Real Worship / Disappointed with God
Real Worship – What did Jesus mean when he said to the Samaritan woman at the well, “God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”? Worship is easy. It’s easy to pretend to worship. The religious jargon is easy to learn. But it is not that easy to learn to worship in truth. Why do the 24 elders who surround the Throne of God throw down their crowns and bow before Him? What caused the Israelites to shout with joy after they saw the destruction of Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea? From where do the great hymns arise that we sing every week in church? This message explores what it means to worship God in truth, and what your heart has to do with it.
Disappointed with God – Do you find yourself sometimes disappointed with God? Perhaps the fault lies, not with God, but with our expectations of the God of our imagination. God often disappoints because He is subtle. Naaman, the Syrian leper, was disappointed when he was told to wash in the Jordan seven times. He wanted to see something dramatic. Elijah was disappointed with God. He had seen fire fall from heaven, but in a matter of hours, he was fleeing for his life. When God spoke to Elijah, He came at last in a still, small voice. Learn that subtlety is often God’s preferred manner of operation, and how you can learn to see God working.