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 factors.

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 future expansion!"

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