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October 3, 2021 8:00 pm
Intense pain and a debilitating headache prevented me from attending services with my local church family . . . again. Grieving the loss of community worship, I watched an online sermon. At first, complaints soured my experience. The poor sound and video quality distracted me. As I wrestled with my frustrations, a voice on the video warbled a familiar hymn. Tears flowed as I sang: “Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. Naught be all else to me save that Thou art. Thou my best thought, by day or by night. Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.” Focusing on the gift of God’s constant presence, I worshiped Him while sitting in my living room.
While Scripture affirms the vital, essential nature of corporate worship (Hebrews 10:25), God’s not bound within the walls of a church building. During Jesus’ chat with the Samaritan woman at the well, He defied all expectations of the Messiah (John 4:9). Instead of condemnation, Jesus spoke truth and loved her as she stood next to that well (v. 10). He revealed His intimate and sovereign knowledge of His children (vv. 17–18). Proclaiming His deity, Jesus declared that the Holy Spirit evoked true worship from the hearts of God’s people, not from a specific physical location (v. 23).
When we focus on who God is, what He’s done, and all He’s promised, we can rejoice in His constant presence as we worship Him with other believers, in our living rooms . . . everywhere!
Looking today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.
My name is Sergio Dixon I'm sharing a personal testimony in today's reading. Where ever we worship intense pain and a debilitating headache prevented me from attending services with my local church family again. Grieving the loss of community worship. I walked in online sermon at first complaint soured my experience the poor sound quality and video quality distracted me. But then a voice on the video warbled a familiar hymn. Tears flowed as I sang these words, be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart not be all else to me, save that thou art thou, my best thought by day or by night waking or sleeping that presents my life focusing on the gift of God's constant presence. I worshiped him while sitting in my living room while Scripture affirms the vital essential nature of corporate worship, God is not bound within the walls of the church building during Jesus's chat with the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4, he defied all expectations of the Messiah, instead of condemnation.
Jesus spoke truth and loved her as she stood next to that well.
He revealed his intimate and sovereign knowledge of his children proclaiming his deity. Jesus declared that the Holy Spirit evoked true worship from the hearts of God's people not from a specific physical location. When we focus on who God is what he's done and all he's promised. We can rejoice in his constant presence as we worship him with other believers in our living room and everywhere today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from John chapter 4 verses 7 to 24 when the Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her when you get me a drink. His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him you are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink for Jews do not associate with Samaritans.
Jesus answered her, if you knew the gift of God and who it is.
It asked you for drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water sir.
The woman said. You have nothing to draw with in the well is deep where can you get this living water. Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did. Also, his sons and his livestock. Jesus answered everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. The woman said to him, sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.
He told her go, call your husband and come back.
I have no husband. She replied Jesus said to her, you are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is you have had five husbands and the man you now have is natural, has been what you have just said is quite true, sir. The woman said I can see that you are profit. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem woman.
Jesus replied believe me that time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, you Samaritans worship what you do not know we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews, yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the father in the spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the father seeks God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the spirit and in truth. Let's pray amazing God, thank you for the gift of community and corporate worship.
Please prepare our hearts to overflow with gratitude as we worship you where ever we go. What ever the circumstances and whenever we have an opportunity to rejoice in who you are, what you've done and all you promised to do. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries