This song really ministered to my spirit today. So far evangelism has been an interesting thing for me to be doing as of late. I give glory to God for every opportunity to share my faith with others. It’s been a miraculous journey where it’s coming to a point where I’ve had the opportunity to speak words of Knowledge to people or God has allowed me to speak directly to the issue towards people I encounter by prophecying and they ask me “How did you know that???”… Two words “HOLY SPIRIT”. It isn’t by might nor by power, it’s by God’s Spirit.
God gave us the ability to speak into the atmosphere and see things change not only in just our lives, but in the lives of others. The Church shouldn’t simply wait on a pastor to preach a word when it’s time to fulfill the great commission. Bench warming isn’t saving anybody…and you can’t expect the pastor to do everything for you. It’s amazing how people refuse to pray for themselves and for others, but are readily accepting to receive the prayers of others on their behalf. When we die…God isn’t going to ask you how many times you attended church, He’s going to ask you what you learned and what did you put into practice. There is a difference in learning like a scholar and practicing what you’ve learned. Schools teach you the foundations to deal with everyday life…if you prefer being in school all your life, you will never put what you have learned into practice which makes you a useless student. Don’t be complacent and get with the program. Wake up and be the change that you wish to see. Faith without works is dead… so God is challenging us to question where we are right now and is asking us…where are your works Church of Jesus Christ?
I refuse to be someone who has no impact. Are you satisfied with your Christianity?
You can’t have 50 churches big or small in the same vicinity and yet have no impact. Obviously, something is wrong if gun violence is prevalent and youth are getting in trouble with the law. We must be influencers of change…but if we do not change our bench-warming statuses soon, we will become mere buildings as reference points of mediocrity and no one will perceive us as the answer.
In order for the Church to be the answer, we have to do one thing….STEP OUT so that GOD STEPS IN. Can I get an AMEN????
Let us not be wrapped up in just retaining biblical information, and work on using it for transformation. Isn’t that what we are all meant to do in the long run?
Listen to this song by Kevin Downswell called Chosen. May it bless your spirit today. God Bless you everybody! :D
Well, I have another chalk board lesson for y’all today. I think it is important to analyze the trends of education and how the current systems are affecting the current generation rising. As I watched this, I was reminded of how when I was 4 I was smart enough to skip pre-K because I already knew how to read and write, but because of how short and young I was, I was kept back because the teachers at that time claimed that I would be “alienated from the other kids” because of my young age. How presumptious. I could have finished school a lot sooner had they not kept me back based on this erroneous presumption. I think that we as a society are compartementalizing children strongly on the basis of age when it comes to education rather than on the basis of intelligence. I think that if a child is of an above average level of intelligence, than he or she should be allowed to progress onto the next grade rather than be set back just to “fit in” with the general population that is of average intelligence. This type of thing I think stunts a person’s ability to grow intellectually which in some ways facilitates behavioural problems as some children are left feeling bored and frustrated by being set back which was the case with me.
When I started to feel really bored in school as I was left to ‘color’ pictures every single day awaiting that day to finally advance into the next class where actual learning would begin, there came a time where I became convinced that I was of “average intelligence” since I wasn’t motivated to do more than average. I knew I was above average and yet I started to do badly in school especially in the area of math because of this frustration. I guess as a society we need to be mindful of how our presumptions affect people, especially children. We can’t keep people in a box is what I’m getting at here.
When I was 14 or 15, I took an age intelligence test to measure the level of intellect I had and measure that level of intelligence to see if it corresponded with my age. What was interesting was that the results showed I had the intelligence level of a 50 year old for a 15 year old *shock*. Yep, I was shocked tooo….I’m a 50 year old thinker in a 15 year old body lol :). I’m now 27 so I wonder how far my intelligence has increased lol :D . By age 5 I had read over 150+ books and got an award for it. Not many kids that age read that many books. I think that when we look at the changing Education paradigms in north america in particular, we see a decline in interest towards education because of the new avenues that are available to create wealth. It seems that the trends of today seem to dictate that it’s no longer a pre-requisite to finish school in order to get a job since even those that do finish school do not necessarily guarantee that they’ll land a job after achieving a BA or PhD .
The way we treat the current generation our current systems of education is actually placing many unlikely levels of intelligence in the same box. Dysfunction can only result from this method of compartementalizing people of varying intelligence to fit this box scheme if people can’t recognize that you can’t treat unlikely individuals alike. There needs to be some sort of a system that allows for those to move progressively and advance forward without interruption regardless of age/creed/ gender or socio-economic status as a basis rather than consequentially stunt individuals intellectually altogether. If their capabilities are above average we should be able to take them further rather than capping their potential on a failed presumption that we need to keep children on the same level as each other on the basis of age group all in the name of social solidarity. Children are actually smarter these days than we make them out to be, but when we cap their potential, we place limits where limits should not be placed and this serves to frustrate children as I was frustrated when I was left in a class room at age 5 forced to “color” everyday and wait one full year until I could be in a class to advance what I already knew. This frustration can cause behavioural problems and may effect intellectual growth as children advance at such a restrictive pace. I could say more but this is my general opinion on the matter. People may choose to disagree with me and that’s ok. I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on the matter.
Do you think children should advance if their intellect doesn’t match their age? or should we maintain the current status quo so that they “fit in” with their age group despite their above average level of intelligence?
Just food for thought today.
