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Thursday, October 08 2015

John 4:21 - Jesus said to her, woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you shall neither worship the Father in this mountain nor yet in Jerusalem.
It's interesting that leading to this verse Jesus was discussing with the Samaritan woman the 'living water' and its overpowering effect on the individual - helping to purify and make the individual whole and sinless. That is the effect you get when you receive the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and saviour.

During this awe-inspiring conversation, Jesus exposed the secret lifestyle of this woman and, obvious to her that there was no more place to hide, she owned up. I pray that we will not continue to dwell in the fool's paradise where we assume that our hideous lifestyle is hidden, because God is omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent; we cannot hide from him; we should own up and turn away from the direction of sin and self destruction.

Jesus also revealed to the woman the soon coming dispensation where the place of worship will neither be in the mountains or in Jerusalem, which dispensation is now as we see in Heb 12:22 - 24.

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels; To the general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect; And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better things than the blood of Abel.

Our place of worship is the spiritual city of the Living God, not to a fixed place or address or at a particular time of day or week, but anywhere anytime any day we are connected to this glorious city. As God's ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), we must show forth to the world the nature and lifestyle of this kingdom by living that very life. No more of just coming regularly to church activities and lifting up 'holy' hands but then living differently at home, the work place or in our business dealings. Living as the world lives when we are in their midst robs us of the opportunity to show forth the light of him that saved us and called us to be His ambassadors and makes it impossible to win those that are still alien to this kingdom; in other words we are fruitless and face damnation from the God that loved us and sacrificed His son for us - shall the God of the whole earth not do right - it is righteous of God to judge. The question is this - on which side are we? Are we bearing fruit worthy of commendation or are we fruitless and deserving of condemnation.

Jesus saw a fig tree and, expecting to find fruit in it, found none. He cursed the fig tree to die from its roots and the tree died shortly after (Mark 11:14, 20-21). I pray that we will not be found fruitless like that fig tree. The Samaritan woman, as soon as she perceived that it was the Lord speaking, went out to spread the news and changed her ways to live a life worthy of commendation from the Lord. I pray you respond like that Samaritan woman and be true worshipers filled with living water of the Holy Spirit, worshiping God with our spirit, soul and body and our substance bearing precious fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).

Let the life you live become infectious to transform and translate souls to the kingdom of our God, a life that cares, loves, is not proud, does not backbite or spread false information of your neighbour, does not lie or deceive, not full of double standards, let your yes be yes and no be no, willing to serve others than be served, not swearing at people, not angry, full of grace and humility. These are the true worshipers that do such things aforementioned.

Will you be a true worshipper now in the mountains, Jerusalem and to the uttermost parts of the earth - in your church, at home, work, business, recreational centres and everywhere you find yourself? Let your devotion be total.

Posted by: Pastor Emmanuel Oyedoh AT 08:18 am   |  Permalink   |  Email

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