“By this time the crowd, unwieldy and stepping on each other’s toes, numbers into the thousands. But Jesus’ primary concern was his disciples. He said to them, “Watch yourselves carefully so you don’t get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness. You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town.” — (Luke 12 MSG)
If we really want the character of Christ, we must expose our weaknesses, shed our hypocrisy and stop pretending. God calls us to be TRANSPARENT. Almost 4 yrs ago I was not myself, I was someone that other people wanted me to be or what they thought I was. What people saw on the outside was not who I was on the inside. I was dealing with a lot of past issues or should I say I inherited baggage that I grew up seeing, not knowing that it would affect me as I got older. I was living “behind a mask“, a very dangerous mask. A mask that could have taken my life or put me into a deep depression. I had no clue that this was going on, as it was not intentional. And I did not know how deal with certain situations such as, raising my kids and loving my husband. I can’t stress to you how living behind a mask is very dangerous, and God is not pleased. I learned when I went through a healing process in The Sanctuary, how to deal with and release things. I learned how to stop caring burdens that did not matter or should have never existed. I removed the mask in order for God to show me what was laying ahead for me and my family. I started setting time aside for me to get acquainted with who I was, as this was necessary for me to know how I could love my children and my husband. I had to learn how to love me first and to stop worrying about what people may think of me, because on the outside I was portraying myself to be beautiful but the inside was so ugly. But now, I have removed the mask and those seeds that were planted almost four years ago are now blossoming into this beautiful butterfly, inside and out.
God, I come before You and I just want to thank You for removing the mask. I want to thank You for making me transparent and for making me into the real me. Thank You for letting the light shine where there was darkness. I want to sincerely thank You for removing the ugliness of my past mistakes, decisions and generational baggage to make me whole and beautiful. God, I ask You to cover those that are hiding behind their mask. Help them to become transparent so that they may know that it’s okay to just be them! Help them to be the person You created them to be and let them know that no matter what, Your love for us is unconditional — in Jesus Name we pray. AMEN.
ENTER INTO WORSHIP TO REMOVE THE MASK
Contributed by: Norell Porter
Norell raised in Ft. Lauderdale, is now a resident of Georgia. She is a dedicated wife of three years, the dutiful mother of four children, and a successful entrepreneur of Family First Coding Specialist. She has been a covenant partner of The Sanctuary for three years and is our Minister of Giving. She is ambitious outgoing, and she takes great pleasure in giving and helping others succeed in life. If this devotional has fed your soul, please share with your friends and family. Click the social share button or leave a comment in the box below for Norell .