Why do we worship God? And under what circumstances do we worship God? What is considered worshiping? These are all very good questions, and questions that the Word of God has given us answers to.
It seems that today [in America especially], we worship the worship. And what I mean by that is that we admire the idea of worshiping, and that’s as far as people get. They don’t actually understand how to worship God.
John 4:24- “God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality). [Amplified Bible]
What does the verse above mean to you? How do you interpret this verse? It simply says that we need to worship God in the spirit, because He Himself is a Spirit. Let me give you another example. How can we see something spiritual with our physical eyes? We cannot. In order to comprehend something in the spiritual realm, we need to have spiritual eyes in order to comprehend it. In order to understand and comprehend something from the physical, we need physical senses in order to observe it.
Now, does this mean we cannot worship God physically? Absolutely not. This means that we are first to worship God in the spirit before we worship Him physically. This means that we need to be led by our spirit. Our spirit needs to lead our physical body into whatever action it may be. Today, many people within the American church [and internationally] worship God in the physical with hands raised, speaking in tongues [another post concerning this type of worship that has fooled many Charismatics], prophesying, etc., but are not actually worshiping God. They have some form of godliness, but they are not led by the spirit.
It all comes back to being led by the Spirit of Yahweh. We are not to do anything on our own initiative. Furthermore, most Christians today only worship God when something fortunate or positive has happened in their lives. I don’t see very many Christians worshiping in spirit when things are not going well [when they are in the valley]. To these people, it’s not logical to worship God when times are hard. Why should we worship when things are going bad for us?
Because God is always there [Psalm 139:7-10].
Hebrews 13:5- “Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]. [Amplified Bible—brackets are included in the version]
We are told in the passage above that God will never leave us, nor forsake us. He is never going to give you more than you can handle. Trials and tribulations are things that should provoke spiritual worship, but many times in our lives, it steers us away from worshiping. But God tells us that He is not going anywhere, and that we sincerely need to be looking to Him for everything.
“Worship” has many different variations and purposes, but the state in which we worship needs to be the same. Physical worship is a disservice if we are not in the spirit.
1 John 4 speaks of discerning spirits. There are spirits that are in this world today that claim and mask themselves as coming from God, but are deceiving. But the most interesting thing about this is that no Christian will ever admit that they might have encountered or had been led by an evil spirit. Sadly, most Christians [by name only] are being led by false spirits. Just as Satan is cloaking himself as a righteous being [this is spoken of throughout Revelation], spirits are cloaking themselves to trick you. Not all worship “to God” is Godly.
Jesus was able to heal anyone He wanted to. He was 100% God and 100% man [200% doctrine], but He didn’t heal everyone that was sick during his 3 year ministry. Neither did the disciples. But why was this?
John 5:30- “I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord—but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.” [Amplified Bible—all included in version]
Jesus, while He was here on earth, did not do what He wanted. I assume He might have wanted to heal some people that He did not, and this is because the Father did not command Him to. My purpose for this is that just because we have the ability to heal people, speak in tongues [not magical languages] and prophesy does not mean that we are to utilize that gift every chance we get. If this is the case, then what does the following passage mean?
Matthew 7:22- “Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?” [Amplified Bible]
This verse is speaking to those who utilized their gift outside of the Will of the Father. We have to allow Yahweh to direct our steps. Even if we do all the upright and righteous things, but are not in the Will of the Father, we are disobeying God and going against His Will. In other words, we do not determine what is right, Yahweh does.
We cannot slip into that mode of doing what we think is right, and abandoning what Yahweh might be wanting to tell us. We have to be attentive to what the Father wants. As will come in a later post, true disciples of Jesus are cutting their heads off, and living with the mind of Christ. We are to give up what we want in this world, and live completely surrendered to the Will of the Father. It is no longer our lives, but Him living through us.
If there was a tagline for this post, it would be this:
We are to worship God in all things [spiritually], but those “all things” [those events in our lives] are to be governed by Yahweh.
Allow God to drag you through the valley of suffering as well as lift you up and raise on you the highest mountaintops.
Philippians 4:11-12- “Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.” [Amplified Bible—all included in version]
Paul is telling us to be thankful and to be content [to be okay with] with the situation we are in. God is watching our every move, and is able to help us and guide us through our trials. Trials are necessary in order to understand what a blessing is. How do you know what darkness is if you have only experienced light?
Be thankful in all things, and worship in all things. Be content, and face each situation with contentment knowing that Yahweh is going to carry you through it. Though it doesn’t mean that trials won’t be painful. Jesus suffered, and we will too. A life of prosperity is not what Jesus preached, but unfortunately many Christians believe this. This is a time of suffering and trials, in order to mature us as Sons and Daughters and for life within Yahweh [Read John 17:3].
Meditate on these things, and stay in the spirit.