Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fired UP!

I'm not quiet sure what has put me in this mood that I am in, but boy am I in a mood. I'm in an opinionated mood. An argumentative mood. I'm ready to prove someone wrong, and I don't care who it is or what it is about.

I think this mood started last night when we went out to eat with Paul's Mom & Dad for Paul's birthday. Paul's Mom is into a lot of crazy stuff right now, and she believes that this is all the beginning of the end of times. She thinks that the jet streams that airplanes give off, are toxins that the government is poisoning us with. This is why we are forgetful of things. She thinks that if she lives in solitude, the government won't come knocking on her door to kill her. She is very extreme in what she believes is happening to our Country these days. Her problem is that she's not just reading the Bible and taking comfort in God's Word. She is reading sources of random people who may or may not be Christians. Ever since she began finding this stuff out, she has done nothing but try to shove this stuff down my throat. She wants me to believe this mess, and this craziness that she has herself so freaked out about. I don't listen to her though. I can't listen to someone yelling at me, telling me all of this stuff that is going to happen. Not only does it bring me down, and depress me, but it also goes against what my Bible says. His Mother also warned us against being deceived by other people, and more or less saying that we need to listen to her.

Colossians 2: 4-8 reads:
(4) Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. (5) For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
(6) As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, (7) rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it[b] with thanksgiving.
(8) Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (9) For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

That's when I realized. The Mother-In-Law is the deceiver!! The person she is warning us about, is actually her. She's not bringing me Biblical references and sharing them with me. She's bringing me stuff that other people have said, and written. When I read Matthew 24, it's enough for me.

Matthew 24: 1-13 reads:
(1) And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
(2)And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
(3)And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
(4)And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
(5)For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
(6)And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
(7)For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
(8)All these are the beginning of sorrows.
(9)Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
(10)And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
(11)And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
(12)And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
(13)But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

That's all that I need to know about the beginning of the end of times. I know where I am going, and to me...that's all that matters. Rather than concentrating on what other people are doing, she needs to be more concerned about where she is going when this world ends. I don't know her heart, and I'm not going to judge her, but at the same time...God warns me against deceivers, and I believe that God showed me the Colossians verses to confirm what my heart felt. That she is wrong. That she is a deceiver. The Bible never says that the deceivers will know that they are deceiving, but we as Christians will know when we are being deceived. I knew that I was being deceived.

I am very thankful for my relationship with God, and that even though I may not always be in the Bible as I should...I know the things I have been taught all of my life. I know the things that I have read in the Bible, and those things are true. God's Word is all that I need, and I never realized that more than I did last night while reading those passages of scripture. I can't imagine living my life without a relationship with God. Hopelessness would kill me if I were a non-Christian.

In other news...
Evidently the Governor of our beloved South Carolina, cheated on his wife. It's made National news, and it is kind of embarrassing, BUT we wouldn't have this problem if the people of this country didn't look at Politicians like they were some type of God or non-human species. Our Governor is just like any other human, and yes, I know that he proclaims to be a Christian. Does being a Christian mean you are perfect? Nope. It just means that you are saved by Grace, and that you should strive to be more like God. But anyone who is a Christian knows how hard it is to live in the world we live in today, and still live like Christ. That doesn't excuse anything "sinful" that we do.

Today I was reminded of King David who wrote some of our Psalms that we have memorized, and hold so close to our heart. He's depicted as one of the most Godly men in the Bible, yet he was and adulterer and a murderer. David was just like any other human and Christian. He struggled with ungodly ambitions and lusts, and yet desired to serve God to his entity. As Christians, we are told to pray for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. This is why the Bible says to pray without ceasing. If we were praying for our politicians, stuff like this wouldn't happen. I'm not saying it's our fault, but I am saying that prayer works wonders. Perhaps if we had been praying for Governor Sanford, he would have had his full Armor of God on when he woke up that morning. Perhaps if we had been praying for Governorn Sanford, Satan wouldn't have been able to attack him & succeed. There are so many important factors here that Christians are overlooking. So many people think that they would never cheat on their spouse, when in really don't know that. You don't know what you will do when your heart is hard, and you haven't spoken to God in a while. The whole reason that Bree even exists is that Paul and I were not right with God at the time. We had fallen away from Him, and in return...I became pregnant before I married. I wouldn't trade Bree for the world, but I know that the way in which she was conceived was wrong.

The great thing about my situation, is that I know God has forgiven me. My family has forgiven me, and we all love Bree more than life itself. Governor Sanford has asked for our forgiveness, and said that while he was away in Argentina...he vowed to get his heart right again. He confessed, and now he's asked for our forgiveness. That's what we do. Forgive him, and pray for him and his family.

*sigh* Can't you tell I've been on fire today? What are some of your opinions on either of the two situations I wrote about?