Our walk with the Lord is hindered to the degree that we fall short of entering into the place of loving acceptance prepared for us in Jesus Christ. We end up striving for approval instead of believing in our God given standing in grace. We work hard instead of trusting much. We wear ourselves out trying to please a Father we’re not sure accepts us, even though He has made every provision for our complete acceptance. All of our life, whether we knew it or not, the Father has been seeking us. He has chosen us before time began and given us both purpose and grace. Grace calls us to walk with Him and delivers us from our fears. He gives us His righteousness and His holiness in this New Creation.
...and that you put on the new man which was created
according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
You are predestined, by Your Father’s eternal purpose, to be conformed to the image of His Son. As your mind is renewed to this New Covenant reality, you learn to walk in the righteousness and holiness that is already yours in Christ. When you truly see yourself united with Christ, the Holy Spirit bears witness that you are truly born of God. As you, by faith, thank the Father for what He says He has done the Holy Spirit witnesses with your spirit that it is Truth. This assurance grows and you are filled with thanksgiving and praise as you are overwhelmed by His goodness and grace.
John 4:24 (The Message Bible)
God is sheer being itself - Spirit. Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.