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Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth Part 3

John 4:23-24 – A bible study

John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

This bible verse, in my opinion, is the most prolific scripture regarding worship and, as a lover of worship, has always grabbed my attention.

For that reason, I will be breaking this scripture down so that we can really grasp the meaning & depth of what Jesus was trying to convey. 

I pray this study on worship will bless you and encourage you to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus as you encounter Him in a real and life changing way. 

Part 3

3. How do we worship in Spirit & in Truth?

When we worship in Spirit and in Truth, we do this simultaneously, however, for the purpose of this study, we will look at them separately to begin with.


To worship in Spirit

We have been created with a spirit, which is at the very core of who we are. 

It is our spirit that connects with our maker God so when we worship we are doing something much more than just a physical act.

When we worship in Spirit we go beyond what is physical.

God is Spirit, so when connecting with God in worship, we must step out of the physical realm and into the spiritual.

We cannot do this without first being filled with The Holy Spirit. 

It is the Holy Spirit that gives us understanding and allows us to connect spiritually with God.

The Holy Spirit is not earned or learned but is a gift to be received when you confess with all your heart that Jesus is Lord. 

Spiritual eyes are opened when you receive the Holy Spirit and you begin to perceive things as God does. Only then can we worship in Spirit. 

  
To worship in Truth

The word worship actually derives from worth-ship.

When we worship God in Truth, we are declaring that God alone is worthy of our praise and reverence.

We worship in Truth and confess with our mouths how awesome our God is. 
We confess the Truth of who God is and what He has done for us, even during times of discouragement.

We worship knowing the truth; that our God is good, merciful, forgiving and full of love. 

Despite what our circumstances say, we declare the truth in worship that our God is love and is for us and not against us.

We worship God in the truth of 

  • Who He is
  • Who we are in Him and
  • What He has done for us

Bringing Spirit & Truth together 

We connect with God through the Holy Spirit declaring the truth of who God is and what He has done for us.

 “Worship is our innermost being responding with praise for all that God is, through our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and words, based on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself” (John MacArthur The Ultimate Priority p. 127). 

Worshipping God in Spirit & in Truth Part 2

John 4:23-24 – A bible study

John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

This bible verse, in my opinion, is the most prolific scripture regarding worship and, as a lover of worship, has always grabbed my attention.

For that reason, I will be breaking this scripture down so that we can really grasp the meaning & depth of what Jesus was trying to convey. 

I pray this study on worship will bless you and encourage you to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus as you encounter Him in a real and life changing way. 

Part 2

2. The True Worshippers 

Who was Jesus talking about when He said, “The true worshippers”? 

The definition of a worshipper can be described as:

‘One who shows great reverence, love and adoration for God, whereby God is given the highest esteem, at the top of of a persons priorities’.

When we truly and sincerely worship God, we do so with our whole heart, not merely in deed or form but giving our absolute all and withholding nothing. 

Its about offering complete surrender to God and saying ‘God, I give you all of me.’ 

True worship is reflected in our daily lives, not just Sunday mornings in church. 

Anyone can sing songs of worship in church but this does not necessarily mean that it is true worship. 

True worship is the evidence of a redeemed and forgiven soul, living their everyday life in surrender to the fullness and majesty of God.

True worship is exaggerated and extravagant; it does not hold back from expressing love and admiration for Jesus.

This kind of worship is an outpouring of a thankful and grateful heart from someone who has been saved and set free.

This true worship is not dependent upon our surroundings or on our circumstances.

Instead, it holds fast to the knowledge of the goodness of God and how much He loves us

A ‘True Worshipper’ worships God in every season.

Worshipping God in Spirit & in Truth Part 1

John 4:23-24 – A bible study

John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

This bible verse, in my opinion, is the most prolific scripture regarding worship and, as a lover of worship, has always grabbed my attention.

For that reason, I will be breaking this scripture down so that we can really grasp the meaning & depth of what Jesus was trying to convey. 

