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

We must worship in spirit and truth. In spirit because God is spirit. We being human (and sinful human at that) don’t know how to really worship God on our own. But if we have the Spirit of God inside of us, which we receive when we are saved from our sins, then we can truly worship God, even if it is imperfect on our behalf. Romans 8:26-27 says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

We must worship in truth. We must know who we are worshiping and it must be in a way that there is no falsehood in it. It must not be mixed with anything else, otherwise it is not true worship. The Samaritans were known for worshiping God because He was the “god of the land” but they also worshiped the false gods that they had brought with them when the king of Assyria resettled them there. God became just another god of their pantheon. So to truly worship God for who He is, we have to get to know Him. We need to find out how to worship Him in the way that He wants to be worshiped. To do this we must go to the Bible. This is where God shows us Himself. This is where we start our relationship with Him. Once we truly know Him then we can truly worship Him. And worship doesn’t have to be in a church or with a bunch of believers. Worship can be as simple as lifting up your eyes to heaven and saying, “God, I love You!”.

by Rick Kisner, Deacon

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