I only recently discovered Amir Tsarfati and already determined that he is a man of remarkable insight, well versed in Scripture, well worth paying attention to.
Just yesterday I saw an update of his on Facebook. He has to discontinue that particular page because he has reached the maximum number of friends allowed on Facebook. (Don't worry, there are still two Facebook pages we can look in on.) The reaction was swift with many people bemoaning the loss. Amir wrote (and I'm sorry that I must paraphrase, I can no longer find the post) "It is dangerous when people care more about the person than the message." Indeed! When was the last time you heard a preacher of the Word say something like that? I never did. Such wisdom!
I've recently started receiving emails from "Behold Israel" (think I ordered the book, The Last Hour through them). The Subject line is: "Amir's Bible Bites Devotionals".
These devotionals are quite good ... here's a snip from today's about "worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth."
While man's battle against his flesh or carnal desires will have various manifestations through the ages, there is one battle common to man in any age and that is the desire to be in control.
This desire for control has even infiltrated the church. There are many who teach that you can control the flow of financial blessings or determine the status of your health by faith. But the Bible actually says God is the determiner of such things.
We see this as true through the encounter Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well. The Samaritans were a people despised by the Jews but not by the King of the Jews. The woman says to Jesus, "Why are you talking to me, a woman and furthermore a Samaritan woman when the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans?" She then notes a distinction even in their places of worship.
"Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship."
Jesus replies to the woman that worship is not about Mt. Gerizim or Mt. Zion (Jerusalem) or any mountain or location for that matter, nor is it about ethnicity or nationality. He says to her that worship is not about a place or specific people but worship is a spiritual encounter that cannot be limited to a time, place or people. He then says to her;
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
How sad it is that in church today there are many who say worship must be this style of music, with these kinds of instruments, while others say worship needs to be without instruments. Still others say worship needs to be quiet and ethereal while some proclaim worship needs to be anthems of praise and energetic.
So as a people who love to be in control let's not forget that the Lord, our Maker, is actually the one in control. From now on when you hear or think of the word worship, don’t think of a place or even a time before the pastor’s sermon. Think of worship as being a life submitted to the authority of God’s Word at all times and in all things.
Put that into practice daily and your life will truly be a life of worship in Spirit and in Truth. Our Father is looking for such people reminding us that;
2 Chronicles 16:9a
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.
Now is the time to worship in Spirit and in Truth. The Father is looking for such people to show Himself strong on their behalf because true worship comes from a heart that is loyal to Him.
Jesus is coming soon!
That's a long snippet, but the whole devotional is much longer. Here's a link to it, which I'm not sure will work, but let me try it out.
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Well, nope, that didn't work. If you can subscribe to Amir's Bible Bites, it might be something you want to read, even if only occasionally.