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Worship

We all struggle with physical idols that we worship, whether it be a car, home, person, money and on we could go. These actions and these idols try to bring worship into reality for us but what does God require in order to worship Him?
Jesus said to the woman at the well in the Samaritan town of Sychar, "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24) These two are the most important ingredients in worship of God. In his time, Jesus saw plenty of idols and seemingly sincere men and women bowing down to them. They created or paid someone to create them, they could touch them and they certainly bowed down to them.
Jesus makes a distinction between these and proper worship. God doesn't want an outward show of worship but an inward (mind, emotion, heart) dedication to worship Him. He looks for a sincere mind and desire to glorify Him not glorify themselves. He is spirit and so those who worship Him must worship Him in their spirit. Beyond…

Temptation

We are tempted regularly related to the five physical senses. A cupcake, enjoyable music, a hug, a picture, and the smell of newly brewed coffee can draw us to them for personal enjoyment. Not that any of these are wrong, but just illustrating the draw of our senses. And, we can be tempted even further related to our emotional lives, mental thoughts, social settings and spiritual challenges.
Just before his ministry began, Jesus was drawn into the wilderness by the Spirit of God and fasted and prayed. Of those forty days we know little except that as they were finishing, Jesus was famished and the Devil came to tempt him.
His temptation was three-fold: One, his physical hunger. Adam had fallen by partaking of the fruit but Jesus did not fall to the temptation of bread as he said, "Man does not live on bread alone." (Luke 4:4) Two, power and glory over all things right now was offered by the Devil if he would worship him but Jesus refused again saying, "Worship the Lord…

Living the Best Life

Agur wrote several proverbs which are presented at the end of the book of Proverbs in the Bible. He saw poverty and riches as things rather than states, both of which could lead to actions that would be opposed to God's best for his life. His request to God concerning was the following:

"Keep falsehood and lies far from me." Falsehood and lies present a different picture of who you are. They can become so strong that you are caught up in them and your fantasy becomes your reality. That alters your perspective on you and everything around you and causes you to not respond to the world as it is but as you perceive it to be. Others see the truth and notice your inconsistency with it and look on you as a fool.
Secondly Agur requested, "Give me neither poverty nor riches but give me only my daily bread." If I am in poverty, I can think that I am poor thus tempted to steal what I feel I need to exist and therefore dishonoring God's name as my provider. My trust i…