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Being in Spirit
Shabbat Shalom saints! Yah willing, today we’ll talk about being in Spirit.
When Yahshua was talking to the Samaritan woman at the well, He mentioned how the true worshippers of Yahweh must worship Him.
You see, Yahweh is Elohim, He is God. He tells us exactly how we must worship Him. You can’t worship Yahweh any kind of way.
You can’t worship Yahweh the way you feel He needs to be worshipped. We need to worship Yahweh the way He desires to be worshiped.
So, let’s read John 4:23-24
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the TRUE WORSHIPERS will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. Elohim is spirit, and those who worship him MUST worship in spirit and truth."”
John 4:23-24 ESV
Yahweh, the Father, must be worshiped the way He desires to be worshiped.
The true worshipers, that is those who are worshiping Yahweh the right way or the true way, must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
So that means it is possible to not worship in spirit and truth. It is possible to look like you’re worshiping Yahweh when in fact you’re not.
That type of worship is known as vain worship.
Yahshua mentioned this when the Pharisees were teaching things that by doing them, you ended up breaking the commandments of Yahweh. They had traditions that ended up violating Yahweh’s commandments.
So, on the outside, it may have looked like they were worshiping Yahweh, but in truth they weren’t.
To the untrained eye, they probably looked righteous. But, to those who knew the Word, to those who were led by the Spirit, they knew that the pharisees weren’t worshiping Yahweh the true way.
...So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of Elohim. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: "'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"”
Matthew 15:6-9 ESV
When we don’t worship Yahweh in spirit and truth, we worship Him in vain. It’s not true worship. That worship is not accepted.
So, if it’s possible to look like you’re worshiping Yahweh but in truth you’re not, how do we know that we’re truly worshiping Yahweh?
Well, Yahshua said the Father must be worshiped in spirit and in truth.
WORSHIPING IN TRUTH
Worshiping in truth is simple to understand. Yahshua said, “Thy Word is truth” in John 17:17.
John 1:1 tells us that Yahshua is the Word. The Word that was with Yahweh from the beginning. Yahshua also said, “I am the way, the TRUTH and the life” in John 14:6.
So, if you study the Scriptures and obey them, you’re in truth. If you obey Yahshua’s commandments, you’re in truth.
So, if your worship, your songs, your praise, your prayers, your lifestyle, if that lines up with the Scriptures and with Yahshua’s commandments, you’re in truth.
In the Torah, Yahweh told us that if a prophet rises up, performs miracles and even predicts the future BUT, tells you to forsake Yahweh, that is tells you to go against the Word, DO NOT LISTEN to Him. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
You see the test for being in truth is the Word of Yahweh. What we do must line up with Scripture. It must line up with Scripture.
WORSHIPING IN SPIRIT
Now, let’s talk about worshiping in spirit.
Worshiping in spirit is not as simple to understand as worshiping in truth because one can look like he or she is worshiping in spirit when in fact he or she is not.
The key is knowing what worshiping in spirit looks like.
Now, it is not possible to worship Yahweh without the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8 tells us that if we’re not worshiping or living by the Holy Spirit, then we’re living by the flesh and that makes us enemies of Elohim.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah Yahshua, who do not walk [live] according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yahshua has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:1-2 NKJV
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Romans 8:5-8 NKJV
We’re told here that either you’re living according to the flesh or you’re living according to the Spirit. You cannot do both.
So, if you’re living according to the flesh, you cannot please Elohim. You cannot please Yahweh.
If you’re worshiping Yahweh in the flesh, you cannot please Him, therefore your worship is in vain.
The carnal mind, the fleshly mind is enmity against Yahweh. It can’t even be subject to Yahweh’s law.
So, when Yahshua said we must worship in spirit and in truth, He meant worship Yahweh in the Holy Spirit, because without the Holy Spirit, you cannot please Yahweh and therefore you can’t worship Him the way He desires to be worshiped.
So, how do we tell whether people are worshiping Yahweh in Spirit or it’s just emotion. Because I believe many times when people say there was a move of the Spirit, I think many times, it’s just emotion.
