: to make less sensitive : reduce sensitivity
a : to make insensitive or nonreactive to a sensitizing agent
b : to extinguish an emotional response (as of fear, anxiety, or guilt) to stimuli which formerly induced it :make emotionally insensitive, ‘evidence that violence on television desensitizes children to actual violence’ —Stephanie Harrington
c : to decrease a response progressively following prolonged exposure to a stimulus
Do you play the guitar or know someone who does manual work for a living? You’ll know what I mean when I talk about callouses – ouch! At least, it was ‘ouch’ when you first started out. But slowly, over time, that soft sensitive skin started to harden and before you knew it, you couldn’t feel a thing!
Is this what happened to the hearts of the people in Jeremiah’s time? Had they lost the ability to blush due to a desensitisation to sin? Was the once tender heart now hardened and unable to respond to God’s touch?
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?
No! They were not at all ashamed;
Nor did they know how to blush.
To me this is a more dire state to be found in than after the fall in the garden of Eden? At least they were ashamed and knew they’d done wrong! But to be in a condition where you stop feeling guilt or remorse, what hope can there be? But so great is our Heavenly Father in love, that he still sends someone to warn and expose and speak into our lives.
Last blog I talked about the BEFORE blush and the AFTER blush; the before is what alerts us to wrong and keeps us on track, the after is the sense of shame or embarrassment that comes too late. So the question is, ‘How do we keep ourselves in the BEFORE’ blush? We took a look at the ‘bride to be’ in Song Of Solomon; here is a pure, chaste and innocent young girl, yet still blushing, from behind her veil.
Song Of Solomon 6:7
Like a piece of pomegranate Are your temples behind your veil.
This girl has got a hidden life, behind the veil.
I found this story which perfectly paints the picture -
Outside an old garden wall hung a great branch covered with purple clusters of grapes. No root was visible anywhere; and those who saw it wondered how the vine grew, how its life was nourished, where its roots clung. It was then discovered that the great vine from which this branch sprung, grew inside the garden. There it had an immense root, with a stem like the trunk of a tree. This one branch had pushed out over the wall and hung there, bearing in the mellow autumn its clusters of luscious fruit.
Likewise—every Christian life in this world is a branch of a great vine which grows in heaven—a branch growing outside the wall. “Your life is hidden with Christ in God”. We have heaven’s life in us in this world. The fruits which grow upon our life are heavenly fruits.
‘Yeah, yeah, that’s all well and good’ I hear you say, but HOW?! How do you keep yourself behind the veil? I’m a very practical girl so I’m glad you asked :)
Keep ourselves separate from the world’s thoughts, pleasures, past times, opinions, entertainments, world view etc etc etc blah blah blah
How about we think about it this way instead -
Don’t think about keeping yourself FROM but look at is as keeping yourself IN.
When you keep yourself IN Him, you automatically keep yourself from other things. You can’t be in two places at the same time!
Likewise, you can’t think, dream, ponder or meditate on two different things at the same time. The veil is about keeping yourself IN not about keeping yourself FROM. Do the IN and the FROM will take care of itself. Don’t believe me? Good, don’t just take my word for it, here’s what God says;
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Walk in the Spirit; watch good things, read good things, listen to good songs, follow good examples, give yourself to good pursuits; and you shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. This, is how we keep ourselves IN Him, behind the veil from the world, and therefore, bear good fruits.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
What an awesome, awesome promise!
“But what if I’ve already strayed, I feel ashamed, how can I find my way back?”
Can I tell you the battle is already won. There is not a man on earth or a devil in hell who can keep you from the love of God, read Rom 8:38! You just ask God’s forgiveness or talk to a trusty friend/family member in Christ, and you can make the switch right away. Moving forward, you just need to keep yourself IN Him, walking in the things of the Spirit and you shall not fulfil those lusts any more. Look to Jesus and NEVER have an after blush (Ps 34:5). No sin is too big for God, He has already paid the price in full for any and all sin, look to Him and receive that gift right now, He is yours, accept Him and be free!
Again, don’t believe me? This is PAST tense:
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
YOU SEE!! You are already alive IN Him, now you just need to walk IN Him!
The battle is already won – be free – love Him – serve Him!
Take a look at Kylie Bisutti. This lady walked away from being a multi-million dollar Victoria’s Secret Angel and now promotes her own line of fashion clothing and speaks out against the modelling industry and its negative effect on young girls, women and the temptation it brings to men. Watch the BEFORE and AFTER videos to truly appreciate the transformation in this inspiring lady.
I’m No Angel
No one can give a guarantee that living behind the veil will be easy (if they do they’re lying!) In fact, sometimes it will prove downright challenging and you may throw it off on occasion! But you know what? This summer I have seen devout, faithful Muslim women, absolutely sweating it out in the 32 degree heat for the sake of showing their devotion, wearing the full veil and clothing. I figure if they can physically commit to that level of devotion on the outside, then surely, by God’s grace, I can sweat some things out for Christ in order to glorify Him and show my devotion to the King of Kings. I can sweat some things out and allow Him to transform me on the inside, as I die to self and bear fruit that glorifies His Name :)