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True Worship: The Act Of Worshipping In Spirit And In Truth.

Updated on January 26, 2016

Worshiping Right

Worship God In spirit and in truth

John 4:23-24

23. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him”

24. “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

  • All passages are from the Revised Standard Version.

According to Wikipedia, worship is a religious devotion usually directed to a deity.

The purpose for which we are called is to worship God, as 1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.”

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

When we say worship, what comes to mind most times is being in church, with your hands lifted up while the choir or someone sings a heart wrenching song which makes you connect with God and you probably cry or speak in tongues. Well that is also part of it, as an expression of worship. Worshiping God; being a true worshiper goes a lot deeper than that. Worshiping God is not limited to a place, a location, a group or decorum. It is an attitude, a way of life.

The word worship comes from two words ‘weorth’ which means ‘worth’ and ‘scripe’ or ‘ship’ which means ‘quality’. So worshiping is quality of having worth or being worthy. When we worship God, we say he has worth and is worthy. We love him and would do anything for him. We also reverence God when we worship him. Our worship is directed by the love we have for him (Deut 6:9) and anyone who loves God has placed a priority that God is supreme and comes first.

WHAT IS TRUE WORSHIP?

Moses claim in Deut 6:4 is further strengthen by Jesus in John 4:24 when he says we must worship in spirit and truth. Worship is like a devotion, and as Christians, true worship starts from the heart where we present ourselves as living sacrifice to God, wholly and acceptable Rom. 12:1-2. Worshiping in truth and in spirit means worshiping rightly and in totality, with everything you’ve got. Mark 12:30. It is now part of you, your way of life.


Psa 5:7; 96:9; 99:5 One of such worshipers was David. David knew how to worship and that was why he was termed a man after God’s heart. He loved God totally; as a teenager in the fields, a refugee in the caves, even as a king in Jerusalem. He worshiped God with all his heart, so much that when he danced in abandon and his wife despised him in her heart she was cursed on his behalf. Also the fact that he wouldn’t kill Saul when he got the chance to- twice (because Saul was God’s anointed) or when he worshiped God after his son (the one gotten from the illicit affair between him and Bathsheba) died and even his servants marveled.

The void created in man following the departure of God from him as a result of the great fall in the Garden of Eden gets to be filled up when we worship God. So if we worship only when we are in church or doing religious activities, we are going to empty most part of the day or days. And what happens when we are empty……. the devil strikes!

Some people appear religious, full of activities in the house of God without really worshiping God. These people know God but not who they serve. They are still groping in the dark.

Pastor E.A Adeboye in the devotional (Open Heavens) of Nov. 5 2014 stated that they worship like Aaron who knew there was a God, was second in command to Moses but knew not whom he served. Because if he did, when the people clamored for a god due to the long absence of Moses, he wouldn’t have made them a golden calf.

FORMS OF WORSHIPS

These are forms of worship

  • Praising God
  • Fellowship with God
  • Bible Study
  • Obedience to God’s command
  • Prayer etc

WHO IS A TRUE WORSHIPER?

Rom 12:1-2

A true worshiper is one whose lifestyle is that of holiness. A true worshiper acknowledges the presence of God in everything and everywhere. His speech is seasoned, his outward disposition joyful. He is humble and his actions Christ-like. He is conscious of where he enters, what he sees and hears. He guards jealously his relationship with God.

I hear Christians who say they are born again and spirit-filled, yet the things they do, and the words that come out of their mouths makes one imagine. Some Christians dresses/acts recklessly and tell you God sees the heart forgetting that their body is the temple of God and that the inner man manifests in the outside. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

A true worshiper knows his body is the temple of God and as such he takes particularly care of it, both inward and outward. If your lifestyle is not in total submission and in awe of God, you are groping.

True worshipers also worship every time. Whether in the good, the bad, or the ugly times, their hearts are always in tune with God. That’s why they hear easily from him, be it in the toilet or in church. He inspires, motivates, directs, comforts, instructs and coaches them.

WHY WE SHOULD WORSHIP GOD TOTALLY

First, like the church in Laodicea who were lukewarm (Rev. 3:15-16) God would spit you out. He demands the totality of your service which comes with innumerable benefits and blessings. You cannot serve God and mammon. If you have to serve God, serve him with all your heart and be fruitful.

Do you consider yourself a true worshiper?

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      Norine Williams 

      2 years ago

      Barine: As you have noticed by now, the "DEMONS" got together and had me banned but will NEVER stop HIS WORD! Isn't that his (SATAN'S) job; "to kill, steal, and destroy" (Jn 10:10)?

      RELIGION has created a "Religiously Correct" mentality that perceives if one is not full of love, kind, patient, gentle, etc., they are not Christ-like and is EXACTLY why SATAN IS ELATED!!!

      Those characteristics come "automatically" when "IN CHRIST" (filled with the Holy Spirit) toward others who are "IN CHRIST!" As WORD reveals disciples ALWAYS "disputed," to the point they (unbelievers) wanted to (and did) martyr most! One instance is found in Acts 9:29 wherein Paul was speaking to the Grecians! Observe the manner in which he spoke! "And he spake BOLDLY in the name of the Lord Jesus, and DISPUTED against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him!"

