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3. True worshippers worship in spirit and in truth. V 23a
Worship In Spirit
Our worship to God must be honest, complete and pure. We should not only be right in whom we worship but in the way we worship Him. We must worship God in purity and holiness- total, divine consecration of our hearts and minds unto Him. We must worship Him as our all in all, He being our only object of worship, with no alternative gods.
To worship God in spirit means relating with Him as a Spirit being, connecting with Him from our hearts as the immortal and invisible God. Not worshipping by the ceremonial rites according to the Mosaic Law or the Old Testament’s rules and regulations when are hearts are not united with Him.
in accordance to everlasting principles of being right, being in right standing with God and doing what is right according to God’s instructions as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. It means our obedience to every word of God is one form of true worship.
And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honour Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning]. Isaiah 29:13 AMP
Those legal services were not a perfect form of worship hence the new form of worship through Our Messiah, Jesus the Christ, was established.
But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenanthad been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. Hebrews 8:6 – 7
To worship in spirit means submitting and subjecting ourselves- hearts, minds, emotions and actions to the influence and directives of the Holy Spirit. We worship God in the Spirit when we put all of our affection on Him as we reverence Him with all that is within us and all that we have, depending solely on His Spirit and grace not on our works or external looks.
For instance, it is foolishness to think that following after the Ten Commandments without accepting Christ as Lord of our lives gives us a place in God’s heart. Please consult NICODEMUS.
Worship In Truth
To worship in truth means to worship God sincerely. Not deceiving one-self or others. It means to serve God not as a hypocrite (pretender) wanting to be recognized and praised by men instead of God.
We must worship God because we love Him and not because we want to be noticed by men and thereby gain their acceptance. God is not impressed by men pleasers. Only God’s approval or commendation counts for something whether people praise you or you praise yourself.
For [it is] not [the man] who praises and commends himself who is approved and accepted, but [it is the person] whom the Lord accredits and commends. 2 Corinthians 10:18
God’s word is The Truth so genuine worship must be according to the pattern set in His word.
Worship in truth rests solely in the state of our hearts and our motives which is evidenced by our words, attitudes, actions and character. True worship must be done in the integrity of our hearts, for only then can it be acceptable.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Psalms 145:18
Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by  that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22
4.The Father is seeking True Worshippers. V23b
God is searching the whole earth for those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. He is looking for believers who genuinely desire to please Him.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9b
God is more interested in HOW than where we worship Him. The Samaritan woman was thinking that the old way of worship was still of serious interest to God, but Jesus shifted her thoughts by His reply.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. John 4:21
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23
Things have changed; Jesus brought changes in the way we should relate to The Father, no more in a legalistic manner, but out of pure love and devotion.
Remember, God is searching for true worshippers, May He find you and I in Jesus name. Amen.
5. God Is a Spirit and we must worship Him in spirit and truth. V24
The flesh is imperfect.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: Romans 7:18a
This is the reason we cannot worship Him in the flesh. If we do not worship God in the spirit then we do not give Him the glory due Him. We insult Him when we think we can worship Him any how we like and not the way He demands.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasurethey are and were created. Revelation 4:11
Our Lord and master declared “..those that worship Me MUSTworship Me in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
Note the word “must,” it suggests mandatory, compulsory, a command.
LET US WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH FOR GOD SEEKETH SUCH WORSHIPPERS!
Do you think how we worship God is important?
Are there any other ways the Bible has stipulated for us to worship?
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