I pray this study on worship will bless you and encourage you to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus as you encounter Him in a real and life changing way. 

Part 1

1. But the hour is coming and now is


The time has come and the time is now when we can worship God, any place, any time. 

Whether it be at church, home, in the car, wherever you want, you can worship! 

You can worship alone or you can worship collectively, as part of a group. There are no rules.

The restrictions have been lifted & we can worship where we want to and when we want to.

Jesus had an important job to do & His time here on earth would revolutionise the relationship between creator God and human kind in a profoundly breathtaking way. 

When Jesus died on the cross, He did so, as the final sacrifice and He did it for all. 

It doesn’t matter about our past, our culture or our family history. All of that stuff is irrelevant. Anyone can worship Jesus, no matter what your background is.

The veil that separated humankind from God has been torn & through Jesus, we now have direct access to God.

Jesus is calling you. 

Don’t miss this divine opportunity to step into fellowship and forge a relationship with Jesus. 

The hour is coming and the hour is now. 

Crumbs

Have you ever read a portion of scripture from the bible that makes you feel a teeny-weeny bit uncomfortable & so you kind of ignore it & hope it will go away? 

The only trouble is, it won’t go away because God is obviously trying to teach you something through this scripture & ignoring it won’t work! 

God will just keep bringing it up until you study & learn from it! 

It says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

I don’t know about you but I definitely want to be complete & thoroughly equipped for everything I do in God.

So here is my ‘pretend its not there’ scripture from the bible: 

Matthew 15:21-28 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. 

Okay, so no guesses needed for the part that makes me squirm.

Yep, you’ve got it. Its the bit where Jesus refers to the Canaanite woman as a ‘little dog’.

Shock horror! My beautiful Jesus, the one who saved me and called me by name has called a woman a dog! Surely not. 

And so I quickly move on to the next part where I read about the loaves and fishes……but no, wait. 

God wants me to stay on the part of the bible that I find tricky, to study it & gain revelation in order for me to grow & know Him better.

Over the last week I have not been able to get this portion of scripture out of my head. 

The Lord has been breaking it down for me, bit by bit and I would like to share what I have learned. 

So, what can we learn from the Canaanite woman and this scripture?

1. The Canaanite woman had great faith.

Now let’s go back to that original scripture from verse 27.

And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. 

It reminds me a lot of the woman with the issue of blood found in Mark 5:25–34, Matthew 9:20-22 & Luke 8:43–48.

This woman knew that, by just touching even the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would receive her healing. So great was her faith.

The Canaanite woman had great faith also & had assurance that Jesus was the only one that could heal her daughter. 

She only needed just a moment of Jesus’ time, just a glimpse of His presence. 

A crumb was enough for her because she had recognised exactly who Jesus was. 

So great is God’s power & presence that we can receive from Jesus with just a crumb and be completely full & satisfied.

2. The Canaanite woman showed humility 

Now to illustrate this I want to go back to the scripture again but this time looking at verse 25. 

Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 

(Any bible verse that says the word ‘worship’ always makes my ears prick up!)

As the Canaanite woman worshipped, she was saying, “Lord help me”. 

Oh, I remember it well, the time when I cried out to God and asked Him to help me. Just as the Canaanite woman had cried “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David!”

The moment I reached out to Jesus and asked for His help was the moment I let go of all my pride and accepted that I was in desperate need of a Saviour. 

I had eaten a huge portion of humble pie, had fallen flat on my face and came full circle, back to the only one who could help me out of my big mess. 

I couldn’t do this on my own anymore. We’ve all been there right? That place where we come to the end of our rope and the only solution is Jesus. 

So, I worshipped and cried out to God for Him to help me, right there on my kitchen floor. 

I was begging, on my knees like a little dog, for a crumb of God’s forgiveness, mercy & compassion. 

It didn’t do me any harm to be on my knees. For far too long I was full of pride, had done my own thing and made a complete and utter mess of my life! 

