EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2019.
TEXT: JOHN 4:20-24
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Jesus had a dialogue with the woman of Samaria on worship. She pointed to a mountain in her place and said their fathers worshipped there, but that the Jews were saying worship could only take place in Jerusalem.
The word worship in the sense she used it, refers to the sum total of all the activities that go on in a place of religious meeting.
The Jews contended with the Samaritans on the right place of worship. Jesus showed that the Samaritans did not know what they were worshipping. Only those who were saved could understand the Person of worship.
The Jews were taught the way of salvation by which they could worship God with understanding. God's temple was in Jerusalem and the Jews resorted to Jerusalem during prescribed feasts for worship. As the discussion proceeded, Jesus introduced to her the dispensation of grace in which worship would take a different dimension.
Under the dispensation of grace, God is not worshipped in a place but in the heart of worshippers. Hence emphasis is not on the place of worship, but on the life of worshippers.
In the dispensation of grace, worship refers to full obedience to the word of God exhibited by a soul that is born again, which manifests in works of righteousness and holiness.
There are many worshippers who claim that they worship the living God, but not all of them are true worshippers of God. Jesus reveals that true worship is in spirit and in truth.
To worship God in spirit requires that the worshipper be a citizen of the kingdom of God. To be a citizen of God's kingdom one has to be born again. Old lifestyle of sin and wickedness passes away and new lifestyle of righteousness and holiness takes over.
The following are the qualities of a true worshipper.
(i) He knows that God is supreme and knows that Jesus is Lord and Saviour.
(ii) He has repented of his sins and has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is thus born again and is alive in spirit.
(iii) He obeys all the word of God, believes and practices all the doctrines of the Bible.
(iv) He serves God in holiness and righteousness everyday of his life.
Thought for the day:
Jesus reveals that true worship is in spirit and in truth
Song for the day:
O worship the King, all glorious above...
Bible reading for the day:
Daniel 11-12; 3 John
PASTOR PAUL RIKA