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Thursday, June 9, 2011

6/10/11- Spirit and Truth John 4:23-24

This is part of a series on the Ten Commandments in the New Testament
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

(Karl Henry Bloch- Woman at the Well)

Thoughts: Spirit and Truth are not antithetical.  Freedom and holiness are not opposites.  Many say that rules and laws are limiting, but when the laws are just and people freely desire to do what is right, rules are not perceived as harsh or hard or constraining.  As America slinks away from its desire to listen to the scriputres, the scriptures then seem more and more antiquated and alienated.  But when the Spirit moves within us, we desire truth.  At Pentecost "what shall we do?" and "repent" were not harsh words, but welcomed words.  The call to repentance, when combined with the Spirit- means there is a way back.  But the call to repentance where there is no spirit seems as alien as someone bearing a placard saying, "Repent the End is Near."  What the Church in America needs is not just repentance, but a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit.  Christ longs for us to worship in both spirit and truth. 

Prayer: Help me, Holy Spirit, to worship you.  Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.  Fall afresh on me, and not just on me, but on all of us. 

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