I needed to reach that place where I could identify exactly what price Jesus paid for my sins. 

I needed to eat the crumbs off the floor, in humility, in order for me to experience that beautiful moment when Jesus lifted me up to sit at the table to eat with Him.

Without humility it is impossible to receive. 

3. The Canaanite woman was persistent and bold

Matthew 15:22-23 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”
 

We have a chihuahua called Lacey. She is the cutest little thing & is definitely a pampered pooch.

Here’s a picture of her.

Lacey is ridiculously tiny & doesn’t need much food, however, she is extremely greedy & wherever food is, Lacey follows! 

Her belly is full but she is not satisfied. 

As we eat our meal at the table, Lacey will sit, tentatively expectant for one small crumb to drop on to the floor. 

She then races as fast as she can to gobble up the scraps of food that have fallen from the table. 

Lacey is also extremely persistent when food is around. She has the most annoying, yappy bark. The noise she makes can go straight through you until you eventually give in and either put her in another room, away from the food, or give her something to eat. (I try to do the first rather than the latter). 

The Canaanite woman was not giving up on her protest to receive from Jesus, despite the fact that she was annoying the disciples. 

The Canaanite woman showed great persistence as she was not going anywhere until she had got her answer.

My beloved Grandad used to say, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!”

And so, I would never be afraid to ask my Grandad for anything. 
I was confident that if I really needed something, I could go to my Grandad, knowing that he loved me and would help in any way he could. 

The Canaanite woman was bold in her approach. She went straight up to Jesus and asked him outright for deliverance for her daughter. 

I, too, have been in that very same position, desperate for healing & deliverance for my daughter. 

My eldest was admitted into hospital at the age of 10 and was being treated for Anorexia Nervosa, a vile & horrible illness, which meant she was refusing to eat or drink.

This was the worst thing I have ever had to go though and I cried out to God for her deliverance relentlessly. 

Praise God, she is 13 now and is completely healed and delivered from this illness. 
I know that God answered my prayers and I know that He healed my daughter. 

4. The Canaanite woman wasn’t ruled by her past 

Matthew 15:21-22 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him…..

Now, for this, we need to look at both the history and culture of his woman’s background in order for us to understand. 

If we go to the book of Isaiah, chapter 23 it explains more. It is best read in its entirety but verse 4 says, 

“Be ashamed, O Sidon; For the sea has spoken, The strength of the sea, saying, “I do not labor, nor bring forth children; Neither do I rear young men, Nor bring up virgins”. 

What this verse is saying about Sidon, is that it is a godless nation that puts their strength in idols (the sea) and not in God. 

Sidon, the area that the Canaanite woman came from, was not a pleasant place. 

This woman’s ancestors would not have followed or worshipped the one true God and she would have been raised to worship idols. 

The Canaanite woman refused to let this part of her past rule her and she had come to realise that Jesus was her answer.

As she made that step of faith and cried out in desperation to Jesus, she was literally saying, “I know you are God and I know you can help me”. 

At that moment, not only was the daughter made whole but this woman also received her salvation.

The Canaanite woman was no longer a product of her past but had now experienced the inheritance that Jesus came to give us all, regardless of our origin.

I have learned so much from this portion of scripture that I once avoided. I do hope you have too

Please feel free to comment & share. I love to hear from you and am happy to chat and answer any questions. 

Love & blessings,

Hayley 

Red Letters

Peace

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

The peace that Jesus gives us is the type of peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) 

Its the kind of peace that causes the world to question how one can remain peaceful amidst seasons of great suffering and testing.

 The worlds peace is:

  • Temporary 
  • Easily changeable
  • Dependent on circumstances

But…..

God’s peace is:

  • Eternal
  • Consistent
  • Not dependent on circumstances 

It is during the trials of life that we become more aware of God’s perfect peace and experience God’s presence firsthand. 

