9.25.2008

Yesterday was the 1st birthday in the life of Barron Hudson Lankford.  I thank God for him and pray for protection and health in his life.  I also pray that I am diligent in seeking God’s face as I do my best to raise Barron.  May he grow to be sensitive to God’s calling in his life and be a strong soldier for the Kingdom.

With that said, I now want to throw my 2 cents in on the state of our economy.  I was a little alarmed last night when all TV programing was interrupted for a special address from our President.  As I listened to him speak, I began feeling as if maybe I hadn’t taken this whole thing as seriously as I should have.  After his address, I started thinking about the instability of our world right now.  Things seem to be caving in on a lot of different fronts.  As I was going through different current events in my mind, I remembered a passage of scripture that I recently read.  It was a letter Paul wrote to Timothy from prison.  The book is 2 Timothy. 

In chapter 3 of his letter Paul writes, ” But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come; for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” (v.1-4)  That pretty much describes this country to a “T”.  As I re-read this passage, I almost felt a little panic creeping in.  What am I going to do if we go into a depression?  How suceptible to attack will we be as a country if we become financially bankrupt?  Have other countries been planning this all along in order to bring us to our knees and take us over?  What about my children, will they have to grow up in a different world with different rules?

Then it hit me.  I have been kidding myself.  I am in a war.  Paul writes in this same letter, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (ch.2, v.3)  If I am soldier, I am in a war.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the devils biggest weapon is getting us to buy into society’s “drifting through mindset”.  The central theme of this mindset is self-gratification.  Do whatever is necessary to satisfy the desires of “self”.  Nothing else matters!!!  By doing this, we forget there is a battle, neglect the study of the battle plan (Bible), and unconsciously withdraw completely from the fight.  The outcome is what we have taking place today.

I leave you with this……..”God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”     2 Timothy 1:7

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2 Responses to “9.25.2008”

  1. Joey,
    You are a smart young man with insight and wisdom. I enjoy your blog.Thank you for sharing God’s word on here.
    “Miss” Hattie

  2. Deb Wallace Says:

    I just finished reading your blog and now I understand why you thought I should read it. Amen

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