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The Holy Spirit And Worship

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.” (John 4:23)

In practicing our Christian faith, we too often begin to live religiously and neglect the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit which is given to the believer by God. Our practice of worship, in particular, is sorely hindered by the lack of the Holy Spirit’s influence. God seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. The Holy Spirit gives us ears to hear the truth in God-centered preaching.

Preaching is indispensable to Christian spiritual worship. Without preaching, truth does not go forth and is lost. The Word of God is life to the believer. The Christian leans heavily upon those called to preach God’s Word for the truth of living in Christ. The Holy Spirit uses the preached Word to conform the believer’s heart and mind to Christ.

The Christian, however, must prepare himself for worship and to listen to God’s Word. If the night before Sunday service we are doing all the things that the rest of the world does, how can we expect our spiritual life to be strong? It is no wonder that our worship seems so shallow and we cannot remember the main points of the sermon.

Christian preaching/worship proclaims Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our Lord did not die on a cross in order for us to feel better about ourselves. He did not preach 12 steps to becoming financially wealthy and healthy all our lives. He died for us because we were already dead in sins. We had traded life for death. We had given away our peace with God in order to fulfill our passions and desires. If we have properly prepared ourselves for worship, the Holy Spirit will remind us of how great a salvation we have truly experienced through the grace of God. Such a perspective compels us to hang on the preacher’s every word that we might know Christ.

We must pray for the Holy Spirit to help us worship in such a manner. We must repent in prayer for the many the many times we have entered the House of God to worship and have not properly prepared our hearts and minds to benefit from the experience. We must pray for Jesus to be exalted and sin to be exposed in our hearts as we hear God’s Word. We must turn to God to wipe away all of our sins that we may worship Him in spirit and truth.


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