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SpiritFire: Worship by the Spirit
For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort...
Our identity as God's children is defined by the presence of the Holy Spirit as we worship, not by our race or by a physical mark on our body. Those who have the Spirit are the children of God (John 3:3-7). We rely on the work of Christ and don't rely on our human attempts at significance. Christ poured the Spirit on us when we were saved by grace (Titus 3:3-7). The Holy Spirit is the mark of our identity (Rom. 8:9). The Work of the Spirit makes us a part of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). The gift of the Holy Spirit is our gateway to authentic worship (John 4:22-23). The presence of the Holy Spirit makes us the dwelling place of God, a holy temple in which God lives through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The presence of the Holy Spirit defines our lives in Christ and is crucial to our identity and worship! Rather than our lives and worship being tied down by all sorts of detailed rules about worship like we find in the Torah, we are set free by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Father in heaven, please forgive me when I try to define my significance in any other source other than your gracious love for me, your Son's sacrifice for my sins, and the work of the Holy Spirit in my day-to-day life. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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