I’d like to hear other people’s perspectives. Enjoy this educational vid and have a blessed day everybody!
Wow is it ever so hot today? I still feel under the weather so please keep me in prayer everyone.
Well, today I want to touch on a subject that came across as interesting for those of us engaged in Spiritual Warfare. I watched a video that a friend of mine forwarded to me of Pastor Benny Hinn talking to Bishop George Bloomer about his new book called Witchcraft in the Pews. I just heard about the book recently but I’m gonna recommend it here that y’all go and get it. I am so excited to get the book because I’m interested in spiritual warfare since I’m always engaged in it everyday. As intercessors, I think it should be our prerogative to enhance our prayer lives if we want to be an effective spiritual war-faring church. I will post the videos below since they are in 2 parts, but when I watched them I can tell you that so many things started to reel in my mind. As a church we are all called to intercede and engage in Spiritual Warfare but how many people understand what type of warfare that they are in and will encounter? Check out these videos before I continue on with the subject.
Spiritual warfare isn’t so much dealing with spirits and demons as it is with dealing with people. Jesus was always engaged in spiritual warfare in His ministry not by “demonic spirits” all the time but by people who tried to intimidate Him, manipulate Him, and in different instances tried to dominate Him with their accusations, lies, back-biting and with their constant harassment trying to discredit his identity as the Messiah. Obviously, when you are anointed, you will attract adverse people who operate with a witchcraft spirit.
David is the best example of what it means to combat a witchcraft spirit when you look at the life of Saul. Saul was out for David’s blood in a way that isn’t normal for a person. He wasn’t just jealous of David, he hated David with a passion because the divine favour of the Lord was upon Him and had left Saul because of his rebellious behaviour (1 Samuel 15:22-24). As a consequence of Saul’s rebellion,Prophet Samuel had been commissioned by God to anoint David to become the next King of Israel because David was God’s choice to whom was elected because of the type of heart David had towards his love for the Lord. David is indeed special because the weight of Glory that was upon his head was the kind that every time David went into battle, he would always win because He had the favour of God on His side. David is a champion of Spiritual warfareliterally because his success in battles were a result of his Reverential Fear of the Lord (Wisdom) and his level of Obedience to God was indeed stellar and characteristic of his humility. We must learn what it means to be a David in order to understand how to engage in everyday battles effectively with people we encounter on a daily basis with wisdom and discernment.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
This is something I am sensing greatly in my spirit right now and I know some people won’t like what I have to say but I have no fear in saying what needs to be said.
The Alarm bells are ringing in the wake of ungodly decrees being spoken into the atmosphere by political leaders that are pronouncing changes in laws that will in effect, legalize such perversions that deviate from biblical principles. We are at a critical time this year and a lot of things need to be addressed without fear because the days are becoming evil.
Some church leaders are able to do this without fear because they reverence God more than people (Thank GOD), while other leaders are too tolerant and afraid to address these hot issues because they don’t want to “offend anybody”all because they fear people more than God. My friends….Saul preferred to please people rather than offend them with the righteousness of God and it is that type of Saul-likeattitude that prophet Samuel had no choice but to tell it to him like it is and call out on the fact that Saul’s rebellious attitude is as the sin of Witchcraft and as a consequence of his behaviour, God had rejected him from being KING. This isn’t a mystery here folks. There will be some serious dethroning of Sauls this year as the Davids rise up. Yes, the Davids will rise up in this year of Divine Government and those that operate like Saul will be judged accordingly to the measure of their rebelliousness. I know what I am saying sounds bold, but I really believe this will happen this year and this is what I am hearing in my spirit. We cannot afford to be people-pleasing like Saul at the expense of our relationship toward our obedience to God. We have to Fear God more than man and if it means offending some folks then so be it. Obedience is better than people-pleasing.
Witchcraft isn’t so much potions and hexes as some people would have it. Those that practice voodoo and the black arts are into the occult. Divination of spirits which also include those that call on the dead and so on are another form of witchcraft that is occult related, but the witchcraft I am referring to today is of the kind whereby people operate with arebellious spiritthrough the use of intimidation, manipulation, domination and control of another persons will against their own. This is very much like a SAUL-like spirit.Anything that targets at controlling someones will against their own is witchcraft. You will be surprised how rampant it is in your families where you have at least one controlling member(or members) in the family that you don’t like that somehow call the shots on how and who you should marry, how many kids you should have and seek to control the lives of other members through coercive actions and intimidation tactics that break peoples spirit, break peoples relationships and destroy families altogether. Such people are also found in the Church *surprise surprise* who attempt to manipulate members in the congregation or in ministries to obey them using spiritual manipulation by quoting scriptures out of context to suit their agenda to drive people with guilt to perform a specific task, or coerce them to sin rather than convict people with the Word to change their ways by addressing sin that leads to repentance and reconciliation. These are classified as wolves in sheep’s clothing, and we can go as far up as the people involved in the political realm who do the same exact thing but they use the law to control the masses. When I see what is going on in the United States right now, especially in the political arena…I can tell you for sure that there is a heavy unleash of the Witchcraft spirit in the nation that is allowing for open doors of perversion by the ungodly decrees that are being spewed out as legislation and “promises” that are being spoken out without much thought to the future consequences. If there was any time that the nation needed to fast and pray, now is the time.
