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Things Which Hinder Worship

Things Which Hinder Worship

 

The following is a list of things, which hinder true worship to God.

 

1.     A Worldly spirit

Worldliness can blind us and lead us astray.

 

2 Corinthians 4:3-4:  "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."  2 Timothy 4:10: "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica.”

 

2.     A Critical Spirit to worship

We can bring a critical spirit into worship, being critical of everything that is attempted in worship. 

 

"The preacher preached too long, too short, used the wrong grammar."  "The song leader hit the wrong tune.” "Worship is too dull."  The "Christian” who brings a critical spirit to worship does not have love for God or love for the brethren.  The remedy for a critical spirit is found in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.  "Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”

 

3.     An unforgiving spirit

Jesus warned us about this unforgiving spirit in Matthew 5:23-24.  "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift."

 

Grudge holding can cause us to be spiritually blind.  1 John 2:9-11 – "He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes."

 

CONCLUSION: Worship is important. Let us prepare for worship. Bring to worship that which will help us worship properly, and leave behind those things, which will hinder our worship. 
 
 
Jimmy
Antioch church of Christ
09/19/10   PM



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