INSPIRATIONAL TRUTH SPECIAL
“But the time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. In fact, that time is now here. And these are the kind of people the Father wants to be his worshipers.” (John 4:23 ERV)
In this week’s Inspirational Truth “NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW MANIFESTATIONS” I write that the purpose of Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman by the well was to introduce a new way of worship; in spirit and in truth, as is in the text.
The Lord said to me that 2017 is for those that worship God in spirit and in truth. He said:
1. He will set them apart, honour them and lift them up.
2. He will display them to the world as His own priced possession.
3. He will show the world that they are His treasure and He would do anything for them.
The question now is “What does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth?” Can a person be born again and not worship God in spirit and in truth? The answer is Yes! The fact that one is born again does not necessarily mean that person will worship God in spirit and in truth. If God is seeking those that will worship Him this way, it means that there is another way man worships God that is unacceptable to God.
One thing we need to understand is that until Jesus resurrected, everyone’s spirit was trapped in darkness, alienated from God because of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. God is Spirit (John 4:24), and it is with our spirit that we have fellowship/communion with God. After Adam’s sin, man could no longer have fellowship with (worship) God with his spirit. The worship of God became external through sacrifices and offerings, “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain. But you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where people must worship.” (John 4:20 ERV).
From the moment man fell in the Garden, God put a plan together to redeem man. Now, through Jesus Christ, man can once again be united with God and freely worship God in spirit as it was designed to be from the start. All the men and women of old who were counted as righteous, all offered external fleshly worship to God. That is the reason why when they died, they did not go directly to heaven but to a portion in hades reserved for those waiting for their spirits to be redeemed – Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:22). After Jesus resurrected, they were all released from Abraham’s bosom to heaven (Matthew 27:51-53).
So today, we have no need of external worship because our spirits are now united with God, we have direct access to fellowship with God. We worship in spirit. Worshipping in spirit however is not enough. Being born again is just the starting point. God is not only seeking those that will worship in spirit, He is also seeking those that will worship in truth. There can’t be one without the other. Worshipping in truth goes beyond being born again to being transformed into the image of Christ by the renewing of our minds.
Many of God’s children worship in spirit, but not too many worship in truth. Whoever claims to be born again must live as Jesus did (1 John 2:6). Jesus is truth! (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth (Jesus), guides us into all truth (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of truth (Jesus in us) as we renew our minds (2 Corinthians 3:18) – helping us discover ourselves in Jesus (discover our truth), so that we can fulfill the purpose for which we were created.
Dear Reader, God wants us to focus strongly on worshipping not just in spirit but also in truth. Worshipping only in spirit will not bring us wholistic prosperity – spirit, soul and body, except we also worship in truth, as John helps us see in 3 John 2-4. As we worship the Father this way, the truth of who we are is unveiled.
I pray that you will not miss out on anything the Lord has determined for you to experience and enjoy this year. In Jesus mighty name, Amen!! Enjoy a great weekend!