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A reflection from our Praise and Worship service on 12th July 2015.
Worshiping in spirit and in truth is one of those phrases from the Bible that we hear a lot, but perhaps don’t always stop to consider what it really means. What does it mean to worship “in truth”?
The root of the Greek word used for “truth” here, carries the meaning of “with nothing hidden”, i.e. you’re seeing the real thing, without anything covered over, made pretty or concealed. So you could say that to worship God in truth, is to worship him with nothing of ourselves hidden, holding no part of ourselves back from Him. The context of the scripture where we find this makes sense of this definition, where the woman at the well whom Jesus is talking to, has just had the “secret” of her relationships revealed. (See John 4:1-24). Notice as well that knowing this, Jesus still offers her “living water”, receiving her as she is.
Sometimes what holds us back in worship is our own sense of inadequacy or awareness of our failings. Our natural tendency is to worship to our point of discomfort, but we can hesitate to face God with the fullness of who we are. There are some areas of our heart that we won’t explore, even with our Creator, who knows us inside out!
The good news is that there is a remedy for everything rotten or fearful that we see in ourselves. Jesus’ death on the cross is sufficient to redeem us from all our sins. By his blood, he has secured us entrance into God’s throne room to worship Him in spirit and in truth (see Hebrews 9:11-12 & Hebrews 10:19-22). There is no need to hide anything from Him, because the blood of Jesus speaks a “better word” (Heb 12:24) than the words of our fears.
So it doesn’t matter where we are at, what secrets we hide, what hurts we nurse. We can come to Him with them all, holding nothing back, and let Jesus’ blood speak redemption into our hearts. As we do this, we are set free to worship our Redeemer in in Spirit and in Truth.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.John 4:23-24
Let us pray….
“Our Heavenly Father; our Lord Jesus Christ & Holy Spirit, we welcome and honour You here. Our worship service this morning is to offer our whole being to You as a living sacrifice. We do this personally and corporately. Please accept our adoration and worship unto You as the only one True God. Then as we leave this mornings service we will conduct ourselves as written below in a worthy manner that pleases You and brings glory to Your Name. Amen”
Let us pray for the Southland of the Spirit:
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
2 Chron 7:13-15
Captain Pedro Ferdinand de Quiros, declared the following on the Day of Pentecost 14th May 1606:
‘Let the heavens, the earth, with all its creatures, and those present, witness that I Captain Pedro Ferdinand Quiros …. in the name of Jesus Christ …. hoist this emblem on the Holy Cross on which His person was crucified and whereon He gave His life for the ransom and remedy of all the human race, on this Day of Pentecost, 14th May… I take possession of all this part of the South as far as the pole in Jesus Christ … which shall now be called the land of the Holy Ghost and this always and forever … and to the end that to all the natives, in all the said lands, the Holy and sacred Evanagel may be preached zealously and openly.’
(Quote taken from ‘Honouring Australia’s Christian Heritage’ by Col Stringer)
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