• By Rev. Joseph A Bias

Worship — See God’s Spirit And Power

"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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

Worship is first about acknowledgment that God is God and He alone is worthy of all our praise, adoration, worship and obedience – that He alone is the One in whom and on whom we can with confidence, rest our faith. Worship is also about making ourselves available to God for His transforming power to work in us through singing and the spoken Word to be transformed into the image of Christ.

Worship is the means by which we present ourselves before the presence of God, and the means by which we submit ourselves under the power of God. The presence and power of God are made manifest in worship. God’s power cannot be separated from His presence. His power and His Glory are one with His very nature. His Glory is unfathomable and uncontainable likewise is His power.

God is never withholding His presence or His power from His people. But He also does not impose His transforming miracle working power in the midst of people where He is not sought or desired. But where there is a desire for Him and His power even whenever two or three are gathered together in His name He will manifest Himself and demonstrate His power.

“For wheretwo or threeare gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”Matthew 18:20

In the midst of worship bondages are broken and people are set free by the power of God who inhabits our worship.

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lordis, thereisliberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

This is why Jesus said; the Father is seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth.

“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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

To worship God in Spirit is to worship Him according to what is revealed of Him in our hearts. God is love and that love is being shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We worship Him in spirit by words, through songs, meditations, utterances in tongues and interpretation of tongues, in prophecies and exhortations, in revelations and declarations of His promises.

We worship Him in truth when we acknowledge that we need Him because we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. [Romans 3:23] We worship Him through anointed preaching and teaching through witnessing of His goodness to the world. We worship Him when we take the message of the Gospel to those who have not heard it and to those who have and fallen away that they might be restored. We worship Him when we lay hands on the sick that He may recover them. We worship God when we resist the devil and he flees from us. We worship God when we acknowledge and submit ourselves, our bodies as living sacrifices wholly acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service of worship.

“I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God,even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.

For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use, So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].

Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith; [He whose gift is] practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching; He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness.

[Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.” Romans 12:1-10 AMP

When we worship God together with those of likeminded faith we strengthen one another, we build up one another in the spirit of love, we edify the body of Christ and we gain from the gifts that each one supplies.

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ…” Ephesians 4:13 KJV

“[That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.” Ephesians 4:13 AMP

Father, our Father, and God of all creation, in the name of Jesus we want to see Your glory. We desire Your presence and the demonstration of Your power. Father, we are not content with philosophies and eloquent speeches that only tickle the ears. We desire You Lord. Nothing else with satisfy us. Please show Yourself, Lord, and fill us up to the overflowing power of Your Holy Spirit. We pray for healing today, We pray for salvations today. We pray for the wisdom that comes from above and not from the world. We pray for Your supernatural power to manifest itself in our midst as we worship You, knowing and confessing that You alone are God and there is no other.

Apart from You, Lord, we can do nothing, but with You all things are possible. We pray for those in places where they cannot freely worship you openly because of persecution, imprisonment and the perpetration of violence against them for the sake of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are our brothers and sisters so we intercede for them now. We pray that You would surround them with Your ministering spirits and protect them from the evil one. Please, Father, deliver them from oppression and fill them with Your power to work miracles and bring healing and deliverance to the poor, the weak and the captives around them even to the deliverance and healing of their captors, that they too will be saved.

Father, have Your way in us today. We pray that You will meet all our needs today according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus, that as You bless us we will be a blessing to others. Make us truly one with You in Spirit and in Truth and one with each other in faith and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank Your Father, for answering this prayer. In the blessed, Holy and compassionate name of Jesus Christ our Savior, Redeemer, Lord and King we pray. Amen.

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