What Does It Mean To Worship God In Spirit And Truth?



John 4: 24

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.


Definitions taken from the Greek Dictionary:

Must – it is (was) necessary, as binding, ought, should, be meet, must need

Worship – to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand, to fawn or crouch to, that is, literally or figuratively prostrate oneself in homage to; adore



If we are really to worship and serve God at all, we MUST WORSHIP Him in spirit and truth. Look at the above definitions of these two words. Worshiping Him in this way is the only way that is acceptable. Anything else and it is only words or actions without our heart being in the right place.

God does not have a regular body in the sense that we do, but the fact that he is invisible means He can be in every place and be pure and holy in that place at the same time.

We all have a void in our lives that only God can fill, but you must find Him with your heart, not with the logic of your mind and your own way of thinking. He must be found on His terms, not ours. After all, what kind of God would He be if we could perfectly understand all his ways? He certainly would not be a God who could move heaven and earth to work on our behalf.

God is invisible so that he can be everywhere all at the same time as a pure and holy God. Imagine a person like us trying to split ourselves into several different ways so we could meet the needs of every person on the planet.

So since things like that are hard for us to understand, how do you have a relationship with a God who is a Spirit?

You do it by worshipping Him with your heart; by a strong inner belief that knows what He says is true even if you can’t see Him. God knows every thought you have, whether good or bad, and He desires that you be pure and holy from the deepest part of your insides; then what comes out will be holy also.

No person can see what you might try to keep hidden or locked away, but they can see how you react to things or how you handle everyday problems. You can praise God all you want with your lips, but it’s all counterfeit if your heart does not desire to be close to Him. Most of us have gotten good at pretending everything is fine in front of others. We generally only want them to see our best side. They might think we are a terrible person if they ever see the hidden things we struggle with each day.

God wants control of your heart, and then when He has control of that, it will change how you live before others in your everyday walk. You will be able to walk in the power and anointing of God so others can see and want what you have.

Isn’t that what He intended all along – for Him to be so real and evident in your own life that others around you want the same thing you have?

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My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.