THE WHITEBOARD AND THE NYLON COVER
We got a new marker board for presentations, office meetings and training. But we realised that it was hard to clean once we wrote on it. We would need to put some spirit and then clean. I kept wondering it should not be like that.
One day, I noticed that there was a tiny nylon cover all over the board. I pulled it off and once I wrote on it, it was easy to clean.
At that moment, the Spirit of the Lord said to me, “Until the cover is pulled off, it cannot be effective”.
One of the processes that Abraham had to go through as a mark of obedience to God was circumcision. It was tough and demanding but he obeyed the Lord. It was a token of the covenant between Abraham and God.
In the same manner, some things must be pulled off if you will enjoy a great walk with God. If God will be able to write upon you so that a generation can read from you, some things must be dealt with.
Some tendencies must give way. For Peter, God had to pull away the cover of tradition and bias. As long as the cover was there, he would never be able to reach out to Cornelius and his family. That cover remained a major hindrance to His Apostolic effectiveness in that regard.
A walk with God takes complete surrender. It is in submission that we become very effective. What are the things the Lord would have to pull away from you? What are the tendencies you have that must be dealt with? What would show up when the Lord has promoted you that must be dealt with? What can follow you to the top that can lead to a fall? That is the cover that God must deal with.
Adultery followed some married folks into marriage. Pride followed some ministers into the calling. Lust followed some young men into the assignment. If you do not deal with the cover, it will be a limitation on your destiny. What will you pull away today?
Apostle Paul told the Colossians that putting off is part of our Christian Walk:
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Colossians 3:8-9 KJV