There may be some people that are truly hearing from Yahweh, but I think many times it’s being caught up in the emotion of the song or in the way the music is played.
Music is an important part of worshiping Yahweh, but it’s very easy to be caught up in the music or the emotion of the song and to think that emotion is the move of the Spirit.
We must be very careful and learn to discern between a true move of the Spirit and emotion.
Holy Spirit Dance
For example, let’s take a look at this video. You tell me whether this brother dancing up there is filled with the Holy Spirit or it’s just emotion.
[Show flamingo dancing Holy Spirit dance]
OK, that was kind of a joke. But, if you hear this music what do you think of? I know in this assembly, we don’t do that, but in many churches people do that.
Many will say oh he has just been filled with the Holy Spirit. So, he’s doing that dance. Do you honestly think that?
If by hearing a certain type of music you start to move a certain way, saints, that’s not the move of the Spirit. It’s emotion.
Now, I’m not saying there aren’t saints who truly are filled with the Spirit when music is played, but if you move a certain way just because music is played a certain way, that’s not the Spirit. It’s emotion.
I’m also not saying playing music like that is bad, I’m just saying we need to be careful to know what saints who are filled with the Spirit look like. Yah willing, we’ll look at that shortly.
Honor Me with Lips
You see it’s easy to think one is filled with the Spirit or is worshiping Yahweh in truth if you just look on the outside. Yahshua quoted Isaiah, who was speaking of Yahweh, and said, “This people honor me with their lips.”
You see, if you just look at the lips, it seems as though people are truly honoring Yahweh. The lips are on the outside.
But, Yahweh doesn’t look on the outside. Yahweh looks at the heart.
So, what did Yahshua say, “But their hearts are far from me.”
You see, it takes discernment to look at the heart. If you just look on the outside, it may seem like someone is truly worshiping Yahweh.
But, we should be like Yahweh, who looks on the heart.
You can look on the heart through the Spirit, or you can judge actions based on the Word to see whether it’s true worship or it’s just emotion.
David With the Harp
Let’s look at David ministering to Saul with the harp.
Here’s a little bit of background. Saul had been anointed king of Israel, but he stopped following Yahweh. So, Yahweh anointed David as king over Israel because David followed Yahweh’s heart.
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of Yahweh came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.”
I Samuel 16:13 NKJV
What came upon David? For how long?
OK, let’s continue reading.
Saul, disobeyed Yahweh so Yahweh judged Saul.
“But the Spirit of Yahweh departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from Yahweh troubled him. And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from Elohim is troubling you. Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. And it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well.””
I Samuel 16:14-16 NKJV
What is this distressing spirit? It’s a demon.
Yahweh can send demons to you as judgment. Yahweh is in control of even the demons. Everything they do is by Yahweh’s permission.
“So Saul said to his servants, “Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me.” Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and Yahweh is with him.””
I Samuel 16:17-18 NKJV
Who is with him? Who is with him? Yahweh is with him?
“Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”
Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” And so it was, whenever the [evil] spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.”
I Samuel 16:19, 22-23 NKJV
OK, so David was a skillful harp player. When David played the harp with his hand, the demon would depart from Saul.
OK, so, now here’s a question, what caused the demon to leave Saul?
Most would say, well it was David’s skillful playing. But, is that true?
Was it David’s skillful playing that caused the demon to leave Saul?
It wasn’t David’s skillful playing. It was the Holy Spirit. It is by the power of Yahweh, that is, the Holy Spirit, that demons are cast out, that strongholds are broken! It’s the Holy Spirit, it’s not playing of the harp.
Are there not musicians who play extremely well, but perform for Satan?
Are there not musicians who are excellent at music yet the lyrics are blasphemous against Yahweh?
Just turn on the radio. You’ll hear beautiful songs, bestselling songs, yet the lyrics do not worship Yahweh.
Do you think if we got people who were troubled by demons to listen to those songs, the demons would leave them?
No, of course not. It’s by the power of the Holy Spirit that David’s playing, which was ministry, caused deliverance for Saul.
Saul did not repent from his sins, so the demon kept coming back.
But David’s ministry resulted in deliverance, even if it was temporary, for Saul.
