What it means to Worship

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John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.
He makes a way where there is no way!
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John 4:21-24
Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 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. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." NKJV

The Greek word for “must”; deon (deh-on'); it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding):
So what Jesus is saying, is that it is Necessary to Worship in Truth! It is Necessary to Worship in Spirit!

What do you think of when we hear the term "Worship". In my early Christian walk I thought praise and worship (singing) was Worship. Singing praise is not “Worship”. Singing praise is a “way” to worship.

Hebrew for Worship: shachah (shaw-khaw'); a primitive root; to depress, i.e. prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God):

Greek for Worship: proskuneo (pros-koo-neh'-o);(meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore):

So what is Worship in Truth? And what does it mean to Worship in Spirit?

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. NKJV

Go through the New Testament and see how many times Jesus proclaimed “I tell you the truth.” The way to Worship in truth is to live in obedience to Gods word. Submitting to God.

James 4:7
Therefore submit to God. NKJV

John 15:12-15
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. NKJV

And the two greatest commands Jesus gave were;

Matt 22:37-40
Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." NKJV

In the wilderness Moses told the Israelites that God would provide a blessing if they obey his word, and a curse if they do not. (Deut. 11;26-28).

For those looking at their Hebrew roots to their faith, Marvin Wilson (Our Father Abraham) says that according to Jewish thinking, STUDY is “an act of worship”. So if you want to Honor God (Worship him), be in the word.

Our worship cannot be lip service (nothing but talk). The Apostle Paul talks a lot about persevering in the faith. Some of us can start out with a sincere heart, but after time our walk becomes "Routine".
When our God said that he would circumcise our hearts, He wanted inward change. Jesus spoke much on hypocrisy, or white washed tombs. People who look good on the outside but on the inside they are full of sin.

Rom 2:28-29
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God. NKJV

And we can fool those around us, but we can not fool the ultimate judge. When Saul lost his kingdom because he was disobedient, Samuel the prophet was sent to the house of Jesse to anoint the next King of Israel. He saw Jesse's oldest son Eliab and was so impressed with his appearance that he was ready to anoint him king.

1 Sam 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." NKJV

James 1:21-25 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. NKJV

We are told to receive with meekness the word of God. Meekness means in HUMILITY. The opposite of humility is Pride. A close cousin to pride is arrogance. Some people receive Gods word seriously. Some more on the shallow side.
Have you ever found yourself hearing a sermon, saying “Amen”, but after the service you forget what the message was all about? And there are those who accept Yeshua as Savior but still want to live the way they are accustomed to. They heard John 3:16, and that’s all they need to hear.
There were people the apostle Paul shared the good news with, and the people gladly received it. But when Paul told them they were doing wrong, Paul was no longer appreciated like he was. (Gal. 4 “have I now become your enemy?).

People want to worship the way THEY want to worship, not how God commands us to worship. Some people have learned (raised) from their family traditions on how to worship, pray, and celebrate their 'FAITH". And they won’t have anyone tell them any other way, even when the Bible says otherwise. I am always open to correction. But they better use the Bible to correct me with.

2 Tim 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJV

I would rather be corrected for being wrong, than to let my 'attitude" lead me down the wrong path. Amen!

Deut 12:29-31 "When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.' 31 You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. NKJV

There are certain “Holidays” that the Christian Church celebrates. They do the things that were handed down through the years. And they do it because they want to worship God. But is that worshiping in truth?
I always appreciated Easter as the most “Holy” day for the church. There came a day that I wondered where the term Easter came from. It was not in the Bible. I was very disturbed by what I found to be truth. Then I looked up the traditions for Christmas. Many people accept those days as Biblical Holidays. And they don’t want to hear otherwise. Is that desiring truth, or would that be considered complacency?

Matt 15:8-9 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'" (NIV)

We all know that David sinned against the Lord by his taking of another mans wife and ultimately sending the man to be killed. So why was David considered a man after God’s own heart?
First, Remember this. We all struggle against sin.

1 Peter 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. (NIV)

We have all been bound to sin.

Rom 11:32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

But when, in our sin, we realize how we have disgraced our father in heaven, and we repent from the heart, God’s mercy is understood.

Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart--These, O God, You will not despise. NKJV

That is when we learn to come before God and WORSHIP.
David recognized just how Holy and Majestic our God is and how much he desired and depended on his leading...

Ps 5:7-8
But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face. NKJV

Make it your desire to Worship Adonai in Spirit and Truth. Remember that the word say's to draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8). You will be blessed because you do.

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