Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

With Unveiled Faces

I’ve always been taken with this one phrase from scripture…

“… with unveiled faces.”

It comes from a couple of verses in 2 Corinthians 3, verses 17 and 18 and they always sounded so uplifting that during one of my heavier bouts with my Dysthymic Disorder years ago, I taped it to my journal at the time and it became a kind of lifeline for me.

It spoke of freedom, which anyone who lives with depression can tell you is the ultimate goal, and transformation via the Spirit, the Great Comforter, which is also something we cling to as we battle the ups and downs of mood disorders, and I always took solace in the passage on that very specific level.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s Glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory also, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

So for a great while, it was a lifeline during dark days and even darker nights.

And for the longest time, unveiled faces was a phrase that gave me hope.

And not just because we have what Paul was busy emphasizing, a new covenant where we could finally look upon and dwell with God without anything separating and hindering us, like they had to in the Old Testament, which is, let’s face it, one of Christ’s biggest gifts to us hands down, but as a result we receive a relationship where nothing present or future can block out His love and goodness, His healing and promises, His grace and mercy.

Including that random mood disorder.

Because chronic depression, it’s like a shroud. A fog. An annoying veil that one is incapable of lifting on their own. How well I know.

And for the believer living in a shroud and haze, this term is a game changer. “We, having unveiled faces…”

A veil having been lifted? I’m in!

And not for lack of trying, or positive thinking, or extra vitamins, or meditation, or whatever tricks they think will right a bunch of untouchable transmitters in your brain from colluding with your body, but to know that no such depression hinders Him from responding to the troubled heart.

But to know that no such depression hinders Him from responding to the troubled heart. Click To Tweet

Unveiled.

We have an unobscured access and view of Jehovah now.

What. A. Promise.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:38, 39.

Nothing can keep us from Him any longer.

Nothing would keep Him from us anymore.

His covenant allows us to keep eyes fixed on Him without blinders.

Oswald Chambers once wrote;

“The golden rule for your life and mine is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God… let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never let anything obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God.”

You know, I say that verse from 2 Corinthians was my lifeline for a time. But I changed it.

Now my lifeline IS the Covenant God it speaks of.

He is never hidden. Just because your depression or illness or situation or circumstance tries to block your view momentarily does not mean He’s not there.

He’s there. He’s working. He’s preserving your life. He’s the Way when there seems like there’s no way.

All veils are lifted now in His presence... nothing can obscure Him from you.

All veils are lifted now in His presence. ALL of them.

It’s what I say aloud now to my chronic D when it rears its head momentarily. And His Spirit answers mine. That’s what a covenant God does.

And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom and unveiled faces, being transformed.

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I pray today we grab hold of that and hold on hard.

Today is my 200th blog post here at the P&LP, and more than anything I’ve yet grown to desire on this blogging journey, I want this blog to reflect the gift we’ve been given, the covenant God we serve, and to remind anyone going through any hard thing, that it is never going to be so powerful that it won’t get out of the way when God moves in.

Will you come with me as I explore 200 more?

I want to see where He longs to take us, holding nothing back….

… with unveiled faces.

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6 Comments

  1. Abby Breuklander

    May 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Love love and love, I needed this one today! Happy 200th!!! 🙂

  2. Christine, this is such an encouraging post for me. I have been battling with depression and knowing that the veil is not there because of Jesus, gives me freedom. I know that even when sometimes my mood can go up or down, I can rest and find joy in His presence. Thanks for sharing your heart. And, congratulations on your blogging journey! Keep writing for Him and encouraging others.

    W/Love,
    Tayrina from TGAWrites

    • Christine Duncan

      May 26, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      Aw, thank you Tayrina! I’ll be adding your battle to my prayers tonight, friend, for I completely understand… keep clinging to the One who carries you through the valleys!!! Much love, girl!

  3. Christine, I haven’t been reading blogs lately. I’ve been focused more on writing and getting things out, but I’m so glad I took the time today to sit down and read yours today. This is beautiful. I’ve never thought of the verse “with unveiled faces” a whole lot until I read your blog and felt the power in the words. Its so encouraging to me how despite the things you’ve had to overcome you are clinging to the hope you have in Him and He is shining through you. My husband deals with such hopelessness at times. He is going to a new doctor in a couple of weeks. I’ve been at such a loss of how to help him. I’m praying for wisdom. Sometimes it just feels like there is nothing I can do. I ask for your prayers because I know you understand. My husband has helped so so many people and he just can’t see it. Pray God would let him see that His light shines through him when he feels like the darkness of depression is suffocating him. God bless, Christine. Thanks so much for sharing. Your story gives me hope!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 28, 2015 at 9:14 AM

      Liz, I will definitely stand with you in prayer about this need! The hopelessness can be so overwhelming at times, how well I know this feeling. God longs for us to step into His embrace and let Him carry us when we can’t carry ourselves along any longer. I learned ages ago… it’s okay to collapse there, in Him, and let Him do all the heavy lifting… He delights in us because He rescued us says the Psalm.
      Your husband and yourself, you have this incredible story God is carving out… one that you’re both SO important for… I’ll pray your hubby is no longer overwhelmed by despair but overwhelmed by our Living Hope!
      Love you, friend! So glad you happened to stop by the blog. God keeps you both in the palm of His mighty hand!

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