The war is indeed very real people. Unfortunately, the church also has a lot of people operating in witchcraft within their four walls in that it has failed to combat the Jezebellian spirits, the Leviathan spirits, the Haman spirits, etc etc effectively because there is a breach within the Church in the leadership that continues to carry on in apostasy. I am not saying that every Church in the world is like this, but what one church fails to do effects the entire Body of Christ. The Catholic Church and some of the churches in North America and Europe need to wake up and realize that you can’t fight a war outside your walls, if you are already subdued from the enemies within. I could name many more spirits, but the most important thing to understand here is that the Church is a microcosm of what is happening in the world in the grand scheme of things. The apostasy that allows for child sexual abuse, adultery, homosexual affairs, physical abuse, spiritual abuses etc etc in the Church has opened the doors in the realm of the world for such things to be legalized into the land. That is why the Body of Christ needs to wake up! Spiritual war-faring churches need to get serious and consider that if you can’t kick out the stuff in your own house…how can you battle with things outside your own house? What I mean to say is that if you can’t deal with the issues inside the church….then how can a Church deal with spirits that are at a political level? You can only do this when you teach the Church to pray effectively to expose the sin within and then dealing with it with a spirit of love that does correct, rebuke, and train people into the path of righteousness (2 Timothy 3:15-16). It’s one thing to get people to pray as one body…but an effective Spiritual War-faring church needs to learn more about target prayers. They need to learn strategic methods of prayer that hits the spiritual wickedness that lurks in high places and for God to expose that which hides in the dark.
For we do not wrestle against fleshandblood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Repentance is key, Humility is key, Forgiveness is key, Healing and Deliverance is Key but now it’s time to get on the offensive and start decreeing and declaring as one voice for change that shifts all the evil decrees that are being spoken into being to become nullified so that the Hand of God moves towards our favor.
The Church should not keep their mouths shut…we should speak up. There is so much I want to say on the same topic, but I think I’ll stop here for now. As a final note, I totally recommend getting Bishop Bloomers new book Witchcraft in the Pewsto get read up and girded up for spiritual warfare because we need to get stronger as Christians for the coming days if we want to remain effective in Spiritual Warfare. If you don’t know how to pray effectively, read books on prayer to strengthen yourself. Where you lack knowledge to perform a duty requires you to seek out information actively so that you can operate with wisdom. If people want to sit idly and remain complacent in their prayer lives, then I’ll say that you have no right to speak up about anything if you aren’t actively involved in becoming a solution to a problem.
A lot of times trouble can be avoided by implementation of preventative measures to ensure low risk to exposure to threats of harm, which is something companies do all the time. They plan ahead strategically to avoid problems by calculating risks.This is called Risk Management. Unfortunately, the body of Christ is too busy working on Damage control to work on Risk Management. Christians need to do the same thing…calculate risks and start to plan ahead of time before problems start to surface. The voice of the Christians should always be loud…but we are drowning in complacency and ignorance which has allowed open doors that should have remained shut on the land to become open. As intercessors we need to learn to be sensitive about such issues and learn to prepare by remaining on the offensive to be effective when it comes to defensive spiritual warfare. Let’s start to wisen up and study David so that we can be effective in battle just like he was. The key to effective Spiritual Warfare prayer is in the analysis of the Champions in the Bible. Read up on what they did to overcome the schemes of their enemy(ies) so that you can overcome yours.
Well to end off this post, I have a song from Dietrick Haddon called This Church. When I heard this song I absolutely fell in love with it. Actually, I love a lot of songs from his new album. I pray that it ministers to you today. God Bless you Everybody.
So today I have another video today to get us thinking about our walk in the Lord. Being Christian doesn’t win us any medals, popularity contests or any brownie points, but it does gain us an eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when we seriously consider what it means to be a Follower. There are times when people look at me wierdly when I say I heard this and that from the Lord as if to say I’m some kind of liar…my question to them would be… Do you hear from the Lord? and if so, What have you heard from the Lord???? If not…why not?
John 10:27 My sheephear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
I know when God is talking to me if He’s convicting meof a bad habit that I need to curb, or if He points out areas of Sinthat I need to confess and repent about. I also Hear from Him when He gives me warnings about certain situations or about people, and I also Hear from the Lord when He tells me that He loves me. I believe in His voice through the workings of the Helper who is the Holy Spirit. I admit that there are times I ignore Him obviously because of stubborness and pride, but I know His voice because He is the Counselor of my soul. I’m not going to act like I’m a saint all the time becuase I have my own struggles to deal with and I’m not going to remain in denial of that just so I can sleep well at night. Sometimes the Lord tells me things I don’t want to hear but He loves me enough to tell me the TRUTH. The Truth isn’t always easy to swallow, but I’d rather be told the truth than swim in a pool of lies. Such a pool leads to drowning, but God always throws us the Life Jacket to pull us out of that pool of regrets with His TRUTH.
Jesus is our Saviour in every sense of the Word and that is why when we Follow Him, we must purpose to Hear Him when He talks to us through the Holy Spirit. This is how we come to reverentially Fearthe name of the Lord. Sin separates us and deafens our earsbut REPENTANCE sharpens our hearing and discernment as it also reconciles us to Hear attentively to what the Lord is saying to us through the Holy Spirit.
Ask yourself…Can you Hear the Lord speak to You when He tells you something through people, signs, wonders, confirmations and various other ways and methods? If God can use a Donkey to get Balaams attention (Numbers 22), God will and can use anything to get our attention, but it’s up to us to purpose to recognize when the Lord is in fact talking to us through His methods to convict our Spirit to yield to the Truth of His Word.
