Things that hinder Progress in the Church
As in every facet of life there are things that hinder the growth
and progress of the local church. Here are some contributing
Withholding the tithe (Malachi 3:10) - We are repeatedly
cautioned that the tithe belongs to the Lord. That means a
tenth of our income should be placed in the storehouse. The
storehouse is the local church where you are fed. Failure to
pay the tithe hinders meeting of local obligations and prevents
Failing to keep the Lord's day holy (Isaiah 58:13-14) - One
day of seven belongs to God unconditionally. We prove our
intentions by faithful church attendance and by living clean!
Remember the sabbath was made for man but keep it holy.
Harboring an Unforgiving Spirit (Mark 11:25-26) - Jesus said,
"If your brother hath ought against you go to him." Whatever
it takes to bring about a reconciliation; to effect harmony in
the local church; to keep things progressively forward that will
you do. Deal with that unforgiving spirit immediately!
Regarding Iniquity in the Heart (Psalm 66:18) - To entertain
sin in any form in your heart can only produce disasterous results.
Prayer will get little attention until the heart is cleansed! Such
disobedience can only keep the church from progressing.
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Scripture: "Ye did run well, who did hinder you that ye
should not obey the truth." Gal. 5:7
Rev. W. Scott Lockard
©2003 Pastor Lockard's Living on the Bright side Ministries