THE TRUE WORSHIPERS
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Thanks be to God who always reveals Himself to man like you and me. He doesn’t leave anything to chance, that’s why He wants us to know how we can actually get into His very presence. One, and the only way is through worship (this is for His children only). It is one thing to get into “where God lives” generally, (you do that by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior), and getting into the Holy of Holies at the throne room of God. That is done through worship. What kind of worship is God really interested in? The book of Psalms will answer that for us.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
In worship, God is interested in three things: Sacrifice, a broken spirit, and a contrite (feeling or expressing remorse, penitence; affected by guilt) heart. God will not take this for granted, He will not despise. To qualify for a sacrifice, the object of sacrifice must be holy and acceptable, then it must die, and in the place another. To worship in truth, this first step must happen. One has to offer self as a living sacrifice without blemish. You take no value for self, for the sake of your object of worship. This is worshipping in truth, withholding nothing.
We have seen who the true worshippers are, now we want to see how they worship. In order for their worship to be effective, they must worship in spirit. To worship in spirit means to worship in your innermost being. The spirit man, the real you does the worshipping. Thus, your spirit man communicates with God who is a Spirit. This makes sense because when God speaks to man, He speaks to the spirit. A man worships God in spirit, when, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, he brings all his affections, appetites, and desires to the throne of God; and he worships him in truth, when every purpose and passion of his heart, and when every act of his religious worship, is guided and regulated by the word of God. Check out your SPREADING THE LIGHT bulletin next week for more. Remain blessed.
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