“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.
Foundation Scriptures: John 4:19-24
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 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. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:19-24 NKJV
1. You worship you know not what.
a. This sounds like the modern-day church.
b. As we have traveled around the world, it has been interesting – and in some cases, disturbing – to see what goes on in the “Church” under the guise of “worship”.
c. Jesus said, in verse 23, that the Father is seeking TRUE worshipers. The Father is seeking people who will worship Him from their mouth AND their heart.
d. You worship in vain if your mouth worships, but your heart is not submitted to God. Matthew 15:8-9 NKJV – These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
e. It is unprofitable to offer a sacrifice of worship from a disobedient heart. 1 Samuel 15:22 AMP – Samuel said, Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
2. Being a true worshiper.
a. Worship is from the heart.
b. Worship is not a religious act of posture, stance, or tone. It is the heart crying out. Psalms 42:7 – Deep calls unto deep.
c. 10 lepers were healed – only one came back to say thanks. Nine were cleansed, but only one was made whole. Luke 17:15-19 KJV – And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
d. True worship does not spring forth only in “good times”, it springs forth out of and in the middle of the darkest seasons of life.
– Jonah in the fish’s belly
– The three Hebrew children in the fire
– Daniel in the lion’s den
– David tending sheep
– Paul and Silas in prison
– Jesus in Gethsemane
– All circumstances don’t have to be the best for worship to be true worship. True worship originates from a heart; whose trust, hope and faith are in the Lord and not in a temporary situation.
3. True worship comes from a pure heart.
a. A heart that is pure and holy.
b. A heart that is ablaze – on fire.
c. A heart full of passion.
d. A heart full of faith.
4. True worshippers worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.
a. There is a difference between Old Testament worship and New Testament worship.
b. OT – God inhabits the praise of His people.
c. NT – God inhabits His people of praise!
d. Rejoice and give thanks – always – for all things! Ephesians 5:18-20 KJV – And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
e. Worship will never stop – for all eternity we will joyfully worship Him!
5. Let this month be a month of worship.
a. Every day – thank Him and give Him praise for His goodness, mercy, and grace!