Did you know acting a certain way can alter your physical appearance according to the Bible?
If your face is downcast and showing your age, then you have the power to brighten it right up!
If you put this principle into action, you will bring glory to God because you will be reflecting His glory.
The idea of a Spiritual facelift came to me from meditating on the following scripture:
Who is like a wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, And the sternness of his face is changed (Ecclesiastes 8:1).”
Wow, do you mean that becoming wiser will make your face shine? Yes, and that is not the only place the Bible states that fact. Daniel 12:3 says:
Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.”
The Bible has two examples that I know about of people who shined physically. The first is Moses.
Do you remember how Moses’ face shone after he came down from the mountain after God gave Him the 10 commandments (Exodus 34:29)? Not only had He been in God’s presence (who is the source of wisdom itself), but He had God’s law in his hands, written wisdom.
And Matthew 17:1-2 tells us that Jesus’ face shone:
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.”
This shining did not come from grease, but from God’s glory! I believe that God wants each of us to be shining examples of His glory!
That is why He gave us His word to live by. Deuteronomy 4:6 says this about God’s word:
Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
Does that sound good to you? It does to me! God’s people were not meant to fit into this world, but to stand out – in a good way.
If you need a Spiritual facelift, then think about the wisdom God has already given you.
Are you walking in it?
2 Timothy 3:6-7 gives us a warning that we would all do well to heed. Paul was talking about false prophets:
For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
God wants His people free, untangled from the yoke of sin’s bondage. We live in freedom when we live according to God’s truth! Don’t be like the foolish virgins in the parable Jesus told in ‘The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (see Matthew 25:1-13).’”
Recall that both groups had lamps (the containers for light), but only the wise had oil with them (the fuel for light). The foolish did not.
Symbolically, oil represents the Holy Spirit. Jesus sent Him to us to guide those who believe in Him in the ways of wisdom. In addition, oil is associated with joy (see Isaiah 61:3).
So again consider what God has already spoken to you about what you ought or ought not be doing. Write that down. Think about how you can put it into practice in your daily life. Then, look for opportunities daily to do so.
This is what Joshua 1:8 is all about:
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
You don’t just read the Bible to heap up knowledge; you ‘observe to do’ so that you can put what you learned into practice. That is when knowledge becomes wisdom.
The path of wisdom may not always be easy, but the rewards are worth it!
Take God at His word and put this principle to work. Proverbs 19:8 promises:
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
After a period of time of wise living, watch your face start to shine. The oil of joy will be inside of you. Plus, you will feel better about yourself, which will reflect outwardly so that others can see it!
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).”
Be blessed in Health, Healing, and Wholeness,
— Kimberly Taylor
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