Friday, July 8, 2016

Let us Come Before Him With Open Face


Face to Face
 
A Veil Over Our Eyes Prevents us From Seeing.

Wednesday mornings we meet to pray over our city and Pastor Allan has allowed me to bring a short Bible study.

Please consider a bride presenting herself to her bridegroom with a veil over her face.  The Bride can only see her beloved through a cloudy lacy piece of woven cloth.  The groom cannot view his bride for his vision is also obstructed by the lace mask.

As the ceremony progresses, the groom will lift the veil and now they are face to face beholding the beauty of each other. 

I am reminded that Jesus desires to have a Face to Face relationship with each of us.  As we approach Our Lord to pray over our city, we must come open faced before Him.  May we humble ourselves, confessing any known sin as we enter His presence. 

2 Corinthians 3:18  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.

In this same chapter three, Moses is mentioned who wore a veil over his face because the people could not look upon him because their minds were blinded.  As we pray over our city we must understand that our citizens have a veil over their minds and we must intercede that the veil be removed. 

For until this day the same veil remains un-lifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

The veil prevents those we pray for - - from seeing Jesus.  In their minds they think they are too great a sinner to be saved, and Jesus would never love them.  The veil prevents them from seeing the truth that Jesus loves the sinner and desires that all come to repentance. 

Last week we spoke of using the gentle dance while we pray, and I suggested that we use our hands and arms today to reach into the atmosphere and virtually remove blinders from the eyes of those we pray for. 
 
To use our wrist and hands as to in effect - - twist the perverted minds of unbelievers to a different mind set; so that they will be able to make wise choices to follow God and his way. 
 
To use our arms crossed and open and back and forth as we break chains and destroy lies.  Use your imagination with your hands pulling up roots and tearing down strongholds. 

Pray over our children and again lift up with your arms an invisible wall of protection over your family. They are being influenced by all types of veils and blinders to cover their faces.  The entire host of heaven is at our beckoning, let us work with them.

Although this may seem silly to some; there is a positive stance by this action to enlarge our believing for souls to come to Jesus. 

Many of these veils are coverings of promiscuous living including addictions and habits that prevent people from coming to Jesus.  Even the church is not exempt from these veils and we must also pray for those believers who are deceived to live unholy lives as they yield to society and to modern thought.

I gave out a hand out about Sampson, one of Israel’s Judges for 20 years.  He did not seek a wife from the Godly women, but instead loved evil women who betrayed and took him captive because of his foolish choices.

We ask, how could a minister of God do such a thing?  Sampson had been dedicated to God as a child by his parents, but he did NOT willingly obey God as he should.   It is good to keep our children in a spiritual atmosphere where they can make their personal decision to follow Jesus.

May we intercede for our children, and our city for their souls, that their minds and eyes will see truth and make quality decisions for our Lord.


 

2 comments:

  1. Addiction is a cry for help. A desperation for something more, something deeper. That is, a desperation for the love of God which alone can satisfy us. :)

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  2. There is so much sinful stuff in our world now, and all I can do is worship and glorify and focus on the Lord. He is what we can focus on forever and ever. And being in Heaven will be a wonderful, WONDERFUL, portion of our lives. Thank you for how you are sharing.

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