It is of the utmost importance that we worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23, 24). I believe part of that has to do with embracing the truth not only about who God is (for of course we have to acknowledge Who God truly is in order to really worship Him), but also about who we are IN HIM. Identity is found in Christ and worship has got to be a lifestyle, not just something you do in a religious setting. ("Religious" does not just refer to Christian contexts either, as some people have seemed to assume.) Who are you glorifying in worship? God or the devil? …
Whenever we choose to embrace the lies about who we are (whether they stem from negative things people have said to or about us, or whether they stem from negative things we just think about ourselves based on negative personal experiences) that actually glorifies satan, the father of lies (John 8:44). Then problems arise as we walk around as if we're defeated, and we end up doing things of the flesh, instead of the Spirit. (The devil is a lie!)
But when we embrace the TRUTH about ourselves (who God says we are according to His Word) then that glorifies God, the Author of truth. The truth is believers, we are not defeated, but we are victorious and "we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8:37). Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), so when we embrace who He says we are in Him, then I believe we will DO those things that represent our faith in Him. When we embrace who we really are in Christ, I believe that's when our individual lifestyles of worship to God can truly begin. Let us begin at Gilgal, the place where God removes the "reproach of Egypt" off of us and not stop until we reach Jordan (2 Kings 2:1-14)!
Believers in Christ, each of us has four major seasons to go through in this life. Elisha traveled with the senior prophet Elijah from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to Jordan before Elijah was caught up in a whirlwind/chariot of fire.
(1) The Gilgal season: where you experience God "removing the reproach of Egypt" off of you. At one point you were in bondage to sin in "Egypt" (the world), but then you experienced the circumcision of your heart like the Hebrews experienced physical circumcision before going into the Promised Land. You get your flesh dealt with as God will not allow any flesh to have glory before Him. The Holy Spirit is invited in to take over.
(2) The Bethel season: Abraham had built an altar there, but then went to Egypt, where no communion with God took place. What happened? How do we go from spending quality time with God to going to a place where we don't communicate with God at all? What is it about the world that attracts us back to it even after we get saved? We've got to get back to the place of worshiping God in spirit and in truth.
(3) The Jericho season: After Joshua and the army was victorious in battle at Jericho, if anyone were to have rebuilt the walls of Jericho, then he was to be considered cursed. Jericho is a cursed place, where demonic activity takes place against you to try to keep you from becoming what God has called you to be. (See 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:12.) Get out of Jericho!!
(4) The Jordan point: You've gone through everything you've need to go through before crossing over to the place God has called you to be in. When the Hebrews crossed the Red Sea, it was in the context of be killed by Pharaoh's army or cross over. So it was really no choice in the matter. But at the Jordan point, crossing over is voluntary. You've made up in your mind that you truly want this, and nothing is going to stop you from reaching this goal. You've died to yourself and you're ready to live for Christ. "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" (1 Corinthians 15:26). To cross over this Jordan you need resurrection power! Death cannot win against Christ's resurrection power!
So go forth in these seasons knowing that victory is in Christ Jesus!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.