The Bible View #832 —The Indwelling Holy Spirit

In This Issue:
The Indwelling Holy Spirit
Keep the Temple Clean
Reasons Why the Believer Should be Holy

Volume: 832    October 18, 2021
Theme: The Indwelling Spirit of God


The Indwelling Holy Spirit
Bill Brinkworth

“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:10

At the time of Psalm 84, there were still tabernacles ( perhaps “tabernacles” was plural because, as one tabernacle was in disrepair, it was repaired or replaced. It could have also referred to the places of reflection built during the Feast of the Tabernacles). The temple must have existed, and perhaps it was being constructed as it had become a home (Psalm 84:3) for nesting sparrows.

For the Jews, the Tabernacle or Temple was where they met God. Those places were where He visited His people.  It was also where Israel could be physically closer to God.  Because of the nearness of their God, it was a special place.

The writer declares it was a friendly place (Psalm 84 — “amiable”).  He was overwhelmed (Psalm 84:2) to be where God had been and where His commandments were obeyed.  He envied the sparrows that built their nest amongst the structures and lived near God. He even felt those dedicated to service for the Lord and dwelt amongst (Psalm 84:4) the buildings were also fortunate.  The Psalm writer realized it was a blessed place (Psalm 84:4-7).

Today, we do not have a physical building where God dwells.  The Spirit of God lives in every believer.  If we are saved, we are the Temple of the living God, and we should be as excited and encouraged as was the writer of Psalm 84 when he was in the Temple.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” I Cor. 3:16-17
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” II Cor. 6:16-18  Also: Ephesians 2:21-22, Hebrews 3:6, I Peter 2:5.

Think about it for a minute! Selah!  The Holy Spirit of God lives inside of you, Christian.  He loves you so much that He does not want to live far away from you.  He has chosen to live inside of you!

With that closeness of God should come special excitement, as the Psalm writer experienced.  However, with the nearness of our God, we should make sure our “Temple” is swept clean of dirty sin that God hates. It is good to be so close to God, but it comes with an awesome responsibility to be far from sin and obedient to what a Holy God expects of us.

“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”   I Peter 1:16


Keep the Temple Clean
Bill Brinkworth

I had waited a long time to spend the weekend with my friend. Finally, the time had arrived. After being dropped off by my mother, with a suitcase and sleeping bag in hand, I was ready for the games to begin!

Up the steps, my buddy guided me to where I was to sleep. As the door creaked open, I was aghast at the sleeping quarters where I was to spend the next couple of nights. Clutter, mess, and filth would also be my bedfellows if I were to spend the night in that bedroom.

Dirty, tattered curtains blocked most of the light filtering through the windows. I wondered if they had ever been washed since they were installed.

Strips of wallpaper curled off the wall, exposing its paste that clusters of roaches were feasting upon. Spider webs laced across most of the corners and crevices. Clothes lay where they fell after they were removed. I was not sure, but I was positive I saw a dirty sock move slightly across the dusty, stained rug under its power. A smell of armpits, sweat, and filth permeated from unwashed clothes and bedding. It was not a place that I would relish spending the night.

As politely as I could manage, I complained, “I really want to spend the weekend with you. We could have such a good time together, but to be honest with you, um, this room is too filthy for me to even sleep in. I would not be comfortable here.”

My host surveyed his room and agreed with a nod that it was a mess.

“If I am to stay here, we’ve got to clean it up,” I suggested.

He was agreeable, and soon we were both working together to clean his room. Curtains, clothing, and bedding were washed more than once. Pests were sprayed and removed. Windows were washed. Walls were wiped. Floors were vacuumed and scrubbed.

After much hard work, the room was spotless. It even smelled clean and fresh. It was now a room where I could comfortably sleep.

When a person gets saved, that person becomes the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. He becomes a living “temple” where the Spirit of God indwells.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? ”I Corinthians 3:16
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” I Corinthians 6:19

As I and others would not be comfortable in such a filthy environment as was my friend’s room, so the Holy Spirit is not comfortable with His dwelling place in many lives. The spiritual uncleanliness that displeases Him and stifles His working in our lives is our sin. 

When a person is first saved, the voice of the Holy Spirit whispers to his heart to work on eliminating sin. For each person, the Holy Spirit’s directions to clean up his “temple” are different. It may be lying or a drinking problem that the Holy Spirit urges the child of God first to eliminate for the Spirit to be comfortable enough to work in his life. For others, it may be the sin of adultery, deceitfulness, cheating, or gossiping that He demands to be stricken from the “temple” of the Living Spirit.
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” II Corinthians 6:16
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

Too many disregard, disobey, or ignore the convicting voice of the Holy Spirit to remove sin from their lives. In doing so, they grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Not doing as He commands is the same as telling him, “No!”. He does not leave, but He becomes silent. That is why so many people that were saved never do much or are used by God. The Holy Spirit insisted they clean up their “temple,” and they refused to do so. A dirty “temple” will never bring honor to God, nor will it be used by God.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13

All that are saved have many sins in their lives that need to be cleaned out. The Holy Spirit is so gracious that He does not demand they all be cleaned up at once. One by one, He will point them out and help us clean up where only He knows the “filth” is hiding.

Is there an area in your life that God’s Spirit is urging you to clean up? You will never be perfect and sin-free, but you can be a cleaner “temple” that can bring honor and glory to God.

“I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness that remains in him.”   — Spurgeon


Reasons Why the Believer Should be Holy
Edited from 500 Bible Readings, Marsh

  • Because of who God is.
    “The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” Psalm 145:17
    “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” Lev. 19:2
  • Because He commands it: Lev. 19:2.
  • Because of His relationship with us.
    “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.” Lev. 20:7
  • Because of His choice of us.
    “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.” Lev. 20:26
  • Because of our relationship with Him.
    “They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.” Lev. 21:6

“Holiness is not the way to Christ.  Christ is the way to holiness.”  — Spurgeon

The Bible View #831 — Decisions

In This Issue:
Decisions and Their Cost
Spurgeon’s Right Decision
Nothing Less Than the Best
At His Mercy
How Livingston Took a Criticism

Volume: 831    October 11, 2021
Theme: Decisions

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Decisions and Their Cost
Bill Brinkworth

What makes the difference between a strong Christian and a weak one?  Much of the time, it is a Christian making the right decisions, sticking with convictions, and, as a result, growing spiritually.

The pastor of a church usually made the right decision in his life.  He had to make the right choice of going to church, attending Sunday school, not working on Wednesday night so he could attend services, reading his Bible, and daily praying.  After showing himself faithful with what God wanted him to do, God knew He could trust the man with further tasks. 

Somewhere in that man’s life, God spoke to him about full-time service and serving the Lord.  The man not only heard His call, but obeyed the summons and sacrificed whatever it took to please the Lord.  He, too, may have been tempted financially to work another job rather than trust God with what little he earned, so he would be available to preach and pastor. The right decisions were made.

One of the most spiritual people you know most likely also came to similar decisions in their life and chose the right, godly direction.  Few wake up one morning and say, “I will be spiritual today from now on,” and it instantly happens.  One’s faith and obedience to God grows as testings strengthen that person.

Most likely, the person had a choice of prosperity and a tempting opportunity, but chose the direction of serving and living for God.  No matter the cost or how their life would deviate from their desires, they made the right choice that they would not regret.

Perhaps the one seeking to serve the Lord faced medical trials where he put his faith in God above physical limitations. Maybe ridicule of family or friends about his faithfulness to the things of God was an obstacle that had to be battled.

However, the right decisions were made, showing the Lord that He was more important to what this temporary world offered.  Faith and obedience to God grew as the right choices were made through each trial and tribulation that was faced.

Sunday school teachers had to make the right decisions.  Sometime in their lives, the burden of teaching others became so important to them that the service to God as a teacher was more valuable than their own free time.  Their teaching ministry became more precious to them than their attending a football game during their study hours.  It became more precious to them than the money they had to give up to buy study material or treats for their class. Because of paying the right price their decision required, they were entrusted to be in the position they are today to be a blessing for the cause of Christ.

The faithful members of a church also made the right decisions.  They could have easily missed church, stayed home, and watched television.  However, the hearing of the Word of God and their edification in the things of God became more essential than other pleasures.

No one would have missed the church attendees if they had gone to another church because of hurt feelings.  Still, the urgency God gave them to join, take part, and attend His local assembly of believers was so needful to them that they made the right decisions not to miss services.

On and on the list could go of people who did without or did what was not convenient for them to do to please and obey God.  Obedience was most important to them.  Unfortunately, they are the minority in the body of Christ.  Too many do not have their priorities the same as the above examples.  Something in their lives became more important than God and obedience to Him.

