Should Bible-believers stay away from the Olympics?

Olympic mascots

Olympic mascots

I’ve never really been one for watching sport or any type of competitive activity, to be frank I always feel sad for the loser and as I know that someone will inevitably lose I’d rather not go through the whole process just for the sake of ‘entertainment’.  But with only days away from the Olympic games in London it seems that even if those in the local community don’t have ‘sport’ on their mind they are thinking about all the entertainment, festivities and general hype that’s linked to it, suffice to say that there is something in the air, but is it good or bad?

I haven’t really been interested in the Olympics, partly because of what I mentioned in the opening paragraph but also because of a general desire and spiritual urge to stay away from something where thousands of people will be all rushing to cram themselves into a confined space.  I really don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to realise that the Olympics marks a great target for intentional or unintentional violence!  For the last few months there have been warnings from people within the community to stay away from or not travel within the area of the games, particularly on the underground, alongside this are the videos posted around the web with theories highlighting how and why the Olympics will be the greatest disaster to strike the UK.  Yes, I know that there is always the risk of scare-mongers and conspiracy theorists but with the increased expenditure on security and the extra measures that are being taken to secure the games such as drones, missiles in our parks and snipers on the roofs it makes me feel that people should really start asking themselves some serious questions such as what is it all for/about?, is it really worth itand is it really safe?

Most people I know have decided to either leave London during the games or not travel within the area, I have decided to restrict my movements as much as possible, but as both of my parents do live in East London this obviously makes it both difficult and concerning for me.  Many of my Christian/Believing friends and acquaintances  have also decided to stay away from the main Olympic zones.

I would like to share an experience with you which has made me think in another direction.  Last week as we drove by the Stadium I felt a tremendous pull and urge towards it, I felt myself thinking ‘ooooh, doesn’t it look so exciting?  Wouldn’t it be nice to be a part of that?’  This was quite strange for me, like I said I don’t watch sports but nevertheless I felt a pull/attraction and it seemed to me like a spiritual pull to get involved in some way maybe watch it on TV or something (in honesty I’ve never had an interest to watch the Olympics before so I was a bit baffled as to where this desire came from), I mentioned it to my husband and then just locked the thought away.

As most people know the Olympics will be mostly based in East London (Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney).  I grew up in this area and of late I have seen a dramatic change in the atmosphere or spirit being manifested, Hackney used to have a very bad reputation, but in my teenage years I always felt moderately safe coming home at night.  Travelling home from visiting family now is a much different experience, the night-life is extremely dark and almost paganistic, it feels like we are in Gotham City, it’s so bad that my husband and I have dubbed it S & G (short for Sodom and Gomorrah).  There are now so many clubs and bars on one particular stretch of road, and I have noticed strange symbols on many of them: pyramids, one eye (all seeing eye), suns and nautical symbols.  This is one of the roads that the Olympic torch was carried through this weekend.  I know to some people this may not seem like much, but for me it is, I see and feel the difference.

I only recently began to look into the Olympic games, its origins etc.  To be honest, I had never paid much attention before as I don’t watch sports but also because I believed it was just some ancient form of entertainment that had been continued on over time, yes that’s true but it’s also the incomplete story.

The Olympic games has it’s birth in idolatry, I am not an expert in this area at all but what I have read, what I have seen and what I have experienced has led me to see that there is definitely something spiritual behind the Olympic games.  Here are a few sites that I have found with information if you wish to find out more:

I’m sure you can find more information, I didn’t really need to go through swaths of information as even the pagan section of about.com verified the link between the Olympics and idol worship!

I also found many people pointing towards ‘Zionists’ as being involved in the Olympic games, apparently if you juggle the Olympic logo about it spells Zion.  Well, considering that Zion is the nickname that God personally gave to His beloved city which carried His name and glory (Jerusalem – Yahrushalyim) I really don’t understand how any true Zionist (someone who believed in the prophesied biblical Messiah) would condone or dabble with the occult???  Of course there are false Zionists with a political focus and who do not care about God at all, alongside other ‘Zionists’ such as the Rastafari and Latter Day folks who have their own interpretation of what Zion means and who it refers to.

Why am I writing all of this today?  Well, a scripture has come to my mind of late:

Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.

1 Kings 19: 18

God will execute judgement on everyone who bows down to/worships a false god but will preserve those who reverently love and fear Him.  I don’t know what will happen during the next few months, but whether nothing or something one thing I do believe is that everyone who professes to believe in the words written in the Bible and claim the God of Israel as their own God should pay particular attention to the rise of demonic influences and idolatry within the world we live in whether it’s through the media or even in churches.  But in relation to this blog post, I would urge you to do your research on the Olympic games and make sure you make an informed decision about whether you want to take part in it or not, don’t just assume it’s OK or simply follow the crowd or even past behaviour but test every spirit.

