Spirit and Truth
“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. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” -John 4:23-24
Today I want to warn you about one of the dangers we face in many of our worship settings: emotionalism. Many of us who have grown up in church, myself included, have felt like they needed to be saved more than once. Maybe you have even gone down to the altar a couple of times to be saved. These moments are typically during extremely emotion-driven worship experiences. The music is loud, someone shares their testimony about how God changed their life in Africa, everyone’s crying and hugging, and then there’s a big altar call. That’s how it works, right?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all of the above is bad. moving music is great. Emotion in worship is good. Being open to sharing your emotions is good. Testimonies are certainly good; after all, we overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). And altar calls are an opportunity for people to make a decision publically, which is also good.
Let me tell you what is bad, though. Emotionalism in worship is bad. When your worship and your choices are based solely on how you feel, then you are in danger of being destroyed by the enemy. If the foundation of your faith is strictly an emotional experience, then Satan will attack you with negative emotions. When hard times come, your faith withers away because it is not based on emotion and truth.
This is why God wants people to worship him in spirit and truth. We should be moved by the Spirit and knowledgeable of God’s Word. When we know who God is and we have felt his presence in our lives, then we are strong in our faith and less likely to fall away from the gospel.
Is your faith based on how you feel? Don’t feel bad, because you’re not alone. This is very prevalent in America. However, strive for deep truth in your walk with God, too. Read the bible for yourself and meet with God. Dig your roots deep into him, and allow yourself to be moved by his great love. In this you will find true worship.