Perhaps it was the first step after they were saved that was not crucial to them.  The young Christian also received the heart-tug to be baptized, start praying, or daily read their Bible, but something was more important to them than obedience. 

Maybe the fear of what others would think if they became “religious” scared them away from obedience to the Lord.  Possibly, they may have chosen not to sacrifice driving to church to hear the Gospel because an extra hour of sleep was more important to them.  They had the same amount of time as those previously described who obeyed and live for God.  However, they hoarded that time for themselves and decided not to make God a priority in their life.

Some may have started out making the right spiritual decisions. They may have been convicted about something God wanted them to change or do, but chose not to.  Their wrong decision to not obey the leadership of God was a blunt “No” in God’s ears. That refusal cost them further help from God.  What would be the sense of the Lord telling them other things to do if they were not doing what the Lord had already shown them to do?  Because of that wrong decision, the rest of their lives may be spent far from God, with only their self-interests being served and not God’s.

Eventually, they may find themselves far away from hearing the whisper of God’s calling in their lives.  They may still attend church, but the preacher’s words do nothing to stir them anymore. Their hardened hearts make them “used-to-be’s” or “once-I-was-gonna’s,” and now they sit and do not serve. They had the same opportunities to obey and serve as did others, but they chose the temporal rather than that which would please God and allow Him to work in their lives.  They, unfortunately, made the wrong decisions.

If you have to sadly admit you have made the wrong decisions in the past, it may not be too late to make the correct choice.  God is a second, third, or even a hundred chance God. Just the fact that you have a conviction about making wrong choices is a light showing that your heart is not completely hardened — yet.  There may still be an opportunity to make the right choices and serve God today.  Doing it tomorrow will be the wrong decision.  Saying “Yes” to God’s commandment that rings in your heart will be the right one. Decide and obey now!

“Obedience to God is the most infallible evidence of sincere and supreme love to Him.”   — Emmons



Spurgeon’s Right Decision
Good News Broadcaster

Years before the death of Spurgeon, an American lecture bureau tried to engage him to come to America and deliver fifty lectures in all the large cities of the country.  As compensation, the bureau offered to pay all of Mr. Spurgeon’s costs and the expenses of his wife and his private secretary to come with him until they returned. In addition, they would pay $1,000 per night for each of his fifty lectures. 

Mr. Spurgeon promptly declined this tempting offer to make $50,000 in fifty days, saying, “I can do better. I will stay in London and try to save fifty souls.” No wonder he succeeded so marvelously in winning souls!  No wonder that at his death, over 12,000 converts rose to bless his memory and thank God that Spurgeon ever lived!

“If you don’t walk with God, you’re walking in the wrong direction.” 



Nothing Less Than the Best
Sunday School Times

Before the 1939-45 war, a school for the children of “untouchables” in India received a shipment of Christmas presents from English children each year.  Each girl received a doll, “whose clothes took off and on,” and each boy received a toy. 

One year, Doctor Sahib from a nearby mission hospital came to distribute the presents. He told the children about a village not far away, where the children had never heard of Jesus or Christmas and suggested that they might each give one of their old toys to be taken to those children.

They readily agreed, and he came the following Sunday to receive them.  The boys and girls filed past him and handed a doll or a toy each.  It was the new presents that they gave.  When asked why, a girl said, “Think what Jesus gave for us, and what He has done for us.  Could we give Him less than our best?”



At His Mercy
Heart and Life Bulletin

George Atley, a young Englishman with the heart of a hero, was engaged in the Central African Mission. A party of natives attacked him.  He had with him a Winchester repeating rifle with ten loaded bullets in the chamber. He could have killed them all. The party was entirely at his mercy.

Calmly and quickly, the missionary summed up the situation.  He concluded killing them would do the mission more harm than if he allowed them to take his life.  So, like a lamb to the slaughter, he did not fight back. When his body was found in the stream, his rifle was also found with its ten rounds still loaded. Soul future destinies were more important than his own life.

“… and if we obey God, we must disobey ourselves …”  Herman Melville



How Livingston Took a Criticism
Dr. Peloubet

Misjudged by a fellow missionary, Dr. Livingstone gave up his house and garden at Mabosta with all the toil and money they had cost him.  He did so rather than have any scandal before the heathen and began in a new place, building a new house, school building, and gathering the people around him. 

His colleague was so struck with his generosity that he said had he known Livingston’s intention, he would never have spoken a word against him.  Parting with his garden cost him a great pang.  “I like a garden,” he wrote, “but Paradise will make amends for all our privations here.”

Jesus Christ sacrificed also.  He gave His life on the cross so that we could live eternally.

The BibleView #830 — Baptism

In This Issue:
Baptism
A Good Feeling by Being Obedient
Baptism’s Purpose

Volume: 830    October 4, 2021
Theme: Baptism

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Baptism
Bill Brinkworth

One of the few ordinances commanded in the Bible is that of baptism. This one act has caused much argument, division, and even many deaths in the past. Books have been written on the subject, and serious study has been given to this subject by many.

There are three types of baptism spoken of in the New Testament. They include the baptism of the Holy Ghost, a non-water baptism dealing with Jesus’ burdens (Mat. 20:22, 23), and one where a saved person is submerged into the baptismal waters. Here are some teachings from the Bible about the third type of baptism, the baptism of one who has been spiritually born- again:

  • One should be baptized because Christ commanded it:
    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28:19
  • Water baptism is symbolic of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. When it is performed for one that has his sins forgiven after trusting in Jesus’ death on the cross for the remission of his sins, it is a perfect picture of what Jesus did for him. When the one being baptized is lowered quickly into the water, it is a picture of Jesus’ death on the cross. When He is brought up out of the water, it is a picture of His resurrection.
    “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 19:5  Also: Romans 6:3, Ephesians 4:5, Galatians 3:27.
  • Baptism is not essential for salvation. In verses about salvation (as John 3:13, Romans 10:9…) baptism was never included.

    When the man that died on the cross with Jesus was saved, Christ said he would see him shortly in “paradise.” If baptism were required for salvation, he would not have gone there with Jesus.  Also, Jesus Himself was baptized. The Saviour was certainly already going “home” and did not need the commission of an ordinance to get him there. He did it because His Father commanded Him to, as we should.
  • Baptism was performed only on people after they were saved, sometimes almost immediately.
    “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41

    The Ethiopian eunuch was saved and baptized shortly thereafter:  “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest [the context was water baptism].  And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.… ” Acts 8:37-39

    The jailor believed: “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house… And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway ”. Acts 8:30-33
  • The early churches practiced it. It was performed in Jerusalem, the desert (Acts 8:36), and Paul and members of the early church were baptized.


The Greek New Testament word for baptism is “baptizmo.” That word means “immersion.”  One hundred and two times in the New Testament, that term is used.  It always indicates a saved person being put down into the water and brought back up.  In most instances, it was performed in a river, sea, or nearby water source.

Baptism by sprinkling with water (“christening”), rather than submerging into the water, is not mentioned in the Bible. That unscriptural practice, by some accounts, was performed as early as 150 A.D. and was widely accepted by Catholicism (by Emperor Constantine) in the early 300’s A.D.  Over 100 years later, many believe sprinkling of babies was widely practiced.  It is the unbiblical practice of “christening” that many religions have adopted as “baptism”  and perform even today.

The christening of babies violates the commands of God and does not portray the picture of what Christ did for them on the cross. All references to baptisms were to men and women, not infants. Not one christened baby ever knew what was happening to him and certainly did not understand that Jesus died and rose again for him, which is most important to the one being scripturally baptized. No baby ever understood that he was a sinner. If a person was christened, they should still be baptized when they get saved if they want to please the Lord.

Baptism does not add to salvation, nor does it “wash away” sins. If this were true, every rain or bath would cleanse a person from sin. It is an ordinance that shows other believers one is born-again and obedient to what God commands. It is boldly donning the uniform of a Christian as a testimony. Baptism is an early step a believer takes to show obedience and willingness to obey God’s commandments.

Obedience to God is the most infallible evidence of sincere and supreme love for him.”  — Emmons


A Good Feeling by Being Obedient
Bill Brinkworth

“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” I Peter 3:21-22

The doctrine of baptism has been a subject of much debate for a long time. To a Bible believer, the issue is quite clear; one is saved and then baptized by immersion.  Others abide by the unbiblical christening ceremony that Constantine encouraged when he attempted to merge paganism with Christianity by mass-christening.   Some even hold that baptism washes away sins. 