That’s why musicians and singers ought to be careful to not think it’s because they play well or sing well that there’s a move of the Spirit.
When David played for Saul, there was a move of the Spirit. We’ll see later that one of the signs of the move of the Holy Spirit is deliverance from demons.
David had the Holy Spirit from the day of his anointing as king to the day that he died.
When David sinned with Bathsheba against Yahweh, he begged Yahweh not to take the Holy Spirit from him. Psalm 51. So, we know he had the Spirit even until then.
Then in the last recorded words of David, listen to what he says:
“Now these are the last words of David. Thus, says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel: “The Spirit of Yahweh spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.”
II Samuel 23:1-2 NKJV
You see, it’s by the Spirit that David was such a great king. It’s by the Spirit that David’s poems were so anointed. We call those poems the psalms and he wrote so many of them.
There was a move of the Spirit when David played for Saul not because of David’s playing, but because David was anointed with the Spirit and was led by the Spirit.
You can play excellent music, but without the Spirit, you’re just making noise. You’re not worshiping Yahweh in spirit. Your worship is in vain.
Later we’ll see what a move of the Spirit looks like.
The Prayer Circle
One time right here at Congregation of Yahshua, Pastor Beth preached a message about Yahweh healing you. When he heals you, he heals you completely. a message. At the end, we got into a circle and started praying.
It was wonderful! People poured out their hearts before Yahweh and I believe there was healing for some people.
So, guess what some people said.
“Let’s pray in a circle all the time.”
Do you see how we took the healing power of Yahweh, by the the Spirit, and ascribed it to the circle? It wasn’t the circle. It was the Holy Spirit. It was because Pastor Beth was obedient to the leading of the Spirit and so we got into a circle and the Spirit moved over those who prayed with faith.
It wasn’t the circle. It was the Holy Spirit.
Do you see how easy it is to have an idol? Do you see how easy it is to think it your singing, or your music, or the circle that causes a move of the Holy Spirit?
Now you start worshiping your own singing, your own playing, or the circle.
The Spirit won’t move unless I sing like this, the Spirit won’t move unless we play like this, the Spirit won’t move unless we pray in a circle.
It’s not those things. It’s the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look at preaching at the Feast of Tabernacles.
On one of the days, there was a move of the Spirit and people came, they were prayed for, and there was a peace that came over the place.
Some people would say it was because of the way that music was played that there was a move of the Spirit, but let’s see exactly what happened that day.
I believe I can speak about this because I was asked to lead worship that day, I was asked to preach that day. So, what happened that day?
Why was there a move of the Spirit?
Preaching at the Feast of Tabernacles
That was a Friday. The day before there was an issue that happened. I was assigned to bring the message that day. I was assigned to lead worship that day.
Because of the issue that had happened, I had to make sure I was right before Yahweh and had to make sure my mind was prepared for Yahweh’s work.
It always happened that things happen like that before I preach.
So, I left the resort. I physically left the resort in order to pray.
I took our car and left the resort, went to a parking lot someplace in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and prayed to Yahweh. I had to be alone, away, with Yahweh.
If you read the Scriptures, you know men and women of Yahweh did that before an assignment.
I had been given a list of songs to lead, but even the way the songs had to be sung had to be according to Yahweh’s will.
That is Yahweh’s church, that is His feast, things must be done His way.
Yahweh inspired me to place the songs in a particular order. So, when we started to sing, Yahweh was being worshipped.
By the time we started to sing the song, “I Surrender All to You,” I was going to plug in the instrumental, but my dear wife started to play it. So, we went along with it.
Then what happened after that?
Brother Leonardo heard from Yahweh. Yahweh started speaking through him.
He said Yahweh was calling for those who needed to surrender all, those who needed to give all to him, because that’s what Yahweh desires.
You know saints, I’ve come to learn that Yahweh leads in certain ways.
He’ll nudge you from the back to help you move forward. He’ll say, “Go!”
He leads from in front of you and say, “Follow Me.”
But, sometimes, sometimes, Yahweh says, “Sit down. I’m going to take over.”