Everybodies relationship is different in their walk with the Lord since some people are at different stages, but I am convinced that as we continously learn to Follow the Lord whole-heartedly, we must be able to hear His voice. If we cannot hear Him, then certain things are happening in our lives to prevent us from following our Lord Jesus Christ whole heartedly.We must really search deep and ask ourselves…why do we find it hard to follow God fully?
Check this video out and think about what it means to Follow Christ rather than being a mere Fan of Christ. Those who follow will learn to hear the Lord’s Voice and will answer to His call. Stay Blessed Everybody!
I also have a song to get you going today from Ramiyah called Turn it Out. It’ll definitely bless you today!
I just want to say that the next few posts maybe 18+ in content because they are addressing touchy issues like Pornography and sexual abuse and some of these testimonies from these individuals aren’t for the faint of heart or for the spiritually and emotionally immature individual. I have been feeling in my spirit, that I need to address the things that are hurting people in the church, and by church I mean globally in scale and how this code of silence has functioned to prevent people from being healed and delivered.
Sister Res’s last post that I just re-blogged here on WordPress is a prime example of some of the things I’d like to address. The predator in this case was a Minister in the Church mind you, and I’m not going to say that all predators are in church because they can be found anywhere and everywhere. However, it is one of the institutions where we expect our shepherds to protect the flock when such grievous affairs happen. Shoving something like this under the rug and using the law to manipulate and continue such sinful affairs is APOSTASY that needs to be curbed with serious reprimand and Godly correction that may require legal action.
There are some Wolves in Sheep’s clothing in the Body of Christ and discernment is one thing that we can use to detect them, but after detection there needs to be some sort of wisdom and practical action and structure to deal with these wolves accordingly.
Apostasy causes people to put the Church into disrepute. The Word cannot reach those that have been abused by manipulators who use the Word to abuse the flock. I’m telling you that God ain’t pleasedwith such matters and as of late, my spirit has been grieving over this area. I’ve been praying about this for a while, because of stories I’ve read and also because I’ve encountered people who turned away from the church because of these very same reasons of abuse. So Please take the Disclaimer Notice seriously and understand that the few posts that are yet to come may be heavy and I appreciate my readers and respect you enough to let you know this in advance so that you aren’t shocked regarding the content.
I admit that at first I didn’t want to do this, but I cannot ignore what I feel the Holy Spirit wants me to talk about. I can’t explain why this is gripping me right now, but I feel like I can’t keep my mouth shut about this anymore since I also have been in a situation where trust was broken by someone I knew.
My first prophetic dream that I had was at age 4 concerning a woman that was to be my nanny when I got to Australia. When we landed in the country, we were introduced to the workers at the house and she was one of the live-in nannies introduced. She was a pretty person who smiled a lot but I was tired after a long flight from Germany and didn’t really care for the introductions. I was 4 years old and wanted to sleep. The first night in Australia I had my first prophetic dream. In this dream this woman (the nanny) chased me in a mall and when I got to the second floor, there was no railing and she pushed me off deliberately and I fell. Before I hit the ground, I woke up and I heard the spirit of the Lord speak to me at age 4 and He said “Do not trust this woman, she is very evil”. I know this sounds far fetched to you right about now but this is really true. As a 4 year old, I didn’t understand why I shouldn’t trust her. Later on I soon began to realize why. She ended up being the woman that would later molest me and God tried to warn me, a 4-year old child who was innocent enough to trust in such an evil adult that this would happen. At this point, I do not care if people think my testimony is whack and unbelievable, but this is something that happened to me and I’m going to be frank about it since silence is deadly.
I am here to say that I too am a victim of molestation and sexual abuse. This woman that was my live-in nanny (not a family member) was supposedly a “Christian” who actually in fact was a person who tried to groom me into practicing witchcraft. She exposed me to pornography first, tried to make me pray weird prayers that I soon found out later in my walk were incantations, gave me strange items to which I suffered a lot of spiritual attacks after that. She tried to poison me slowly with food since she would always prepare my breakfast as a means of silencing me about the molestation because she was fearful that I’d talk to my grandparents and reveal what she had done and get arrested. She made me promise not to tell my grandparents and bought me gifts to keep my mouth shut. As a kid, I didn’t know any better and did what she wanted me to do. Sometimes I wish I could have told my grandparents about this situation but my grandma was strict so I thought I would be blamed for allowing these things to happen to me, but later on I realized I should have confided in my grandparents when I could have because they were always on my side.
This so-called nanny often told me that she “loved me” but later on she grew cold and I mentally shut down. She then realized I wasn’t buying her “love-act” and got paranoid and tried to poison me but I still remained loyal and remained silent because I felt that nothing could be done about it. There was a time I would vomit everyday the food she prepared for me to eat to the point of blood and my grandmother got scared and took me to the family doctor because I was losing weight. There was an exchange where I heard my doctor tell a nurse that I had been progressively poisoned since they found something in my blood. At age 5 I could understand a lot so they didn’t know I was listening to the conversation. She had the trust of my Grandparents, my uncle and aunt and she used that to her advantage. There is more to this story but I think I’ll stop here. What I can say is that I felt like the deed was done and I had to live with the consequences. This was a grave error on my part, but does a young child know any better?