This verse in I Peter 3:21 may give many the impression that baptism does “save us.” However, if the context of the scripture is examined, it is clear that baptism has nothing to do with being saved from the penalty of sin.

In parentheses, verse 21 clearly states that baptism does not put away sins (“the filth of the flesh”). However, baptism gives us a good conscience toward God. It makes us feel good to do what we are told (“good conscience”). Having a “good conscience” was also brought up in the previous vs. 16.

Baptism does not save a person, but what does is obedience to God’s commandments.  In Noah’s case, building the ark physically saved him and his family (I Peter 3:20).  In our case, salvation is obtained by obeying God in trusting Christ’s death and resurrection (I Peter 3:21).

Before salvation, a believer has often run from obeying God and certainly did not do what God wanted him to do.  After salvation, baptism is one of the first steps of obedience that a believer demonstrates to God.  A believer can have a clear conscience in knowing that he is finally obeying God.  He shows others, and the watching Lord, when he is baptized, he remembers Jesus died, rose again for him and Jesus is now his Saviour.

“Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith.”  — Watchman Nee


Baptism’s Purpose
A. Hodge, 1871

Baptism signifies, seals, and conveys to one to whom he belongs. The act symbolizes “the washing of regeneration” and “the renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5), which unites the believer to Christ. It makes him a participant in Christ’s life and all other benefits.
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” I Cor. 12:13
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Gal. 3:27
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5

Baptism is a visible sign of our covenant to be the Lord’s.  It shows others we have accepted His salvation and desire to consecrate ourselves to His service.  It is a badge of our public profession, showing our willingness to be separate from the world, and our admittance intos the family of believers.  This badge marks us as belonging to the Lord and consequently distinguishes us from the world (I Cor. 12:13).

A man who knows that he is saved by believing in Christ does not, when he is baptized, lift his baptism into a saving ordinance. In fact, he is the very best protester against that mistake because he holds that he has no right to be baptized until he is saved.”  — Charles Spurgeon

THE BIBLE VIEW #829 — Peer Pressure

In This Issue:
Peer Pressure — the other guy “made” me do it!
Can’t Please Everybody
The Two Brothers
The Need of Many Churches
Value of the Church

Volume: 829    September 27, 2021
Theme: Peer Pressures

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Peer Pressure — the other guy “made” me do it!
Bill Brinkworth

Many claim an outside “force” compelled them to do things they usually would not do. Getting their peer’s approval and acceptance is that force for many.

Webster defines “peer” as an “equal; one of the same rank.”  For some, it is essential to please people, even though they are not “equals,” and really cannot do anything to force them to do what they have done.

This invisible pressure to please one’s acquaintances has always been an overwhelming force in many lives.  Here are some reasons, as illustrated by biblical characters, that the desire to have the approval of one’s peers can have such power in one’s life:

They do not want to be different. Peter, Jesus’ disciple, certainly attested to the power of peer pressure.  He was the one who planned to be loyal and faithful to Jesus when he said, “… Although all shall be offended, yet will not I”  Mark 14:29. 

However, before the rooster crowed, as Jesus had prophesied, Peter denied having anything to do with his friend and leader.  It was more important to Peter to fit in at the campfire of strangers than to be publicly identified with God’s only Son.

Too many have been led by similar pressure.  They have sold out their testimony and future to “fit in” and be like everyone else.  Selling out for social acceptance is usually temporary and has to be performed repeatedly for each group it is important to “fit in.”  It is not long until a person has molded himself to please so many groups that he does not know who he is anymore.

They want to make others happy. Pilate succumbed to peer pressure when the rantings of a mob convinced him to have the Saviour put to death.
“And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.” Mark 15:13-15 

Pilate allowed mob rule to cloud his judgment.  His wrong decision helped put the nails into the body of God’s only Son.  Many of us have also done things to make others happy, only to find that happiness is temporary as long as we do what others want.  Later, we have to live with the side effects from the judgments we have made, often for the rest of our lives.

They think they are outnumbered.  Instead of “winning others,” they are joining with them. Aaron was swayed by peer pressure when the people of God commanded him to make false idols.  He gave in to the pressure of the opposing multitudes rather than doing right in God’s eyes.
“And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them… For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us:…”  Exodus 32:21-23

No matter if “everyone” is doing wrong, it does not make it right for us to do likewise.  We should do what pleases God, if it is popular or not.

They blame others for their wrongdoing.  For many, the reason for their not doing the righteous thing is that others “forced” them to do contrary to what God requires. Saul revealed his weakness to peer pressure when he insisted the people made him disobey God:
“Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, … And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?  And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.” I Samuel 15:3-15

Saul was the leader.  It was his responsibility to lead the people in obeying God. Unless one is physically forced into doing what is wrong, which rarely is the reason, it is up to us to do what God expects us to do.  We are the ones that are responsible for our actions.

It has become common to blame the environment, surroundings, people, or circumstances for our actions. Too many have become “victims” and think they are not responsible for their actions.

According to God’s Word, each is responsible for his actions. Our excuses for not doing right in God’s eyes and according to His Word do not take away from the fact that wrong is still wrong.  The pressures felt from our peers do not give us any permission to disobey what God commands us to do. Each of us must one day give an account of our actions.
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:11-12

“If you do things merely because you think some other fool expects you to do them, and he expects you to do them because he thinks you expect him to expect you to do them, it will end in everybody doing what nobody wants to do, which is, in my opinion, a silly state of things.”   — George Bernard Shaw



Can’t Please Everybody
Author Unknown

Mullah Nasir-Ed-Din, an ancient Persian humorist, and his son were walking along a country road behind their donkey who was contentedly nibbling grass along the way.

Seeing Mullah and his son sweating profusely, a man remarked, “Look how foolish they are, walking instead of riding.”

Hearing the remark, Mullah and his son climbed on the donkey. They rode through the next village where they heard an old man exclaim, “They ought to be ashamed, making that poor old donkey carry two riders.” Mullah dismounted and walked while the son rode the donkey to the next village.

There Mullah heard this commentary, “Poor old man!  That boy should be ashamed, making his poor, old Dad walk!”  Then Mullah got on the donkey while his son dismounted and walked for some distance.

Finally, another villager made this observation, “Look at that old man riding while his son has to walk.  How cruel!”  Mullah rubbed his beard, shook his head and said to himself, “You can’t please any of the people any of the time.”

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”  — Matthew 6:24  


The Two Brothers
Gospel Herald

There were two boys in the Taylor family.  The older said he must make a name for his family and turned his face toward Parliament and fame.  The younger gave his life to the service of Christ and turned his face toward China and duty.  Hudson Taylor, the missionary, died, beloved, and known on every continent. When I looked in the encyclopedia to see what the other son had done, I found these words, “The brother of Hudson Taylor.”


The Need of Many Churches
Author Unknown

  • More workers and fewer shirkers.
  • More backers and fewer slackers.
  • More of God’s plans and less of man’s.
  • More praying and less straying.
  • More divine power and less human “pow-wow.”
  • More Good News and fewer book reviews.
  • More burden-bearers and fewer talebearers.
  • More love for the Word, less love for the world.
  • More seeking for grace, less seeking for place.
  • More holiness of life, less bickering, and strife.
  • More tithes and fewer drives.
  • More fasting; less feasting.
  • More praying; less playing.


Value of the Church
Author Unknown

“Why should I go to church?” a young girl asked her grandfather.

The grandfather was silent for a moment, and then he said, “Tell me, child, has the piano-tuner been here yet?  You said that the piano needed tuning.”

“No, I am still waiting for him.  The piano needs tuning badly.  I tried to play last evening, but my playing was a dismal failure.”

“Now, see my child, our souls are like a musical instrument,” said the grandfather.  “The strings become slack and out of tune quickly. They must be tuned up from time to time.”

“What do you mean, grandfather?”

“All strings, goodness, faith, courage, generosity, reverence, love — all grow less vibrant in us, without our even knowing it. But, when we hear the truths from the Word of God proclaimed at church, we see how we have lost tune.  We are tuned up once more to what is the true pitch of righteousness.  However, the tuning does not last, and so one must regularly go to church to have one’s soul tuned right.”

To some people, religious freedom means the choice of churches, which they may stay away from.” — York Trade Compositor  

The Bible View #828 — Do Right

In This Issue:
As For Me, I Will…
Make Up Your Mind

Volume: 828    September 20, 2021
Theme: Do Right

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As For Me, I Will…
Committing to the Lord can be difficult and should involve conviction-led decisions.  A Christian must make up his mind if, when, and how he will obey what he has seen or learned of the Word of God truths.  

