8/2/2004 6:43 AM
Title: WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
S: “.true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for
they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and
his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23, 24
O: Jesus, talking to the Samaritan woman, talks to her like he did to
Nicodemus. I never thought of this before, but Nicodemus is in the
chapter just preceding this one. With Nicodemus, Jesus ignored his
basic questions and went straight to the heart of the issue. He does
the same thing here in John 4 with the Samaritan woman. He simply
states that if she knew Him, she would want to worship Him because he
was the Christ. That’s one of the boldest claims of Christ ever. And
he does it – has the freedom to do it with the Samaritans, but not the
Spirit and Truth: Jesus is simply stating that this must be from
knowledge and the heart. We can’t worship on heart alone. We can’t
worship on truth alone. God has made us and designed us to be
intellectual and emotional people. He designed us that way. He wants
both parts of us to be part of what is happening. He desires us to
serve out of our knowledge and out of our hearts. He wants ALL of us in
worship, not just part of us in worship.
A: For me, that means I must move more into the spirit part. I think I
have always understood the “truth” since joining the Adventist church.
I believe the truth, I understand the truth, and I accept the truth.
But I need to continually move beyond that and allow my “spirit” or my
heart to be involved in what I do. I think that’s why I raise my hands
when I sing. I think that’s why I close my eyes when I sing. I want to
make sure my heart is getting engaged in what I do ALSO.
P: Lord, I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me. I pray for you to come
into my heart and to fill me with the Holy Spirit. I want to be filled
to overflowing and to never leave off the spirit part of my life. But I
pray, Lord, that I will also never swing so far away from you that I go
away from the truth side of things either. Please continue to guide me,
Title: GOD WAS MOVED – MERCY
S: “And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and
listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his
kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.” 2 Chronicles 33:13
O: Manasseh was a bad king. He didn’t do anything good in his entire
reign. As I read 2 Kings about him, it ended with his death. He died
bad. But Chronicles brought out that he turned to God and pleaded for
mercy and God did what he asked and Manasseh turned around and followed
God after that and totally served him by tearing down all that he had
built up over the years. It doesn’t give the time frame for all of
this, but at least in the waning years of his life he turned to God.
Kings says that his son, when he became king, forsook God. How did he
forsake him if he never knew of him? But Chronicles brings out that he
would have known him because of Manasseh’s turn around
A: No matter what I do, God wants me to turn and follow Him. He wants
that for everyone. No matter when I turn away and face off with people
and then write them off, that’s not what God is looking for. How many
foxhole conversions have really happened? How many deathbed conversions
are real? Probably a lot of them. I get two thoughts through this: 1)
God will take us as one of his whenever we accept him – even at the last
minute, and 2) Wouldn’t it do us more good if we would turn to him now?
P: Lord, I am glad the canon of scripture is already written. I’m glad
no one will write a chapter about all the evils Roger Walter, Senior
Pastor of The Adventure did, and all the rest of what he did, are they
not written in the annals of the pastors?
Lord, I want to commit myself to learning form these people. I want to
follow you each day, every day, all day and forever. But I pray that I
will not be blinded by all that I have to do, all that has been done or
all the good things I’m doing for the people in my church that I would
be going totally against you word and your will for my life. Somehow I
doubt Manasseh thought what he was doing was as outrightly evil as it
was. He was probably trained that it was the right thing. What do you
do with that?
Lord, I want to submit my ways to you. I want to submit my ideas to
you. I want to submit my ministry to you. I pray you will fill me with
the Holy Spirit. I pray you will fill me to overflowing. I pray you
come in and make me a man like you. I love you!