The heart and the veil

I’ve shared many times before that our heart is the gate keeper to all revelation from God. Spiritual truth is heart language, not head language. When our heart is open, we grow in understanding and are able to walk in the promises of God. It’s with the heart that one believes; our mind can only say “amen” (see Rom.10:10). Conversely, when our heart is closed, we become blind and stay stuck in the past.

As Paul put it, a veil is placed over our understanding when we close our hearts. Here’s what he says about it with regard to those who couldn’t grow past the Old Covenant in his day:

13 We are not like Moses, who used a veil to hide the glory to keep the Israelites from staring at him as it faded away. 14 Their minds were closed and hardened, for even to this day that same veil comes over their minds when they hear the words of the former covenant. The veil has not yet been lifted from them, for it is only eliminated when one is joined to the Messiah. 15 So until now, whenever the Old Testament is being read, the same blinding comes over their hearts. 16 But the moment one turns to the Lord with an open heart, the veil is lifted and they see. 17 Now, the “Lord” I’m referring to is the Holy Spirit, and wherever he is Lord, there is freedom. (2 Cor.3:13-17 TPT*)

This “veil” is why former moves of God have usually persecuted the new move of God in church history. Their hearts have stopped growing after having a life-changing encounter with God, so they stayed stuck at that point in their faith journey. Whole denominations have been birthed this way. A truth became the truth. What started in the Spirit ended in the vain imaginations of men. It’s like they assumed they had arrived and there’s nothing new to be learned so they’ve shut their hearts. It’s a tragically foolish place to be.

This is why Proverbs tells us to carefully guard our hearts (Prov.4:23).

We need to understand this box we put around our understanding of God, and our understanding of us in Him. In this regard, the Gospel you received is very important. When you first came to Christ, your theology was framed up for you by your church, your denomination, your culture.

Now, framing is necessary for us to make sense of things in our minds. But if we rely on this framing more than Christ it can also become a prison, arresting our continued growth. We must learn how to trust Jesus, believing Him more than our current understanding or what may be popular preaching in our culture. Because if you stay stuck in your “box” you won’t be able to grow out of it. The danger is in becoming spiritually stunted, bored instead of passionate and childlike before the Lord. Or worse, you’ll just dismiss what you don’t understand. You were not meant to live like this!

The only way for us to continue to grow is to keep our hearts open before the Lord, because He can show us new things that our minds cannot even begin to comprehend or imagine when we do (Eph.3:20).

You and I already have “the mind of Christ” (see 1 Cor.2:16), but our understanding of it is accessed by faith with an open heart toward the Lord. The Truth doesn’t change, but we must continue to grow and change.

And this change is being fashioned by the Holy Spirit working in us. Paul continues on with this theme by explaining this glorious trajectory in the Lord:

18 We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor.3:18 TPT*)

When we see Him without the veil, we see ourselves rightly in Him. And the more we see our own reflection in Him, the more He changes us. We are transfigured, which means we are “transformed into something more beautiful or elevated.” Beloved, this is what the Lord is doing in you. God is up to something new and very exciting during this time of forced isolation.

So, don’t say “no” in your heart. The Lord of Glory want to blow every circuit of your mind so that He can give you HIS mind! Submit to it and let Him change you. This is how we cooperate with His Lordship over us. This is the very path of true freedom.

* All emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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5 Responses to The heart and the veil

  1. pkadams says:

    Wow, that is mind blowing. And exactly what is happening in my life. It occurred to me while reading this that this is scary. Letting go of control over my heart is risky. But I know I can trust God. So I have to do it to grow. Thanks for this thought provoking post.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, becoming vulnerable is always scary at first. Most of us have gone through life with so many wounds we guard our heart in a negative way. We erect a wall so no one can get in. We stay stuck in our small world because of fear. The only way out is to open the door to the Lover of our Soul so He can heal our heart. And as we learn to trust Him, we find real freedom! We finally learn how to love like He does. As our heart grows, we grow. Our heart becomes the indicator to where we are in Him.

      Thanks for your comments. Blessings to you.

  2. Ahh, very cool, Mel! CS Lewis said something really good about how our theology must allow God to dismantle the boxes… we put around God. The Celts would sometimes call the Holy Spirit, the Wild Goose. He disrupts things, takes us out of our comfort zone, and can’t be kept in a box.

    I had major a revelation once about the kindness and protection of God, the veil of Moses, the hardening of Pharoah’s heart, the way Jesus says “forgive them for they know not what they do.” I happen to believe people should know everything, always! But sometimes there is great compassion and mercy in not knowing before your time, before you’re ready. I realize God hardening Pharoah’s heart is more of a literary style that a literal truth, but what if God had softened his heart and He had to feel everything he was doing with no chance of redemption? God does not give us more than we can handle, He does not collapse our psyches. That revelation really helped me to be more patient and understanding towards some pretty hard hearted, rotten people, I tell ya.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, amen. Very good about God protecting us in our ignorance. He is gracious and patient. I had an atheist tell me one time that God should’ve given us the medical and technological breakthroughs we benefit from now, back in the beginning. What a foolish thing to say!
      Yeah, let’s just give the Ninevites nuclear capability! So, God is definitely protecting us….from ourselves!

      This is why we need to embrace the mystery and not be too sure of our own understanding (“box”). Because the “Wild Goose” may just come into our peaceful barnyard and chase us around for awhile! LOL!

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