Many men and women of the past and present have had the tugging of the Holy Spirit encouraging them to obey God’s commandments, and they did.  Their convictions and determinations to do what God spoke to their hearts to do should be models for Christians.  Here are some decisions of many Bible characters and what they were convicted to do.

Joshua decided that no matter what those around him were doing, he would serve the Lord.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

No matter what others did, Samuel was determined not to sin.
“And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD;… 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you:…” I Samuel 12:20-23

David was determined to build a great work for the Lord.  Although God would not allow him to build the temple because of his past deeds, David provided all the necessary items for its construction and operation. He did what he could.
“And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God: 8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying … thou shalt not build an house unto my name…”  I Chronicles 22:7-10  Also: I Chronicles 28:2, 29:17.

Job was determined not to be a complainer.
As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?” Job 21:4

David determined to rely on God’s protection and honor God.
As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.” Psalm 55:16  Also: Psalm 17:8-15.

David was determined to be obedient to God.  One of God’s commandments was for all to attend the temple services and to worship God, and he did.
“But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” Psalm 5:7

David was determined to abide by the standards God had shown him to uphold.
“… 11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.” Psalm 26:9-11

David was determined to humble himself before his enemies and not to return evilness to other’s wickedness.
“… they laid to my charge things that I knew not. 12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.” Psalm 35:11-13

David was determined to have a consistent prayer life.
“But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time…” Psalm 69:13

Jeremiah was determined not to quit the task God called him to do.
“As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.” Jeremiah 17:16

Jeremiah was determined to tell others what God wanted them to know, even if it cost him his life.
“Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard. 13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God… 14 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you. 15 But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death …” Jeremiah 26:12-15

Daniel was determined not to be selfish with the wisdom God had given him.  He made sure he shared it with those that would be helped by God’s truths.
“But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.” Daniel 2:30


Being born-again into the family of God by salvation is only the beginning.  After one is saved (Romans 10:9), God must and will do much “house cleaning” in a person’s character, if He is allowed.

A Christian is to be Christ-like and to be like Him the new creature in Christ should find himself a changed person.  Worldly thoughts and behaviors often are swept from a believer’s life, and different desires and behaviors will be proof of the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” II Corinthians 5:17

Christian, has the convicting Holy Spirit urged you to make changes in your lifestyle and character? Heed His prompting to make even the “little” changes in your personality, and how you react to situations you will face. 

As for you, what will you do with God’s Words?  Determine to do what He has shown you to do.  If you do, you will discover yourself to be the new creature God desires you to be.

“Always do right.  This will gratify some people and astonish the others.
— Mark Twain


Make Up Your Mind
Bill Brinkworth

Before Joshua’s death, Israel’s leader gathered his people together. He reminded them of all the mighty things God had done for them and their fathers. Joshua rehearsed how God took, gave, sent, plagued, brought, put, destroyed, and delivered for them in over 17 instances (Joshua 24:3-13).

In the remembrances of the great helps God had done for Israel, the leader also reminded them of their failures. He told them how they continued to backslide from God and repeatedly had to be rescued from the consequences of their poor choices. Many of God’s deliverances were because the people had not learned their lesson and still were of two opinions.

Sometimes they served God, and other times they served the losing side and its false gods. Trying to live for God was a constant struggle for them. Their minds were not entirely made up, or they would not have repeatedly made the same mistakes.

No matter the loyalty of Israel to God, it was not a hard decision for Joshua. His mind was already made up. A long time previously, he had decided who His God was and that he would be faithful in obedience. It was no longer a struggle for him whom he would serve when he said: “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:14-15

Israel’s leader used interesting words in describing many of the people’s desire not to serve God. He used, “… if it seem evil”. This indicates that some people thought that serving their Creator and Protector was physically, socially, or morally bad for them. This thinking is not unlike the thoughts today of many. Too many think serving God and obeying his commandments are unprofitable to them because:

  • They will miss all the fun if they follow God’s commands. Sin is only “fun” for a short time. Sin never gives true joy, only temporary satisfaction.
    “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” Hebrews 11:25 
  • They do not know that there is a price tag for sin. No one gets away with sin. Sin always does damage and only gives short-lived satisfaction (Hebrews 11:25).
    “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverb 28:13  Also: Romans 6:23.
  • His way is not the world’s way. By following His way, they will appear strange and different tos others. They will not fit in.

    Yes, God’s way is different. Yes, you will not “fit in” if you are obedient to God, but why do you want to be like the losing side? God’s way is always better. He has raised trillions of children, and His ways are the best.
    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
  • They only see the now and forget the eternal. There is life after death. There is an eternity in either Heaven or Hell. What sense is there in missing Heaven for temporal satisfaction in a relatively short time here on Earth? 
    “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36


The world’s excuses for not serving God have always been the same. The reasons come from a similar rebellious and disobedient heart. No matter the time, the answer to God can be the same as Joshua’s, “… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) No matter what others think or do, we can always be different and do right!

Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” William Penn

The Bible View #827 — Out of Fellowship

In This Issue:
Lost Fellowship
Out of Touch with God
Blow on The Embers

Volume: 827    September 13, 2021
Theme: Out of Fellowship

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Lost Fellowship
Charles Spurgeon

I once asked a Christian how long it was since he had enjoyed fellowship with Jesus. His reply was remarkable. “I feel sorry,” he said, “you have asked me that question, and yet I must thank you. Had you asked me whether I continued in prayer, I would have said, ‘Yes,’ for I constantly pray with more or less fervor. Had you inquired whether I endeavored to walk honestly and uprightly before my fellow creatures, I would have said, ‘Yes,’ thank God, I hope I have not slipped with my feet.  However, when you say, ‘How long is it since you have had fellowship with Jesus?’ I blush because many a day has passed since I have known that high privilege.”

Is that so with you, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ? If so, it is very, very sad.

Your excuses for drifting far from God will not stand!
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”  Isaiah 40:29


Out of Touch with God
Bill Brinkworth

Psalm 60 referred to the historical event when David got the victory over the Edomites.  However, as do most of the Psalms, there is something that one can relate to in their own life today.

There are times some have the feeling David had when he knew He was not in fellowship with the Lord.  He sensed something was different between him and His relationship with the Lord.  David knew he and Israel had displeased God, and he desired His heavenly Father’s help, guidance, and fellowship again.
“… O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.” Psalm 60:1

We are joyous over the times we know God is close, and we see His hand in our lives every day.  We pray, and we see His answers.  Miraculously, we see his blessings in our lives. They are wonderful days, but something happens.  Those feelings disappear. For some, those God-filled days are only a dim memory.

Frantically, we search our lives.  We know God would never leave us, but He will withdraw His helping hand in our lives when we sin. Prayers go up but appear unanswered. “What is it that I have done to grieve you, dear Lord,” we plea.

As we recall past events, one, two, or maybe more sins that we have done against the Father come to mind. We certainly cannot undo our past, but we must do something to have a better future.

Quickly, we pull aside out of what we are doing and bow our heads in prayer.  God knows what we have done or neglected to do, but He wants to hear us admit our transgressions.  As we name them one by one in prayer, a waited-for plea is uttered from our lips, “And, please Father, forgive me for what I have done.  With your help, please help this never to happen again.”

Forgiveness is sought, and it is received from a gracious God.  Many times, the fellowship is not immediately restored to the point it was previously.  Still, our confession to Him is all we can do. It is a necessary re-starting point.

David experienced that situation.  He knew why his and his nation’s close relationship with God had changed, and He wanted the relationship back the way it was.  The leader humbled himself and sought forgiveness.

If you find yourself in a situation that your walk with the Lord is not what it used to be, it may be time you do as David did.  Search your heart. Be honest with yourself, and do not hide behind excuses.

Seek answers through praying. As you are reminded of things that could have been done differently, sin that never should have been committed, or steps of disobedience, beg God’s forgiveness and help to stay within His graces.  Do so when your heart is convicted.  There may not be another opportunity to be restored to the fellowship with your heavenly Father.

“True repentance hates the sin, and not merely the penalty…”  — Taylor


Blow on the Embers
Bill Brinkworth

To supplement our heater, we use a wood stove. With the right fuel, it produces a roaring fire, and with the damper set just right, a load of wood will burn most of the night and heat the house. 

After a night-long burn, the fire seems to have gone out by the morning, but there are still embers. After some poking and attention are given to them, they will easily ignite new fuel and continue to burn the rest of the day. At first, there seems to be no hope of rekindling the night’s fire.  However, after the burned-out ash is pushed aside to expose hidden embers, kindling is laid on top of them, gently blown on, and it is not long until a blaze results from the revived embers.

