Our pastor emeritus (Brother T) spoke today since Pastor D was out of town with the youth at WinterFest. This 82 year old man of God who pastored this church for nearly 20 years has had some major health hurdles this last year but was still strong enough to preach this morning - praise God!
And, he talked about "spiritual face lifts" Have you had yours? We all have troubles, pains, and challenges but God's grace and glory should be so part of us that it shines through whatever we are dealing with!
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
1 Samuel 1 18 And (Hannah) said, "Let your maidservant find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer [sad.]
Exodus 34:29 . Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony [were] in Moses' hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.
Matthew 17:2 and (Jesus) was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Being near God should make us shine. If we're not spending enough time with Him, we could be losing our "glow" - His glory within us.
Are you spreading His glory through your countenance? Can people see God shining through your everyday circumstances? Have you had your spiritual face lift each day after spending time with God in prayer? I wish I could say definitely 100% yes for myself but I can't. But, we can all do better - with God's help and His grace.