Jun 14, 2012
Jesus to the woman at Jacob's well:
"Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." - John 4:21-24 KJV
So what does it mean to worship God? Does it mean to let our emotions take control over us and lead us into a kind of extasy? In how far should we be controlled by emotions, especially in a service when we worship God? The Bible says it clearly, we are to worship God in spirit and truth... We need to seek God in our spirit, and cling to the truth which is Jesus Christ.
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So how should we come before the Throne of God when we worship Him in the spirit? There are a few adjectives that come into my mind... meek, humble, pure, grateful, obedient, devoted... I am sure I have missed some of them... All these are attitudes do not fall from the sky, or originate from our emotions (no, they would always tell us to let go of our self-control and be imposant, arrogant, sinful, disobedient and unfaithful), but are formed while we grow in Jesus Christ. Our love for God should be a THANK YOU GOD, and the desire to PLEASE God and DO HIS WILL, not our own. Please do not forget that it is emotions that usually lead people into adultery... if they are not controlled... and it is emotions that drive a man to kill his wife for that, for example. Nah, no matter how you want to turn it... we are to control our emotions... not that I always managed, though. I am still a sinner and know about it. Pray for me, please... Oh, and when God convicts us of our sin, it will drive tears into our eyes because of the shame... That is an emotion, too... If people say they love God and mean their feelings twards Him, they may not have understood much... Loving God means doing His will, not bursting out in emotions. Sorry, but there is no Scriptural base for this view... And if our hope is not built on God's Word we might have missed big parts of the Bible, especially the New Testament... when Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my Commandments", just read the following verses:
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." - John 14:21-24 KJV
And this also speaks of love (charity):
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth..." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 KJV)
There is no word of any emotions... only that it rejoices in the truth. It is not emotional (that is "eros") but ACTION - do good to others, for example. That is pleasing God.
He wants us to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." - Yes, that is perfect! :-) So just let us leave the emotions out of it, and it will be great! I wonder if that is the reason why women are not allowed to be preachers.... they are just too emotional. :-) Hey, I am one of them, too!!! ;-)
When we cry while worshipping God, we should cry about our own sinful and pitiful self... Finally, love is much more than an emotion, and people who reduce God's love to their emotions have not understood what it is about at all... Their faith is usually good for them as long as it "does them good" and gives them "good feelings". When things do not turn out to be the way they wanted to have them, they usually run away very fast, and back into the world, provided they have ever had any faith in God at all. It is values like patience, persistence, longsuffering, charity, self-control, mercy, truth, justice that are the basics to the Christian faith - at least if you accept the Bible as the ground on which a Christian should walk. Praising God for the good things He has for us daily is a way of worship, admitting how great He is - how small I am... and to be grateful to Him that He loves me enough to give aways His own Son to die in my place for my sins, and to raise Him up so I can live with Him in Heaven one day and for all eternity.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8 KJV)
Jun 13, 2012
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The Love of God is shining down from Heaven, and if you have a close look, you can see God's smile reflected in the water...
Die Liebe Gottes scheint herab vom Himmel, und wenn du genau hinsiehst, kannst du sehen, wie sich Gottes Lächeln im Wasser widerspiegelt.
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