I became disillusioned in my walk but somehow maintained my faith in God despite these events. This story is just one statistic. I praise God that I can share it without fear here. I feel such a release and I don’t care what people think of me now…She wasn’t the only manipulative person I encountered because there were also teachers in the “Christian” schools I attended that also betrayed my trust but that’s a story for another day. The reason why I’m telling my story here is so that for those that feel alone and don’t know what to do, silence keeps you trapped in the cycle of abuse. The only way to set yourself free is if you speak. I wish I learned this earlier, but evil knows no bounds and tries to do all that it can to get you to remain silent. Silence is deadly people. Even though I’ve been through this abuse, I have forgiven my abuser(s). There is no point in maintaining hatred because that is what keeps us bound in the first place. God wants people to be really real with themselves and not be in denial of the pain they feel. So for the next few posts, please listen to these testimonies with an open heart and don’t be so quick to judge without really hearing the truth for what it is about for these individuals. Sometimes the raw truth is hard to handle but Jesus says, The truth will set you FREE.
So my intention for this post and the following posts is to address difficult stories and come out of the closet with stuff that churches are hush hush about. Jesus Loves and has always loved His Flock and I feel that He is sad and grieved when His children are abused by folk who are entrusted to care for them but are really Wolves in sheep clothing. There is a high price to pay for those that practice such lawlessness and abuse should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Keep that in mind.
Jesus is the True Shepherd and if people aren’t following the True Shepherd’s example to tend to the flock and end up abusing the flock, I feel that some people should be removed without question. This isn’t a local problem, it’s a world wide one and people should not fear addressing these issues like it is. Some churches do and many churches don’t but is protecting one felon at the expense of the flock that important? Is God pleased with that???? At some point everyone will be held accountable on that day of judgement…we have to address sin like it is and not water down the truth so “some people can sleep well at night”. So please regard my disclaimer now and appreciate where I’m coming from with the few posts that I will prepare. I fear God enough to do this regardless of whether I become unpopular or not because the truth isn’t popular and I know that in advance to write without fear. I may lose readers but it is what it is. I respect you all and thank you for reading up until now. God bless You All.
First and for most I have been so blessed by this blogging world. I never thought I’d ever commit to it but as I have continued, God has opened my eyes of expressing myself in this awesome new way. I thank all that have been following my posts and commenting. I wasn’t sure where I was going with this Blog journey. I started off a bit random but I now know that I can use it as an evangelical tool to share my Faith with you and others. I have since decided to keep this main Blog that way.
Having said that, I have now decided to make a sister blog to this main one. It’s called Ramblings of a Creative Mind. I decided to make a new one since the nature of this one has seemingly become more of a spiritual journey blog and I wanted one where I could write up my random rants on different topics and write poetry and what not. Please subscribe to my sister blog once you have the chance. I am keeping this one open and will use it as my spiritual meditation blog and the other will feature another side of me.
Stay Blessed everyone and I Welcome you all on another Journey with me as I dig through my creative brain.
So today is Friday the 13th in the Year 2012 and it’s snowing outside and I was one hour late to work. I arrived safely despite the long arduous wait for a bus that wasn’t packed full of people. Would have loved to drive but I couldn’t get my car out of the underground parking lot since the ramp had ice and my superintendent had failed to salt it before the snow hit us. It has been an interesting morning and an interesting day and yet I feel full of joy and excitement because simply put, it’s a TGIF to me!
Now I know people have their superstitions about the number 13 being a number for “bad luck”, especially since we have the world renowned horror flick that plays without fail every Friday the 13th of any year entitled Friday the 13th that stars the notorious Jason Voorhees the hockey-masked machete wielding killer . It seems that we have reasons to be wracked up with fear every Friday the 13th because of the number 13.
According to my Chinese colleague in my legal department, she told me that in China, the number 13 is considered “good luck” whereas the number 4 is considered to be “bad luck” because the number 4 in Chinese means “death”. So any number with the number 4 in it (i.e. 14, 24, 34, etc) is considered bad to them, so you won’t see a 14th floor or room with the number 4 in hotels or apartments or office buildings, etc.
It’s interesting how other cultures have different associations for certain numbers that they deem as “bad luck”.
In Biblical Numerology the Number 13 signifies negative connotations. According to this website called Christian Resources Today the Number 13 signifies the following:
Thirteen : 13 - This Biblical Meaning of Number 13: comes from my understanding that it is at times associated with the rebellion of things, corruption, abandonment, defection, revolution, to break or destroy.
Four : 4 - This Biblical Meaning of Number 4: comes from my understanding that it is normally associated with God’s creative works or perhaps “Earth Creation” (material completeness).
Fourteen : 14 - This Biblical Meaning of Number 14: comes from my understanding that it normally deals with one gaining a spiritual perfection that is doubled measured in strength or spiritual completeness that is twice over.
Another interesting website that breaks down the meaning of the number 13 is from the gethsemaneanabaptistchurch.org. Look at what they say in Biblical terms what their reference of the Number 13 is about:
The Old Testament has thirty-nine books, (13×3). The last word is a curse. It has five letters, the number of death.
In Acts 13:39 (13×3) is the justification from the curse of the law. It took the death of the Son of God.
In Galatians 3:13 we are given the triple curse connected with the law; cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree. Jesus became a curse when he hanged on the cross.
II Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus became a curse for every one of us.
In I Timothy 1:19-20, we are told that the law is for thirteen kinds of people.
