The role of the Spirit in Worship

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” But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s spirit people will worship the Father as really is offering Him. The true worship that he wants. God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship Him as he really is. ” – John 4: 23 – 24.

In this context, Jesus words to the Samaritan woman at the well come after the woman brought up in conversation with Jesus the subject of where is the ” better ” place to worship God ; on the mount Gerazim in Samaria or in Jerusalem – Jesus said ” Where you worship God is not really as important as How you worship God ” or in other words “ Do you know who you are worshiping? How do you relate to Him?

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In the Bible, in Exodus 3: 1 – 7,10, 13 – 15; God introduced himself to Moses by saying His name was ” I AM THAT I AM ” that means “ I exist or the self-existing One ” This name is echoed later by Jesus in John 8: 58 – Since God who is ” Omniscient, Omnipresent, Almighty, He can not be contained by a material structure ( or building ), representing a place of worship, no matter how magnificent it may be. ( 1 Kings 8: 27 ). God is most at home in the hearts of people who earnestly desire to worship Him. The act of worship must flow from hearts of people who worship God as He is, not as they want Him to be.

God created man in his image and we have been returning the favor ever since ( Genesis 1: 26 ); Adam existed by the breath of life which is the Spirit. The Spirit has God-consciousness; it knows God’s voice, fellowships with God, and has a very keen knowledge of God. After Adam fell, his spirit became dead. At the beginning, God said to Adam “ in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die “. After Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they continued to live a few hundred years. This shows that the death that God spoke was not only physical death. The death of Adam began from his spirit. What kind of death was this death?

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TO BE CONTINUE…..

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