Who? do you worship?..

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 4:

19“Sir, I can see that you are a prophet,” the woman replied. 20“Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you people say that the place where one has to worship is in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).” 21Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Lady, believe me, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). 22 You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews. 23But the time is coming — indeed, it’s here now — when the true worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly, for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him. 24God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly.”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.4>

*words in parentheses are English for the Hebrew added by this author.

Do worshipers know who they are worshiping? Jesus tells this woman, “you people don’t know what you are worshiping.” The argument was between Jew and Samaritan and was over where to worship.  Jesus pointed to a greater difference; the Samaritan did not know what they were worshiping; the Jew knew who they worshiped and salvation would come through the Jews.  He then threw the argument over place away by prophesying the coming time when neither would worship in either place.  Then, all that is left is who to worship — God — in spirit and in truth.  Jesus was the gate to this change.

Worshipers worship a god.  Who that god is trumps anything else.  Worship is directed at the entity being worshiped.  If the worship is by music using lyrics, what is heard in the words?  If by prayer, again, words are telling.  If by actions, where’s the focus?

True worship, spiritual worship doesn’t need a specific time or place.  When that worship is God ward, it is true.  When it is directed and focused on the Lord it is spiritual.  God inhabits the praises of His people.  He must be the total focus of worship.  Then he visits; then he comes, when the praise is raised to him alone.

“God is spirit; and worshipers must worship him spiritually and truly.”  – Jesus

Pray – O Lord, may You always be the focus, the recipient of all my worship!

Repent – I’m sorry for the thing we’ve made it.  I’m bringing it back to you.  I will not be  silenced.

Ask – May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord.

Yes – You alone are worthy of all my praise and honor.  It isn’t about me; it’s about thee!

Source: John 4 and Psalms 19:15

 

“There are others I will gather…”

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 56:812; 57:1-2

 

The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”

All you beasts of the field, come to devour— all you beasts in the forest.

His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge; they are all silent dogs; they cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.

“Come,” they say, “let me get wine; let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure.”

The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.

The Lord does the gathering. We are the workmen – we share our knowledge of Him; then He does the gathering, He draws them into Himself. Those who should be watching, warning, seeing the signs and sharing the information, the warning are instead complacent, comfortable in their place of duty, sleeping, missing the signs and then saying all is well.

 

Those shepherds, entrusted with the watch over the sheep, sleep, do not understand and love their own comforts, lack the desire and will to do the work of the shepherd; therefore they are left behind for their focus is not on the sheep but on their own well-being. And so they say all is good when it is not, the righteous who see and know leave and no one notices the back door’s swinging.

Jesus said we will worship in spirit and in truth. We do not need a physical place to begin worship. We will see, understand and worship in the truth of the times. There are those who see, who understand and they are being gathered to a place of peace in the Lord, a place without boundaries, a place of understanding and truth. There are those who know who God is and what He says; they know what He can do; they know His Word will not return void but will accomplish what it sets out to do. They know what He says about them and what He says they can do. Their strength is drawn from His strength and spiritual bread. His Word abides within them and is active within them. They have no need of a physical structure and they know the truth of which He speaks.

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Who did this?!!!…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 10:5-14

  Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!

 Against a godless nation I send him, and against the people of my wrath I command him, to take spoil and seize plunder, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

 But he does not so intend, and his heart does not so think; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few;

 for he says: “Are not my commanders all kings?

 Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?

 As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols, whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,

  shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols as I have done to Samaria and her images?”

 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes.

  For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding; I remove the boundaries of peoples, and plunder their treasures; like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.

  My hand has found like a nest the wealth of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken, so I have gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved a wing or opened the mouth or chirped.”

Circumstances do not determine the condition of the heart and soul.  They do not confirm righteousness or ability.  Our heart condition, the health of our relationship with God determines that.  The king had success but deceived himself with thoughts of his own greatness and ability.  Pride goes before a fall; the greater they are the greater they fall.

We can take care of our inner self; keep it righteous in Christ, keep it tuned to the Spirit of God.  We can know who our source is and keep our thoughts and words full of His thoughts and words.

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One world, one God, one rule…

Ezekiel 37:24-28

“David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” ’

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What can we learn of God?  He loves His people.  He will give them one king and one shepherd.  The shadow of unity is apparent.  He desires that they follow His laws and His decrees.  We can differentiate between God’s laws and man’s laws.  He wants His people to be in the place He gave them, forever.  He desires to live among them, loving them and being loved by them.  He would have a sanctuary among them, a place of peace, rest, and safety.  He wants them to know Him.  He wants to be their God and them to be His people.  He wants all to know that He is God.

