“Yet the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.” John 4:23, 24
Why does Jesus talk about worshiping God in spirit and in truth?
Many are those who worship Him with their mouths, but in their hearts they are rebellious and disobedient. God desires people who are sincere and not religious, that is, people that glorify Him with their lives. And not people that are worried about pretending something or "complying" with external rituals.
Now I would like to clarify one thing that has been making many people stumble. God is Spirit and therefore his worshipers should not expect to feel emotions or some reaction in their flesh the moment they seek Him. The presence of God is not based on sensations or feelings, but on certainty, in faith.
It may be difficult for many because the human being is accustomed to be guided by what he sees, touches or feels. When we worship God we do not see, touch or feel Him, but we are sure that He hears us.
This is only possible through faith! It gives us the condition of having a relationship with God based on intelligence and not on emotions.
So do not think that when you receive the Holy Spirit you have to feel something, cry, and laugh, etc. but faith in the Word of God that gives you the assurance; this is the rational worship that pleases God.
I hope I have helped to clarify this misconception of many.
Stay in faith!
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