Obtaining peace and keeping it

  • Make peace with God – Know and understand what Jesus has done on the cross for you. He died to give you peace with God. Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Make peace with yourself – Know who you are in Jesus. You are the righteousness of God and have been forgiven and set free. Colossians 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 
  • Allowing peace to be your umpire – Walk in God’s will for your life and follow Jesus where He leads. I know instinctively when I am outside of God’s will because I quickly lose my peace and it really does feel uncomfortable in my spirit. Its essential to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit, through maintaining a relationship with Jesus, praying & reading the Word.  Colossians 3:15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
  • Let go – Cast every care and worry on Jesus. The worries in our life are not ours to keep. 1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 
  • Wait on God – check with God before making decisions. Try not to make hasty decisions and spend time in prayer beforehand. I lose my peace when I am walking in the flesh.  Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! 

The Power of Worship


I love to praise & worship God.

I love to sing songs of love to Jesus and declare Him as Lord.

God set me free so that I could sing to Him and worship His name, the name above all names.

There is no greater joy for me but to come into Gods presence and experience His love & peace.

There’s so much more to praise & worship than just the songs we sing. 

Praise & worship is powerful!

When we worship in spirit and in truth we are worshipping from a position of power and freedom.

John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

We know Jesus is ‘the truth’ and we know the Holy Spirit resides in us. 
Therefore we are co-heirs and co-workers with God, (Romans 8:17) seated in high and heavenly places, breaking strongholds in the spirit over every unbelieving heart and mind. 

As we praise & worship Jesus we are going into battle, hand in hand with God to defeat the works of the enemy.

When the walls of Jericho came down (Joshua 6:1-27) it wasn’t though brute force or human strength, it was through praise & worship.

I often reflect back to this bible story in my own life and imagine the problems I face as the walls of Jericho. 

One by one, the walls or strongholds of my life come down as I continue to praise & worship.

Through praise I’m declaring that my God is bigger than any difficulty I may face & stronger than any circumstance.

Through worship I am surrendering my own fleshly agendas and reaffirming my faith in Jesus, sure of His love for me.

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. 

Praise the Lord! 

Amen! 

Its all about the journey

There are times when I become frustrated about the speed in which my vision is moving at, which, I have to admit, feels very slow!

I find myself worrying a bit about being too old to pursue my dreams and visions and I know this isn’t good.

God reminded me that nothing is ever wasted when we are in Him.

I know that I have had to go through times of testing, times of perseverance and times of endurance as training for the real deal.

I’ve been through some pretty rough times and yet God has remained faithful and has been with me through every storm.

I needed to experience Gods power and love for me as a reality not just a nice idea.

God also reminded me that the journey I’m on is so much more than the destination that I have my heart set on. 

I am growing whilst I’m on this journey and I’m learning much more about who God is and who I am in Him.

God’s using this time in my life to: 

  1. cement firm foundations in Him
  2. to experience the safety and peace of His presence
  3. to reaffirm who I am in order to be who I will become.

Don’t despise the journey you’re on. Its moulding you and shaping you to be the person you are to become!

Hayley 😊

Redletters

Serenity

Pull, pull me up from the waters far below me,                                                    

Pull me up outside myself towards the sky.

Let my deepest, darkest fears sink to the bottom of the ocean,                                                        

Teach me once again the meaning to soar high.

And Oh God grant me the meaning of serenity,                                                                                     

To accept the things that I cannot change.

Give me grace to rise above this thorn that pierces my side,

As it twists like a knife, let me see your face.

Low I may be and the waves may crash upon me,

So much so that I can’t seem to see a light.

At the end of my dark tunnel there’s a hope that’s waiting for me,                                                     

I won’t let it slip away now from my sight.

Oh come now colour me in,                                                                                                                           

I don’t want to be a murky shade of grey.

I want to be how I used to be and be close to you again.                                                                        

I want to reflect the beauty of you and all your beautiful colours.

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