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.