But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Dear People Who Keep Company with God,
Face masks have become a contentious point in our culture. Still, another covering is far more critical than the one worn to protect from germs. It is the mask we have allowed on our hearts that hinders our intimacy with the Lord and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps this is why God has permitted face coverings to be such an issue: to point us to a greater truth.
Years ago, my wife, Becky had a supernatural dream that is very relevant today. “I dreamed I was dreaming (a dream within a dream). I was walking into an old antebellum house. As I walked through the house, I noticed the house didn’t have many furnishings, and there was a balcony. I walked to a back room where there was a young man crouched down in a corner. He was dressed in white and wearing a mask. I said to him, “I’m here to tell you it’s time to take off your mask.” He then took it off, and he was a beautiful young man. My feeling was that he was all cowered down, hiding behind a mask, and didn’t realize how beautiful he was.”
Antebellum means a time before a war. The old antebellum house symbolizes the church of these last days before the final battle at the end of the age (Revelation 19:11–16). The symbolic house is sparsely furnished because the church has been growing slowly and becoming God’s dwelling place through the ages (Ephesians 2:19-22). Yet, in these last days, the house of the Lord will be filled with splendor (Haggai 2:7-9). The balcony speaks of a heavenly perspective that we have through the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). God created our minds to work like Jacob’s ladder (John 1:51). When we surrender our minds and exchange our thoughts for His thoughts, we can go up one step at a time into the balcony of heaven and experience His perspective. We can then come down one step at a time into a new life in this world. The process of being “transformed into His image from glory to glory” is all about the revealing of God’s sons and daughters (Romans 8:19).
Today, there is a remarkable grace available for a more intimate relationship with King Jesus, to see and know Him as we have never known Him. The Holy Spirit asks us to take off our mask because it keeps us cowering in fear and hides our true identity as sons of God. The devil has us convinced we are ugly and do not measure up, but the Holy Spirit is saying, “You don’t have to prove to Me you’re beautiful or worthy because you are.” We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 5:21). That is what the white clothing the young man wore represents. God wants to reveal His beauty and share His message of hope through His sons and daughters to a dark and suffering world. When we take off our masks, even the Christian ones, the Holy Spirit can transform us into that beautiful Man, Christ Jesus.
Many Blessings, BW