Wow, yesterday we celebrated the beginning of our ministry’s third year! Over the past three years, my life has drastically changed as I have come into the understanding of what it means to be Virtuously Unveiled. When I embraced the journey to “Remove the Veil to Reveal God’s Glory,” I had no idea what it would entail. I thought blogging about the scriptures and providing words of inspiration would be as easy as taking a stroll through a beautiful park. Listen, when God promised to give us beauty for our ashes, he will do just that. It is one thing to read the scriptures and become inspired to share with others, and it is another to read for application. Virtuously Unveiled is more than a website or platform full of scriptures and videos. Virtuously Unveiled is an identity trait that reflects our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“For the word of God is living and active and full of power (making it operative, energizing, and effective). It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit (the completeness of a person), and of both joints and marrow (the deepest parts of our nature), exposing and judging the very thought and intention of the heart.”Hebrews 4:12 (Amplified)
I absolutely love reading the Word of God. My favorite time to read is early in the morning with a fresh cup of hot coffee as I sit at my kitchen table with the blinds open and ready to receive the light of day. Jumpstarting my day with the Word and coffee was a routine that turned into a task. The more I began to read, the more I became consumed with reading to provide content for VU. Instead of, reading to share from my life experiences. The Word of God is living, active, and full of operative power. The operative power of the word began to cut my heart in a way that forced me to look at myself in a different light. God’s word reveals who we are as well as who we are not. Buried deep inside of my heart were issues that I had turned a blind eye to. I was using certain veils to cover some of the most painful parts of my life that were holding me hostage. God was summoning me to remove the veil and expose every portion of my heart to him.
We can’t just add the new identity to the old one. We have to do the hard and often painful work of identifying our previous attempts to form our own identity apart from God. No one is exempt from this process. Even those who have been Christians for years need to be rigorously honest about our natural inclinations to form our identity on performance, appearance, and intelligence.Ken Nichols, Masterpiece
To take on the identity of Virtuously Unveiled, I had to be brutally honest about my flaws. I could no longer hide the ugly and unspeakable moments of my life. We have been conditioned to deny our distortions, blame others, and find a myriad of excuses, and sometimes we learn to live in the safety of self-designed allusions or culturally imposed delusions. All these things keep us from truly shedding our old nature to take on our new identity in Christ. I had to expose every moment of hurt; rejection, loneliness, insecurities, feelings of inadequacy, wounds sustained from broken relationships, anger, shame, guilt, doubt, fear, unforgiveness, abuse, a poor self-image, the fake it to I make it attitude, and any instance that was keeping me from taking on my new identity and lay them at the feet of Jesus. We must choose to move from a behavioral position of victim to victor. Removing the veils in our lives to reveal God’s glory can be hard and painful work. But it is only as hard as you allow it to be. The hardest part is stepping forth to say, “God here I am, take all of me, I no longer want to withhold any part of me from you.”
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that come from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God, truly righteous and holy.Ephesians 4:22-24 (NLT)
Going through the process of becoming Virtuously Unveiled required me to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. YES, COOPERATE! To cooperate means to join forces with. John 14:26 reveals that the Holy Spirit is a Helper, and his role is to teach and bring forth the truth. As God began to deal with my heart by exposing every area of darkness I had to decide to continue towards the path of healing. Dealing with the dark areas of your life can feel like you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. If you choose to stop instead of moving forward you will become stagnant in the shadowlands. You can see the light, you can feel the light, you understand the light, yet the journey is rugged. But you must keep moving. The adversary roams the shadowlands seeking to keep you trapped. As the areas of darkness are being exposed the Holy Spirit is there to protect, guide, and teach you the truth as the adversary is whispering lies. You must put in the necessary work to transform. You must cooperate with the Holy Spirit and follow his lead as he is directing you straight out of the darkness. Journeying to become Virtuously Unveiled requires the work of using God’s word to pull down strongholds, to cast down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
“The veil can only be removed by believing in Jesus Christ. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So, all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord who is Spirit makes us more and more like him as we changed into his glorious image.”2 Corinthians 3:14-18 (NLT)
Over the past three years, I have learned a lot about myself, I have gained incredible strength to endure, and the roots of my faith have grown deeper into Christ. Virtuously Unveiled is more than a blog site. Virtuously Unveiled is who we are in Jesus Christ! 2 Peter 1:3-8 tells us that, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous portion of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with the love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Choose today to “Remove the Veil to Reveal God’s Glory!”
By divine power we are choosing to live in the manner of being righteous and allowing God to make known to us his will and nature through his son Jesus Christ.Shatoya Aylor, Virtuously Unveiled
Cited Resource:  Ken Nichols, Masterpiece (Lynchburg, VA: Liberty University Press, 2017).
Unveiled Faces is a mentorship program where I will come alongside you as your Spiritual Battle Buddy to equip you with the tools to Remove the Veil. During our sacred time, we will unapologetically and unashamedly lay our burdens at the feet of Jesus. In return, I will prepare you for what is to come and offer counsel from a Biblical perspective. I will be honest with you and will provide you with the tools you will need to turn your focus back to God. You may feel like broken pieces, but you are God’s Masterpieces! Together, lets “Remove the Veil to Reveal God’s Glory!”