I do trust you are all having a good Christmas break.
As we enter the season for making new years resolutions I had these verses in mind and they come from the second book to the Corinthians chapter3 and verses 12-16 which say: “Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. 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 Paul speaks of is the carnality of a deceived mind formed and shaped in the world’s Satan-manipulated cultures. It is so antagonistic to the true God and His Word as we read in the book of Romans in Scripture that it fights the very approach of God to heal them through a great, freely given gift, just as the first-century Jews opposed and rejected Christ.
However, be aware that the miraculous removal of this veil of blindness by God, through the wonderful gifts of His Spirit and of a great hope, also places an obligation on us. With the blindness gone, we are granted the ability to choose between God’s way and the world’s way for the first time in our lives. Choosing to submit to God provides our witness of God, as well as being the means of building the character God greatly desires to create within us.
However, the effects of the self-centred way of life we have absorbed through the course of this world remain in our attitudes and characters, becoming what must be overcome.
It will dog us all our converted lives as a means of testing our determination to be in God’s Kingdom, as well as our love and loyalty to our God and Saviour and it is with these thoughts I am entering into considering my new years resolutions.
Have a safe, peaceful and joyful remainder of 2020 and a Happy new year