In 2 Corinthisans 3: 7-18 we are reminded of the glory of God and how the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. During that time when they had God right there before them they were afraid in all the wrong ways. They had been delivered from the oppression of slavery in Egypt, however, they quickly were afraid of the unknown and wanted to keep going back to the life they had come from.
The people of Israel had their hearts hardened and to this day their minds are still covered with a veil as the old covenant is being read. This same hardened heart is in many Christians and non-christians alike, as they allow sin and other things to come into their hearts that cause separation from God.
This veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes when you believe and trust in Christ Jesus the veil is removed, just as the veil in the temple tore from top to bottom when Jesus died on the cross. However, Jesus rose on the 3rd day and brought an even greater freedom to believers than in the old covenant of Moses. For now we walk with the Holy Spirit residing in our hearts. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
We now are able to walk in the full glory of God, we carry that glory with us. But I have seen first hand how the enemy can come in and start to cloud thinking of someone, and how a veil can start to form over the eyes of the believer. It is so subtle that they don’t even realize it is happening and then suddenly one day they have a thick veil covering their eyes. That veil can cause them to have misguided thoughts that do not line up with God’s word.
Just recently I actually had this happen to myself. My husband and I were late for something at church and I was upset because the worship had already started and I could not find a seat. Then I start to worship the Lord, yet I felt like there was separation between me and God. I had this replay in my head, “now look my worship is being ruined because he made us late, now my whole night is ruined.” As the voices repeated in my head I felt more and more distant from God. Suddenly I repented for being angry and upset with my husband, yet I still felt separation. I could see my husband worshipping and I knew I needed to ask for forgiveness, yet the voice said no don’t bother him. I went over and asked for his forgiveness and as soon as I did that the veil was lifted and there was no longer separation from God.