Are You a True Worshiper?
The following is a teaching by pastor Jake:
This past Sunday we launched a new sermon series called “The Power of Praise and Worship” (You can listen to the first message by clicking here: God is Looking for Worshipers).
In John 4:23-24, Jesus said the following: “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jesus said that it was time for “true worshipers” to rise up, and that the Father is looking for these worshipers. Think about that: God is looking for worshipers!
This passage brings up two important, related questions:
1. What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?
Worship in spirit:
-In the freedom and power of the Holy Spirit
-With the understanding that worship is not confined to a time or place
We must allow the Holy Spirit to fill us and lead us in our expression of praise and worship to God. We should be free to express our hearts of praise, thanksgiving, and adoration to God without hindrance. And since God is not confined to a particular building or event, we can worship God anytime and any place.
Worship in truth:
-Based on the truth of who God is
-Out of a sincere heart of love for God
Worship is a response to the truth of who God is. It is not based on how we feel or what is going on in our lives. Since God is always the same, and He is always worthy, we can worship Him at all times. And to worship in truth, it must come from a sincere heart toward God; not just empty words.
2. What does it mean to be a true worshiper?
Ask yourself these questions:
-Do I worship God even when things aren’t going well?
True worshipers worship God regardless of circumstance or feelings.
-Do I worship God in the “secret place” when no one is watching?
True worshipers love to spend time with God and worship Him, not just in public settings, but on their own time alone with Him.
-Do I worship God with my life, not just my lips?
True worshipers know that our whole lives are worship to God. They worship Him not just with words and songs but with thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
If we can answer yes to these questions, we’re on our way to being true worshipers.
Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to fill us and empower us to be the worshipers that the Father seeks. Those who worship in spirit and in truth. Those who worship when things are going well and when things are not going well. Those who worship in public and in private. Those who worship God with our hearts, words, and actions.
God is looking for worshipers…will you be one?
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