Well, after 16 grueling days, the flame was extinguished for the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and in four years, the flame will be reignited in Pyeoncheng, Korea.
The OLYMPIC flame towered this year over Fisht Stadium so huge, so massive, it literally could be glimpsed from space.
The astronauts on the international Space Station took this photo, showing the flaming cauldron as the spacecraft drifted over Russia’s vacation spot on the Black Sea. The picture was taken from 220 miles up in the air. [photo courtesy of Mail Online].
In a report from Sochi, NBC’s Brian Williams said when the torch was ignited, “the soaring torch is the most powerful, the loudest, of any Olympic Game.”
I wasn’t ready for the flame to be taken down. In fact, as Christians, we ought to continually be LIGHTING THE FIRE from within. How OLYMPIC could that be to the unsaved world today.
Being Olympic Ready!
The Urban Dictionary defines “Olympic” this way: The true original definition of athleticism; being allowed to represent your country is considered the ultimate goal for almost every athlete in the world.
As Christians, what better ways can we represent our Lord and Savior, reigniting Holy Spirit fire in our lives. The Light of the World, Christ Jesus, shining through us like a grand Olympic Flame to the rest of the world!
Reigniting the Fire!
GOD wants to speak to you today where you sit. He wants a stirring within your soul, deep from within, a FIRE that wants to breakout and fan across your world.
In this Blog-Post, there is a calling for you to ignite the flame, that fire, to spark something inside of you today…that something being the POWER of the Holy Spirit. And believe me, that is Olympic!
ARE YOU READY TO BE IGNITED? Because if you are, the cause is greater than you! The cause is Christ Jesus:
The Cause of being…
A difference maker,
Sharing the LOVE,
Sharing the forgiveness of Jesus with those around you.
The prophet Isaiah said,
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest until her imputed righteousness and vindication go forth as brightness, and her salvation radiates as does a burning torch” (Isaiah 62:1 AMP).
Isaiah couldn’t keep quiet; there was a fire that burned in his belly. He was going to keep telling people about GOD until RIGHTEOUSNESS rang out in the cities, until SALVATION became a blazing torch in the land.
“Evil triumphs when good people remain silent”
Today is the time! The time to reignite the fire that was maybe just barely flickering within and become no longer by silent, becoming agents of change.
How Can We Ignite the Flame?
We do it with the flame of…PASSION.
Society has categorized our time in history as “passionless.” They are wrong! Being bombarded by a multi-media experiences of life…we’re overloaded, pure and simple. But the flame within our spirit flickers; burns for the intimacy of relationship. To reignite the fire within, we need to have a PASSION for God.
The Psalmist wrote of PASSION in Psalm 86:11-12:
 Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart to fear and honor Your name.
 I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore.
The Fire Is Protect and Kept in a Safe Place…
The Olympic Flame comes from Athens, Greece each Olympics. Our source for the FIRE comes from God and to visualize the flame, we need to establish it from within a vertical relationship.
Relationship on the rocks?
In an article, “Relationship on the Rocks?” written by Julie Orlov, she addresses married couples relationships when they grow cold. She points out the breakdowns that can happen by asking the question, “Where has the spark gone?” Many couples after some years have gone by, or when the kids have moved out, look at each other as if they’re compatible roommates; the relationship has lost the PASSION! And for man, there comes a time when that level of complacency is no longer acceptable.
Crying Out to God…
We need to “cry out” to God, not to be complacent in relationship with Him.
OUR Prayer: Teach me how to be more passionate for You, showing me the way You would have me walk through this life on earth. God, direct my heart so I will respect, trust, and honor You in all ways, in all things.
Stirring the Flame of Commitment!
We stir the flame until it burns within our soul and we cannot remain silent because…we are PASSIONATE with commitment to God. And by the way…this conversation we should have with our life-mate…establishes the horizontal relationship as well.
PASSIONATE WITH COMMITMENT!
Not only do we need to have PASSION for God, we need to have: A PASSION FOR OTHERS.
In Psalm 2:8, God gives us this information: “Ask of Me, and I will give You [Jesus] the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.”
When we have PASSION for God, we will have PASSION to do the work of our heavenly Father, the work of seeing the world come to JESUS.
When we allow the FIRE OF GOD to burn within, comes a passionate heart cry for the lost people in our community and around the world. This is the PASSION I have within my soul and spirit to write a weekly blog. We all need to have PASSION to dream God’s dreams!!!
The Truth Is the Value of Our PASSION:
Like FIRE, our PASSION will be judged finally by the amount of warmth and light it transmits.
FIRE must be controlled…
To live passionately, we must develop DISCIPLINE. Fanatics like foresting fires, burning brightly through the landscape, but at the same time, destroying everything that is tender and green in its path! To be useful, FIRE must be controlled.
To LOVE PASSIONATELY, we need to form the bonds of COMMITMENT.
Not only do we need PASSION in our lives, we need to also have INSPIRATION.
Talk to people who have been successful in life, they will tell you how they found someone they can point to for the inspiration of their achievement.
If you need some inspiration right now in your life, read the lives of the great men and women of FAITH in Hebrews 11, then reflect on Hebrews 12:1:
Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.
If you are going to light the torch within, you are not only going to need PASSION and INSPIRATION, you’ll need PERSPIRATION!
Perspiration–how do we know the fire is aflame?
WHERE’S THE SMOKE? WHERE’S THE FLAME?
The NBC news anchor, Brian Williams mentioned while in attendance, when the Olympic Flame was ignited in Sochi, the flame sounded like a Jet Airplane taking off at an airport! Now that would certainly get your attention, wherever you were at the time.
James 2:26 says, ”For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.”
Questions need to be answered before reigniting the flame–
WHAT ARE YOUR DESIRES?
WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS?
WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING YOUR BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS INTO?
WHAT FIRE IS BURNING INSIDE OF YOU?
We can all come up with EXCUSES, why we can’t, sitting back and doing nothing in reaching people around us to come to JESUS, or we can go for the GOLD; allow the Holy Spirit to IGNITE the fire within while accomplishing great things in Jesus’ name.
Now is the Time!
The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro begin in 2016; where the Olympic Torch will once more be reignited. But the athletes are in training and getting ready for the games, in the right now! Their PASSION, INSPIRATION, PERSPIRATION is now!!! If they waited for 2016 to be prepared, it would mean nothing.
BUT now is the time for us, for the flame to be stirred for igniting the fire within. RIGHT NOW is the time to be PASSIONATE about life, to not only look to others for inspiration, but to be an inspiration to others around us.
It’s time to PERSPIRE, to get into action before difference makers.
Don’t Wait till it’s Too Late–It’s a Matter of Life and Death!
People are dying around us every day, hour, minute, second–friends, family, co-workers. And remember, we don’t need to be observed from a Space Station 280 miles above the earth to be seen. Our Olympic Flame just needs to be reignited to the lost in our cities, communities and our neighborhoods.
Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all men, [no one being able to stop it or to escape its power] because ALL MEN SINNED. (Romans 5:12).
For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23).
The HOPE to be Conveyed to others in Romans 8:
[Romans 8:1-2; 9-19, 24-25].
A Prayer for Lighting the Fire Within:
Father, I know by the current events surrounding my life, the time for Your Sons return is growing nearer everyday. There are people in my community, my neighborhood, my family that doesn’t know Him. Your Word says that I need to share the Gospel message as Your Spirit leads. I desire it Lord. Light my fire within my heart and give me the right words to say at any given time. The time IS now!
Thank You Father God, in Jesus’ name.