And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. -Exodus 34:28, 29 (KJV)
I recall when I was a boy singing a song in the choir at school which said, “If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.” This is a true statement, for we can often read peoples’ moods when we look at their faces. Many of us can put on a good face when we are down or worried, yet discerning people will be able to see through our façade to the darker emotions we are experiencing. On the other hand, when we are joyful, happy, and our hearts and full those around us will see these emotions on our faces as well.
The Scripture says after Moses had spent 40 days on Mount Sinai alone with the Lord he came down from the mountain and his face radiated with a heavenly glow. The people were so amazed they were actually fearful of coming near him. Such is the power of being alone with God and worshiping in His presence. Our attitude, outlook, thoughts, mood, and even the look upon our faces will be affected by the experience.
The Bible says as followers of Christ we are called to go forth into the world and be witnesses for Jesus. We are to shine His light to a world which for too long has been enslaved by the powers of darkness. We accomplish this commission, given to us by Jesus Himself (Matthew 28:19, 20), through drawing close to the Lord and communing daily with Him. As we grow in our relationship with Christ we also grow in spiritual power for sharing our faith with others. I frequently encounter Christians who are discouraged, defeated, sorrowful, and wandering aimlessly. They have lost their zeal for serving Christ and the joy of living has been shrouded by the cares and worries of life. Jesus Christ has the power to break the chains which hold us down and hinder our forward progress. However, we must by faith allow the power of God to work in our lives.
We daily make time for all sorts of pursuits. Sadly, what we often pursue is not working to our benefit. Turn off the TV, put down the cell phone, walk away from the computer (As soon as you’re finished reading this!), and get alone with the Lord – every day. Make time to commune with our Savior and to meditate upon the wonderful truths of God’s Word. You will find spiritual power you may have never known was available.
Spiritual victory is ours and obtainable through Jesus Christ.