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In Spirit and Truth

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 (NKJV)

What would you think of someone who was praising you, but they weren’t really sincere about what they were saying? Would you find it sad because their actions lacked sincerity? Would you find their actions somewhat hypocritical?

Sadly, I believe there are those who attend church and do just this. They are faithful to come and attend the service and they may even be singing songs of praise, or appear to be worshipping God, but their hearts are far removed from their external acts of worship, which is exactly what Jesus had said the Scribes and Pharisees were doing, and why He quoted Isaiah’s prophecy, saying, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.” (Isa. 29:11; Matt. 15:8)

Q: Jesus said, that we were to worship God in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24) — so what does this mean exactly?

The verb Worship in Hebrew means to fall down in submission, to surrender.  Our very life is to be an act of worship, and therefore requires we repent (turn from) anything we know to be wrong according to God’s Word. This does not mean we will live a perfect life and never stumble or sin — only Jesus lived without sinning.  It simply means that our heart is committed to following Jesus and to abide in His Word. If we willfully choose to continue to live in rebellion to what we know to be righteous and true, then we must understand this is not true worship. Before we can be a warrior of God we must be a worshipper of God. When we worship the Lord in truth and spirit it has the ability to move us to obedience.

To worship God in Spirit simply means we are to worship Him from our heart. This is because any true worship of God can never be based or centered upon any particular external religious activities.  Honest and pure worship originates in our inner spirit within our hearts.

To worship God in Truth simply means we are to worship Him in the whole counsel of His Word. This means we will not pick and choose, but instead we will live in obedience to every part of it. Every single thing we do can be an act of worship unto our Lord, so every action should be carefully weighed out and brought into alignment with His will as shown within the Scriptures (1 Cor. 10:31).

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1 (NLT)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Make it your heart's desire to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.  Choose to repent of anything you know to be wrong.  Choose to be a living and Holy sacrifice to the Lord.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional what can we learn about true worship of God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to make every action of yours an act of worship unto the Lord.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word to guide me in truth. Help me to see any area in my life where I need to repent and turn to You.  Give me the strength needed to walk in newness of life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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