A born-again child of God can likewise lose the “blaze” for the Lord he once had. There may have been a time when prayer, church attendance, Bible reading, and other spiritual activities were priorities. Slowly, however, the fervent, spiritual-fire burning in one’s life was reduced to a smoldering, hardly-remembered ember.

If one is genuinely born-again, the embers are still there. The embers never completely went out. There is no loss of salvation, as some suppose is the reason for no spiritual activity and more involvement in sin. The Bible does teach that once saved, always saved (II Tim. 1:9, Eph. 2:8-9, John 10:28-29). Since salvation is still there, there may be just an over-covering of “ash” from sin’s participation.

Involvement in sin will not chase the indwelling Holy Spirit away. It will, however, grieve Him enough that He will not speak or move in one’s life until the sin is repented.

The Holy Spirit does work in one’s life.  It is He that speaks to one’s heart, does the convicting resulting in changing one’s life, and He encourages spiritual growth in one’s life.  When the Holy Spirit is no longer working, His refusal to work often reflects our non-spirituality.
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.“ Eph. 4:30  (Also: Prov. 28:13, I Thes. 5:19).

Like the seemingly defunct fire, a saved person can once again be the spiritual person he was or even be closer to God than he was before. There is hope in rekindling spiritual fires again! 

The first necessary step to get back to where one once was spiritually, or to have any spiritual growth, is to want change!  One can feel guilty or be depressed about one’s condition, but if one does not want to change, nothing will ever be altered in one’s relationship with God.  The fire in my stove would never be re-started unless I wanted it to be.  A person has to desire an alteration before anything will change.  As much as others want a person to be different, their efforts will not be long-lived or not result in any modifications unless the person himself desires a different life.

Secondly, the person himself must know what made the spiritual fires cease from burning fervently. Was there not enough fuel to keep it burning?  Was there no Bible reading?  Was there no prayer life?  Was there no spiritual food on which to feed?  If one feeds fleshly desires with worldliness, how can one expect the spiritual part to grow?  Whatever part of us that is fed the most is the one that grows!

Another reason spiritual fires may be gone out is sin over-covering the embers.  Sin will quench any desire to live for God. It will sadden the Holy Spirit so much He will not work in one’s life. The only remedy is to admit (confess) what one has allowed to hamper his relationship with the Lord, ask the Lord to forgive him for his transgression, and with God’s help, purpose not to err that way anymore (Psalms 51:2).  If an attempt to get closer to God again fails, one can start all over again.  He is a second-chance God, and third chance, and fourth….

After this truth is realized, the Lord is faithful and just to forgive and forget, and one can get back to where he should have been in his relationship with the Lord.  Once again, the Holy Spirit will blow on our “embers,” and a “blaze” can be resumed.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 (Also I John 1:7)

“There can be no doubt in any man’s mind, nor any man’s heart, that God is our sustenance and our strength. Each of us must believe wholeheartedly and fiercely in the power and the glory, and the strength of God.  Thus, it would be more proper to say that each man must seek the companionship of God.  God awaits each one of us.” — Harold K. Johnson

The Bible View #826 — Christianity’s Opposition

In This Issue:
 Because What They Saw and Heard
Why Christianity Is Opposed
Not Recognized
It’s Love, Not Hate

Volume: 826    September 6, 2021
Theme: Christianity’s Opposition

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Because What They Saw and Heard
Bill Brinkworth

“Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. 7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.” Psalm 47:6-7

Much of the world has developed a disdain for Christianity.  Looking at Christians the way the unsaved may see them, they may have a reason to believe as they do.

The lost see people who tout the name of Christ but see little difference between themselves and the supposedly “godly” people.  They hear Christ-followers ridicule their church leaders, catch them complaining, question and doubt God’s Word, and violate principles it teaches.  Unsaved people see believers live a life that is much like their own.

The unsaved world see poor Christian examples.  Dishonesty and perversion of church leaders are in media headlines. The lost often see the children of God begging for money and sometimes doing dishonest things to get it.  They hear of the sin the “godly” commit and observe the disunity between bickering believers. No wonder reproach is upon the name “Christian.”

Unsaved people seldom hear God being given credit for the blessings He pours out on His people.  Infrequently have they seen what they recognize as a genuine love for the Lord. Rarely have they heard how a converted sinner’s life was remarkably changed to produce an outstanding member of society. Few have heard of God’s answering prayers and the “impossible” miracles only His intervention could have caused.

Most of us can take some blame for their observations.  We have not done as the psalmist’s hymn in Psalm 47 encourages. We have not shown our excitement of being a child of God (“… O clap your hands…) — Psalm 47:1.  Instead, those people see the pooched lips and sad countenances of ungrateful believers.

The lost world needs to hear more from God’s children of all the wonderful things He does in their lives.  It would change their attitudes and beliefs if others heard of our answered prayers, deliverance from dangers, fulfilled prayer requests, and His leadership in our lives.  They need to listen to us “sing” His praises (Psalm 47:6-7).  If we are verbal about what God is doing, He will be real to them because His goodness and greatness have been praised and recognized.

God is not dead!  He is alive and working in lives.  I talked to Him today and daily see what He has done in my life and others!  The world needs to know that they are missing the biggest blessing of their lives without Him.  They will then know their loss if believers praise Him for His goodness.

“As a lost person, my tongue was quick with foul language. After being saved for a short time, God convicted me of my poor testimony for Him in that area.  I purposed to replace curses with praises to Him. I may not be much, but daily do those around me hear me praising His name and accrediting His wonderful works in my life!  He is worthy to be praised!” — B. B.



Why Christianity Is Opposed
Bill Brinkworth

There has always been animosity for those that live a lifestyle in accordance with the Bible. It is the same disdain that had Christ nailed to the cross. This resentment towards Christianity is undoubtedly alive and doing terribly today.  Ill feelings are particularly shown against Christians attempting to obey the Bible to the best of their ability.

True biblical Christianity does not, nor has it ever been a physical threat. Do not dare say Christianity has killed many.  It was certain false religions, not true believers, that committed those atrocities. 

Christianity has always improved nations, converted the sinner into a contributing member of society, given to worthy causes, helped the unfortunate, and done many other positive things.   Then why are so many voicing disdain against Christianity?  Here is a brief examination as to why many oppose Christians and Christianity:

They may hate God.  It may never be said from their lips, but that is often the root of why they are against Christianity.  They cannot attack God, so they strike out against Christians, seen as the next closest thing.
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18 Also: I John 3:13.

They may have guilt from their sin.  Many deal with this guilt in different ways.  Instead of stopping their iniquities, some turn their hearts against the one that showed them their actions were biblically wrong. One that is living the proper, (most naturally know in their heart what is right and wrong) godly life often heightens their guilt just by another’s biblical lifestyle. They resent any light that is put on their sin.
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved..”  John 3:19-20

They are on the enemy’s side. There are two sides: God’s and Satan’s.  People may be against the things of God because they are against God and for Satan.
“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44  Jesus was speaking to “religious” leaders.

There is a spiritual battle raging, so expect skirmishes:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

They see hypocrisy. The unsaved, much of the time, have expectations of how a Christian should act.  When they see the professing Christian not practicing what is preached or living the way expected, bitterness can be built against Christianity.

One of the most destructive forces to the cause of Christ is the liberal church movement.  They have removed much of the credibility, godliness, and character from Jesus’ church. The unsaved world clearly sees their hypocrisy and disobedience. We are to be an example for the cause of Christ in how we live our lives. Be different and be a godly light in this sin darkened world.
 “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”  Matthew 15:7-9

“It is better to incur the world’s hatred by testifying against its wickedness than gain its goodwill by going down the stream with it.”  — Henry



Not Recognized
Missionary Baptist News

A story is told of a North Carolina preacher who lived when traveling preachers were entertained at hotels for free.  A particular preacher put up at a hotel for a few days, where the host most hospitably entertained him, but as he was leaving, he was surprised to be presented with a bill.

“Why?” he said, “I thought preachers were entertained free.”

“Well,” said the innkeeper, “you came and ate your meals without asking the blessing; no one has ever seen you with a Bible; you smoked big cigars while you were here, and you talked about everything but religion.  Pray, how were we to know that you were a preacher?  You have lived like a sinner, so now you will have to pay with the sinners.”

“A hypocrite is a fellow who isn’t himself on Sundays!”



It’s Love, Not Hate
Bill Brinkworth

The Bible defines true morality.  However, if one points out that the Word of God says lying, stealing, adultery, homosexuality, etc., are wrong and sinful, the messenger is labeled a “hater.”  The source of the authority for labeling the iniquity, the Bible, is then ignored. 

