>> Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Joh 4:23 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.
Joh 4:24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.
If true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, and God is a Spirit, and they that worship HIM must worship HIM in spirit and in truth...I think it safe to say...we are spirits also!
We are spirits in a human costume!
Ecclesiastes 12:7 KJV 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
God's nature is not material or matter...spirit is the exact opposite, we cant see it and God requires a spiritual worship IT'S internal, not a material or external one. Worship to God is not an outer show of "here I am", its one that is deep within ourselves, the core of our being meeting with His being...where are hearts meet. Its an attitude of our will.
This is just one example of many in the scriptures that God says, I don't want your outer show of doing your "rituals" that you think will appease me!
Isaiah 1:10-20 KJV 10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
He doesn't want our vain service, HE WANTS OUR HEARTS!!! HE WANTS YOU!!! HE WANTS ME!!! He wants honor, respect, obedience, and adoration towards Himself. He wants us to draw nigh unto Him. Isn't amazing God wants us so much? It isn't "going" to church...its "being" the church...it isn't "doing" for God...it is "being" with God. We are not saved to served...we are saved to glorify God and in seeking Him and making it all about Him.
God doesn't need our service. Service is not "working" for God, rather, it is loving others by God's work. Service isn't something we do for God rather something He does through us. We dont have to force it, it will come supernaturally through us as we are intimate with Him! THERE IS SUCH A DIFFERENCE!
IT BEGINS IN THE HEART with SINCERITY, HUMILITY, AND PURITY!
God hates it when we live life our way, doing whatever we want, doing evil and justifying it as good. It isn't the outer actions, its the motives of our hearts. Are we operating in sinful pleasureful desires that make us feel good regardless of the scriptures or are we living our lives according to the scriptures even when it hurts, or feels uncomfortable? ex: what good is it to love someone who loves you back, have you extended love to someone who is unlovable?
Do we avoid conflict? Conflict is an opportunity to glorify God, not ourselves. We are not to protect ourselves from confrontation, we are to do what is right in love. How will anyone see God really works, and that His Spirit is victorious if we never engage Him and we run from opportunities? Have we given love, prayed for our enemies or bless those that curse us? That is part of worship to God! God desires us to be the hands and feet of Jesus, then go and praise in His courts. Not, go sin and then come and go through your motions of sacrifices.... Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Preparing to worship in spirit is to clear our minds and the distractions and be fully concentrated on God and not allow our minds to wander. No matter how sincere we are in our hearts if we are not worshipping in truth, God cant accept it. This is a lifestyle not just an event in our day!
Being led by the Word of God, being intentional that our whole hearts and minds are fully engaged before the Lord...we can only begin to experience a worship that is spirit filled and in truth.
I personally have come to find, that singing and praying just to pray can seem repetitious. Then there are times when I am fully engaged with the Lord in my heart and mind and it is as if a window in heaven opened above me. I cant really put it into words, but I can say there have been times that have been very special to me...fully connected and not wanting my worship time to stop. Then there are days, the Spirit shows me the love of God and I extend that love and see how a lifestyle of worship can look. IT IS GLORIOUS!
Worship is a lifestyle, its how we think, how we move, how we react, how we respond...in our lifestyle are we glorifying God?
God deserves our very best concentrated effort to FOCUS on Him and Him alone! Having a passion and a hunger and thirst for Him brings us into our desire to please Him know Him MORE.
Today, kinda be aware of how you pray...are you distracted...when you worship God, have you entered in with Him with a whole heart, not looking at your watch and wondering when can I be out of here, I have a zillion things on my to do list today.
James 4:8 KJV 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
If you don't do this already, here is a suggestion: Give yourself 20 minutes to sit down in a quiet place...close your eyes, empty your heart and mind and just start verbalizing the greatness of God...mediate on His wondrous works, His promises, His character and His amazing love...read His Word out loud...acknowledge He is God, Lord, Creator and start cleansing your heart of all unrighteousness...repent...ask for forgiveness for rejecting or rebelling against Him. Coming into His courts with thanksgiving with respect of our rightful places...you and I will find ourselves on our way to a meaningful time of worship with God in spirit and in truth!
YOU ARE POSITIONED BY GOD AND HIGHLY FAVOR!!! WORSHIP GOD...HIS WAY...IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH! EMPTY YOURSELF AND BE FILLED WITH HIM!