We have been studying freedom in Christ at our church recently. I want to share a scripture with you.
The scripture says:
Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
Many people live their entire life processing things through a “veil”. What is a “veil”?
A “veil” is the result of some sort of trauma, incident, experience, hurt, or the influence of a bad relationship.
The “veil” itself is what is left behind by the bad experience – low self worth, lies, doubt, fear, sense of being alone, addictions, etc. From the point of the bad experience onward in the individual’s life everything is processed through the “veil” or what was left behind in the wake of the bad experience.
Bad experiences can have the same effect upon a person as a lightning strike can a tree. The lightning strike can alter the way the tree grows. So, even though the lightning strike occurred at one moment in time, the tree is forever effected by it.
The scripture we read in 2 Corinthians gives a look inside the changes that can occur if the individual becomes serious about Jesus taking the “veil” away.
Beliefs created by bad experiences usually are not changed until they are confronted. The presence of Jesus will confront the negative lies (the veil) with the Truth. The first component of change is making Jesus and His Word Lord over your life.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, (where the Spirit is Lord) there is liberty!
The second component is to “unveil” every aspect of life. Stop dealing with things through addiction. Stop lying to yourself about your ability to handle this on your own. Stop isolating yourself from others. If you want new life, you must be ready for new ways of living!
Finally, transformation occurs through changing current negative self evaluation and make it mirror what the Lord is saying about you. That accompanied by spending quality time with the Lord in worship and prayer and with other believers who can love you and speak the words of the Lord to you will complete the healing process and free you from the “veil”.
One question: How serious are you about being set free? Are you serious enough to stop the self deception, stop the addictions, stop the isolation, and allow the Lord to heal and define your life?
I’ll leave you with this promise from God:
“Call unto Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you did not know.” Jeremiah 33:3