Friday, September 26, 2008

John 4:24

"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (NASB)


"God is spirit (pneuma: a simple essence, devoid of all grosser matter and possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting; a life giving spirit; the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc.), and those who worship (proskuneo: meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand; reverence; to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence; kneeling or prostration to do homage) Him must worship in spirit and truth (aletheia: what is true in any matter under consideration, opposing to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians; free from affection, pretence, falsehood, deceit)."


God is a life giving spirit that knows no physical bounds. So, in order to worship and bow in reverence to Him, recognizing Him for Who He truly He is, one must do so as spirit not bound to flesh, but in absolute truth free of falsehood and corruption.


It’s imperative that we understand that we cannot worship the Lord out of our carnal minds and efforts. Praise bands, worship conferences and the latest praise CD’s are not the answer. The Lord will only be worshipped as He desires when His people understand that they must approach Him via the spirit. Otherwise all is futile and corrupted worship that will never make it into the throne room of God. Today, explore what it means to worship the Lord in spirit and truth. It will unlock a whole new world for you, I promise.

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