Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Friday, June 18, 2021
Our Mission: Impacting the Kingdom of God one person at a time
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By Pastor Dennis Felder

Not certain if you are or were a fan of Batman.
Batman disguises his true identity by wearing a mask.
Behind the mask, Batman is a wealthy millionaire by the name of Bruce Wayne. Whenever a threat would arise, Bruce Wayne would slip into the bat cave; put on his bat costume and mask to conceal his true identity as he heroically fought the villains of Gotham City.
Each time the villains placed Batman in a precarious position, they tried to remove his mask to reveal his true identity.

During this pandemic, we too have been donning masks to fight an evil villain named COVID.
COVID was and still is a ruthless disease, but we are about to eradicate its power with proper hygiene, medical advancement, and mask wearing.
Slowly but surely, we are not only raising our hands in victory, but slowly and surely, we can lower our masks.
When our masks are pulled down, we can see the real person.
We can see one’s radiant smile or a frown of displeasure.
Although needed at the time, masks did conceal one’s real identity.
Masks often hide the true emotions of what a person is really feeling.
Now that masks are being removed, how will others see you?
In life, there are many masks that people wear that are not made of cloth.
They are inward masks that will hide one’s true emotions, deep thoughts, and genuine feelings.
These masks are frequently put on so that others cannot see the “real you”.
Such measures are taken because one is afraid of what others will think of you or how others may treat you.
It is fearful to remove these protective masks.
If you are living your life trying to conceal your true emotions, deep thoughts, or genuine feelings, let me offer you some Biblical advice.
  • First, have God to search you to help you better understand why you put on such masks. The Bible says in Psalm 139:23, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” This verse tells us to invite God to intimately examine our lives to reveal who we really are (the good, the bad, and the ugly).
  • Second, trust the Lord in how He leads you. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” The Lord will help you deal with your insecurities. You do not have to battle this by yourself.
  • Third, let the Lord remove your mask. The Bible says in Psalm 18:16-17, “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” Do not try to rescue yourself. It is through God’s power and strength that will help you take down your masks.
So, as the world makes progress in removing masks due to COVID, you too can make progress in removing the masks that haunt you emotionally and spiritually.
Let God help you to drop the masks that are hiding the real you that Jesus wants the world to see.
Let’s see that smile of true freedom!