When veils are removed, we see the reality of God in every area of our lives

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:16,18

There are different veils that cover men’s eyes, preventing them from seeing the reality of God. Our Creator is very present in the earth, but He’s often not seen because of a veil that obscures Him from men’s sight. Though God is never far from the men and women He intended to be His son’s and daughters, to many He seems very distant, simply a whisp of imagination that’s lost in the starker reality of the tangible material world. A veil prevents the vital living connection of real relationship between the Father and His orphan children.

In this scripture Paul was talking about the veil of religion and law that blinded the Jews. Religion of rule and ritual is a veil rather than a pathway to the reality of God, especially when it teaches that men can reach God through effort and self-righteousness. The only path is God’s amazing grace – trying to earn His kindness and mercy makes no sense.

Other veils exist, and they can cloud the eyes also of Christians, preventing them from experiencing the powerful life of God in specific areas. Jesus told how worries and concerns are weeds that choke the seed of the Kingdom along with an unhealthy dependence on material things (Matt 13:22). Unforgiveness and experiences that have caused painful bruising of the heart can cause veils of hardness to obscure the beauty of God’s perfect love and grace that is available in areas where we need it most.

So how to remove the veil? Paul says that ‘when anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is removed’. This is a simple thing that even a child can do: it means turning to Christ, deciding to trust Him, chosing to believe. Faith is turning the gaze of the heart onto Jesus, and then He removes all of our veils. We all have capacity for this simple faith, and it is God’s way for everyone so that all have the opportunity to see Him, experience Him and connect to Him as sons to their Father. His way is that we believe first, and then we see His reality. We turn and the veil is removed.

Wherever there is a veil in your life obscuring the reality of God goodness and power, make the decision simply to turn to Christ and to trust Him. Ask Him show you What He is for you in that area of your life. Then maintain ‘the gaze of the soul’ on Him, waiting expectantly. He will touch you with a divine encounter of His Presence which is the true reality of life.

When this happens, it will transform you and bring the higher reality of God into your life in a greater way. This is the glory of Heaven seen and experienced on earth.

Some things Jesus told to keep us from getting knocked off course

All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.” John 16:1 ​

One night recently I woke at 4am and felt that I was in a real battle with darkness and fears. I felt like a helpless ship buffeted by a raging storm. Reaching out for the Lord’s help, I began reading His Word and felt Him speaking to me from John 14-16 in a special way. Verse by verse as He spoke, the darkness faded and my heart filled with the light of faith, joy and peace. Calm waters returned!

In the ‘red letter’ words of John 14-16 I saw a couple of anchors of encouragement that Jesus gave his disciples so that they would not ‘go astray’ in the raging storms of life. Here’s what struck me:

  1. We each have a special place reserved in God’s Kingdom, a unique ‘room in the Father’s house’ where we belong as sons and daughters. We are not left as orphans.
    In my Father’s house are many rooms…I prepare a place for you…I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you…My Father will love you and we will come to you and make our home with you.”
  2. God loves us to the maximum, as much as the Father loved Jesus. And He commands us to stay connected to His love because we need this great love constantly!
    As the Father has loved me, so I have love you. Now remain in my love…I too will love you and show myself to you.”
  3. Life in this world will bring challenges and difficulties, but He’s given us what we need to overcome, and thrive. Battles and struggles shouldn’t surprise us.
    “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world…I have told you this so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you.
  4. What He’s given us to overcome is His Holy Spirit. Living intertwined with the Spirit is like a ‘branch abiding in the vine’; its living united and connected to God Himself.
    The Father will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth…you know Him for He lives with you and will be in you…then you will realize that I am in my Father, you are in me and I am in you. Abide in me and I will abide in you…I am the vine and you are the branches.
  5. We thrive because He defends our hearts with His peace, something the world can’t experience. The world’s peace comes from calm circumstances on the outside, but Christ’s peace comes from His Presence on the inside.
    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid…I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.”
  6. We thrive because He satisfies our hearts with His joy that can’t be taken away.
    I have told you this so that my joy may be in your and your joy may be complete…you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy.”
  7. We didn’t chose God, He chose us, and destined us for tremendous fruitfulness on earth and into eternity.
    “You did not chose me but I chose you and appointed you to bear much fruit, fruit that will last.”
  8. We are invited to the unimaginable – to do greater works than Christ did – and to ask the Father for as much as we can imagine in Christ’s name.
    He who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name…Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

These ‘anchors for the soul’ are all unshakeable and true for each of us if we come to the Father through Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life. 

Meditate on these truths and allow the Holy Spirit to plant them deeply in your heart so that they will become strong anchors for your soul when the storms of life try to knock you off course.