It is absolutely AMAZING what putting the Lord first in my day can do. Yesterday was the first day in my new beginning, and it was awesome! I can honestly say I had NO struggle with eating/food. I am not saying that I will never have another struggle – just that it was a true change. It makes sense, if I am taking the time to fill my void with Him each morning (as it should be), then there is not room or desire to fill the void with food (there is no void needing to be filled). I pray that the Lord will fill me this day and every day and help me to stay filled up on Him. I am asking him to help me to remove the veil daily, repent of wrong choices, and allow Him to clean my blemishes within/on me.
One day last year as I discussed Ephesians 5:8-14 with our church, the Lord showed me that although we may be in sin, we cannot see the ‘blemish’ or ‘dirt’ in the darkness on or in us. But it is “exposed” to be dealt with as we walk in the “light” of Christ (v.13). We need to ask the Lord each day to fill us with His light and expose the unsurrendered areas in our life (i.e. – the sin, dirt, our “self”), and ask for Him to help us fully surrender those areas to Him every day. We need to be sure we continually walk in the light of Christ, and deal daily with the ‘exposed’ sin or weaknesses He reveals to us. It is through His strength and Spirit that we are able to fully overcome our own weaknesses in this world.
I am noticing that He is again teaching me about the veil we use to ignore the pain, sin and weaknesses in our lives. We cannot be cleansed nor strengthened by His blood until we allow the veil to be removed. Removing the veil we hide behind not only reveals our need for Christ, but also reveals His glory and power! Here are two verses (one is listed using two different translations), that I hope will help you understand the importance of removing our veil before the Lord.
2 Cor 3:16 (AMP): “But whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away.”
2 Cor 3:16 (NKJV): “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
Hebrews 6:19-20 (NKJV): “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever…”
We must remove our veil and look into the mirror of Christ to see our need for His saving grace in our lives. It is only through this process that we can grow in the Spirit walk away from our “mountain.”