In Proverbs 13:13, there is a statement on unbelief.
In Joshua 13:13, is the cause of all apostasy.
Joshua 7:13 is found an accursed thing.
Eighty-five percent of the thirteens in the Bible refer to death, destruction or evil.
Ten percent are neutral and five percent are good, while the eighty-five percent refer to sin, Satan, hell, unbelief, apostasy, and judgment.
Genesis 4:13 has thirteen words that are the reply of a murderer to God’s fair dealings.
In Genesis 6:13 and 13:13 is the sinfulness of man.
Nimrod was a type of the antichrist, the thirteenth from Adam. He was a rebel. The first time the word thirteen occurs in print, we find they rebelled (Genesis 14:4).
Apollo 13 was the thirteenth space flight, the one which failed.
Revelation 13 deals with the Satanic godhead. Judas Iscariot has thirteen letters in his name (John 13:13) The verse had thirteen words and thirty-nine letters, which is 13×3. Judas is called the angel of the bottomless pit. Apollyon and Abaddon both mean the destroyer. He is identified in Revelation 13 as the one Satan will raise from the dead and the one Satan will live in.
In Revelation 17:5 there are thirteen words in block capital letters on the harlot’s forehead. They contain sixty-five letters (5×13).
In Deuteronomy 14:7-9 there are twenty-six unclean animals (2×13).
In Mark 7:21 Jesus says there are thirteen evils in the human heart.
The United States rebelled against England in 1776. We had a flag with thirteen stars, thirteen stripes and a snake with “Don’t Tread On Me” written on it, which that is thirteen letters. There were thirteen stars on the Confederate flag in the Civil War.
With that being said, I can understand why some people feel some level of anxiety over the day –Friday the 13th. It’s no wonder why some buildings don’t have a 13th floor or why some rooms don’t have the number 13 on it in hotels and apartments and business blocks. The number 13 carries such a powerful significance and meaning in people’s mind that some people refuse to go to work on Friday the 13th. How can a number be so powerful to paralyze people from functioning normally within the boundaries of reason?
I personally don’t believe in “bad luck”. I only believe that the devil is real and that God is real and God is greater than the Devil, PERIOD. No number or day is more powerful than that TRUTH. This is not to negate the importance of understanding the numerological meanings associated with the number 13 biblically speaking, because it is important especially when it’s in regard to biblical prophecy to understand the meaning behind some numbers such is the Number 12 which means GOVERNMENT hence the year we are in is a year of Divine Government, or the number 7 which means Divine Perfection. I could go on and on but I think you catch my drift, right?
I’m not saying that peoples fear of Friday the 13th is irrational because we have biblical reasons that back up the negative association of the Number 13 since it has a clear connection to misfortune. All I’m saying is that we have in a way over-aggrandized it to the level where it perverts everything we see on such days that may have been intended to be Good, but because of the fear of the number 13 we label everything as “bad”. This is just based on my experience with some people I have encountered. It could be different for others but I’m just putting this out there.
We shouldn’t over-exalt the number like the number 13 on a specific Day such as Friday to such an extent that we forget that each day is a day that the Lord has made for YOU, His Son and Daughter to live in this World that needs to see Hope at the end of the tunnel. Don’t give a number so much power over your mind is what I’m getting at. Yes, I agree, understand its meaning but don’t let it become something that controls your actions. You have the power of the Blood of Jesus to overcome anything and everything, so put your TRUST, YOUR FAITH in the right place.
I see everyday as the day that the Lord has made regardless of what number it is because I will rejoice and be Glad in it. I think we should think of each thing in that same sense. What are your thoughts?
Scriptures to Meditate
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)-Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
2 Corinthians 10:5
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
I was looking for a video to add as a Weekend Inspiration and found this one. As I watched this UN delegation of 1992 and listened to the words of this young 12 year old girl Severn Suzuki and I thought to myself, her speech was so powerful that the voice of a child’s cry regarding world issues really is as astounding as it should be. She spoke of things that have been in my heart for a long time (since I care about worldly affairs) and would like to share it so that we aren’t just silenced by her speech but are also listening to the words that come out of the mouth of babes. Children are more concerned about the future than adults should be which is sad but I pray that after watching this, we can carefully consider what has or hasn’t changed since 1992? And if nothing has changed…we have to ask ourselves “What will inspire it?”.
Psalm 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. [Emphasis added]
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God has chosen the foolishthings of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weakthings of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; [Emphasis added]
So I just read a disturbing article regarding a two year old child struck by not just one but two vans while others who witnessed just stood around and watched. It’s amazing how the bystander effect can paraylze people to do absolutely nothing while witnessing something tragic happening before their eyes. The childs name is Wang Yue and this happened in China. 18 people were present and did nothing but walked around the blood on the road. She is currently it critical condition at a hospital and who knows if she’ll pull through out of this one. I pray that she does not die because in earnest truth, the 18 that saw her and did nothing will have blood on their hands if she dies. I know what I am saying seems harsh and unfair to point the finger but in doing nothing while being a witness to the whole thing, can you seriously be considered innocent?
Before starting this blog, I considered how angry I was about the idea of how people could just stand there and do nothing as they watched a child get hit by one vehicle and not step in only to watch another vehicle strike the child a second time. However, after further reflection, I can see how possible it is for people to do absolutely nothing even when witness to evil things being done in plain sight. Unfortunately, it is possible for anyone to be a bystander, and this also includes myself. It’s better for me to state the obvious as I am humbled by how the bystander effect can attach itself to anyone. We are not immune to this effect.