When God speaks it is so.  We can so count on him and his word!  Jesus came from David’s lineage, son of God, to rule over his people in unity, love, and bringing peace and a new covenant.

“…David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd;…”

God’s word fulfilled.  Jesus quotes scripture and tells us that He is the good Shepherd, He knows His sheep and they know His voice.  Can we see the parallel?

“…John 10:14  I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine….”

The Spirit overrules the physical.  The Spirit has no limits. The physical is limited by time and space.  We exist in Christ, in spirit and so can soar over the confines of the physical.

“…John 4:23  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….”

He has brought us to a place he gives.  He has provided a sanctuary within each of us and lives among us.  We have him in common providing a unity the world cannot sustain.  O how He loves you and me…

May this song minister to us this day:

click and listen or sing!

O How He Loves You and Me!

Song title: Oh How He Loves You and Me lyrics
by Kurt Kaiser

Oh, how He loves you and me,
Oh, how He loves you and me.
He gave His life, what more could He give;
Oh, how He loves you, Oh, how He loves me,
Oh, how He loves you and me.

Jesus to Calv’ry did go,
His love for mankind to show.
What He did there brought hope from despair.
Oh, how He loves you, Oh, how He loves me,
Oh how He loves you and me.

Oh, how He loves you and me,
Oh, how He loves you and me.
He gave His life, what more could He give;
Oh, how He loves you, Oh, how He loves me,
Oh, how He loves you and me.

Song title: Oh How He Loves You and Me Chords
by Kurt Kaiser

Share the light…

John 9:1-12

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.  I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”

Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.”

He said, “I am he.”

Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”

Then they said to him, “Where is He?”

He said, “I do not know.”

 Obedience brought healing.  Repeat:  obedience brings healing.  This man did as he was told and he was blessed for that.  The work of God was displayed in his life.  His eyes were opened that he might see and others around him were affected by that blessing as well.  Our eyes can be opened, God’s work can be displayed in our life as we are blessed for being obedient.  The eyes of the spirit can receive sight to see and understand the message sent to us by God for salvation from the wages of sin in our lives.  Jesus was the touch.  Jesus states he is the light of the world and God’s work must be done in the light.  “while it is day…”as long as we have access to Christ we will work the work he gives us.  He informs us that night is coming when we can’t.  He is the light by which we work, he is the light that gives the day in which to work. That work is living the life he gives, sharing the life he gives, passing on the blessing that he gives, being a part of the light that he is, so that  spiritual eyes around us that are blind may be opened to see his glory and receive his blessing as well.

True worship

Darkness tries to overcome light, but cannot succeed except by extinguishing it.  Death, our ultimate darkness, could not extinguish the light given to us by God.

John 4: 1-26

Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.  Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.  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.”

 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

 One never knows who the true seekers of God are.  We are so blind to the inner spirit of man.  Who would have thought, of all the people in this town, this woman would be in touch with the Spirit and would be open to its moving and its message.  This was a woman who came to the well when the others would not be there because of her lifestyle.  God knows the heart…be faithful to share and those seeking him will find him.

Living water…never thirst again…worship in spirit and truth, not tied down to ritual, a place, man’s laws or judgments. O, God, you are my God, and I will always love you; I will seek you in the morning, I will follow you all of my days.

What do you think?

Found this in a journal written last September.    Tell me what you think.

Psalm 49…my mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding…God will redeem my life from the grave, he will surely take me to himself. 

Proverbs..the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge… whoever listens to me will live in safety, and be at ease, without fear of harm.

I. Corinthians 2:13   this is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.  the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?”  But we have the mind of Christ.

II Timothy 3:16  All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in the righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

John 3:6  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit.  The wind goes where it will, you hear it, don’t know its origin or its resting place and so it is with everyone born of the Spirit.

We can say where we were born of water, who we came from, where we started.  We can even revisit that place.  We have never seen or been to the place of the Spirit but we are born of the Spirit and will return there even though we don’t know where it is.  We operate (function) in the Spirit and cannot explain to those not of the Spirit how it is.  We ‘see’ with the Spirit, ‘hear’ in the Spirit, ‘speak’ by the Spirit.  The Spirit illuminates God’s Word, brings us understanding as we read.  This is not: feelings, physical, emotional, intellectual.  It is another realm entirely- outside what is ‘normally’ seen or known.