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True worship!

Scripture reading for October 30th: John 3-5

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is Spirit and His worshipers must worship in Spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

God The Father is seeking out true worshipers!  He is looking for those who will center on Him and give Him the honor and praise due to Him.  His eyes look throughout the earth seeking these who will fully commit to Him so He can show Himself strong on their behalf!  (2nd Chronicles 16:9)

Worship is ascribing worth and honor to someone who is worthy.   All true worship centers on God as the only worthy subject!  God is a Spirit.  His presence fills the universe.  He is The Truth and there is no falsehood or lie found in Him.  Therefore, those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.  Worship can involve music or singing of hymns or songs.  Worship can involve kneeling, bowing, lifting of hands, or dancing.  Worship can involve reading God’s Word or sitting in silence.  God is looking at our hearts when we worship, not just at what we are doing or saying.

Sin is a big hindrance to true worship.  We are born the first time with our spirit dead to God because of sin.  We cannot worship God, because we don’t really know God.  Sin centers us on ourselves and rather than on God and separates us from God, who is holy.  As we come to God humbly, agreeing with His Truth concerning sin and it’s consequences and asking for His mercy, He forgives us and we honor Him.  We come to know God as Father through His Son Jesus Christ and can begin to worship Him in truth.  As we allow Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit, the Spirit enables us to truly worship God in Spirit and truth!

As you go through each day, allow the Holy Spirit to help you to live a life of true worship!  Everything you do can be done in Spirit and truth as unto the Lord with a thankful heart!  (Colossians 3:17)  He is worthy of all our worship each day, everyday, all day and night wherever we are!  It is a life of worship that truly pleases our Father!

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Do You Want to Get Well?

Scripture reading for November 1st: John 3-5

Healing of sickness and disability is an interesting subject.  Some Christian people believe that miracles stopped with the days of the Apostles and Jesus.  Others fervently believe that miracles are for today.  Some people who are afflicted or disabled, have prayed for years and still not been healed.  In Jesus’ time, it was no different.

Jesus visited Jerusalem and walked by a pool called Bethesda where many sick and disabled people gathered daily.  Tradition said that when an angel troubled or stirred the waters, the first person into the water would be healed.  At that pool Jesus saw a man that was paralyzed, and upon inquiring, found out that he had been that way for 38 years.  Jesus asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6b)  The man did not directly answer Jesus’ question, but told Him that he had no one to help him get in when the water was stirred.  At that, Jesus said to him, “Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk!” The man was instantly healed and able to walk and carry his mat!  (John 5:8-9)

As we look at this miracle, we note that Jesus was concerned with the crippled man’s desire to get well.  Some people seem to enjoy being sick and like the sympathy or excuse that they have for avoiding life.  It takes faith to want to get well after 38 years of the paralyzed life!  Jesus was trying to get him to express his faith and believe.  It worked!

The religious Jews, however, were concerned that this man was carrying his mat on the Sabbath, for the healing took place on that day.  They tried to get the man to tell them who healed him and authorized him to break their law!  He could not tell them who it was.  Later, Jesus found him at the temple and spoke one more time, “See, you are well again.  Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14)  Jesus was not only concerned about this man’s healing, but also about his soul.  Paralysis may cripple a body, but sin will destroy a man’s soul!  The wages of sin is eternal death and damnation!  (Romans 6:23)  We must want to be healed from sin as well as disabilities!  Do you want to be made whole?

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True Worship

Scripture reading for October 31st: John 3-5

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is Spirit and His worshipers must worship in Spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

What is worship?  Is it just singing some songs or hymns to the Lord?   Is it gathering to hear a great worship band or leader perform?  Is it a feeling in your body that you get when you sense God’s presence near you?  Where must you go to worship?   These questions are not new with us and our culture.  Jesus encountered a woman in Samaria who asked some of the same questions of Him.  Jesus answered her with a promise and a command that we will consider this day.

Worship is ascribing worth and honor to someone who is due this honor.  God is the only “worthy” one due our worship.  Worship involves us as whole people and is not a spectator sport.  It involves individuals as well as more than one person.  But all true worship centers on God as the only worthy subject!  God is a Spirit.  His presence fills the universe.  He is Truth and there is no falsehood or lie found in Him.  Therefore, those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.

We have a body that we use as the tent of our soul and spirit.  We are born the first time with our spirit dead to God because of sin.  We cannot worship God, because we don’t really know God.  God must reveal Himself to us for us to understand who He is.  Because of His love for us, He seeks us out.   Throughout man’s history, God has sought to reveal Himself to man through conscience and through nature.  He has also broken in on man and spoken to him on various occasions.  Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David are all examples of God’s revelation to individuals.

Worship is difficult for us because of sin.  Sin centers us on ourselves and rather than on God.  Sin separates us from God who is holy.  Jesus Christ came to enable true worship by redeeming lost mankind from the sin nature by new birth through the Holy Spirit.  This enables us to worship God in Spirit and Truth!  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth!  He leads us into all truth.

As you go through this day, allow the Holy Spirit to help you to live a life of worship!  Everything you do can be done in Spirit and Truth as unto the Lord!  He is worthy of all our worship each day, everyday, all day and night! The time is now!

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