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THE REAL WAY
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The Worship
Step Seven is Worship
Foremost in achieving the journeys end to this Way is in recognizing that we are poor in spirit and must needs fulfill our spiritual needs. (Matthew 5:3)
What good would it be to obtain great mental focus, superb health, longevity of life, and even wealth, but then, in the end, we grow old and finally succumb to death, which everyone does. However, what would be worse, is if we do so without having given credit to the one whom credit is due.
Yes, I am referring to that one need we have that demands that we first acknowledge and then give thanks to the Creator for giving us life. (Mark 8:36 ASV)
Indeed, without fulfilling this most important step upon the Way, that of satisfying our spiritual need, the gaining of all the other needs will never effectuate true health, vitality and long life.

Choose Life, Fulfill your Spiritual Need.
Moses, a profit of God said to the Israelites: "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them." (Deuteronomy 30:19-20. Italics ours)
While camped on the bank of the Jordan river at flood stage, just prior to their crossing, the Israelites were told to fulfill their Spiritual Needs. (Joshua 3:15)

Sadly no, the final outcome is that the Israelites did not choose life by listening to the voice of God, but continued on the path of disobedience, which eventually caused them to loose possession of the house of God. (Matthew 23:37, 38)
There house, the location for worship of the true God was permanently taken from them and given to a people who would choose life by obeying God′s voice.

When Jesus was on the earth, he gathered to himself a people, taught them how to obey the voice of his Father and then sent them out to find and teach others how to choose life and to obey the voice of God. (Acts 15:14) (1 Peter 2:10)
Then, these same disciples formed the nucleus of a fast growing congregation of the people who would dedicate their lives to serving the most high God.

A Record to be Imitated.
The Acts of the Apostles is a record of the people of God, how they organized themselves, how they formed a united brotherhood, how serving God had first priority in their lives, how they avoided the ways of the world and how they would have no part of any of the numerous religions of their day, which religions, although claiming to worship God, proved themselves false by their works.
This record has been written down in God′s Word for the sole purpose for us to examine and then imamate closely.
Verily, a close examination of the book of Acts will go a long way in helping any person to understand who The People of God are today.

The People of God Today
Who are The People of God Today?
There are a seeming infinite number of religions around the world, all of which claim to serve God and even thousands of religions who call themselves Christians.
Still, in a search to identify The People of God, we should consider the words of Jesus recorded in chapter seven of the book of Matthew. He told his disciples at verse 15 to "Beware of false prophets" and said in verse 16, "Ye shall know them by their fruits." Jesus next expounds on this subject with an illustration of fruit trees.
Concluding with verse 21 Jesus told his disciples, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Yes, as Jesus tells us, one of the primary determinations for identifying The People who are in fact true followers of his is that they have learned what God′s will is and have put it to practice in their life.
Jesus clearly shows that if a person is not doing God′s Will, there is nothing else, absolutely no other works which will qualify that person as a Christian. This has been recorded in the next two verses, "22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Thus, if you want to be a disciple of Jesus and a friend of God, you must practice the worship that God approves. Jesus said in John 4: 23, "the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him."
Later, in the sermon on the mound, Jesus also said "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few are there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13 , 14)
Notice in the above verse that it also indicates there will be some who find the real life, but those who do would be relatively few compared to all the ones who are only claiming to worship God but who do not do his will. Furthermore, let it be know, it is God′s Word the Bible that is the only guide for the true worshipers.

