish is acceptable for this sacrifice. Is your marriage perfect? How about your children, or honor, or career, or health? These are the acceptable lambs for the Passover in Gilgal. Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering. The Passover in Egypt represented death to the Egyptians, and life to the firstborn of Israel. The same power that killed the one, delivered the other. So also, your sacrifice at Gilgal brings the death of your carnal nature, and life to your spirit. The sacrifice process though painful, is synonymous with resurrected life. Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die. When your heart is first exposed and then crushed by the love of God, you are reaching for immortality. Being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. The power of self-sacrifice is the power for resurrection; they are one and the same. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. This is the pathway to resurrection that Jesus Christ demonstrated. They shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. And now it is your turn. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice. As you become a Passover sacrifice, God will rip out your selfish stony heart, and replace it with a new heart of agape-love. This process will embroil you in a great internal battle. Does God really love you? Is he really in control of good and evil? Why would he do this to you? Did you do something wrong? To win this war you will find that you have to enter a new, personal relationship with God. He will become the purpose behind your pain, and all for your benefit. This you will learn and declare, in the face of overwhelming visible evidence to the contrary. Each morning you will rise and begin again to kill your doubt. The day will be spent swinging your sword at your own disbelief. In the night fears will come and lying specters will trouble you. This is a battleground of exquisite pain, wherein you will overcome every adversary that issues from satanic carnality. And by this struggle your spirit will be changed. You will accomplish a gestation and complete your maturity. Soon you will be readied for spirit birth, overcoming even death itself. These battles are fierce and worthy of the greatest warriors who will ever exist. For this is the path to the first resurrection, which is reserved for the firstborn Sons of God. To get to know him, and the power of his resurrection and fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death, if by any means I may advance to the earlier resurrection, which is from among the dead. Philippians 3:10, 11 (Emphasized). Why should you serve a God who demands your sacrifice? The answer is, because that is what he did to Jesus. O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Jesus Christ is the pattern for your spiritual maturity, and he established the universal standard for self-sacrifice. If any man will come after me, let him deny him, and take up his cross, and follow me. Jesus did not do it all for you. Rather, he made it possible for you to follow in his steps. Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. If you do what Jesus did, you will come to the same reward. If you do not, you will die in the wilderness. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame. The third step at Gilgal is to change your food. When the Israelites entered Canaan at Gilgal, the manna, quail, and watering rock ceased. They began to eat a new food that they had never tasted before. And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna anymore; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. So also, as you begin to press your battle for spiritual possessions, the easy provision of the Wilderness will cease. No longer will you draw sustenance from the pride of life, temporal accomplishments, or earthly abundance. Your new spirit, and his new relationship to God, is fueled by a new spiritual food. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. As an invading spiritual warrior you will eat only what you take from the enemy. Your strength and vitality of life will be found in the triumph of spiritual conquest.