What do you agree or disagree with in “Taking Off the Veils” and why?
Written by Dr. Merle Ray on December 19, 2018
Lesson 3 – Pondering Questions
Taking Off the Veils
Textbook: Spiritual Identity by Dr. Merle Ray
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Benita Edwards On April 26, 2020 at 1:04 pm
Veils are issues that appear as curtains, blockades, etc. When I first read the entire passage and the question behind it, I think it kind of overwhelmed me. I didn’t know which direction to go, should I talk about the domestic violence in the home of my childhood? Should I talk about why I’m so trusting (heck, I don’t even know)? How am I so trusting, I think it’s that I believe in people until they show me that I shouldn’t. Yes, it has gotten me in some situations that I know God had to be shaking His head. But He made me this way! He gave me this heart. The instructions that came with it, I didn’t understand until He really tugged on my heart to come closer. The closer I get, the clearer the instructions.
Evelyn Wilson On April 19, 2020 at 4:20 pm
I agree that veils hide demoralizing and destructive behaviors caused by lack of fulfillment in a woman’s life. Veils comes in all forms.envy, shame,pride,dishonesty. lust,fantasy, bad choices, hate, rudeness,indifference , out of control all of them stem from some deception or lie. As stated some of them on the surface appear to be harmless. I also agree that the problem in wearing these veils is they hide the real truth about about would we are. They cheat us out of the glory we where created to REFLECT.
Christie Mangum On April 19, 2020 at 3:44 pm
There is much that I agree with in this chapter but to narrow it I agree with the statement, “veils hide demoralizing and destructive behaviors caused by lack of fulfillment in a woman’s life”. I agree because veils smother the truth to exhalt the lie. Satan’s motus operandi is to deceive to ultimately destroy.
Dr. Merle Ray On April 19, 2020 at 4:03 pm
Yolanda Perry On April 19, 2020 at 2:56 pm
I agree with taking off the veil. I believe when the veil is remove healing can begin. I remember a personal situation comes to mind. I broke my leg and have 15 hardware (screws) and a rod in my right leg. My mother used to tell me I was running from something. I did not know or understand what she was talking about. I was always busy doing something attending meetings, church activities, and children extra curriculum activities, etc., I define my being busy being a mother/woman of God. Until one day my life slowed down.
I broke my leg and my life slow down. One Sunday, I attended church. During the praise and worship service, the Lord revealed to me that I kept myself busy because I was devastated/traumatic of being a single mom raising four children. At the moment I experience the pain that I carried for approximately ten years. As quick as I felt the emotional trauma as quick as God remove the pain. So, yes it is important to remove the veil to be heal from the pain and lies. My lie was I was ok.
Dr. Merle Ray On April 19, 2020 at 4:09 pm
Powerful insight through your story, Yolanda!
Deborah Stevens On April 19, 2020 at 12:38 pm
Veils have been used to protect women! The veil I created for myself was to make the world less threatening and more manageable. Little did I know that the lie I created prevented me from living and being all that God created me to be. I thought I was providing the world an illusion that would be more readily accepted.
Dr. Merle Ray On April 19, 2020 at 4:15 pm
Wow, powerfully stated, Deborah!
Diana Williams On April 19, 2020 at 5:43 am
I totally agree that the veils must come off. Veils are used to cover up, hide and disguise. Once removed we are able to see the authenticity of who God created us to be. We are then able to allow others to see, and us to know the masterpiece created by Elohim. Once we remove the veil we are able to reflect back to Him the uniqueness of His Glory which is found in each of us.
Dr. Merle Ray On April 19, 2020 at 7:52 am
Dodie LaMott On April 19, 2020 at 2:41 am
I would agree with releasing the veil it will “Free” you from all secret pain, secret tears and secret fears.
When you are Free you can really see God and the things he has in store as well as the beauty around.
Shalom…Giver of Peace!
Dr. Merle Ray On April 19, 2020 at 8:08 am
Destinee Montgomery On April 18, 2020 at 9:30 pm
I agree with everything, we have to be able to take the veil off in order to see. When I hear veil I think of a wedding. As long as that veil is on, no one can truly see how beautiful the bride is. As long as we have the veil of lies on no can truly see the beauty and purpose God has placed on us.
Dr. Merle Ray On April 18, 2020 at 10:12 pm
Dr. Merle Ray On April 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm
LaShawn Darthard On April 18, 2020 at 3:08 pm
I agree with taking off the veils. Living and walking in your freedom with no weights holding you down. Being who God created you to be and be true to it. To eliminate the enemy from tormenting you in your thoughts and mind based on past discussions/choices that were made. Yes Dr Merle, John 14:6 – Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Be true to thyself, acknowledge God in all that you do and allow God to direct your path.
Dr. Merle Ray On April 18, 2020 at 10:15 pm
Teressa Simmons On April 11, 2020 at 2:17 pm
I agree we must take off the veils we are wearing in our marriages, families, relationships, ministries, and professions and the reasons you listed Dr. Merle are all valid and necessary for our spiritual transformation as women. What I found freeing to me is where you state, with my emphasis added, “But the real problem with wearing these veils is they hide the real truth about who we are (I am). They cheat us (me) out of reflecting the glory we were (I was) created to reflect.” I am something special to God and myself. I also appreciate where you write, “Women must be something special when so many men are trying to walk like us, talk like us, look like us, and be like us.” Funny, but sad, and yet so true. I am so thankful that God made me a woman. I agree with you, my “Identity is living a name – His name.”
brendab On March 27, 2020 at 8:16 pm
I agree with taking off the veil, because in doing so you are removing layers of things that you have had hidden for some time, and as you remove these veils you are freeing yourself and allowing God to work on your person and show you who you really are as His beloved
Barbara Crater On March 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm
I agree that I have “no excuse for holding on to the issues that keep us from experiencing fulfillment, true identity, and real Womanhood. Why, because I want to “experience life to it’s fulness.
Kimberly Thompson On March 27, 2020 at 5:41 pm
This section was an eye opener. Veils hide the truth in a society where lies are acceptable and encouraged. Through social media one can take on any persona, can pretend to be anything, can hide “demoralizing an destructive behaviors.” It makes you take a long look in the mirror and say Father, reveal the real me! And since God is the only truth, its an opportunity to reflect God’s glory by walking in that truth He reveals – of who you are and whose you are.
Dr. Merle Ray On March 27, 2020 at 5:49 pm
You are so right, Kimberly! Great feedback!