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Wherever You Are, Worship in Spirit and Truth

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I am reminding us about the importance of worshiping in truth and in spirit.

We are approaching summer, and I must say that I am so grateful that June is finally here. This is the time of year for travel and fun times with family and friends.

With that thought in mind, however, it is also those summer months where we can be most thrown off our routine. This reminds me of the importance of always remembering to worship in spirit and in truth, whether you’re in the comforts of your own home, or you’re off somewhere on vacation.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship, while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors had worshiped.

Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

Jesus was teaching us that all of that other stuff that sometimes we may place more emphasis on is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit.

This summer, if your schedule is all over the place, just remember these words when you do worship: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, worship in spirit and truth.

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In Spirit and In Truth, Worship God

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for you: are you worshiping in spirit and in truth?

I’m asking this question because I’m reflecting on the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors worshiped. Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my own practices and experiences, which made me recognize that sometimes we can size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I’ve been to some churches where a person’s worship is determined by their dress.

Yet what Jesus teaches us in this passage is that everything else is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So, the next time we’re getting ready to worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in truth and in spirit.

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Stand in Our Truth

B Moments, truth

Most of our day we spend doing…This is our moment to be.

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, let us focus on standing in our truth.

Recently, I had the pleasure of listening to a candidate make a presentation as to why she should be elected to a prominent local school council. Also presenting that night were several very impressive candidates with advanced degrees and fantastic resumes.

Unshaken, this parent stepped forward knowing that she didn’t have the credentials of the other parents, yet standing strong in her deep passion to serve the students.

She lit the room up. Standing in her truth, she refused to shrink in their presence.

When the votes were tallied, this mom, who stood in her own light, was elected unanimously.

Let us choose to shine our light while clinging to these words: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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Heaven Rejoices When You Stand in Your Truth

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of standing in our truth.

I had this thought as I was listening to a candidate make a presentation as to why she should be elected to my son’s local school council.

There were a number of extremely impressive candidates who had gone before her, including a few lawyers, former and current local school council officeholders, and several accountants. So, this parent stepped forward knowing that she didn’t have the credentials of the parents who had gone before her.

However, what she did have was a deep passion and the capacity to serve the children in the school.

She lit the room up.

She gave examples of how she tirelessly motivated those around her, of how she would reach out to parents if elected, and of the way she had participated in various fundraising efforts.

When she stepped up there, she stood in her truth. She didn’t compare herself to the credentials of others, or even feel small in their presence. Instead she stayed true to herself and her strengths.

After the voting, I realized that many of the attorneys didn’t make it to the council, but this woman, who had stood powerfully in her own light, was elected unanimously.

She reminds us of the importance of standing in our truth, just like these words that I’d like us to cling to: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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So today, no matter the appearances, stand in your truth.

Worship God in Truth and in Spirit

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for us. I’m asking if we are worshiping in spirit and in truth.

I had this thought because I am still reading and reflecting on the Scripture about when Jesus had an exchange with a Samaritan woman at a well.

Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet and that made her inclined to ask him about many things. One of the questions that she asked was why Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while Samaritans claimed the correct place was at Mt Gerizim where their ancestors worshiped.

Jesus replied that the truth was that the time was coming when it would no longer matter whether one worshiped the Father here or there because true believers worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my practices because there are so many various notions that we come up with as to who’s actually worshiping genuinely and who’s not. Sometimes we size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I have been to a number of churches where something as simple as a person’s dress makes others believe they know about the quality of that person’s worship.

However, in this passage, Jesus says that that’s immaterial to him. He’s more interested that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So the next time we are entering into a place of worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in spirit and in truth.

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Speaking the Truth in Love

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This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how avoiding confrontation isn’t always right. Recently, we talked about using our words to speak into another’s destiny. Most often, we’ll see these words as very positive words of encouragement.

Conversely, confrontation involves using a more matter-of-fact tone which may be uncomfortable for most, but it may be the most effective way to reach a loved one who has gone astray.

This is surely the approach that the prophet Nathan used with King David.

David was someone who Nathan loved and respected, so he was certainly in David’s corner. However, when David sinned greatly, Nathan chose to call him on it.

David slept with another man’s wife, and had the man killed.  This man’s wife, Bathsheba, also became pregnant with David’s child.

David’s actions crossed so many lines and were so far gone, that Nathan knew the most effective recourse would be to confront David, so he did. David responded with humility and acknowledged his wrongdoing.  In other words, he did not hold it against Nathan, which is what most of us fear.  

I find this passage to be very instructive.  Personally, I am inclined to keep the peace, and resist confrontation.  Or, I will look for a situation to escalate a little more before I reach the point of confrontation.

Going forward, I’m going to remember this passage and how Nathan confronted David, someone he loved and respected.

The Words that teach me are, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, that is Christ,” Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)

Tomorrow, let’s talk about diffusing wrath. Please share this reflection, because others desire to be inspired.

So today, seek God first and if you are so led, confront the one you love.