From “The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies” by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
God is everywhere, and He sees everything.
Jeremiah 23:23-24, “Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”
There is a house of God, which is also known as being a house of prayers. There is not a house of worship. We do not worship God by being in certain locations. God is a Spirit. Worshipping comes from within us. We are to have relationships with the Holy Spirit. We worship God by being obedient to His Word, as well as by trusting and fearing Him. We also worship God by being sanctified, holy sanctuaries for the Holy Spirit to minister through at times, based upon the will of God, from our individual spiritual gifts.
St. John 4:20-21 and 23-24, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; …Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 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.”
In the Old Testament Days, priests were ordained to received gifts and animals to offer to God. From those sacrifices, atonements were made, which allowed people to become clean and have their sins forgiven.
Hebrews 8:1-3, “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.”
Then Jesus was offered as the ultimate, sacrificed lamb. Through Him only, people are able to become clean and have their sins forgiven.
Hebrews 8:4-6, “For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
Because the first covenant was imperfect and people ignored the laws of God, Jesus gave us a second covenant.
Hebrews 8:7-10, “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I
regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”
People no longer need to educate one another about God and His Word. We know Him for ourselves, personally, from the Spirit of Jesus, who is the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 8:11-13 “And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”
Offerings of gifts and sacrifices to God are no longer necessary. For the love that we have for Jesus, and because of the love that He done for us, we are to be characteristically merciful.
St. Matthew 12:7, “…, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, …”
We are to keep our thoughts, spirits, and hearts God-fearing, undefiled, holy, and Christ-like. We are also to love and consider others as we do ourselves. We are to express our mercifulness to others.
St. Matthew 22:36-40, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it ments hang all the law and the prophets.”
We have a certain kind of excersise to do habitually. We have to carry ourselves in ways that God will not find faults in.
2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”