Removing the Veil

God is eternal, immutable (never changes), and omniscient (knows everything and every act). He is love, mercy and righteousness but above all … He is HOLY. He is Spirit so it only makes sense that only the spirit of man can truly know Him. 

Song of Solomon 2:14 (New International Version) 

14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely 

Did you know that as a believer you can enter into His prescence? In the Old Testament, the Holy of Holies was separated by a thick veil made of fine linen embroidered with multi-colored yarns. Some say that there were actually 2, one on top of the other and they overlapped in the middle so that there was never a chance of anyone except the chosen priest to catch a glimpse behind it. 

This veil was ripped, from top to bottom, when Jesus died on Calvary. Top to bottom is signifigant because the room was a perfect 20cubits square. No one could possible reach up and to rip it. It was too high and the fabric was too thick. Only God Himself was able. 

We are His ransomed people and we no longer need to stop in fear outside the Most Holy Place, yet we settle for living just outside the veil and never enter into His prescence. Some of us have an opaque veil on our hearts that is made up of our fleshly, fallen nature. It’s a multitude of self sins – self love, self righteousness, self pity, self confidence etc etc. It is living, spiritual tissue. This self-veil can only be removed by spiritual experience. We must freely invite the Cross to do its deadly and destructive work before we are truly free. Yes the Cross is rough and deadly but it’s the only effective way. You don’t hang there forever …. eventually you die. 

Through this death we are given true freedom. Freedom to call ourselves His children. Freedom to boldly enter into His throne room. When we enter in the pain is forgotten and replaced by overwhelming joy. Our chief purpose in life is to glorify Him and enjoy His presence forever. He invites us in. He desires hearts that will freely break with love for Him. 

HOW BIG ARE YOUR GIANTS?

(something else that I wrote a while ago but is still relevant today) 

I hope that what I’m about to say does not fall on deaf ears. 

How big are your giants? You know, when there doesn’t seem to be a way, that’s when God will make a way. Take a look at David & Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Now Goliath was a giant by any standard (9 ft tall!!!!) Instead of focusing on the seemingly obvious, David, who had just a sling and a stone, basically told the cowardly Israelites to sit back and get ready for a great show (17:32-37) See, he stopped looking at how big the giant was and instead focused on how big the Lord truly is. 

I guess what I’m saying is that your life will follow your thought patterns. Being negative is like going upstream in a strong current. It will always be a struggle. Colossians 3:2 says to set your mind on things above. It’s not the circumstances but rather our attitude towards them that gets us down. Daily we choose our attitude. When you get up is it “Good Morning Lord” or “Oh Lord it’s morning”? 

Because of your past, you have developed a negative habit. Conquered instead of conquerer. Victim instead of victor. Instead of choosing to be the head, you’ve grabbed the tail and hope that you can hang on. 

You can’t stop these negative thoughts but you can choose to not dwell on them. Satan’s gateway is through your mind. Do you focus on the problem or the possibilities? We attract what we constantly focus on. Our thoughts are very powerful. If you’re constantly focusing on how much of a failure you think you are then it will color your speech and your actions. People around you will start to agree. Basically you set yourself up for failure. If you expect to fail then you will. It’s what you know so you won’t be disappointed. And this, in turn, reinforces the thought pattern. It becomes a vicious cycle. 
I’m not saying to ignore or deny things. Not in the least. But I am saying that overcoming is a choice. If we don’t choose then Satan will choose for us. If you constantly dwell on this then it will become a movie in your mind. 

Matthew 9:27-29 is where Jesus heals the blind man. Jesus specifically asks the blind man if he believes. He questions the blind man’s focus. His faith. 
2Timothy 1:7 talks about how the Lord did NOT give us a spirit of fear or timidness but one of power, love and self-discipline. Self-discipline. A choice. 
Job 3:25 is great example of focusing on fears instead of the Lord. What Job feared most happened. 
The Lord will meet you at the level of your expectations. Quit expecting to be overcome and become an overcomer. And realize this…… 

When waiting on God to move know that sometimes He’s waiting on us to move first. 
It’s up to you. Do you choose to stay drowning in the water or do you want to learn to swim? Do you choose to stay seated while life goes by or do you choose to learn to walk? 
Blessings, 
Sharon 

THE MASK

The Mask 

(most of you know that I used to be a full makeup, full costume clown. I was thinking about what that means in my Christian walk and how I can better use it, when this was given to me…..) 

John 12:3-5, 7-8 (New International Version) 
3Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 
4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5″Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 
7″Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” 

Look at this closely …. Judas seemed to say the right thing in that situation. Nard of that quantity was worth about a year’s wages at the time and it looked like this woman (thought to be Mary Magdalene) was just wasting it. I can imagine, as Judas was saying this, that he was looking around at the crowd for approving glances. 
Jesus, who knew what was to come, could see right through Judas’ bravado. Jesus knew that Judas was simply trying to impress the others. Jesus knew Judas’ heart and could see right through the mask. 

*If Jesus were to come to your house what would you do? Would you run around hiding stuff? Would you try to withhold anything from Him? 
Mary gave out of pure love and she gave it lavishly. She didn’t care about the criticisms, the self-humiliation or looking foolish in front of her peers. 
The decisions we make can be just as ludicrous. He chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the seemingly wise. It is in the foolishness that His wisdom and power are shown. 
I’ve found that it is impossible to be fully embracing Christ and be worried about what the world thinks. I can’t serve Him and still plan on what I could get away with. My true heart will show. We later see this in Judas’ life – 

Matthew 26:14-16 
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus 
14Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. 16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. 

The other 11 were still faked out by Judas’ daily “performance” but Jesus knew 

John 13:10-11 
10Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 

Matthew 27:3-4 
3When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4″I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” 
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” 

Sin is never ever satisfying. True satisfaction is found only in serving the Lord. Sin is contrary to His nature of holiness so therefore we can never be satisfied in our sin. 

*What do we do to silence our conscience? Rationalize? Bury it? Deaden it? As hard as we try, God is never fooled…… He knows the one behind the mask. 

SINGING IN THE RAIN

SINGING IN THE RAIN  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2_6zyl-Dlk (click on this link)

It was pouring down buckets but I caught this Chipping Sparrow singing his heart out. No other birds were around … he didn’t have an audience. He just sang for the sake of singing. It’s such a part of him that he has to do it.

This little guy got me thinking …

We are to be like that bird in that our worship isn’t for others. We need to remember that it’s for an audience of One. Worship should be such a part of us that we can’t help it but sing out praises. It shouldn’t matter whether or not people are watching, nor should it matter if you “feel like it” or not.

No matter what life is “raining” down on you, no matter what your situation … praising the Lord puts our focus back into proper alignment with Him and gets your mind off of the temporal situations.

Praise Him in the midst of the storms.