The word “hate” has become a defensive word that many use to silence anyone they do not like, understand, or with which they agree.  Once the messenger of morality or a difference of opinion is branded hateful, many believe they are justified in ignoring all that the person says, even truth.

The attack now is often on the credibility of anyone that supports biblical morality or opposes the popular mob-rule thinking, so their message can be ignored. Often those stating what the Bible says are ridiculed and even criticized.

All know that when something improper or incorrect in another’s life is pointed out, it will not be received well. So why would a person still point out another’s immorality?

In many cases, it is love for the person and what can happen if they continue in immorality or wrongdoing, not hate.  Love and concern are why most parents, teachers, friends, and neighbors endure the negative feelings and comments they may receive and rebuke those doing wrong things.

It is the sin of abortion that terminates the life of an unborn baby.  It should be spoken against.

Alcohol and drugs can kill people and destroy lives.  Their use should be rebuked. 

Lying costs people’s trust and destroys relationships.  It should be disdained.

Gambling often costs people all they have earned and destroys their families over the ensuing financial ruin. It should be spoken against.

Adultery destroys families, and innocent children have their lives changed because of another’s sin.  Unfaithfulness to a spouse should also be hated, along with other sins that always hurt lives.

Toleration of wrongdoing and sin will not stop iniquities havoc; it will only allow it to continue. It is not love that is silent while people suffer or do things that will hurt them. It is indifference and often hate. It is love that often causes people to warn others of immorality, no matter the cost.

In Christianity, it is the relation of the soul to God that is important, not the relation of man to his fellow man.”  — Russell

The Bible View #825 — Obeying God

In This Issue:
Why Do I Have To Be on That Leash?
What Are You Doing with the Seed?
Old Testament Commandments

Volume: 825    August 30, 2021
Theme: Obeying God

This world is in a mess!  The only hope it has is if more were to hear and heed what God’s Word says. That is the mission of this 27+ year ministry — to tell as many as possible!

I daily labor to reach the world with God’s truth. Three websites, a radio broadcast (WLVF – https://gospel903.com/), FREE daily devotions (available in 100+ different languages), the weekly Bible View church bulletin insert, Sunday school lessons, and social media postings (links only to my sites) are used to attempt to reach more with what the Bible teaches.

As with most attempts to reach others, this ministry has battled opposition aimed at halting the outreach. A large tech. company has caused the mass-e-mailing ministry (2,000+ recipients) to cease. Facebook has closed my account more than once. Now it appears they are discrediting the biblical devotions (see what FB included with my posting), or is it censorship? 

I am considering finding a company to handle the mass e-mails (2,000+ in the past, 165 different countries) for those who request daily devotions to be e-mailed.  Although, I do not believe I can afford it, please pray that God’s will and way will be done.

Thank you in advance.  If we do not tell others about the Gospel, who will?
Learn more about this ministry.



Why Do I Have To Be on That Leash?
Bill Brinkworth

“C’mon, girl, let’s go for a walk,” I beckoned to the tail-wagging Labrador Retriever.

After I clipped the short leash to her collar, I walked off, expecting her to follow. Quickly, I realized there was no dog on the other end.  Buddi had tucked her head and slipped out of her collar.

“Hmmm.” I put the collar back on, with the leash still clipped on.  As I again tried to take her for a walk, she firmly sat, refusing to go.  Her tail wagged seriously.  She apparently wanted to roam the walking path; she did not want to be hooked to the restricting tether. Buddi wanted to run wherever she wanted to go in the woods.

Then we had the master to dog talk.  “Listen, Buddi, I see you want to go out,” her tail wagged in agreement, “but you have to be on the leash.  You don’t understand what could happen out there without my protection.  Why a snake could strike you as you curiously inspect a slithering reptile that you never saw before.  Or you could walk in some tall weeds and pick up a load of ticks. And if you go to the wrong place, you just might get sprayed by Mr. Skunk near the grapes.  Buddi, this leash is for your protection. I can guide you safely as we walk, if you would just trust me to lead you.”

Folks, and even Christians, are much like the rebellious dog.  They do not want anyone telling them what to do, especially God. Why?  They believe his commandments will clamp their style, although most have never read about His will and way found in the Bible.  Many see God’s commandments as a leash limiting their freedom and “fun.”

What little they may know about what God requires may have been heard from an unreliable source.  Often, they may have heard part of His Word or never stopped to consider the context of the Bible verse.  Quickly, they jump to a conclusion that is not biblical.  Even if they do hear a clear biblical commandment, they still will not obey their unseen Creator.

Most people are naturally rebellious to anyone telling them what to do. Many give little credence to certain laws, what parents say, school rules, employer’s requirements, and anyone else that hampers their doing their own “thing.”

However, God is not like anyone else.  He created man.  He knows mankind’s limitations, what lurks unseen in their lives that will hurt them, and what will help them.  The watch care offered by our Maker is for our good.  

God’s “leash” is not meant to be burdensome.  His guiding help is from an all-seeing and knowing God that wants to keep us safe and help us. Our aimless, often temptation-led life can lead us to harm. He loves us more than we can imagine and wants the best for us.

Follow His will and way for a productive and better life.  Lose the rebellious attitude and obey the One that only desires what will help and bless you!



What Are You Doing with the Seed?
Bill Brinkworth

Mark 4 sums up how people may deal with God’s Word. Jesus explained those ways using the “Parable of the Sower.”

The farmer in this teaching parable was Jesus.  Matthew 13:37 identifies the “sower” of seeds to be the Saviour.
“He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;” Mat. 13:37

In the parable, the sower went into a field and disbursed seed. The seed represents the Word of God.

Jesus summarized (Mark 4:3-8) what folks do with God’s truths. Later, in Mark 4:14-20, the Son of God explained what the parable meant.

The four choices one can make in obeying God’s commandments and truths are:

  1. “And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:” Mark 4:4
    Some hear God’s Word, perhaps accidentally.  Before applying His Truths to one’s life, or before they are mulled over, Satan robs those thoughts out of one’s mind. Perhaps it is another’s snide remark Satan uses that invalidates obeying a verse that is heard. Maybe it is a school teacher who has told his students not to believe anything in that “old antiquated” book. However the hearer is distracted, one may do nothing with what he has heard.
    “The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.” Mark 4:14-15
  2. “And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.” Mark 4:5-6
    Others hear God’s will and way, and for a short time, heed it. However, because they are not following it for the right reasons or have not heard the whole truth, they abandon obedience when problems and hard times inflict them. Perhaps they were not saved or were just following what a denomination taught.  They had no “root” and drifted away from doing what the Bible commanded.
    “And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.” Mark 4:16-17
  3. “And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.” Mark 4:7
    Many are devastated because, although they have heard what the Lord requires of them, they get their priorities wrong. They focus on the temporary things of this world and forget their eternal future. The shiny trinkets this world offers deceive and rob them of what they could have.
    “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:18-19
  4. “And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.” Mark 4:8
    Praise the Lord, many hear God’s Truths and do what It commands. They live to please the Lord, remove sin from their lives, and have a very fruitful spiritual life because of their obedience.
    “And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.” Mark 4:20

Many are without excuse. They have heard some of God’s Truths but, for whatever reason, have not obeyed or made it a priority in their lives. However, it does not have to be that way. God has preserved His Truths for a reason. We are not only to hear them; we are to heed them.

What have you done with the Word of God? Have you obeyed it for a while, ignored it, forgotten it, or joyfully done what you could to follow it?

“The study of God’s Word, for the purpose of discovering God’s will, is the secret discipline which has formed the greatest characters.” — J. W. Alexander



Old Testament Commandments
Bill Brinkworth

There are many commandments in the Old Testament.  Some sources declare there are 613.  After my attempt at counting them, I have found that it depends on the counter and his criteria for what is considered a commandment from God.

Although my list is only in the 300’s, and others have counted 603 and 613, we all have to agree that there are more than ten commandments that God has given men.  Somehow, the number ten sticks in the mind of most people.  Many think, along with their other misunderstandings of God’s Old Testament commandments, that they are only responsible for some of those God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Here are several truths about the Ten Commandments:

  • Obedience to these ten commandments is necessary for all men to live together in unity. They are the moral laws that God has given man.  If they are not followed, there will be problems in society. If the sixth commandment is not honored, then anyone can kill anyone for any reason.  When the seventh commandment is ignored, families will be destroyed by rampant adultery.  If the eighth is not enforced or taught, no inhibitions will prevent anyone from stealing what they want. On and on society will degrade, as it has today because the basic moral commandments are not universally followed.
  • Following these commandments will not guarantee anyone Heaven.  So many, when asked if they are bound for Heaven, declare they are because they obey the Ten Commandments.  Surprisingly, few even know what they are and are shocked that there are many of them.

