Living a Life of True Worship

 

John 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. 

John 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 

Hello family and friends, today we are going to talk about living a life of true worship. This message is so important, and I pray that everyone under the sound of my voice has an ear to hear!  Because I am going to say some things that are going to challenge you in your relationship with Christ.  In other words, this teaching is going to prayerfully shift you in how you worship. The first thing I want to say is that everyone who has been saved and born again in Jesus name should be living a life of true worship unto the LORD! 

How many of us know that God always asks questions when he wants to draw you into what he already knows about you. To give you an example, here are some of the questions I found that God asks:

  1. Abraham is there anything to hard for God?
  2. Cain “Where is your brother?”
  3. As Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord, “What is your name?”
  4. Jeremiah is there anything too hard for me?
  5. Elijah what are you doing here?
  6. Jesus said, Who do men say that I the son of man am?
  7. Peter do you love me?

Now I am going to ask you some questions? I want you to ponder these questions in your heart!

What is worship?  What is true worship? What is genuine worship that God desires?   Is your worship only directed to God on Sunday?  Is there a deep heartfelt desire in your heart to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth?

Worship can be defined as: reverence paid to a divine being,  respect, and or to pay homage and honor to. It is to exalt or glorify God high and above measure. It can also be defined as:  To honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power, or to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion.

Worship has been and always will unto the LORD! God is the only one that is worthy to be worshipped. He is the Creator and we are the created.

Worship is not limited to a church.  God desires that we live a life of true worship!

How many of us know that Adam and Eve enjoyed the presence of God in the garden and had a wonderful relationship with him until they sinned.  Did you know that worship is synonymous with a relationship with God? Without a  relationship with the Most High God, there can be no true worship with the LORD, without true worship there will be no presence of God!

God only shows up where he is invited and where there is an expectation of his presence!

Let’s get back to Adam and Eve. After they disobeyed God, and partook of the fruit, we find Adam and Eve hiding from the LORD. In Genesis 3:8,  they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Gen 3:9  Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

Remember I said that God always asks questions when he wants to draw you into what he already knows about you.

Did you know that there are believers today that are still hiding themselves from the presence of the LORD!   They don’t live a life of true worship. They may be saved, they may know the Word, they may even be in church,  but God desires fellowship and intimacy which can only be obtained through true worship, which brings him glory!

Before the fall,  Adam and eve enjoyed the presence of God, but sin hindered that relationship with the LORD.  Sin hinders our relationship and our worship with the LORD, but confession and repentance restores that relationship.  I truly believe that God is still asking this same question to men and woman all over the world today!  Where are you?

So I ask the question, “Where are you in your worship with the LORD?”  How many of us know you can hide from men, but you can’t hide from God! He knows exactly where you are, what you are doing and what you need!

I have found in my relationship with the LORD, and studying the Bible that there is one word that describes living a life of worship unto the Lord. It is a word that many people don’t enjoy, it is a word that many people do not heed, it is a word that has either caused you to be in the will of God or out of the will of God.

It is a word that broke the curse of sin on humanity, it is also a word that has caused many to be blessed high and above measure, and it is obedience.

Notice that when Adam and Eve were obedient, they enjoyed the presence of God. They had a close relationship with the LORD.  Yet after they sinned, disobedience hindered that relationship with the LORD~

Obedience is the highest expression of worship. Worship is not just showing up on Sunday morning to give him glory, it is not just singing songs of Zion, it is not just giving him your tithe and offerings. It is living a life of worship which is totally pleasing to him by worshipping him in spirit and in truth, and true worship comes from the heart!

Now turn to John 4: 23-24:

Joh 4:23  But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship him.

Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

It is possible to be saved and not living a life of worship? Yes!  Remember the lukewarm church, remember the loveless church, and remember the dead church of Revelation chapter 2 and 3?

Jesus even said something so profound:

 Mat 15:8  This people draw near unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Mat 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

So let’s answer a few questions!

Why do we worship?

Because he is the King of Glory, and rules over the nations – Psalm 22:27-28

Because he is the one true God – Psalm 95:1-6

Because he is Holy – Psalm 99:9 – Isaiah 6: 1-5

How do we Worship?

With a pure heart in complete humility, holiness, submission, reverence, in giving, in prayer, in personal fellowship and with your life. Psalm 29:1-2

Why is worship important to us?

  1. Worship keeps me God focused and God minded.
  2. Worship opens the door for communion and fellowship with God.
  3. Worship keeps me humble.

Where do we worship? 

Since worship is not a particular place, you can worship God at home, in church, in your car, at work, but wherever you worship, you must worship the LORD in spirit and in truth. 

John 4:19  The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

John 4:20  Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

John 4:21  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.

John 4:22  You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

John 4:23  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.

John 4:24  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

What happens if we worship anything other than the Lord of Glory? We are guilty of Idolatry – Duet 8: 10-20    Duet 11:13-21

False Worship is Idolatry.  Anything that you exalt above the Lord and steals your affections. It could be a material thing, money, a man, a woman, or anything that you put above God.  Jesus said you shall worship the LORD your God, and him only you shall serve! Matt 4: 10, Luke 4: 8.

Where is your treasure today? Whatever you put the most energy into is where your treasure is. Hopefully your treasure is in Christ! Because we must worship the LORD our God and him only we shall serve!  Matt 6:21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Bible says that we must worship in spirit and in truth! You cannot go higher in the things of God in the flesh. The deeper things of God, or the spiritual things of God are experienced in heartfelt prayer, and in true worship. 

I’m referring to going deeper in your walk with Christ, and experiencing deeper things in the spirit as you offer your worship to the Lord. No one has ever experienced the deeper things of God in the flesh!

When we talk about living a life of worship many people think that it is a level that only certain people are privileged to receive.

Anybody who has been born again and excepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior can live a life of worship simply by surrendering their life completely to Jesus Christ for his Glory and guess what? It all starts with your obedience to the Word of God! We will continue next time, until then, God Bless and Shalom!

 

 Pastor Jamal E. Quinn, Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship 

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