10 In Spirit And In Truth



  In Spirit And In Truth



God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
John 4:24 ESV


In John 4:19-24, we are familiar with the story where Jesus was at the well speaking to the little Samaritan woman.

Jesus is speaking to this little lady and He said that He would have a people that would worship Him in spirit and in truth. What He means by that is that from your spirit He inspires something of Himself and of your heart.

Worship is to be inspired, not routine. How many of you have gone to church and the worship leader says, “Okay everybody, lift your hands now. Let’s worship Him.” And the people respond with, “I worship Him, I worship Him, I worship Him.” Then the worship leader tells them to put their hands down and says, “Alright, now say ‘I praise Him, I praise Him, I praise Him.'”

This is not the kind of worship Jesus was speaking of. It is not a robotic kind of worship where your mouth is put on automatic pilot. Routine worship, routine prayer, and routine anything can be turned into a religious practice.

Have you ever noticed in a love relationship you can love somebody, you can love Jesus, but your relationship with them can become entrenched and imbedded with something called “routine?”

So how would He inspire worship? There is a place in the Word that says, “…we offer up praise by him.” In other words, He would initiate it. He would initiate our praise, our worship. He would initiate our prayer.

If God is not constantly giving us revelation or speaking to us where prayer is concerned, we stop developing and growing. God inspires us in our following Him from the heart (you remember that it’s always from the heart). God could give us a song in the spirit and it would be alive and awesome.

But if we keep singing that song over and over and over, day in and day out, it’s going to become stiff and dry because it has become a routine. Even forms of prayer or worship that had been initiated at a certain time in our life by the Spirit of God can become dead. It is not routines that get us into vital contact with God.

If just knowing scriptures and memorizing and confessing them would get us all that we need, then we wouldn’t need God would we? But guess what? Somehow we’re going to have to not only know our scriptures, we’re going to have to come in contact, living contact, with the Spirit of the living God and with God Himself.

Jesus paid an awesome price for us to be able to come to Him. We are in the family of God through the Blood that was poured out for us to get to come to Him and most Christians, they won’t come to Him. Or they simply just don’t come to Him. How could it be that He who paid the ultimate price, paid it in full for us to come to Him and then we don’t come? The very answer for all of our problems is in that coming to Him.

There’s a place in each of our hearts for us to come to God. He went through a lot of trouble to make this a highly personal thing-our relationship with Him. He intended it to be really personal. He’s not interested in our watching somebody else’s relationship with Him and piggybacking on their experiences. He wants us to come to Him in the way that He has designed specifically for us.

When I say that I’m going to pray about something, the first thing I do is turn inside to my heart and then I respond to Him in whatever way He inspires me. I give Him myself and let the Holy Spirit flow through me. That would be the sequence of it. I always turn inside to my heart, my spirit, and then respond to what is there. Otherwise my prayers would become routine and religious.

It is imperative for us to abide and live and walk in the Spirit. This requires our coming to Him so that out of that intimate relationship, our living for Him will flow.

Will you choose to seek the Father to worship Him in spirit and in truth? Now, that’s the choice-driven life!


Today’s Bible Reading:

Gen 26-27; Mark 10





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Prayer for Salvation:

God in Heaven, I come to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus. I confess that I haven’t lived my life for You. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that He died on the cross and rose again from the dead so I might have a better life now and eternal life in heaven. Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. From this day forward, I’ll live my life for You to the best of my ability. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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  1. When you read Genesis 26, you will read that Isaac’s life was tremendously blessed by God. He was very faithful and he was just like his father a tither and a very successful farmer. Genesis 26:12 tells us, “That year Isaac’s crops were tremendous! He harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him.” While others were perishing in the famine, Isaac sowed in the land and reaped a hundredfold return.

    It was Isaac’s attitude, however, that brought the blessing of God. When he had dug a “gushing spring” (Genesis 26:19), the shepherds of Gerar came and stole it from him. Instead of quarreling, he moved on and “dug another well” (v. 21). When that new well was stolen, “he dug another well” (v. 22). Finally his well was not stolen, and the Lord said to him, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you” (v. 24). Wow, such a great attitude. I know that I can learn in that area.

    But I know first hand that bitterness, anger, resentment, and strife will keep you from financial blessing. Dig another well, keep your heart right, and God will pour out even more blessings than before!

    Attitudes of bitterness, anger, resentment, and strife will keep you from financial blessing. What we need to do is digging another well, keep our heart right, and God will pour out even more blessings than before! Will you do it??

  2. Today I realized by what you said that Jesus paid an awesome price for us to be able to come to Him, that I have never thought about it that way. That really dawned on me and really touched me. Thank you so much for pointing that out to us. We should NEVER take that for granted. He paid a a great price!

  3. Dear Olga! The article and comments are remarkable ! Thank you and Robert!

    At the same time i,d like to express my opinion about love and routine.
    I think if love exists it means that two people have one road including that they are interesting to each other every day. So real love will never be a routine.
    Love is a puzzle created by God.

  4. I appreciate Jack Hayford, I have learned a lot from him about worship. God is looking for worshippers from the heart; we need to worship Him in Spirit and in truth, that means that our heart needs to line up with Him and focus totally on Him….love Him so much!

  5. Shalom Olga and THANKS so much for the daily inspirational emails. I always send them to others in that they may be blessed as I have been blessed. I so appreciate the insightfulness you share.

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