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There’s something amazing that happens when we are in worship to God. First we realize that God is a Spirit. Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) So there is a process as we “truly” worship.
So we must worship in truth. Meaning, our worship must be real. Legit. From our actual desire to worship Him. That’s what it means to worship in truth, the second part of what Jesus said. When we are putting on a show, the true worshiper is not present. We must become true worshipers. (vs 23) We can discuss that another time.
We worship in “spirit.” Why do we worship in spirit? What does that mean?
Well, we worship in spirit because God is a Spirit. THE Spirit. To truly worship Him we have to get beyond the flesh part and worship Him from within. Many struggle with this and the mind constantly fights it because in the flesh it “just don’t make no sense.” But within the Realm of the Kingdom of God, it makes perfect sense.
As we seek to do this, worship in spirit, the guy/gal inside us begins to communicate with God. In ways the brain/flesh cannot totally understand. But as it happens, there are a number of things that “shift” within us. One of those things is that the spirit (small case “s” = our spirit) becomes engaged with God’s Spirit (AKA, His Presence, AKA, the Holy Spirit). As this happens, the mortal part of us (AKA our flesh, AKA our brain), takes a back seat. It literally becomes subject to the spirit. Our spirit. The thinking part gets out of the way and the spirit begins to commune with God and this affects every part of the body. Not just the spirit.
When you are in a classroom or training, you sit and learn. You make yourself submissive to the one teaching you or you simply do not learn. One of the struggles we all have in our lives as Christians is becoming fully submissive to God. Even when we want to learn from Him. By worshipping in the spirit, the part of us that tends to get in the way acquiesces, and the part that desperately wants God takes control, allowing the Spirit to begin to teach.
The greatest part is that while this is happening, the brain, the part most often in the way, becomes trained and refreshed. It learns things as the spirit makes it sit down by handing everything over to God during worship.
Have you ever seen a person kind of “losing it” while they worship God? Maybe they shake? Maybe they are jerking a little bit? Maybe they can’t even remain standing. During worship many time, the Holy Spirit “invades” the natural. Meaning He works from the Spiritual Realm to effect the natural realm. His presence becomes so strong that it seems to physically touch the human body. We must grasp the fact that God is the most powerful “Thing” in the Universe. Understanding that to be true, it’s much easier to understand why a person’s body can be affected by His Presence. He is a power that the physical must reckon with. Put your finger in a light socket and the whole body, toe to head, is affected. Keep in mind, God’s Presence is much more powerful than electricity. Naturally, as He touches us, we will react.
Now, back to the brain. Much of what we learn about our encounter with God happens to the spirit but the mind retains that understanding. That is what I mean when I say that the brain learns or is taught. But it’s not just understanding what God is doing that the brain begins to see. Much of what can happen in worship is intended for the brain.
As the spirit opens the door of communication with God, He begins talking to us. Sometimes, it’s subtle. Sometimes it’s with a mega horn. These messages can be about anything. It might be directed at our giftings. Maybe it’s an answer to prayer. Maybe it’s a new direction He wants you to go. It could be a sudden inspiration for a new invention. A new work of art. Or, in my own case, the outline to a new book (twice).
So it stands to reason that we want to hear from God all the time, right? The Word of God says, “Pray without ceasing.” In fact, it says:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice? Pray? Give thanks? Be in God’s will? Kind of sounds like worship to me. How do we hear from God all the time? Be in worship all the time. I know, easier said than done. But maybe if we could just get started in that direction???