Spirit & Truth

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.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”  John 4:23-24

Not only is worshiping God in manner of Spirit and Truth the proper way to come at such a Holy, Divine, Perfect GOD; it is only form of worship that JEHOVAH seeketh.

What exactly did Jesus mean by Spirit & Truth?  After all, he was talking to a woman who was spiritually blind at the time.  She was not even a Jew.  Salvation is of the Jews.

It is important we differentiate between man-made religion and true spirituality.  Religion is suited for man by man.  The Jews were then (and still are now) some of the most “religious” folks to walk the face of the planet.  They had a complex system of 613 Mosaic laws that had to be strictly followed in order to please a Holy God.  This means watching every step you take and every action you partake of.  To speak the wrong words at the wrong time was a death sentence according to the Torah.

The gospel of Jesus Christ preached through Paul the Apostle is unlike anything ever preached since the beginning of time.  Salvation through the Grace of God alone.  Undeserved.  Unearned.  You are unworthy.

ALL WORLD RELIGIONS=WHAT CAN I DO FOR GOD?

CHRISTIANITY=WHAT GOD DID FOR ME.

I “chased after” the LORD for years.  I memorized my favorite Bible quotes and cited them regularly.  (Often completely out of context)  I rebuked others hypocritically.  I prayed and begged for God’s salvation.  I understood nothing about salvation, the power of God, or the deeper meaning behind the Holy Scriptures.  I would go through all the religious motions of falling out on the floor when a pastor touched my forehead, mimicked speaking in tongues the best I knew, laid prostrate on the church floor begging for deliverance from drug addiction…You name it.

One day in December 2013 in the Chapel of a small ministry on the east side of Austin, Texas, I raised my hands to worship music, closed my eyes, and began to worship the Lord my God in spirit and truth.  I heard the Lord say to me “Do you want it?”  I said yes!  After years of being a religious fanatic….I received the Holy Ghost as living waters washed me from head to toe.

I will never forget this day.  It was a true transforming point in my life.  The same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the tomb now dwelleth in me.  Alleliua.

You see, God is a Spirit; and those who want to worship God must worship him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.  He will reject any other form.  I am living proof.  Now my prayers go up to heaven as a pleasing aroma to his nostrils.  Not a stanky stench of religion.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heaven VS World…

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  II Corinthians 5:17

for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.  I Samuel 16:7

As someone who is saved and has the indwelling Spirit of Jehovah God inside of his soul, I have conviction for the way I have lived my life up until now and also the burning desire to change.  He must increase.  I must decrease.  This is not an easy thing for a prideful man like myself to do.  Without the good Lord above, it would be impossible for me to transform myself into something better than what I have understood myself to be my entire life.  I know that with God; all things are possible.  God has forgiven my sins, sanctified me, and set me back on solid ground.  Alleluia Amen.  Here in the tangible physical realm, nothing has really changed.  My family still alienates me and is sure not trying to hear a Jesus Christ testimony from me.  After all, only in his hometown and among his own kin is a prophet without honor.  When a potential employer runs a background check on me, they aren’t trying to listen to me explain how I have changed and now follow the living God.  After all, I am a convicted felon: High risk and CANNOT be trusted.  To the mother of my children, I am a lifelong mess-up who is not fit to be a daddy to my little boy.  She regularly cuts me to shreds with her sharp sword tongue.  My mother, one of my only supporters, cannot let go of the past herself and regularly reminds me that I am in the situation I am in because of a lifetime of mistakes; not listening to her stern warnings.  True, mother, but not edifying…

You get the drift.  I do not need to continue painting the picture of what I was like before I came to the glorious light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  After all, my religion is a crutch I lean on to justify myself to most of my family of atheists.  BOO HOO HOO Violin strings…

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  Galatians 6:7

My prayer is that God would shatter every mold everyone has ever stuffed me in, break every chain of depression, anxiety, regret, and hopelessness that Satan places around my neck every day.  My prayer is that God would use my life as a testimony to many people to witness the transforming powers of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  I was the worst of the worst: the chief sinner.  When I think about who I was in my twisted life of perverse sin and who I am today, I just have to lift my hands up high and scream THANKYA THANK..YA LORD.

I still hold on to the hope, faith, and love that I have when I imagine myself becoming successful in my finances, permanent sobriety, fatherhood, and much more.  I don’t want to point at my accusers/doubters and say “I told you!”  I would much rather people ask me what is was that made me turn myself around and become somebody admirable.  I will begin to tell them of a child born in Bethlehem…

I thank yall who are praying for me, Donald John.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.