Let’s be real. We all wear masks. Some of us are the master of disguises depending upon who we are standing in front of. If we are standing in front of a pastor, or someone who appears like they have it all together, then our mask may mirror the perfected reflection. Otherwise we might end up mirroring the reflection of the drama we see in our home. And we can’t have that. So we cover ourselves to protect us from everyone seeing the truth about us. We put on a mask.
A facial mask is used to cover the face in its entirety, and as the facial mask is removed, so are the impurities. A mask is a cover up used for a disguise or protection. It is something that conceals. It hides the imperfections, or the dirt, if you will. Are you hiding behind a mask of some sort?
All of us are. We all hide behind some type of spiritual mask. We don’t want people to see all of our blemishes. We don’t want people to see our dirt.
Removing the mask and revealing the truth:
As we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal truth in our lives we will have to face and deal with many spots and blemishes. I am going to uncover two blemishes in the Body of Christ. Let’s start with that big old pimple on the face of your heart.
The Pimple of Pride:
When you pick at that pimple enough, it becomes a scar of self righteousness. By nature, all of us are rebels who want to be celebrities instead of servants. It takes a great deal of beauty treatments for us to exchange this pimple of pride for His spotless humility.This may be a beauty treatment that we will need for the rest of our lives until He calls for us to come home. Always be aware of that ugly pimple of pride. It pops up when you least expect it and it must be immediately removed. Pride has a tendency to blind you from seeing the Truth. Others will see it, but unless you look intently into the mirror (the perfect law), that pride will remain on your face and you will not even realize it.
It was said that Moses was more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth(Number 12:3). If Moses was more humble than anyone on the face of the earth, then we need to be humble like him, if we want to see God’s Glory. He was chosen to be the leader, not because of his eloquence or education; no, he was chosen simply because he was humble. So what was it that made Moses so humble? Why was he able to ascend the mountain of God and come away with a radiant face? If you want the radiant face that Moses had, then you need to get rid of those pimples of pride.
Treating the Pimple of Pride:
Can you see the pimple of pride on your face? You may need someone else to point it out to you, and if it is brought to your attention then don’t try to cover it up, just acknowledge that it is there, it is true, and allow the Lord to remove it from you, give it to Him and exchange it for His spotless humility.
The blackhead of bitterness:
Far too often do we point the finger and fail to acknowledge the sin in our own heart. We end up comparing ourselves, and then we feel justified when others do worse than us.There are times when we need a continual beauty treatment on certain areas in our heart. There may be a need for a daily beauty treatment; daily exchanging our bitterness for others and daily receiving the tenderness from our beautifully, kind King.
Ask the Lord to examine and expose your heart to see if there is any wicked way in you, He may uncover the blackhead of bitterness.
Treating the blackhead of bitterness:
If you harbor bitter envy in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth (James 3:14)Admit that you have been wrong and make things right with God first, and then that person in whom you were bitter with. Instead of leaning toward selfish gain, we turn our heart toward His statutes and that blackhead of bitterness will be removed.
Others things that may be exposed:
- Wrinkles of wrath
- Zit of gossip, and boy oh boy is that just waiting to pop. 🙂
- Scars of sin
- Spots of self-righteousness
As we take off our masks, we will be removing those impurities. Everything hidden will eventually come to the light. When we confess our sins to one another, we will be healed. There is so much freedom in being open and vulnerable. As those impurities are removed from our life, we begin to radiate from the inside out. Our King will not be done with us until it is time for Him to take us into His palace in Heaven. Until then, we must gladly receive all the beauty treatments that He wants to give us to make us a more blameless and spotless bride. We need to be completely available for a dose of His beauty. Even just a smudge of His beauty is better than what this life has to offer. He is so beautiful! The more that we gaze upon His beauty, the more His beauty reflects upon our own faces.
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