John Hagee (January-12-2021) Daily Devotional: John 4:24 - God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
If you read John 4, you know that the Samaritan woman whom Jesus had just met began to debate with Him about which mountain they should worship on. Jesus responded that worship doesn’t have anything to do with a place; it’s about how you worship. It has to do with what’s inside you. It has to do with the heart of worship—it must be in spirit and in truth.
That debate is not unlike what we sometimes hear today. Should we sing this way or that way, clap or not, lift our hands or not? Should we use a band like we’re at a concert? Or, should we sit in silent reflection? Do we really think that God prefers one over the other? I think what He said to Samuel still rings true today: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Regardless of the style or quality of the music, regardless of the enthusiasm, regardless of the appearance, you might not have God’s presence. It’s only when you have the heart of worship that you have the privilege of being in His presence.
God is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Today's Blessing: Heavenly Father, bless us this day. Keep us, watch over us, guard us and guide us. Let Your goodness and Your mercy follow us. Let Your grace shower down upon us and Your mercy saturate every area of our lives. Allow us to walk today with the attitude of praise, knowing that no matter what we go through, no matter what we’re facing, no matter where we’ve been, You deserve all the glory. You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and we magnify You. In Jesus’ name, we receive this blessing.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Genesis 26:17-27:46
- New Testament - Matthew 9:1-17
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 10:16-18, Proverbs 3:9-10