      BOLD definition (dict.com) "not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous & daring (as I)! SATAN may have gotten me "banned," but will NEVER stop TRUTH being told in HIS WORD (Matt 24:14)!

      HubPages is in trouble for siding with SATAN! Not allowing one to express their belief in Christ! As society has taken prayer out of schools, now HP is taking Jesus out of their cite! Woe be unto them!

      DISPUTE definition (dict.com): "A disagreement, argument, or debate."

      Now tell me if one is arguing, is he kind, gentle, not harsh, etc?

      RELIGION would have one believe this is unChrist-like but WORD says THEY LIE according to Acts 9:29, which is only one Scripture!!!

      As far as me calling "unbelievers" "IGNORANT" (I Thess 4:13-18), "FOOLS" (Galatians 3:1), "SATAN" or "DEMON" (I Cor 10:21) are WORDS used by Apostle Paul who would should be "following" under the New Covenant in THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST (Galatians 1:6-9)!!!

      However, HP has decided to side with SATAN, and woe be unto their future! You may want to find another website, for their time is LIMITED "IF" they remain in their decision!

      I will CONTINUE to PREACH THE GOSPEL either here or on another site! "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is POWER of GOD unto salvation to everyone that believeth..." (Romans 1:16)!

      Always remember, "A life without courage and conviction, is a life without NOTHING (Joan of Arc)!

      TRUTH is WORD, WORD is GOD, and GOD is LOVE!!!!!

    • Barine Sambaris profile imageAUTHOR

      Barine Sambaris 

      2 years ago from Nigeria

      Well I was just trying to answer your question. I am a Christian alright.

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      Norine Williams 

      2 years ago

      What is your "Religion?" We just discussed the difference between man-made "Religion" and "Christianity" or Disciples (Followers) of Christ! I wish you would read Scriptures given!

      Barine, "Christianity" is in a turmoil now because MOST have been taught disciples should be patient, kind, etc, oh, don't forget, full of LOVE! If WORD I give creates "fear" (Proverbs 9:10), It's done It's job and if WORD given is perceived as a "fierce argument" (Hebrews 4:12) It's done It's job also! Did you ever consider those that are not meant to "hear" (with a Spiritual ear) will not hear? Are you not listening? Have you considered "you" have that "Spiritual ear" required to get "understanding?" I HAVE!

      In Matthew 13:10-13 the disciples asked Jesus {paraphrasing} "Why do you always speak in parables? To which HE replied "It is given unto you to know the MYSTERIES of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Only those "who has an ear" can "hear" otherwise, they see it as "fear" and/or "fierce argument!" You are blessed!

      It is my job to "sow the seed," but only GOD can give the increase (I Corinthians 3:6)!

      Have I answered your question re: "Observing the apostles?" We MUST do so because Scripture says that the Gospel of Christ "...is built upon the FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone" in Ephesians 2:20! Also, in Revelation 21:14 "And the wall of the city had twelve FOUNDATIONS, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." Now, if they are the FOUNDATION (with Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone), should we not "build upon that FOUNDATION by "OBSERVING" the apostles? The disciples did in Acts 2:42 when the FIRST CHURCH was established! Why should we be any different? Did not Paul say in I Corinthians 11:1 "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ?"

      It's a plain as a nose of your face, but no one has ever "taught" anyone TRUTH in HIS WORD!

      Whether they "listen" or not Barine, I MUST give TRUTH in HIS WORD! I pray ALL have an "ear" to "hear!"

      Now I ask, was Jesus patient, kind, full of LOVE when it came to "unbelievers" (Scribes & Pharisees) or those "selling in the Temple?" Yes, we are to display those virtues with those "WITH ONE ACCORD" (Acts 2:1) who BELIEVE "The Gospel of Christ" (Galatians 1:6-9)! (Read these Scripture I give you!)

      In Matthew 28:20, Jesus told the disciples to "teach them to OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU..." Therefore, we are to "OBSERVE" ALL THINGS the disciples did!

    • Barine Sambaris profile imageAUTHOR

      Barine Sambaris 

      2 years ago from Nigeria

      Thank you Norine. I really don't know what you mean by observing the apostles. But my religion preaches rapture, the holyspirit, evangelism, baptism, faith and many more. I went to your profile, you are really a fire for Christ. But you should also allow others air their views without fear of a fierce argument. They'll listen to you more if you allow them talk.

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      Norine Williams 

      2 years ago

      GOD has sent you into my life to witness TRUTH in HIS WORD! Thank JESUS for you "Barine!" You are a "vessel" being used by the Holy Spirit to "teach ALL nations" what thus saith the LORD!

      I pray that "the eyes of your heart continue to be enlightened" (Ephesians 1:18-23) "that you may KNOW..."

      It appears that you are one in ALL of HP, who "WAITED" (Acts 1:4)!

      In your belief, do you live under New Covenant, "Observing" the apostles?

    • Barine Sambaris profile imageAUTHOR

      Barine Sambaris 

      3 years ago from Nigeria

      Thank you

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      Kayli 

      3 years ago

      I can't believe you're not playing with mehat--t was so helpful.

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      Conyers 

      3 years ago

      I'm quite pleased with the inaomrftion in this one. TY!

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