A little education: For those of you that do not know what the bystander effect is, by definition it is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where individuals do not offer any means of help in an emergency situation to the victim when other people are present (wikipedia).
I think what it boils down to is that “people are less likely to help when they see other people around”. Does it make this right? NO! But to tell you the truth, when I think about it, anybody can do this including me. I think it’s horrific because we truly do not know how the human mind works when confronted with what I call “impromtu stress”. The stress I am referring to is in regards to a shocking incident or unprecedented event. Such shock can lead one to feel paralyzed from doing anything because the mind can think faster than the body can to move into action. Let me make it clear that I’m not a psychologist, these inferences that I draw upon are all based on my observations and things I have read regarding the subject. In no way should you regard anything I say as text book fact but it’s just my commentary on the subject ok. let’s continue….
The factors that I think cause people to not move to action could be anyone one of these things that I’m about to list here [take note that this list in not intended to be exhaustive, I'm just chosing what I think are important factors to consider, feel free to comment your thoughts below]:
1. Fear – “What will happen to me if I step in”: Fear should not be underestimated by any circumstance. When we see someone in danger the first thing that kicks in is self-preservation mode. It’s a natural instinct to consider your safety first over others. It may seem selfish but we are all wired that way to a large extent. This instinct hinders us to act on behalf of others and this is not to say that it prevents us from acting but it can be a hinderance to doing so. Fear also paralyzes a person from acting at all. This does not mean that the person does not want to assist a person in need but it has a power to prevent us from doing so because of how we conceptualize how danger is associated with pain.
Humans are hard-wired to resist painful things and thus we pursue things that pleasure us. So in an event where trouble is imminent and assistance is required, it is most likely that the unfortunate reaction to occur would be that others would rather choose to tail and run than step out and risk being yet another statistic to a possible tragedy. It is harrowing how the human mind functions on survival and self-preservation mode when faced with danger. They say that the greatest evils appear in the midst of danger. How true this rings with the bystander effect. Also, there are cases where those that step out in good faith are sued by the person they intended to provide assistance. It is a terrible thing to experience but it also can explain why others are deterred to assist others in the first place when the fear of reprisal is factored in as well. People often use this to justify their inaction which is plausible but not right.
2. Apathy- “It’s none of my business”: Another factor to consider is that if the event is not happening to you, then it is not any of your business to care about what is happening to another. This I think is another explanation to the bystander effect. People are selfish at times and can choose to act this way as long as whatever is happening does not affect their sphere of influence (which is their life). This trait saddens me but it is definitely a factor I consider to be a possible explanation to the bystander effect.
3. The idea that “Someone else will step in”: This is also tied in with fear in that people see consequences to actions first before choosing to act. This leaves others expecting someone else to step in especially in the presence of other people. It’s the idea that we don’t have to make the first move when others are clearly present to the current situation. Some underestimate their capabilities of providing assistance in such dire situations, however, this is yet another hinderance to act on someone elses’ behalf. Self-preservation can become selfish to this extent. We remove culpable responsibility from our inaction and deceive ourselves into thinking that “we haven’t harmed anyone by doing nothing”.
Let us make it clear that the harm is in the inactionitself. It’s the omission of the offence not the comission to an act that also counts as a crime to me by social standards. We can be all guilty of this so I won’t water this down just to sleep well at night. This waiting period that happens in an event where someone requires immediate assistance could be the defining moment between life and death for a person. Merely waiting for someone to act and remaining indecisive to take action chips away at the time left for that person’s survival. I pray that we learn what it means to be self-less so that if something were to happen to you, someone would pay it forward.
4. The Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil – until after the fact: Pretending to have absolutely nothing to do with an incident that you were present at also screams selfish. I remember when my sister and I was in a car accident how people stopped and stared at me struggling to get out of the car because I was in shock and how people sped off acting like they didn’t want to be part of that scene. Thankfully there was a guy there who helped us during my car accident and waited with us for 3 whole hours in the cold winter waiting for a cop to arrive since I was rear-ended by an SUV and transit bus. People who witnessed the event ran away accept the guy who helped me and explained what I should do since I’d never been in an accident in my life before. It was terrifying to see how people, though witnesses, act like what they saw and heard had nothing to do with them and walk on by not even offering a hand to help us just because it had nothing to do with them.
In Canada we have Good Samaritan Lawswhich helps to curb people from being hesistant to help others in distress which accounts to many people being saved since amnesty is given in cases were the one assisted cannot sue the one providing aide. Such a law is instituted in many english common law countries but the practice of it is difficult to measure. The bystander effect is a terrible phenomenon and for me who has experienced it in different cases, it tells me that humanity has a lot to change. Humanity needs to value the life of others as they do value themselves. Life is a gift and we should consider sharing this gift with others and not rob each other of it by regarding others as of less value in human society.
This can explain why so many atrocities continue to this day, because like I said before in a different blog, “Injustice continues when we close our eyes”. However, it doesn’t have to remain that way.We can choose to do the right thing. It’s all up to us to step out and reach out to those that need us the most when the time calls for it. Don’t assume that inaction relieves us from having blood on our hands. We must consider what we do to others can be done back to us one day. You can believe in Karma or whatever, but what we do or choose not to do will hurt us one day, so it’s best to do the very best you can even if it’s just to make a phone call to someone who can better assist in that situation. It’s better than doing absolutely nothing at all and walking on by. People, please don’t have blood on your hands, that’s all I’m saying. Keep it real and choose not to be a bystander.
