True Worship – Pleasing God

True Worship
Summary

Matthew 15:8-9 Contemporary English Version (CEV) “All of you praise me with your words, but you never really think about me. 9 It is useless for you to worship me, when you teach rules made up by humans..”

Something to think about:
Jesus wants us to please Him in our worship. He no longer meets His children only in certain places. God is Spirit, He lives in us. Some of us follow a habit; “go to church”. We must learn to adore Him in any place. We can worship in our cars, in houses, stores; in all places. Get to know the truth, this Bible study is a simple start. [Read Acts 7:44-50 (key verse: 48); Colossians 3:1-11 (key verse: 11); Ephesians 4:1-6 (key verse: 6)]
Key Points:
  1. Be a gift—full of life to God, loyal to his work and a joy to him. [Read Romans 1:2]
  2. Give honor and glory to God. Follow the Holy Spirit and the word of God.
  3. Let the Holy Spirit guide you into the truth. The word of God is truth. [Read John 17:6-19 (key verse: 17)]

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True Worship
Introduction
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“Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer”
Romans 12:1b (GNT)

True worship‘ is it “going to church” on a regular—living there (always there for everything while neglecting their families) for some—proudly saying what you don’t do? Is true worship about the “thou shall not’s” in the Law—the do not’s of the church?

  • “I do not use profanity”
  • “I do not smoke or drink” (meaning alcoholic beverages)
  • “I do not lie” and the list goes on.

Many years ago my worship was like the Pharisee Jesus used in a parable in Luke 8 ‘…God, I thank you that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax gatherer. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.…’. Now I know that we must be careful ‘…whoever makes himself look more important than he is will find out how little he is worth. Whoever does not try to honor himself will be made important..’ [read Luke 18:9-14]. God had to reveal ‘true worship’, I fault no one but myself, we must seek God and God alone to learn how to please Him.

Pleasing God with true worship: Psalm 51:17 (KJV) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Never did I stop to ask God what He required; I know you are not like that—self-righteous—guy I used to be. My ‘church’ experience was attending every service, three to four times a week, no such thing as timed-services (a set time to end our worship service). We were Acts 2:38 ‘holy-rollers’ and knew we were pleasing God in our manner of worship.

Do not get me wrong, I thank God for that experience and the foundation that it gave me. And I do realize times have changed, especially with the mega-church requiring multiple services in a day. So, I am not bashing any particular form of religion; but God had to enlighten me on true worship and it is very different from what I practiced.

Developing true worship: Romans 12:1-2 (GNT) So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. 2 Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

Pray for full understanding while you study God’s word, allow the Holy Spirit to help you understand His word. If you have questions please ask via a comment below or email Tim. Take this three-part journey with me through the Scriptures with an open mind and maybe God will reveal true worship to you. If this study does nothing more than plant a seed that will develop over time—most change takes time—the word has not returned void.

True Worship
Part One
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God is Spirit: and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24 (RKJNT)

True Worship

John 4:21-24 (RKJNT) Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes when you shall worship the Father neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem. 22 You do not know what you worship: we know what we worship: for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. 24 God is Spirit: and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Do you know what it means to worship God? Satan tried to get Jesus to worship him. But did he really know how to worship?

Matthew 4:9 (RKJNT) And said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me.

True – The word true used by Jesus in John 4:24 means truthful (alethinos) from the root word alethes (true). Which of the following definitions apply to “true” as in ‘true worshippers’?
  1. agreeing with the facts: not false
  2. real or genuine
  3. having all the expected or necessary qualities of a specified type of person or thing
Worship – The word worship in John 4:23-24 is from proskuneo (pros-koo-neh’-o):
  • to fawn or crouch to; to fall face down (prostrate) in adoration; a physical act of lowering oneself in humble submission with an attitude of utmost adoration or respect [Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries]
  • in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication [Thayer and Smith. “Greek Lexicon entry for Proskuneo”]
  • To understand why Jesus used the phrase ‘true worshippers’ {the word worshippers is only used once in the KJV} we must consider background details. Jesus gave one clue in verse 22 “You do not know what you worship:” keep in mind He was talking to a non-Jew (Samaritan). But is that the reason He used ‘true worshipper’? Consider the following scriptures before deciding.

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Isaiah 29:13 (EXB) The Lord says: “These people worship me [come near to me] with their mouths, and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship [awe; fear] is based on nothing but human rules [commandments that have been taught]. [draw near, come near and fear in KJV come from nagash (naw-gash’) {Mickelson} to worship]

Jeremiah 7:8-12 (ESV) “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord. 12 Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it because of the evil of my people Israel.

Matthew 15:7-9 (RKJNT) You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people honours me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me. 9 But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Matthew 2:11 (RKJNT) And when they had come into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 28:9 (KJV) And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Acts 10:25-26 (CEB) As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in order to honor him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Get up! Like you, I’m just a human.”

1 Corinthians 14:24-25 (GNT) But if everyone is proclaiming God’s message when some unbelievers or ordinary people come in, they will be convinced of their sin by what they hear. They will be judged by all they hear, 25 their secret thoughts will be brought into the open, and they will bow down and worship God, confessing, “Truly God is here among you!”

This was just a portion of what we should know about true worship. Please continue with part two ‘spirit’. Pray for full understanding while you study God’s word, allow the Holy Spirit to help you understand God’s word. If questions please give your feedback via comment below or email Tim. Have a special day and take time to worship God in Spirit and truth—be blessed—Tim.

