Removing the Veil [Devotional]

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We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (2 Corinthians 3:13-18 NLT).

Many feel that the Bible is boring, irrelevant, or confusing. I’ve been there myself at times!

The passage of Scripture above is referring to the Old Testament, but the same can be said of the New Testament.

Consider these words of Jesus, found in Matthew 13:11-13 (NLT):

He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables, for they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.

We can’t know the truth of who God is with our intellects alone. We must also depend on the Holy Spirit to give us understanding. The bottom line is that apart from God opening our eyes and ears, we just don’t get it.

One thing that I love is that we DO have a choice when it comes to grasping spiritual things. Both passages of Scripture reveal that our response to God, when He speaks, determines whether or not we’re able to understand His truth.

In the passage in Corinthians, we see that those who turn to the Lord have the veil taken away from their eyes. In the passage in Matthew, we see that if we listen to God, we’ll receive more understanding, and in fact, have an abundance of knowledge.

The great thing about this is that the more we desire Him, the more we receive.

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Praying the Word

Father, I pray that You will give me the desire to have eyes that see and ears that hear. Give me an unquenchable thirst for more of You. Help me to desire more of You.

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Applying the Word

Consider what God has spoken to you about lately. It can be from the devotionals in this book, sermons, conversations, your own personal Bible reading, etc. Are there things God has made clear to you that you’ve neglected or flat out chosen not to do? If so, repent, and then choose at least one thing to respond to in obedience today. This type of obedience will increase your spiritual sensitivity, so it’s definitely worth it, even if it requires sacrifice!

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