Nov1SunNovember 1, 2015
As the conversation comes to an end Jesus shares with the woman who’s been married five (5) times and is shacking with a man who is not her husband, that the Father is looking for those who will worship Him in sincerity, in reality, in spirit, and not simply in location. Some would say keep your religion private, at home, or within the four walls of your church. But the Word of God says, “…behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” (I Kings 8:27)
You can’t put God in a box, you can’t lock Him in a building (or out of one for that matter), and you can’t escape His Presence! King David asked the question, “whither shall I go from your Spirit and whither shall I flee from your Presence?” (Ps 139:7) How did Jesus know she had been married five times and was now shacking with a man? How did Jesus know Nathanael was under the fig tree (see John 1:45-51)? He saw in the spirit. What He saw and what He sees is the truth. He knows whether our worship is genuine or fake.
Real worship does not end when the service is over. Real worship does not begin when the service starts. Real worship is continuous – it is our life. Real worship is acknowledging the Father in all of our ways; honoring Him with our substance and the firstfruits of all our increase; serving Him faithfully and joyfully all day, every day. Real worship is living your life based on God’s truth and empowered by His Spirit. Real worship impacts every area of your life and every relationship you’re in. You as a child of God are to live, move, and breathe worship. It is not only practical, it is absolute!
NOW, Jesus says, is the time when the real worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. In the natural we are limited but in the Spirit (Holy Spirit) we are boundless. In the Spirit we manifest love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. In the Spirit we come into the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues and the interpretation of tongues by way of the Holy Spirit. We see, hear, speak and do as the Spirit reveals. We glorify Him because we are consumed by Him. He is our life. Come See A Man!
“For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship—is our worship spiritual and real?” (Jn. 4:21 TLB)