One of the characteristics of the ministry of Jesus was spiritual authority.
“He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes” (Mat 7:29)
This same Jesus quality was seen in the apostles as they stood for the Lord.
“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” (Ac 4:13).
Read the following text:
27 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. 29 It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers in the congregation returned to him; and Moses spoke to them. 32 Afterward, all the sons of Israel came near, and he commanded them to do everything that the LORD had spoken to him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, 35 the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him. (Exodus 34:27-35)
Notice Moses becomes the mouthpiece of God to the nation of Israel. He speaks with divine authority. However, this is the result of his first having first
- spent time in God’s presence significantly,
- receiving God’s Word personally and
- speaking with the Lord intimately
Spiritual authority always flows out of spiritual intimacy. There simply are no shortcuts or workarounds.
Then, spiritual intimacy must be refreshed on a regular basis for the glow to continue. Like those glow sticks that must be recharged by exposure to light, so we must go regularly before the One who is Himself Light and allow Him to renew and increase our ability to reflect Him and to shine Him to others.
“But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
2 Cor 3:18