Praying for peace and sound mind for you all.

Shalom in Messiah Yeshua

Update 28/7/2012

The opening ceremony for the Olympics was held, I personally didn’t watch it but I have seen clips on Youtube where I saw clips of death, witches and a large baby amingst other things (maybe linked to sacrificial offerings)!!!  My question is, if the Olympics is so positive why all the dark symbolism?  You can watch the video clip for the opening ceremony here.

Also my husband found this official video, did you know that the Olympic torch is always lit in a Grecian temple dedicated to Herra, the wife of Zeus before  making its journey to the host nation?  I didn’t until, so this video has really just confirmed that the Olympics is soooooooo pagan, by YAH’s grace I will absolutely limit the amount of exposure I receive.  On a slightly different note, I do not think that the athletes who are involved are absolutely unaware of what the Olympics is about, for example there are some inside sources who have access to the Olympic village in the UK who have made it known that fornication is rife within the community, this seems like a throwback of what was happening in the pagan temples of old.

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When fear takes a hold…

and the thought of your days seems to overwhelm you, here are a few promises to hold onto instead.

Isaiah 40: 31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint

Job 17:9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

Psalm 103: 2-5 – Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:who forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases;who redeems thy life from destruction; who crowns thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfies thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 61: 2 – From the end of the earth will I cry unto you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 18: 2 – The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalm 27: 1 – The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 18: 28 – For you will light my lamp: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Psalm 46: 1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

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Another look at psalm 119

I love the psalms but I have always shied away from psalm 119, maybe it was its length or all those references to testimonies, precepts and instructions, but on Wednesday I was given homework to read it.  So on Thursday during my prayer time, I read the first 25 verses, not so bad, then Friday I read the whole thing through.  Why?

There was something about the intensity of the words that gripped me, I could feel the juxtaposition of faith and love struggle alongside fear and torment, and I could see myself in those lines.  I have uttered these words before, I have felt this way, I am here.

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Verse 67 & 71

Sometimes the only time when we truly seek God is during and after affliction, affliction may be a form of God’s judgement, a consequence of our own behaviour.  From this judgement we learn just how mighty and awesome God is and realise that there is truly none like Him, our desire becomes to learn more about this awesome God and walk in His ways.

81-83My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Sometimes the pain of waiting is next to torturous, the only thing we can do is to diligently seek for and hope in His Word to comfort and redeem us.  We faint but yet His Spirit keeps us in the journey.

92-93 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.  I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

Every other line seems to be a heartfelt plea for help, then praise and then a deeper seeking of the Word of God.  These are our 3 weapons that we should use in good and bad:

  1. Prayer from an upright heart
  2. Praise, worship and thanksgiving
  3. Reading the Word and meditating on His law

God has promised to deliver us and rescue us, our situation is not forever.  I will have heart and hope in the Lord of Heaven and Earth.

 

Glorify Me (a poem)

I call this a poem but to be honest I’m not sure what it is but this poem came out of my yesterday pain, you see I had not been able to hear God’s voice and I became afraid and this led me to write my first poem (full story and poem can be found here).  After I had completed it I read it to my husband, who had been able to hear God that morning and He gave me a verse from Isaiah 60 (verse 19-20):

 19The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

It seems random right?  Totally unrelated to what I had been experiencing but no.  What he was telling me that this same promise is given in the book of Revelation, hundreds of years after Isaiah, God never forgets what He says and what He says will always come to pass no matter how long it takes.  And in these verses and in the voice of my husband once again I heard God speak to me and out came this second poem. Continue reading Glorify Me (a poem)

What’s in a name? A look into the spiritual significance of naming

There are many cultures that place  huge importance in names and naming of their child, in these cultures a name is more than a nice-sounding label, a name can tell a story and pave way for a destiny.  For example, in Igboland where I originate from, names are very important, all names given to a child not only have a meaning but carry a spiritual blessing.  I have two Igbo names which I see as blessings, the first Achama means to shine brightly and the second Uzomaka means the road is good, these names were specifically chosen to bless me and to pave the way for my life steps (destiny),  I fully believe that when these names were given to me that something happened that would link the utterance of those sounds to a spiritual blessing, I will shine brightly and my road will be a good one!

There is a huge debate whether Igbos are Jews, I know that some Igbos have been claimed as having Hebrew heritage but irrelevant of the truth of this I see many similarities between Igbo and Hebrew culture for example with naming.  I have never seen one incidence in the bible where the name of a  person had no significance at all, but more interestingly are two additional facts:

  1. That the names of individuals (particularly of Hebrews/Jewish people) are linked to their destiny
  2. That God has played a siginificant role in naming and even re-naming individuals.