    We are in a different time, a different dispensation.  We are not under God’s law; we are under God’s grace.  The way to Heaven is trusting in Christ’s payment for our sins; not anything we can do.  God’s laws were intended to give Old Testament believers a glimpse (a shadow) of how the perfect worship would one day be.  They also were a “schoolmaster,” teaching what was right and wrong and what God wanted us to avoid.
    “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” Hebrews 10:1
  • Those commandments gave people an idea of what God likes and does not like. The desire of all Christians should be to please God.  The commandments clearly show us the preferences and wisdom of the Creator.
  • Some say there are over 600 Old Testament commandments. It is nearly impossible to know all of them, let alone keep them all.
    “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10

The Bible View #824 — Which Spirit?

This world is in a mess!  The only hope it has is if more were to hear and heed what God’s Word says. That is the mission of this 27+ year ministry — to tell as many as possible!

I daily labor to reach the world with God’s truth. Three web-sites, a radio broadcast (WLVF – https://gospel903.com/), FREE daily devotions (available in 100+ different languages), the weekly Bible View church bulletin insert, Sunday school lessons, and social media postings (links only to my sites) are used to attempt to reach more with what the Bible teaches.

As with most attempts to reach others, this ministry has battled opposition aimed at halting the outreach. A large tech. company has caused the mass-e-mailing ministry (2,000+ recipients) to cease. Facebook has closed my account more than once and now it appears they are discrediting the biblical devotions, or is it censorship? 

I am considering finding a company to again handle the mass e-mails (2,000+ in the past, 165 different countries) for those that request the daily devotions to be e-mailed to them.  Although, I do not believe I can afford it, please pray that God will make His desire clear.

Thank you in advance.  If we do not tell others about the Gospel, who will?

Learn more about this ministry.



In This Issue:
Where Did That “Spirit” Come From?
Can God Send An Evil Spirit?

Volume: 824    August 23, 2021
Theme: Which Spirit?

This world is in a mess!  The only hope it has is if more were to hear and heed what God’s Word says. That is the mission of this 27+ year ministry — to tell as many as possible!

I daily labor to reach the world with God’s truth. Three web-sites, a radio broadcast (WLVF – https://gospel903.com/), FREE daily devotions (available in 100+ different languages), the weekly Bible View church bulletin insert, Sunday school lessons, and social media postings (links only to my sites) are used to attempt to reach more with what the Bible teaches.

As with most attempts to reach others, this ministry has battled opposition aimed at halting the outreach. A large tech. company has caused the mass-e-mailing ministry (2,000+ recipients) to cease. Facebook has closed my account more than once and now it appears they are discrediting the biblical devotions, or is it censorship

I am considering finding a company to handle the mass e-mailed (2,000+ in the past, 165 different countries) for those that request the daily devotions be e-mailed to them.  Although, I do not believe I can afford it, please pray that God will allow that outreach.

Thank you in advance.  If we do not tell others about the Gospel, who will?
Learn more about this ministry.



Where Did That “Spirit” Come From?
Bill Brinkworth

“But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.” Luke 9:55
Luke 9:55 should make us aware that there are different spirits in this world, and they are not all of God. In that chapter’s account, Jesus rebuked James and John. Although they thought they were protective of Jesus, He told them that the spirit doing the talking and tempting was not of God.

Christ similarly discerned that one time Peter was letting the wrong spirit direct his thinking (Matthew 16:23). A little knowledge of the different spirits described in the Bible can help us know if we are dealing with God or another force.
“But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Mat. 16:23

There are three sources of “spirits” in this world. The most commonly addressed spirit in the Bible is man’s nature and character. Hundreds of times, this spirit was addressed. The spirit of Jacob (Gen. 45:27), Elijah (II Kings. 2:15), and other people of the Bible were also mentioned.
“And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:” Gen. 45:27

Secondly, there is a spirit clearly of God. Sometimes it is referred to as “Spirit” with capital letters because it is a proper noun. It is God. Other names for His Spirit include the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of the Lord. 

This Spirit from God can also work in a person’s life. These spirits can be recognized when a person is giving godly wisdom (Deut. 34:9). These influences may include a contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18), a broken spirit (Ps. 51:17), an excellent spirit (Dan. 5:2), a spirit of grace (Zech. 12:10), a faithful spirit (II Cor. 4:13) and a spirit of meekness (I Cor. 4:21).

However, there are dangerous, demonic spirits of which we have to be wary. This is why Ephesians 6:23 warns of an unseen battle that is part of our everyday life.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph. 6:23

Some of these spirits that are certainly not of God and are of satanic origin include the spirits of:

  • Destructiveness (Mark 9:20, 26)
  • Disobedience (Ephesians 2:2)
  • Evilness (Judges 9:23)
  • Familiar spirits (Who wizards and witches speak to, and possibly people who believe they are talking to the dead.)
  • Foulness (Mark 9:25)
  • Jealously (Numb. 5:14)
  • Judgment
  • Lying
  • Not talking (Mark 9:17)
  • Perverseness
  • Troubled or vexed spirit (Eccl. 4:4)
  • Uncleanliness (Mark 1:23)
  • Whoredoms (Hos. 5:4)

Knowing a little about these different spirits can help one discern the source of good or evil in their everyday life. This knowledge can help one know if the situation they are facing is of God, their flesh, or a force against God. Proper decision-making based on considering where the influence is coming from can help one make fewer mistakes.

The devil has the power to suggest evil, but he was not given the power to compel you against your will.” — Cyril


Can God Send An Evil Spirit?
Bill Brinkworth

A question is often thought, can “bad things, especially evil, come from God?”  In I Samuel 16:14, 16, 18:10, 19:9, the Word of God conveys an “evil spirit from God,” and the “LORD” was allowed to make Saul’s life miserable.  This further confuses people of what God can do.
“Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.” I Samuel 16:16
“And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.” I Sam. 19:9  Also: I Sam. 18:10.

In over 100 verses, God is referred to as “Holy.”  According to Noah Webster (American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828), “holy” is “… perfect in a moral sense… free from sin and sinful affections….” The Bible clarifies that He will never lie (Heb. 6:18).  God is pure and holy.
“For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Leviticus 11:44  Also: Lev. 11:45, I Peter 1:16.

The Bible also makes it clear that God will not tempt anyone with evil. So, if God does not sin or tempt anyone, how can an evil spirit come from God (I Sam. 16:16)? Is this a mistake in the KJV? No, it is not!
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:” James 1:13

Later, in I Samuel, the question about God sending an evil spirit is answered.  I Sam. 18:12 relates that God’s helping hand was withdrawn from Saul.  Without God’s protecting intervention, an invading evil spirit was given the reins to cause havoc in Saul’s life.
“And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.” I Sam. 18:12   Also: I Sam. 16:14, I Sam. 28:15.

Matthew Henry also explains that God did not send an evil spirit to plague Saul.
“Here Saul made a terror to himself (I Sam. 16:14): The Spirit of the Lord departed from him. He, having forsaken God and his duty, God, in the way of righteous judgment, withdrew from him those assistances of the good Spirit with which he was directed, animated, and encouraged in his government and wars… This was the effect of his rejecting God and evidence of his being rejected by him. God took his mercy from Saul for when the Spirit of the Lord departs from us, all good goes. When men grieve and quench the Spirit, by willful sin, he departs and will not always strive. The consequence of this was that an evil spirit allowed by God troubled him. Those that drive the good Spirit away become prey to the evil spirit…”   God is always in control, but he can allow evilness to have its way in one’s life.“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30  Also: I Thes. 5:19.

When one grieves the Holy Spirit of God, salvation is not lost, but He will be silent, and the surrounding evilness will not be thwarted.  God’s protection may be withdrawn.

Abimelech also experienced God’s wrath after his cruelty to the sons of Jerubbaal. Again, God’s guidance and protection were restrained, and an evil spirit took advantage of the opportunity and caused grief in Abimelech’s life.
“Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:” Judges 9:23

Although not because of sin, the hand of God allowed evil Satan to be used to test and eventually bless righteous Job.  Again, it is seen that sometimes God gives the wicked one permission to cause havoc on a person.  Ultimately, it is intended to strengthen the righteous, or should, as later Job was greatly blessed.
“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land… 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.” Job 1:9-12

God is Holy and hates sin. He would never commit iniquity.   Our God is the one power that can keep man from sin’s harm.  However, at times, for His reasons, the Lord’s hand of protection can be withdrawn.  The hating Satan and his evil “devils” may seize the opportunity to fill the void and lack of godly protection with temptation and sin.
“Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11

If your ‘Holy Spirit’ just makes you run, dance, and holler in church but doesn’t help you live Holy, then it is not the Holy Spirit that is leading you.  You have been deceived.” — Unknown

The Bible View #823 — Our Mighty God

In This Issue:
Our Mighty God
Whose Coop Is It Anyway?
It’s Father God, Not Mother Nature!!