That’s what Yahweh was saying that day. So, I asked Pastor Micah to speak to the congregation and tell them that if anyone wanted to come and surrender all, if anyone wanted prayer, this was the time to come.
There was a move of the Spirit. Didn’t Sister Denise speak in tongues?
Prophecy was given over me. I know it was prophecy because someone else had just spoken to me about the very same thing. Yahweh was saying, “Don’t worry. It hampers your worship.”
I know that came from Yahweh because on the first day of Tabernacles I was worried, and it hampered my worship!
“Oh, blessed are you Father who speaks to your saints. You, who is a God is so near to His people.”
I accepted that and to this day, since the Feast of Tabernacles, things have never been the same.
One of the signs of a move of the Spirit, and not just emotion, is speaking in tongues.
That’s what happened that day.
Some would say, it was because we played the music live without the instrumental, but that’s not true, because we have had that happen right here in Congregation of Yahshua, and we used an instrumental.
The point I’m trying to make saints is never ascribe the power of God to your singing, or to your playing music, or to a circle, or to your preaching or anything else.
For the Holy Spirit is like the wind, flowing to and fro, but if we are obedient to Him and to His leading, it shall always be windy in this place, whether we sing, or play music, or preach.
He is within us and if we die to ourselves and have Him lead, He will always move among us.
We can’t say if I sing a certain way, or if I play a certain way, or if I preach a certain way, or if we pray in a circle, then the Spirit will move. No.
If we die to ourselves and have Him lead, obey His Word, He will always move among us.
That’s why we must know what a genuine move of the Spirit looks like. Sometimes, we see people have emotion and we think that’s the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can move among us without any music, without any preaching, without doing anything, if we are obedient to Him.
So, what does being in the Spirit look like?
[show pictures of people worshipping]
If you saw these people, what would you think?
Oh they look like they’re really worshiping Yahweh. The look on their faces, some may be crying, some may be jumping up and down, some may seem to be lost in the music.
So, do you think there is a move of the Spirit here?
Some people would think so. So, let’s now see what people who were in the Spirit did and a move of the Spirit really looks like.
WHAT DOES BEING IN THE SPIRIT LOOK LIKE
“And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.”
Genesis 41:38-39 ESV
Hearing From The Spirit
“Then the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and spoke with me and said to me: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.”
Ezekiel 3:24 NKJV
Prophecy, Dreams, Visions
““And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”
Joel 2:28-29 NKJV
Casting out of Demons or Deliverance
“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”
Matthew 12:28 NKJV
“Now his [John the Baptist’s] father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people,”
Luke 1:67-68 NKJV
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Yahshua, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
Luke 2:25-30 NKJV
Speaking in Tongues
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Acts 2:4 NKJV
Preaching Messiah Yahshua / New Births)
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahshua Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
42 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Acts 2:38, 42 NKJV
“And Stephen, full of faith and power [from the Holy Spirit], did great wonders and signs among the people.”
Acts 6:8 NKJV
Conviction of Sin
“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.”
Acts 6:10 NKJV
Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
“Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Yahshua. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 8:14-17 NKJV
Peace Among Yahweh’s People
“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 14:17 NKJV
Display of Diverse Giftings
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
I Corinthians 12:7-11 NKJV
Community (Common Unity)
“The grace of the Lord Yahshua Messiah, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”
II Corinthians 13:14 NKJV
If you’re one of those people who is always causing trouble among believers, you’re not in the Spirit.
If you have trouble sharing common space with believers, your own brothers and sisters, you’re not in the Spirit.
We need to be filled with the Spirit and live accordingly.
There are many more examples of what it looks like to be filled with the Holy Spirit. But I believe this is more than sufficient for you so you can know what the move of the Spirit looks like.
If you paid attention, you should now be able to discern between emotion and a genuine move of the Spirit.
We live according to the Holy Spirit, whether we eat, drink, or play, whether we sing, dance, or play instruments, let it be by the Holy Spirit, and there should always be revelation, discernment, miracles, healings, tongues, wisdom, knowledge, and more as the Spirit wills.
If there is indeed a move of the Spirit, these things will be displayed.
May Yahweh bless you and may you walk according to His Spirit