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What's Unveiling?

Firstly, Unveiling isn't a blog, nor do we have a Facebook page, Twitter account, or any other form of internet social interaction for Unveiling apart from good old email! :-) So please feel free to email us (we're Mike and Lynette Woods) and share your comments, queries and your own journey by writing to: woods@unveiling.org

This website is an avenue for sharing things that have been unveiled to us on this journey of Life thus far. "Unveiling" is about revealing and showing what had been hidden, veiled or unseen by us. Without Light we cannot see what is hidden and veiled, we can see no colour, we can see nothing - we are blind. Spiritually we are in darkness until God shines His Light (Christ) and opens our eyes, revealing and unveiling all... He penetrates, challenges and dispels darkness - unveiling to us Who He is and who we are. That can feel like a personal apocalypse; an uncomfortable, stormy process through which He enables us to see and let go of 'self' and our ideas in order to accept His.

Why Unveiling? Only God can fully answer that question in the light of eternity... in January 1999 we were offered the opportunity to set up a website and Unveiling.org came into being. However, for us God's unveiling had begun three and a half years prior when He awakened us to Life in Him. At the time we were both very involved in a denominational church. I (Lynette) had lived and breathed Christianity all my life (Being a Testimony has more about this).

Quite unexpectedly, in the first few days of 1996 God called us out of the church we were members of, although we didn't understand why. All we knew was that He was telling us to leave. We knew that He was calling us to something new and different to anything we'd known before, but we didn't know what or why! We were excited about this, even though we had virtually no idea of what that might be or even why He wanted us to leave - it was simply a step of faith and trust. Our call to leave was questioned by the leadership of the church, but for us this was a test of whether we would listen to God or man and we felt we had no choice but to trust and obey God. During this very painful process, we began to see and understand more about why He had told us to leave; an article which describes some of this is entitled Seeing the Son.

Although I considered myself a born-again, Spirit-filled, totally committed follower of Christ, at this point in time when God chose to breathe His Life into me, it was as though I had known and seen nothing previously; I had been dead and now was truly alive! I had been the dry bones in Ezekiel's vision (Ezekiel 37). I felt as though I had been dead or asleep and had not truly known or experienced God and His Life up until that point compared with what I now was experiencing.

It is only when you are awake and alive that you can understand anything and can begin to see and hear!

As I began to use my eyes and ears for what felt like the first time, I couldn't believe what I was seeing that I'd never seen before - both negative and positive. I began to see religion and the church for what it is, as well as seeing God's Way, Truth and Life. The Bible had been transformed into LIFE and was Living! I had never questioned what I had heard, practiced and believed in the church, but now God Himself began to teach and show me that many of the things I had believed and practiced were not true or based on Scripture - which was rather a shock! I realized that many people who go to church think they know God and yet do not even recognize His voice or hear Him for themselves.

I had been blind and deaf, but now I was beginning to see and hear... I saw that my "Christianity" had simply been religious self-righteousness and pride - religion, myself and the church had been in the place of Christ in my life. As He began unveiling Himself to me as the Truth, Life and Way of God, I felt that He wanted me to write down what I was learning so that I would not forget it. I found that as I wrote, He expanded upon what He was teaching me and showed me even more.

We had no idea that many people around the world and in previous generations had also experienced similar crises and heard a similar call out of religion and into Life! To us it was as though we were the only ones that this had ever happened to. It was only after we had left it all behind that our Father confirmed His words to us and brought us into contact with others who had also heard, seen and experienced Christ as their Life in similar ways. This has been His way since then, He first teaches us Himself and then confirms His Truth and Way through Life; often through writings which we have not read previously, some of which are shared on this website in addition to our own writings. One author who has been used more than any other in this role of establishing and confirming what we've seen, is the late T. Austin-Sparks (www.austin-sparks.net) whose messages consistently reveal Christ and His Life.

While we certainly recognize the problems with the church and its methods and systems and have no qualms about exposing them, our desire is to maintain our focus on Christ and His Life. When God removes the veil from our eyes to see Him as He really is, His Life and Light overwhelms everything else! All is brought into focus and into the correct perspective and balance through Him. We cannot free those who are in bondage or open other people's eyes, ears and hearts to the Truth - we cannot even open our own eyes and ears - we are all totally dependent and reliant upon the only One Who can do that for each of us personally! Yet there is a cost associated with seeing and having our eyes opened and we have to be willing to pay that price...

It has been, and still is, a process and a journey and not an easy one at that. As on any journey, the way is sometimes difficult and we stumble and make mistakes. We are continually having to unlearn and lay aside our understanding and ways in order to learn Christ. This is an amazing journey of discovering and learning Him and all the freedom that His Life, Truth and Way entails! The words of this song sum it up very well:

Never felt like this before
Now You're all I'm living for
Suddenly, Life has new meaning to me
There's beauty up above and things we never take notice of
You wake up and suddenly you're in Love!

As He reveals and unveils Himself to you, may He truly become All and Everything to you; "We pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation (unveiling) of insight into mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate (full) knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with Light so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints, His set-apart ones." (Eph 1:17,18 Amplified Bible).

May His Life, Love and Light be unveiled to you and flow out through you as death is destroyed and Christ in His full, real Life is seen, heard and experienced!

"This is the Testimony: that God has given us His Life and this Life is in His Son." 1 John 5:11.

 

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