OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE 2015. THEME : THE TRUE WORSHIPPERS.

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

READ : JOHN 4 : 21 – 24.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall
neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of
the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship
the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
truth.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 7 : 1 – 8 : 11 AND LUKE 2 : 22 – 40.

It is not all acts of worship that God accepts, because not all worshippers are
true worshippers. The truth was revealed by Jesus in His conversation with the
Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He also revealed some other great truths
about worship that we should pay close attention to if we want our worship to
be acceptable to God. The first of these is that any “God” that is limited or
restricted to particular place is false and not worthy of worship. Worship
directed towards such contraptions of men is counterfeit worship. The worship
of the true God does not involve going to a junction where three roads meet to
put food items for God to come and eat. Paul came across worshippers of such
gods at Mars’ Hill Athens ( Acts 17 : 22 – 31 ). The true God is described thus by
the Psalmist in Psalm 8 : 1 :
“O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy
glory above the heavens.”

Another truth about worship which Jesus revealed is that any god that does
not have a fatherly relationship with his worshippers is not worthy of our
worship. Anyone worshipping such gods is not a true worshipper. This is why
Jesus came to make us children of His Father. Also, when He was teaching His
disciples how to pray, He described the true God as “Father” ( Luke 11 : 2 ).
Furthermore, Jesus revealed that our worship of God is not true worship if we
do not know the God we are worshipping. This is the reason why Paul tried to
introduce the Athenians to the God they were ignorantly worshipping ( Acts
17 : 23 ). He tried to teach them that they were wrong to think that the
Godhead could be represented by gold, silver or stone graven by art and man’s
devices ( Acts 17 : 29 ). No worshipper should ignorantly think that a Holy God
will accept worship from a life laden with the sin of falsehood, pretence and all
manner of immorality and wickedness.

True worship involves worshipping the true God in spirit and in truth. We must
worship God in spirit because God is a spirit, and only through the spirit can we
relate meaningfully with His Spirit. To worship God in Sprit means to do what
He bids you to do with a spiritual mind of faith. These are things the Holy Spirit
of God would ask us to do that when viewed with a carnal mind, are difficult to
understand. For example, when God asked Noah to build a big ship on dry
ground, to men of his generation, this was not a sensible thing to do. That a
person should stick to one spouse “for better, for worse” may not sound
reasonable, but that is what the word of God says. A true worshipper of God
will not tell lies even if there is no risk of being found out. To a true
worshipper, being truthful is not about man but about God who is all-knowing.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, grant me grace to live a life of acceptable worship through Your Spirit
in Jesus’ Name

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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