November 30, 2020
The Energy of Worship By God’s Phrase
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“God is spirit, and people who worship him should worship in Spirit and in fact.” John 4:24 (CSB)
With fingers lifted and eyes watering, I kneel in awe of God because the music from my audio system turns my prayer closet into a spot of reward.
Voices like devices change the ambiance round me. I’m delighted to worship, keen even, and I think about God is happy by the joyful noise.
Quick ahead 10 minutes.
Youngsters are awake. Two are combating. One believes he’s ravenous. And the scent spewing from the infant makes the rotten leftovers within the fridge not odor so unhealthy in any case.
Have you ever ever had the proper quiet time with God, after which 5 minutes later felt simply as annoyed and discouraged as earlier than?
That was me. I figured I have to not have been nearly as good of a Christian as I assumed. In any other case, how might I’m going from worshipping Jesus to being annoyed with a toddler in mere minutes? Yikes!
That wasn’t true, although. It seems I didn’t absolutely perceive worship.
Whereas God loves our fervent expressions of gratitude, He additionally needs us to worship Him in one other manner. John 4:24 tells us, “God is spirit, and people who worship him should worship in Spirit and in fact.”
I understood the primary half. The Holy Spirit permits us to attach with God personally. We are able to pray to Him quietly or reward Him whereas driving as if He belongs to us alone.
However what in regards to the different a part of the verse — “in Spirit and in fact”? What did Jesus imply when He spoke these phrases to the lady on the nicely? What reality?
Once we have a look at John 14:6, we see Jesus was really speaking about Himself. He mentioned, “I’m the best way, the reality, and the life. Nobody involves the Father besides by means of me” (CSB, emphasis added).
To know Jesus is to know reality. He was telling her actual worship is just doable once we know Him.
To make this extra sensible, let’s insert His identify into the important thing verse: “God is spirit, and people who worship him should worship in Spirit and in [Jesus].”
Attention-grabbing, nevertheless it doesn’t actually make sense till we have a look at how John 1:14a describes Jesus, “The Phrase turned flesh and dwelt amongst us” (CSB).
Not solely is Jesus reality, however He’s additionally Phrase! He represents the Phrase of God. Placing this collectively, we get, “God is spirit, and people who worship him should worship in Spirit and in [Word].”
This opened my eyes to see worship should contain each the Spirit of God and the Reality of God’s Phrase. I couldn’t simply spend a couple of moments in passionate prayer and anticipate that to hold me by means of my day. Certainly prayer has worth, however once we worship by means of God’s Phrase, we’re empowered to face challenges utilizing Scripture.
Ephesians 6:17 says it this fashion: “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit — which is the phrase of God” (CSB). Right here, there’s no separation between the Spirit and the Phrase of God.
This implies along with prayer and reward, I have to additionally dive into the Bible, write down verses once they actually converse to me and memorize them after I can.
Now, after I discover myself in yesterday’s coffee-stained pajamas, wiping up squished blueberries and rooster nugget crumbs, I can keep in mind, “Kids are a heritage from the Lord, …” (Psalm 127:3, NIV) and to “depend all of it pleasure …” (James 1:2, ESV).
Although this isn’t an immediate cure-all for unhealthy moods, it equips me to fight robust occasions with God’s Phrase. And, most significantly, it pleases Him.
There’s a spot of worship that appears like singing songs and praising God. However there’s additionally a spot of worship that appears like Bible research and looking for God.
Once we solely spend time in a type of locations, worship can really feel tiring and ineffective. However once we mix them, as God supposed, we get to expertise the fullness of worship and really feel our hearts extra submitted to His will.
Pricey God, thanks for giving me alternatives to reward You. Assist me to recollect Your Phrase is a crucial a part of my worship. Present me find out how to worship You in Spirit and in fact. In Jesus’ Identify, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flowers fade, however the phrase of our God stays without end.” (CSB)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Does your time with God empower you to make use of His Phrase to combat your battles?
What’s one Scripture verse you’ll be able to meditate on on this season? Please share it in the comments immediately.
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