Identifying The People of God Today
Have you taken note of people practicing their religion. If you do, it will be evident to you who is practicing true religion by what they are doing in their life. Jesus gave an illustration about the different fruit from grapes and thorns and then he said in reference to both true worshipers and false worshipers: "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Matthew 7:20)
Yes, those practicing true religion have deep respect for the Bible, knowing it is from God and allow it to guide every aspect of their lives. 2 Timothy 3:16)
Too, Jesus set the example for showing love for people by teaching them about God, never showing prejudice, racial hatred, nor even discriminating against those who hated them. In fact, he said that people would know his disciples by the love they show for one another. John 13:35)
Another identifying mark of true Christians today is they have a personal relation with God, know and use his name when talking about him to others. In fact, this is what Jesus did and also said that in order to have God′s love, we must make known his name to others. John 17:6, 26) God′s name is Jehovah. (Psalms 83:18)
What else will help you to identify true worshipers today? Jesus, when on earth had a mission, he said that he was sent to the earth to preach the Kingdom of God. (Luke 4:43) True worshipers would follow his example and they would be know for preaching to all people over the entire earth, particularly about God′s Kingdom.
So, the people of God respect the Bible and have love among themselves. They also a personal relationship with God, use and honor His name and teach others about His Kingdom. Who only are doing all of the above as a part of their worship. Search all those religions claiming to worship God and see for yourself, is it not Jehovah′s Witnesses who do all these things.

If you would like help to study the Bible, go to jw.org and fill in the online request for a free Bible study and a witness in your area will call to discuss the Bible at a time and place convenient with you.
Too, there are a couple of short videos at the above site that you must needs watch, entitled Why Study the Bible? and What Happens at a Bible Study?

The Way of Holiness
The Way
The expression The Way, is a figurative expression used in the Bible referring to a path one takes in his life to become approved of by God. Followers of Jesus Christ were considered as belonging to the Way. (Acts 9:2) (Acts 22:4)
The Hebrew scriptures refers to The Way as the path upon which God teaches sinners to walk on, and one they must keep walking upon, not turning aside from in order to serve and please Him. (Isaiah 35:8) (Psalms 25:8, 9) (Isaiah 30:21)
The Way, The Truth, and The Life
Jesus had told his disciples that he has prepared a place in his Father′s house and that where ever he goes they will know the way.
The disciple Thomas said, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way? Jesus then assured his disciples that the way to the Father is through the Son. John 14: 5, 6
Therefore, to find The Way and take steps upon it, it is urgent that one comes to know about the path God has provided through his son, Jesus. John 17: 3

The Mountain of God′s Kingdom
Mountain (see mountain in glossary)
1a. n. Naturally raised area on the surface of the earth, higher than hills.
1b. n. jour. The photo gallery for The Wayfarers Journal.
2a. n. Bib. The earth. (Isaiah 11:9)
2b. n. Bib. The governments on the earth;. (Rev. 17: 9-11; Jer. 51: 24-25)
3. n. jour. A remote lofty and lonely location where a wayƒarer quests for solitude, simplicity and solace.
4. n. sym. jour. The place of worship of the most high God. (Psalms 83: 18)
5. n. Bib. fig. jour. God′s Kingdom. The government that, during the last days, will set up an administration over all the Earth, which will first of all provide a worldwide educational program as part of true worship. Then, after it has done away with all manmade governments and wicked people, it will then provide everlasting life on a paradise Earth for faithful mankind, where they will never again have to deal with sickness, death, sorrow, crying or pain. (And this is the short list!) (Psalms 37: 9, 11, 29) (Isaiah 2: 2, 3, 4) (Revelation 21: 3, 4) (Matthew 6:9, 10, Luke 4:43)

The Summit Path to the Paradise
Summit (see summit in glossary)
1. n. A location on the top of a mountain above the treeline.
2. n. The place where one′s journey culminates.
3. n. The efforts spent reaching the top of a mountain.
4. vt. To climb to the top of a mountain. -mited
5. n. sym. jour. The location of worship of the true God, especially one where verily a wayƒarer feels at home.
6. n. fig. jour. The promised earthly paradise. (Psalm 37:11, 29; Matthew 5:5)
Summit Path
1. n The path one takes to achieve the summit.
2. n. fig. jour. The life one lives as a footstep follower of Jesus.
3. n. sym. jour. The path one takes to arrive at the real life in the paradise.

The Real Life that Lasts Forever
The Real Life (see real life in glossary)
1. n. Bib. jour. That life which is promised in God′s Word the Bible.

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