Devotional Thought for Today – 01/29/2021

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

John 4:7-30

This is a pretty familiar passage of scripture. Jesus comes to a well and there is a Samaritan woman there and He asks her to draw water for Him to drink. This sparks a conversation since Jews and Samaritan’s never conversed. 

That alone would be interesting but this woman is special because she is an outcast among her own people, having had many failed relationships.  Jesus confronts her with her sin and the Gospel, (the only way to make converts) and she repents.

Our main verse v.24 today is where Jesus makes it clear that worshiping God is not something to be taken lightly. God is not to be defined in human terms for God is not bound by human physical characteristics.  

“God is a spirit, and not a body, or a corporeal substance: the nature and essence of God is like a spirit, simple and uncompounded, not made up of parts; nor is it divisible; nor does it admit of any change and alteration. God, as a spirit, is immaterial, immortal, invisible, and an intelligent, willing, and active being; but differs from other spirits, in that he is not created, but an immense and infinite spirit, and an eternal one, which has neither beginning nor end: he is therefore a spirit by way of eminency, as well as effectively, he being the author and former of all spirits…” John Gill 

It pleases God when we remember this and Worship in a truly spiritual mannerwhich is suitable to his nature, and agreeably to his will.” – John Gill

God does not want or require some fancy production to worship Him corporately (church) nor high and pious words in our private prayer closet. All we need is given to us in the pages of His Holy Word. Maybe it is about time we used and relied upon God alone, Soli Deo Gloria!

Today’s Prayer; from Matthew Henry’s Method of Prayer:

Lord, grant that I may not be as a child, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the slight of men, but speaking the truth in love, may I grow up into Christ in all things, who is the head. Ephesians 4:14-15(KJV)

Lord, give me so to do thy will, as that I may know of the doctrine whether it be of God; John 7:17(KJV) and so to know the truth, as that the truth may make me free, John 8:32(KJV) may make me free indeed. John 8:36(KJV)

Enable me, I pray thee, to hold fast the form of sound words, which I have heard in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus, 2 Timothy 1:13(KJV) and to continue in the things which I have learned and been assured of. 2 Timothy 3:14(KJV)

 

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