Ok so here I come to blog on recent events and articles that interest me once again. The Snake House in Idaho Phenomenon is my first thing that I’d like to comment on. Who in their right mind would want to live in a house no matter how cheap, oh excuse me, I should
say “affordable” it is, when it’s constructed right above a hibernaculum for garter snakes? Forget the fact that garter snakes aren’t poisonous persay, but they do release a “god-awful stentch” when they feel threatened by a predator. I feel sorry for the Sessions couple that had to leave their home after the husband Ben Sessions killed 46 in one day…. The Poor guy now suffers from what doctors call a “Snake-related PTSD”. I don’t know how one can sleep well at night with these slithery reptilians.
For your viewing pleasure here is the vid. Be fore-warned…if you hate snakes then don’t watch. That’s my disclaimer for the faint of heart.
Another story that got me going was the news in relation to the radio active leaks of the material Tritium in BRACEVILLE, Ill. For those that aren’t aware of what Tritium is, look it up for yourselves or click on the blue hyper linked word on my page. It’s a highly radioactive material and it seems that 3 quarters of the U.S. starting from Illinois has radio active Tritium leaking from 48 of 68 nuclear sites. Why do I find this disturbing? Well, think about it. Look at the Japan Tsunami disaster and how they handled the nuclear reactors that were failing after the floods had damaged the cooling systems. The Japanese learned a lot from this disaster and realise that there really should be proper mechanisms in place to avoid such disasters in future.
Canada has shown little to almost no concern for the nuclear sites that they have here even after considering how they witnessed Japan struggling to keep their own chaos under control with their reactor meltdowns. The U.S. is by far even worse for their response to handling their nuclear sites since they are willfully negligent at controlling or properly regulating their nuclear sites by having proper safety inspections and repairing the areas that need to be fixed in order to ensure that they meet safety standard requirements for each plant.
Instead, many of these Nuclear sites have been found to have safety issues in terms of regulating their hazzards and material waste by-products, but as long as a little radioactive spillage is within the confines and “boundaries” of so called “legal quantities and/or parameters” that are measured to pose no health risk, it’s ok, keep on spilling *notice my sarcasm*.
This is what I have issues with…trace amounts of Tritium doesn’t affect us if we are exposed to it externally; however, if it is injested via food or water into our body, be sure that you’ll have health problems to face later on and cancer will be the main issue of concern here.
Now for my complain rant: I’m sorry…but a little radioactivity is a little too much for me. I don’t care that radioactive trace amounts of water won’t affect me “that much” after injesting it once and will supposedly leave my body after 14 days when all I want to drink is radioactive-free water. If you drink the same contaminated water over a period of months or even years, who’s to say what the after-effects may be? I’m sure some people are slowly being poisoned and aren’t even aware of it just yet.
This is why I’m making a big broo haha about it. Maybe I’m a little melodramatic but I don’t think that any one should have to put up with that crap. Also, this contaminated water is reaching over 200,000 people in the US and gradually, I think over-time my generation or the next will suffer major health consequences to this industrial-disastar. Can’t the US even learn from Chernobyl????
Even though I don’t personally live in the US (I live in Canada), I think that Canada is like an apple that doesn’t fall far from the tree. If “Big Brother” is ignoring the nuclear contamination issue then it makes me wonder what we’re doing about regulating our own plants???? Supposedly our nuclear plants are “Safe” but if you believe everything that corporations and federal regulators tell you just to appease you and make you sleep well at night, then be my guest and eat up the words if you so easily believe them. My thing is that, I don’t believe everything I read without properly considering all possible explanations. Not to say that I’m immune to being swallowed by propogandarous news, but it’s better to live and read news as a critic than gobbling everything up and concluding that what you’ve read is actual “fact”.
The whole Tritium thing and the negligence displayed by US federal regulators have proven to me anyway how considerably corrupt they can be since it seems that there is evidence that they have been extending further licences to open up more of these poorly regulated Nuclear sites. This is a crime in my books, an environmental and ecological crime; a societal disaster if you will. I just hope that the US recognizes that they can’t really criticize other nations on how they handle their nuclear disastors if they can’t even control what’s going on in their own back yard. ‘They must serious consider the near-future ramifications of remaining willfully blind to these leaks which are slowly contaminating our water resources. ‘Nuff said about that, NEXT!
Ok, so I’m a bit confused. I read in an article yesterday that Marvel has killed off the most well known Character that I grew up with in its final 160th issue of the Ultimate Spider-Man Series. It’s in stores today (Wednesday, June 22,2011).
My Question is WHY!!!!!!!??????????? If you’re not a superhero marvel loving reader than skip this part of my blah blah blah from my blog. I just have to say that though they’ve killed Peter, have no fear becase he still lives in Marvel’s the Amazing Spider-Man series. *Phew*, breathe a sigh of relief. Ok, so I think you can garner my confusion. You kill Peter Parker in one series and yet he is basically a “God” in the other series. Don’t get this whole thing messed up for fans, that’s all I’m saying. It can be confusing to read about your superhero dying in one comic and then seeing new releases of him saving the world from chaos in another comic. I just thought that the whole thing was weird. Click the link below if you want to read the story.