Understanding Misunderstood

People with the deepest understanding are often the most misunderstood.

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John 4:31-32 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.  But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

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Speaking purely from an anecdotal perspective, in my current 68 years of living, I have witnessed that the people most often misunderstood are those who walk in the deepest levels of understanding, especially towards people who so desperately need to be understood and loved.  By that same experience, I have seen that it is far easier to love someone you understand than it is to love someone you do NOT understand.  I am personally convinced that one of greatest reasons for manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit is to serve as preservation of the fruit of the spirit, “against which there is no law.”  As it relates to wisdom and understanding, allow me to illustrate.  As long as I have the wisdom to understand someone, I hold within my heart the capacity to love them.  But if my understanding for why someone says or does what they say or do is eliminated, my personal capacity to love them with the love of the Lord is diminished.  Note, I did NOT say the Lord’s love is diminished, but that my personal capacity to exercise that love toward the misunderstood person is diminished.  But before the Lord will allow His love in my heart to be brought to fruitlessness in my life, He will, by His Spirit, manifest the gift of the word of wisdom for the purpose of sustaining the fruit of the spirit, love.  Keep in mind that the Scriptures clearly state that a person shall be known by their fruit, NOT by their gifts.

More often than not, misunderstanding is a choice made by someone who CHOOSES to NOT understand.  Understanding another person, especially when their speech, action, or thinking is diametrically opposed to our own, requires work; hard work.  It is not something that comes naturally, but in fact, may require the supernatural help of our Lord.  Jesus knew this, and demonstrated that knowing so well in His encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in Samaria.  There we see a powerful manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit in that encounter, and it was that manifestation that enabled Jesus to move into a realm of supernatural ministry that led to a powerful witness to an entire city and its citizenry.  May we all recognize our need for the same, and the great willingness of the Lord to give such manifestations that will turn to glory and honor for the King of kings and Lord of lords.  

Manna for Today – John 4:1-38; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Matthew 7:16-20

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True Worship

True worship is not determined by music, lighting, special effects, or even location.

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John 4:23-24 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.

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In this age of technology that seems to be engulfing what appears to be every arena of our spiritual lives, I have found myself in places where I have wondered if what is happening is truly conducive to true worship.  Read our Text for Today once again.  Read it slowly, taking into account each and every word our Lord spoke.  The Scriptures are plain.  Praise can be offered to the Lord by “everything” that has breath.  But worship, on the other hand, has strong qualifiers attached to it.  Worship, TRUE WORSHIP, comes NOT from the soulish (mind, will, intellectual, & emotional) realm, and certainly is NOT a product of the flesh, but, according to the qualifiers set upon it by the Lord Jesus, MUST arise out of the human spirit, and that not just ANY human spirit, but from a born again, regenerated human spirit made new by Holy Spirit in the work of the new birth.

Worship, TRUE WORSHIP, then, must arise from the spirit man, and it must be in TRUTH.  Let us consider, for a moment, what it means to worship “in truth.”  True worship arises in truth recognized by our Father as truth.  Humanity may recognize current facts as truth.  But facts change with circumstances.  Truth, as recognized by Father God, NEVER changes.  Truth, as recognized by Father God, will always be in complete accordance with His Word, and His Word, settled forever in heaven, is immutable and unchangeable, and that which Father will not allow to return to Him void.  Worship may be said to be the most intimate personal relationship between the believer and our Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.  All Members of the God-head, being One, are certainly worthy of our worship, and worship that flows from the born again, regenerated spirit under the unction of Holy Spirit will be holy and intimate indeed.  Whether in the Spirit, or in the understanding, this is relation between the singular worshipper and the God-head.  Others may be privy to the words and actions of such worship, but if they are, they are, at that moment, purely observers.  What is being communicated is as closed and personal as it can get.  The worshipper is focused solely on the Lord, and though millions could be worshipping at the same time, the full focus and attention of the God-head is upon that singular worshipper.  There is no clearer manifestation of the omnipresence and omniscience and omnipotence of our Holy God.  As His child, I urge you to be that worshipper today. 

Manna for Today – John 4:1-42; Psalm 150:6; Psalm 119:89

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