Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Take the Veil Away!

2 Corinthians 3:18

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s Glory are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Have you ever felt like you had to hide who you were from people who couldn’t handle who you are? I think the younger we are the more we try to veil who we really are. I was reading a brochure about what to expect from your Jr. High student. The brochure stated that the Jr. High student’s identity is tied up with the group. Their number one priority is not to stick out. They don’t want to stand out so they veil themselves to fit in.

It’s time for us to graduate to a level of being unveiled. We have to remove what is blocking God’s Glory. It’s only when we turn to the Lord that the veil is taken away. When Nelson Mandela was released from 26 years of being in prison to become the President of South Africa he quoted this poem in his inaugural address: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frighten us. Help us to walk in the light.

Moses used a veil to hide the Glory of God. Moses had spent 40 days and 40 nights with God on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. When he came down the mountain his face was glowing with God’s fading Glory. The people were afraid and begged him to cover up his face. There are some people who can’t handle God’s fading Glory on your face and as a result you have covered up some of your gifts and talents so as not to offend people at the bottom. That was in the Old Testament, in the New Testament everybody is supposed to have some light. If you can’t take your veil off around people then you are hanging with the wrong people. It’s time for you to take your veil off!

This is how you take away the veil:
1.Turn to the Lord; repent to God for hiding your gifts. When you have a light you don’t hide it under a bush. If God has anointed you then you are supposed to let the world see your light.
2.Be Filled with the Holy Spirit. It is God’s Holy Spirit that allows us to reflect his Glory. It’s the Lord’s Spirit that sets us free to shine. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!
3.Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. God’s Spirit is constantly transforming us. We must continue to study to show ourselves to be approved. We should never stop growing in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

Dear God,

Transform me from the inside out so that I can remove the veil once and for all. There is more that you want out of me and I refuse to shrink back to make other people comfortable. I’m not afraid to let your light shine and I will not veil myself behind mediocrity and mendacity. I’m ready to let your light shine in everybody’s face today, especially mine.

In Jesus Name,


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