John 4:24 – “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth”. (Source)
Friends, I hope you are having a wonderful day! This verse just grabbed me today as I was doing my daily reading. I recall so many times when I was younger asking the question, HOW do I pray to God? I used to hear the preachers explaining to me how to do this and I could never get it to click. Perhaps I am wiser now that I am older, who knows.
One thing I realized that in order to worship God, I must FIRST know and truly believe in all of my heart that Christ is my Lord and Savior and honor the ultimate sacrifice He made for me so that I may be saved and love Him with that same heart. Second, I must be willing to leave all worldy desires “at the door” and put my whole self into praying to God and giving Him thanks for ALL things (good, bad, indifferent). Then asking for His will for me with all endeavours and truly desire with my entire being to serve His will. THAT is what worshipping Him in spirit and truth means to me.
The next verse I was thinking about comes from the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah 55:8-9 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. (Source)
This is such a brilliant verse and it just makes it easier for me to be humble when it comes to what God slowly lays out for me when I am like “What in the world does God have planned for this?”
It is amazing how when things are going horrible and in the moment there is so much lack of discernment and not knowing which direction to look. Then when the other side of the issue comes around, we are able to see the masterpiece in which God created from all the things that were happening in that situation whether it is good or bad.
One thing that just hit home is when I was really digging into the story of this gentleman that was an online streamer and did really well. He unfortunately ended up taking his own life due to the situations that began earlier on in his life (out of respect and privacy to his family and friends, I won’t go into specific details). I looked at his story from a spiritual perspective. Just watching what he was doing for so many people and what he was creating, was amazing. He changed so many lives and God was using him to reach out to so many people with the gifts God gave him. I really wished he could have seen it from that perspective.
If we take a moment and ask for discernment to see the bigger picture, things won’t seem so bad. If everyone in the world would take the time to get out of themselves and look to have the “servant’s heart” I mentioned in a prior post, this world would be a much better place to live.
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Until next time, my brother and sister in Christ, God bless!