Volume: 823    August 16, 2021
Theme: Our Mighty God

Devotions, Bible Studies, Sunday School lessons and printable versions of The Bible View (including church bulletin insert and large print versions) are available at https://openthoumineeyes.com/ and http://www.devotionsfromthebible.com/.

All should daily read the Bible!  While at your computer,  go to www.DevotionsFromTheBible.com and read a chapter each day, and learn something from what you read.


Our Mighty God
Bill Brinkworth

Psalm 29 is a Hebrew poem that perhaps was put to music.  Hebrew poetry is not like modern poems with rhyming words.  Their poetry, as is this one, often repeats a thought from different angles.

This poem is about a storm. It was not a weather anomaly sent from the fairy tale character “Mother Nature.”  It was provided and controlled by Father God!  Outbursts that only God commanded got the attention of even powerful people (Psalm 29:1).  They recognized where the winds, lightning, and rains came from — God.

God showed His mighty power in the torrential rains and exploding thunders (Psalm 29:3). His voice bellowed across the countryside, letting all know of His great power (Psalm 29:4).

His voice ordered the lightning to attack a tree that all admired to be strong and resilient against whatever it faced.  The towering cedar fell cracked and splintered (Psalm 29:5) on the forest floor.

Even the pregnant cattle were so frightened that they gave early births (Psalm 29:9). Nature even bowed down in fear of the display of the majesty of mighty God.

The Almighty’s voice sent down to His Earth lashing lightning (Psalm 29:7) that sent much aflame. He shook the Earth with His powerful commands (Psalm 29:8).

With all the chaos and frightening display around the people, the Creator was still in control.  His strength can do such powerful things for all to see, but He will give strength and protection to His people. 

He is a great God!  He is our God.  We have no reason to fear.  He is always in control! With storms of trouble and conflict all around us, we can still have His peace that surpasses all the world’s understanding.

There is a God. The plants of the valley, the cedars of the mountain bless His name.  The elephant salutes Him with the rising day; the bird glorifies Him among the foliage; the lightning bespeaks His power, and the ocean declares His immensity.  Man alone has said, ‘There is no God.’” — Vicomte de Chauteaubriand



Whose Coop Is It Anyway?
Bill Brinkworth

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3

For the last few years, I have had small flocks of chickens to provide us with eggs.  The current flock is the first we have had with a rooster.

In the beginning, “Rocky” was like the other birds.  As he got older, he has been more aggressive to me.  Whenever I would approach, he crowed; I supposed to warn the hens that I was coming. Sometimes, trying to be friendly and keep on his good side, I would crow back.

However, lately, after I would crow, he would charge me.  I suppose I unknowingly was challenging him.  The other day, I had to push him away to thwart his aggressiveness.

I thought and even explained to him, “Now, Rocky. Let’s get some facts straight. This is my chicken coop.  I built it myself.  I bring you water every day.  It is also me that makes sure you get your food every day.  When I hear an unusual commotion up here, again, it is me that comes up here to make sure a coyote or dog is not trying to get at you.”

I realized that is how so many treat God.  This Earth is His.  He made it in six days.  He put the sun in place to shine and warm this planet.  It is God that created the plants, all creatures, and even us.  Yet, as mighty as He is and all that He has done, too many want Him out of “their coop.”

They want God and His commandments out of their lives, out of their education, and out of any explanation as to how we got here.  In many situations, His name is not to be uttered, nor His son, Jesus.  Even his rule book, the Bible, cannot be mentioned.  In so many circles, the things of God are taboo, although all types of evil, perversion, and sin are allowed.

People try so hard to kick God out of His own “coop.”   He feeds them, makes sure they have drink to drink, air to breath, and even so many luxuries that man can do without, but because He still loves them, he grants them those extras.

Rocky, the rooster, may have had his authority challenged when I tried to “talk” with Him.  Perhaps when God is mentioned, people are also reminded that they are not in charge of the “hen” house.  Most likely, that is why their feathers are ruffled when He comes to mind.  They fail to acknowledge they are just living here with His permission and help.

We are no better than Rocky when we try to remove God from the world that He created. How foolish many are.  They are angry at the holy Hand that meets their needs.

Do not force God out of your “coop,” as it is His anyway.  He is temporarily letting you stay here, and He wants to take care of you.

God, who made the earth,
 The air, the sky, the sea,
Who gave the light its birth,
Careth for me.” — Rhodes



It’s Father God, Not Mother Nature!
Bill Brinkworth

Regularly, we are bombarded with terminology that is not biblical and has origins in paganism and other false religions. We constantly hear that “Mother Nature sent us another hurricane,”  “Mother Nature brought rain today,” or “she” was responsible for some other earthly phenomena. It is heard so much that it is accepted.  Hardly anyone gives the reference to a mythical deity a second thought, but they should!

In case you have not stopped to think about it, there is no “Mother Nature.”  There exists no proof, scientific or otherwise, that there is such a “she.”  Implying Mother Nature is somehow in control of the environment, atmosphere, or even how things grow is giving recognition to one that does not exist, let alone deserves any credit.

The credit for all on this Earth belongs to God, the Creator, only. He is the one that allows the rain, flowers to bloom, birth, and death of species and has created everything.

He is a He!  In the Genesis account of creation alone, God is referred to as a male at least 14 times with the pronoun “he.” In the rest of the book, “he” is also used to describe a male God at least 15 times. Even the Hebrew words for God are masculine. Nowhere in the preserved, time-honored King James Bible is God referred to as female.

If the Word of God names him as male, where did the notion come from that His domain and creation are controlled by the mystical Mother Nature?  Some part of giving maternal credit could be given to the modern practice of not wanting to offend anyone by mentioning “God.”  The politically correct terminology has gotten our society by the tongue and will not let it go.  Many have allowed the few ungodly who have gained public recognition for their dislike of God to influence what is said.  Sadly, we have gotten to the point that we are concerned about mentioning God in a nation that not long ago was termed a “Christian” nation.

Perhaps giving credit to a non-existent being is easier or less embarrassing to many than saying “His” name. For a group of people that prides themselves on their intelligence, it is quite childish to give credit to a non-existent “Momma.” Well-educated television weathermen have said on the airwaves that “Mother Nature has brought us another gorgeous day” and other fictitious quotes.

Maybe man is even changing terminology to reflect his ideas of who and what God is. Pagans of the past and present certainly had no qualms in making Him anything they wished. They have even given credit and worship to trees, water, mountains, and other parts of the creation.

Women representing “mother Earth” and “mother nature” have been around for a long time. Goddesses were attributed to fertility and “nature” for many millennia. Female deities being given credit for what God has done have been worshiped in Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Incan, Indian, and Roman civilizations, to name a few. Even to this day, “Gaia,” “Sophia,” and other female “deities” are mentioned among Christians as if they exist.

These influences, wherever they came from, are not Christian. It is the Christian that should have instilled in his own heart and should influence the thinking of others that there is one God: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

For a Christian, God is the God of the Bible. The Bible is the window showing us who and what God is. It is from the preserved Word of God that we get the unshakable account of how we got here, how the earth was created, how God worked through time with our ancestors, and how he will work with us. Just because some have rejected what the Bible says about God and are highly rebellious against Him does not mean we have to join them in their philosophy and sin.

Some have even changed “bibles” to reflect that God is female, or that He is non-sexed. It seems that ploy has been around since the beginning, even in the Garden with Adam and Eve. It was Satan that got the first man and woman to question what God has said. That ruse is still being played today. Many are changing what the truth says in the Word of God, but they can never change what is the truth, no matter how hard they hide or distort it.

The truth is preserved in the precious Word of God. It clearly says that God is the creator and controller of all that goes on in this universe. Do not allow non-Christian philosophies and influences to erode slowly your beliefs in what the Bible says. It is Father God that created this world, and it is He that is still the one that is allowing all that happens to His Earth. May your speech even reflect what you believe. Say it was Father God that brought the rain today and that it was He that brought out the sunshine later. Give God His due glory.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27

“Nature is the art of God eternal” — Alighieri Dante