Scriptures to read and study

True Worship
Part Two

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Since we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also be guided. Galatians 5:25 (ISV)

Worship in Spirit

John 4:21-24 (RKJNT) Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes when you shall worship the Father neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem. 22 You do not know what you worship: we know what we worship: for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. 24 God is Spirit: and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Welcome to part two of this three-part series, the focus today is spirit (in spirit). What does ‘in spirit’ mean?

Philippians 3:3 (RKJNT) For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh,

Philippians 3:3 (EXB) [For] We are the ones who are truly circumcised [(true) circumcision]. We worship [serve] God through [or in] his Spirit, and our pride is [we boast/glory] in Christ Jesus. We do not put trust [reliance; confidence] in ourselves or anything we can do [human ability/effort; the flesh],

Philippians 3:3 (AMP) For we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit and by the Spirit of God and exult and glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances—

In spirit
In – The word in used by Jesus in John 4:23-24 means give self wholly to. {1 Timothy 4:6–5:2; Titus 2:11-14}
Spirit – The word spirit in John 4:23-24 is from pneuma (pnyoo`-mah): there are many definitions for this word, I chose the one that seemed to represent the word as it is used in context in John 4:1-26
  • (divinely) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit [Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries]

Luke 10:21 (RKJNT) In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes: yea, Father; for so it seemed good in your sight. {Luke 10:21-24 and Matthew 11:25-27}

John 6:63 (ERV) It is the Spirit that gives life. The body is of no value for that. But the things I have told you are from the Spirit, so they give life.

John 7:37-39 (RKJNT) On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. 38 He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this he spoke of the Spirit, which those who believe in him were to receive: for the Holy Spirit had not yet been given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

1 Corinthians 2:13-14 (ERV) When we say this, we don’t use words taught to us by human wisdom. We use words taught to us by the Spirit. We use the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 People who do not have God’s Spirit do not accept the things that come from his Spirit. They think these things are foolish. They cannot understand them, because they can only be understood with the Spirit’s help.

Romans 7:6 (NIRV) But now we have died to what used to control us. We have been set free from the law. Now we serve in the new way of the Holy Spirit. We no longer serve in the old way of the written law.

Spirit of Truth

John 14:17-18 (RKJNT) That is the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see him, neither does it know him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless:I will come to you.

John 15:26 (RKJNT) But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:13 World English Bible (WEB) However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming.

There are far too many scriptures to use here, so they will be added in the blog (as much as possible). Hope to see you tomorrow for part two ‘spirit’. Pray for full understanding while you study God’s word, allow the Holy Spirit to help you understand God’s word. If questions please give your feedback via comment below or email Tim. Have a wonderful day and take time to worship God in Spirit and truth—be blessed—Tim.

Scriptures to read and study

True Worship
Part Three

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“Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:”
John 14:6a (RKJNT)

Worship In Truth

John 4:21-24 (RKJNT) Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes when you shall worship the Father neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem. 22 You do not know what you worship: we know what we worship: for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. 24 God is Spirit: and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Yeah, you made it to the last of this three-part series, the focus today is truth. TRUTH is a moral and personal characteristic of God: He is “the God of truth” (Isaiah 65:16) (from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary)

John 17:15-16 (CEV) and 17 (AMP) Father, I don’t ask you to take my followers out of the world, but keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They don’t belong to this world, and neither do I. 17 Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

In truth

In truth – The phrase ‘in truth‘ in John 4:23-24 is from aletheia (al-ay’-thei-a): objectively
  • what is true in any matter under consideration
    • truly, in truth, according to truth of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly
  • Absolute truth is the knowledge of God, the ground of all relative truth and being. (from McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia)

What is Truth?

Ephesians 1:13-14 (RKJNT) In him you also, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: having also believed, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 4:21 (RKJNT) If indeed you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 Then put off the old man, which belongs to your former life, which is corrupt through deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your minds; 24 And put on the new man, who, in the likeness of God, is created in true righteousness and holiness.

Psalm 119:160 (NKJV) The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

Mark 12:14 (RKJNT) 14 And when they had come, they said to him, Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and defer to no man: for you do not regard the position of men, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?

Other scriptures

John 3:20-21 (NIRV) “Everyone who does evil things hates the light. They will not come into the light. They are afraid that what they do will be seen. 21 But anyone who lives by the truth comes into the light. He does this so that it will be easy to see that what he has done is with God’s help.”

John 8:32 (KJV) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

1 John 3:18-19 (KJV) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

11 John 4:6 (KJV) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

John 14:17-18 (RKJNT) That is the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see him, neither does it know him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless:I will come to you.

John 15:26 (RKJNT) But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:13 World English Bible (WEB) However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming.

Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. Philippians 4:8 (VOICE)

Scriptures to read and study
True Worship Conclusion

1 Corinthians 10:1-11 (RKJNT) For I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And all ate the same spiritual food; 4 And all drank the same spiritual drink: for they drank from that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6 Now these things are examples for us, so we should not lust after evil things, as they lusted. 7 Nor be idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Let us not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. 9 Nor let us tempt the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. 10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples: and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come.

Is the true worship of God merely attending church services regularly? Doing good, paying tithes and giving offerings? Are any of those mentioned in the study? At some point we will address each of the preceding questions. Would you like to know what role attending church services, doing good, paying tithes and giving offerings play in worship?

Let me know your thoughts and please do not give me your opinion, support what you share with Scripture. Until our next meeting, please do what you can to learn more about the God we worship and what He requires. Have a fantastic day and take time for true worship of God, in Spirit and truth—be blessed—Tim.

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