Blind to the Truth
For an entire year, I couldn’t figure it out. I knew what the problem was, I knew the solution and yet I struggled. I struggled with my Identity. I struggled with knowing WHO I am and WHOSE I am… I thought I was on a path to breaking the chains, removing the veil… Until I came across this blog. It could not have articulated any better what my spirit self knew and my mind could not not process nor think. It was as if I was pushing against something and that something was pushing back. It brought me back to a dream that I had not too long ago. In the dream, I was in a church, my home church. I walked towards a door, opened it and went in; it was dark. I sensed a trap, and before I could turn around to hold the door, the door immediately slammed behind me… shut. In the dream I yelled ” Damn you Satan!” I woke up annoyed, saying to myself, “this can’t be right!” How can I let Satan get the best of me. Satan has trapped me into darkness. Where was God My Heavenly Father? I also remembered thinking it was the first time I had called Satan by name. It was empowering and defeating all at the same time. I had come to realize that it was the trick of the enemy in my mind.
The Key to the house of David
ONLY God shuts doors no man can open. Not Satan. In a sermon shared by Stanley Vasu, it reminded me that sometimes the Lord closes a door because it is not according to His will and purpose . When the apostles attempted to preach the Gospel in Asia and Bithynia they were forbidden by the Holy Ghost to go there. It was not the plan of God for them to go there at that time . Therefore we should be willing to accept the will and the purpose of God when He closes a door in our lives . We should not become disappointed and bitter against God when He closes a door that we wanted Him to open for us. We should trust that the Lord works everything for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We should earnestly seek God for His revelation so that we can realize it when the Lord has closed a door for us and submit to His will.
This ring is serves as a constant reminder of what God has placed on my shoulder.
The Unveiling Truly Begins
The Elders say “Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil.” I fought God hard on being transparent, vulnerable…But here I am…Ready to unveil the truth about me. For 38 years I’ve lived life veiled. Just like a horse with blinders on, like someone who has lost their glasses. I have not been able to see clearly, Satan has literally covered my eyes so I can see just enough, but not completely. This is what I called the “confetti in my life.” I’ve had glimpses of a true walk with God, despite the distractions the enemy has so cleverly placed before me. And it seems most often I fall head first into his trap and dwell.
Overall, I see I have chosen to believe Satan’s lies. Why? Because he is so subtle, and so good at his job. I see how he has been in control of my prayer life. I’ve prayed fervently for certain situations or people or circumstances to change. Claiming all kinds of scriptures, uttering the same words Jesus told Satan on the mountain ‘It is written..” before reminding Satan what truly is the Word of God. I also quote quite often James 5:16, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”.
Now, through the beginnings of unveiled eyes, I see that the prayers of the righteous are for internal change. For an open heart before the Lord, for my life to be pleasing and glorifying to him; for me to change not my circumstances or those around me. That He will give me a heart of gratitude & joy amidst complete CHAOS!
Friend, let me tell you James 5:16 is TRUE. He will and can change your heart. Your prayers are powerful and effective. He will unveil your eyes when you ask Him. And, when He does what you see is AMAZING. What you are looking at is the same, but what you see is completely different. Its so much more. You are able to see the absolute bondage Satan has you in and you see the complete FREEDOM that is found in Christ!
There is a story in 2nd Kings 6, where Elisha and his servant find themselves under siege by an army. The servant says to Elisha, “What are we going to do; there are only two of us against then entire army”? Elisha says (v. 16) “Don’t be afraid, there are more of us than those who are with them”. Then, Elisha prays, “OPEN HIS EYES “(unveil him). The scripture says that the servant sees hills full of horses and chariots of fire! He saw the Lord’s army a complete other realm! I want to see that, to be unveiled! To be able to see what’s really going on around me, to take my head out of the sand.
The author of Hebrews in chapter 12 tells us to throw off the sin that so easily (and subtly) entangles us and FIX our EYES on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and run with perseverance the race marked before us.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 to put on the full armor of God. That the battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world. To me he is saying _(blank)__ is not the enemy, Satan is. He just has you fooled. Stop fixating on __blank__ and start fixing your eyes on JESUS. Look just above the chaos, He’s there.
Realistically what does this look like?
1) Remove the veil:
I’m learning that first I have to ask him to remove the veil. Show me where Satan is telling me lies and I believe them. Psalm 119:18 says open the eyes of my heart. In Psalm 139: 23-24 David ask God to search him and know him to find the anxious thoughts. And lead him to the way of the everlasting.
2) Take thoughts captive
Secondly I am learning to take my thoughts captive. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, with emphasis on v.5 a We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Therefore, we should take our thoughts captive and compare them to the TRUTH. Once we really compare what we are thinking to the Truth of God’s word, Satan’s lies become obvious.
3) Fix my eyes on Jesus
Last, what I am working on is fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). I’m learning that if I’m fixated on __blank__, then I’m not fixed on Jesus. Philippians 3:8 tells us whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, we should think about these things.
One of the enemy’s most powerful lies is that you don’t have power over him or that he’s not there. This is a LIE. Even the weakest believer is more powerful than Satan. James 4:7 says resist the devil and he will flee from you. Don’t let Satan continue to keep your eyes closed. Let the Holy Spirit unveil your eyes so that you can see what life is really all about.
John 10 says that you can live life to the full when you open your eyes and see Jesus. Ask the Lord to unveil you and show you the absolute bondage you are in and how Satan has you completely paralyzed. Ask him to really allow you to experience the unexpected joy (and complete freedom) of desperate dependence on Jesus. Galatians 5:7 says it is for freedom that you have been set free!