Check out the websites which speak of naming and names in the Bible

Why would God play such an important part in naming individuals?  I believe that outside of the fact that names can have a meaning, I believe that names are spiritually important to the destiny and well-being of the individual.  There are a number of reasons why this may be so but today I would just like to focus on one, the power of the spoken word.  If you have not read any of my previous posts on the power of the tongue and words then you might want to do so, so you have an understanding of where I am coming from.

2D vs. 3D words

Have you ever thought about how we use words or the nature of language, I mean really thought about it?  I’ve started to read a book by a Christian author called The Language of Love, Forgiveness, Faith, Prayer and Healing: How to Walk in Holiness and Harness the Power of Daily Miracles (Timeless Teaching)*, the book looks at how we use language, one of the things that it mentioned was how one word such as love can mean different things to different people.  This is obviously true; our idea of love is often based on what we have experienced so when someone who has been abused by a loved one hears this word from another person, they are not hearing the same emotion and same reality as that person who may be saying it to them.  We use language to communicate our thoughts, feelings etc. but what happens when our language insufficiently expresses what we want and need it to?

As the book title suggests, the author looks quite closely at the way we communicate love amongst other things.  Leon Gosiewksi gives the example of when Yeshua/Jesus asks Peter “do you love me?” and Peter replied “Yes Lord, You know I love You”.  On the outside it seems that they are both talking about the same thing, but a closer look shows that there is a communication error occurring and we see this more clearly when we look at the Greek.  The Bible says that Yeshua asks of Peter “do you agape me more than these?” and peter responds “Yes, Lord You know that I philo You.” Continue reading 2D vs. 3D words

Broken Believers

It hurts me to know that there are so many broken people in the world, living in this world is hard I get it but don’t like it.  Lately, God has been reaching into the deepest and darkest core of me and bringing out secrets that I have been storing, as ever decaying food to nibble on yesterday and today.  I have really known despair.  But, I am heart-broken to find that so many of my brothers and sisters are living in pain, broken and rejected by those people who should be closest to helping them.  It’s not a crime to be hurting and broken, yet many a time other Christians make us feel like it is, hurting people are ignored because of fear or self-righteousness I don’t know and these people are left to go it alone.  Have you ever known someone who has committed suicide because there was absolutely no one to be their friend?  I am so glad that when I needed help and those in the ‘church’ didn’t want to help me that God sent His angels to show me unconditional love, I will never forget those people because God used them to reach out to me and pull me up from the creatures in the deep, dark waters.  Won’t you be the same for someone who is hurting today? Continue reading Broken Believers

The Passover Cleanse

This Monday I will begin a period of cleansing that I have dubbed the Passover cleanse which as the name suggests is a period of cleansing in preparation for the Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost).  If you haven’t heard about it I’m not surprised, it’s not something associated with any denomination I have come across (except I know that Catholics tend to give something up for Lent), this is something that God first led me to embark on last year and I feel so excited to be entering into this period again this year.  I can’t begin to explain how starting and completing this fast/cleanse blessed me, but I saw many little miracles during that time in my body, soul and spirit which I have carried through until today.  I firmly believe that this year’s cleanse will continue God’s refining and sanctification process and lead me that bit closer to my healing.

Yeshua Jesus fasting in wilderness desert
A time of spiritual cleansing and awareness

 What makes the Passover Cleanse so special?

The Passover Cleanse (PC) focuses on getting rid of leaven in our life (body, soul and spirit) on the outside it looks very much like a yeast elimination diet but I found it to be so much more.  God really used this time to address the leaven that was buried in me (soul and spirit) that was leavening the whole lump; it was an intense period of sanctification.  So many buried truths concerning my perception of myself, relationships and spiritual issues were revealed and God really told me one thing during that time which really changed me “I don’t love myself”.  So few words, but a lifetime’s worth of implication!  And so God led me to understand that I am His Vessel hence the title of this blog.  During that time He also helped me find a new hobby, candle-making which is also part of the healing work I believe He has given to me, so from a personal perspective I know how much good has come about from my obedience to the call to go on the PC. Continue reading The Passover Cleanse

A prayer of Spirit and of Faith – part 1

I have been incredibly blessed through reading the blogs I visit each week, not only do I get to learn about what God is doing in your lives but I also learn new ways to approach challenges and hardships that I may face.

An example of this are a few blog posts I came across in relation to praying in faith.  I wouldn’t say that I’m a fiery prayer warrior so reading these posts really caught my attention, not just because of the testimonies but because of the knowledge and understanding of the battle we are in (more on this later).  I think from that day I made a conscious and unconscious effort to become more purposeful in my prayer life.

Possibly a few days later after forming this conviction my hand fell onto a particular psalm,as I read through it I knew that this psalm would become one of my favourite scriptures.  I see this psalm as a prayer of faith, but most importantly it is a prayer of spirit and of faith.

Continue reading A prayer of Spirit and of Faith – part 1