11-7-2021 “THE SERIOUSNESS OF TRUE WORSHIP!” John 4:23-24

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a study of the seriousness of true worship, “end times” and Satan’s ultimate goal of being worshipped.

In this study Bro. Leo explains how the vaccine mandates, critical race theory and several other current trends are conditioning folks to be compliant and willing to worship Satan those last 3 years of the tribulation. For obvious reasons I will not be writing a synopsis on this, so please listen to this audio study to get those details.

In John 4:23 the word “worship” is translated from the Greek word “proskuneō” which means to fall down in reverence and awe, to kiss the hand of a superior with adoration and respect, fall down-prostrate before in obedience to. It signifies an inferior to a superior. Pledging your allegiance and loyalty to. Worship starts from the sincerity of our hearts (spirit and truth :24).

“proskuneō” is not something that is just done on occasion, it is a lifestyle. In Matt.4:8-9 Satan is asking Jesus to become inferior to and make Satan superior. Jesus did not “proskuneō” Satan, but in the last 3 years of the tribulation folks will either “proskuneō” Satan or be killed (Rev.20:4).

Worship is the one thing that God seeks from us (John 4:23) and is so important to God that He gave it as the first commandment to us (Exo.20:1-5). In vs.5 the word “jealous” is translated from the Hebrew word “qannâ'” which means a character attribute of God; describes a unique part of God’s character towards the worship of idols or anything/anyone that takes the place of His rightful position in your life.

In Luke 14:26 the word “hate” is translated from the Greek word “miseō” which means less. Matt.10:37 verifies this definition. To worship God in spirit and truth we must put God as our highest priority (Isa.42:8).

The “Kingdomof God” always speaks about the rule of God in your life (Luke 9:57-63). Worshipping God in spirit and truth is having proper priority; God, family, country. The lack of proper priorities is why the U.S.A. is in the condition that we’re in now. The more dependent we become on the government the less dependent we become on God.

In this country we have leaders who worship self and therefore write laws to not only reinforce self worship but also self interest (Matt.23:1-2, 5-8). They’re priority is not God, family, country, it is self. As bad as that is, it is only possible if the rest of us go along with it for our own selfish reasons.

Rom.1:21-28 tells us what happens to a society that does not have proper priorities, “for this cause”.

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Exo 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Luk 14:25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Luk 9:57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Luk 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Luk 9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Luk 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Luk 9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Mat 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Mat 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Mat 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Mat 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Psa 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psa 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Psa 103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
2Co 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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