“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve likely come to understand that worship is far more than singing a pre-selected set of songs on Sunday morning. Worship is the very thing that fuels our days. Everything can be an act of worship. However, there are three key ingredients to living a life of intentional worship.
True worship begins with adoration, or praise and thanksgiving, from a heart that genuinely magnifies the Lord. Adoration is devotion out of love that is overwhelmed by His beauty, strength, and majesty. It is love in response to the One who first loved us (Romans 5:8). This can manifest itself in a variety of ways—through song, through speech, and prayer. And that leads us to our second ingredient…
The Bible compares prayer to incense offered up in worship. When we pray, we pour our hearts out to Christ as a fragrant offering. We ask for forgiveness and intercede for others. We ask for direction and clarity, comfort, healing and peace. We also listen for His response. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 reminds us, “Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
The final component for living a life of intentional worship can be challenging. In today’s society, obedience to God’s Word is often regarded as old-fashioned, uncool and unimportant. Regardless, God values our obedience and submission more than anything else we offer Him. It is so important, my dear friends, to not only read the Bible but to live out its truth in loving obedience every day. James 1:22 says, “But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” Obedience to His voice is better than any sacrifice we can offer.
The Highest Law is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Understand the desire to obey Yeshua, comes first!
(it is my intention to relieve the negative thoughts/criticism that come with the word obedience)
There is a confusion of what Christ expects of us & what others (like a Pastor, etc) tells us, Yeshua expects of us!
This is why guidance from the Holy Spirit directly to you is vital!
The more time we spend personally, individually, just basking in His Presence (that closer-relationship stuff), we begin to trust the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
We are no longer obeying words in a book, we obey the Living God, through our established trust with the Holy Spirit.
Yeshua left so we could have this!
This very vital, modern day direction!
He is called The Guide
Guide” (noun) is the translation of ‘alluph, “an intimate,” “a friend,” the leader of a family or tribe: Psalms 55:13
once of katsin, “a judge,”a military leader or commander” (compare Joshua 10:24; Daniel 11:18); Proverbs 6:7, the Revised Version (British and American) “chief,” margin “judge”; once nahagh, “to lead,” (Psalms 48:14
(13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come.–Comp. Note on John 14:17.
He will guide you into all truth.–Better, . . . into all the truth. The words do not mean that the Holy Spirit will fully guide them into truth, but that He will be their guide into the fulness of truth. The word rendered “guide,” occurs again in Matthew 15:14; Luke 6:39; Revelation 7:17; and metaphorically, as here, in Acts 8:31. A comparison of these passages will show that its meaning is “to point out the way,” “to lead one on his way.” The fulness of truth is for the disciples an unknown territory. They are spiritually as blind men, feeling after the truth, but not able to see it. The Spirit of Truth will take them by the hand, and, step by step, as they have strength to follow, will guide them into the territory, and unfold to them the treasures it contains. The promise has a special meaning for the disciples to whom it was spoken; but it holds good for every disciple who seeks to know the truth. We may pray,–without doubt that the prayer is in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and without doubt that it will be answered–
a higher than human guidance Matthew 13:52
We must again be on our guard against drawing limits which Christ has not drawn.
(spelling mistakes in quotes above, direct copy/paste from site)
The Holy Spirit frees us from boundaries, laws, rules, regulation/tradition, we have made for ourselves! (humanity)
We become free of the law, the guilt & shame, law induces.
Through the Holy Spirit, total reliance on Him, that obedience becomes 2nd nature, done without thought, subconsciously! 😀
Programmed by the Holy Spirit! 😀
It is a step-by-step process, tailored for you personally by Elohim Himself, by The Father of Creation Himself! 😀
May you experience the very intimate guidance of the Holy Spirit, in Yeshua’s holy name, amen. 😀