After 6wks of waiting(Yes, I truly purchased my tickets that long ago)… Aug 29 finally rolled around and our group of 14 were off to see ‘War Room’. I’m still under the weather a tad so that made the outing not quite as exciting as I would have liked, but I could have been half dead… I was not going to miss this movie!!
I will admit that I went with very high expectation, as I have loved the Kendrick brothers movies for years. We have their triple play of Flywheel, Facing the Giants and Fireproof, as well as Courageous, on DVD and watch them regularly as a family. They are just fantastic wholesome movies with great messages to ponder, no matter how many time you watch them. So, going along to War Room with this high standard in mind, I was not surprised, but also very pleased to come away thinking that God had once again used these two men to produce a 1st class message.
The atmosphere within the cinemas was fantastic from the moment you walked in. The crowd was clearly expectant for the message they were about to sit under. The ages varied.. even within our own group, we had a Nanna, 2 Dads, 4 Mums, 3 kids and 2 young adults. and so… we settled in with our movie snacks and prepared to just soak in all that God had for us in the next 2hrs.
Now, I LOVE Priscilla Shirer.. I have for a few years now. I love her heart for the Word of God, I love her style of teaching … I love that she is REAL !! I love that her teaching challengers me and encouragers me to get into the scriptures. So, with this respect for Priscilla already in play, I was keen to see how she portrayed the character of Elizabeth Jordan in War Room. Let’s just say she did not disappoint. Seriously, you would never know she hadn’t formerly acted before, but I guess her public speaking for many years would have certainly given her the confidence to take on such a role.
War Room certainly is one of those movies where you really did know all that is was going to be about prior to going… well, that’s if you’re a crazy researcher like I am. I knew it was predominantly about spiritual warfare. Fighting the REAL enemy in our situations. Getting ourselves, and our plans out of the way so that we leave God the room to fight for us, in the way that HE knows is best. We all know that can be hard at times, to hand it all over and say ‘Lord, it’s yours, do what you want with it, I can’t do it on my own strength.’
The humility it requires is also huge. There’s a particular scene in the movie where Elizabeth has received a txt from a friend saying that she’s just seen Tony (Elizabeth’s husband) at a restaurant with another woman. Her reaction shows her to be tortured by this information.. feelings of hurt, frustration, disbelief, fear, anger would surely have been present. The humility it takes to get in your War Room and hand over that situation to The Lord. .. to fight for your marriage, for your husband, for your family. Believe me, I’ve been right there… as in basically right there… I’ve known that my DH was in a tempting situation and that his heart was not right with The Lord, and it wasn’t right with me either. I remember my first thoughts were to make phonecalls, to somehow interfere with the situation to prevent anything bad happening…. to use whatever power I had to intervene. But Praise God, I had reached a point in my walk with The Lord where I knew my fighting had to be done in my War Room.. I had to hand it over to God and leave HIM in control.
I had to learn to pray for my DH, even when I felt hurt, angry, unloved and unappreciated. It’s amazing what God can do with these situations. Years back, when I was first learning these skills, I used to wonder ‘will I have to always do this, will it get easier?’ etc etc, but God has done amazing work within my DH. Is he 100% walking with The Lord? No. but I have had no reason to feel insecure, question his actions when it comes to the respect of our relationship, or feel unloved for quite a long time now.
So, while I still need to be in my War Room and fight for my husband on a daily basis, it’s not over those topics that tear at my heart and cause hurt and insecurity. I’m fighting for him because I know that who he is today is just one of the stages along the road to becoming the man that God created him to be. I no longer whine and gripe about what he isn’t, or ask God why he chose a non-believer for me 21yrs ago, but pray into his POTENTIAL. He has done nothing but flourish under this prayer method.
I can see that many women may not warm to the movie storyline… the submissive role as a wife that Elizabeth took on when she handed it all over to God. I think a lot of that stems from the misunderstanding that many people have of being a submissive wife. I proudly tell people I am a submissive wife…. sometimes just to get the reaction out of them so that I then have the opportunity to clarify it for them. & once again, I’m submitting to the man God created my DH to be, not so much to the man he is right now. I make it a daily choice to always see him through that lens… God’s lens… rather than society’s lens, who would probably label him with all sorts of unpleasantness.
Candace Cameron Bure’s book ‘Balancing it all’ opened up lots of debate about being a submissive wife. I think Candace did a fantastic job in many many interviews when asked about this topic. Feel free to YouTube search some of those.
Back to the movie…. the music was also fantastic… so good in fact that I bought the soundtrack on PlayStore on the way home. :0)
The atmosphere that I spoke of when we first walked into the cinema only increased throughout the showing. There’s something pretty downright cool about hearing an ‘Amen’ or a ‘Hallelujah’ called out in the middle of a cinema. Add to that rounds of applause throughout the movie, but particularly at the close of the final scene.
Heading out into the foyer of the cinemas, we were met by the HUGE and I mean HUGE crowd heading into the next War Room session. We knew so many people waiting to go in, from our church family, the young adults group, old neighbours, friends from way back… it was just so encouraging after having seen the fantastic movie, to then come out and see so many that mean so much to us going along to see it too.
As part of our movie going plans, we had offered to others to go out for dinner with us after the movie. I thought it would be the type of movie you’d want to chat about after. While most had to get home to their families, one family who we actually haven’t seen for years took us up on the offer. It was great time of fellowship, blessed conversation and yummy food. (I had pesto chicken on a bed of mashed potato, served with Brocolini and a creamy pesto sauce… not exactly the healthiest meal ever… but it was to die for… and heck, it’s Saturday night… that’s splurge night.)
And so now it’s Sunday, the memories of the movie are still fresh, I’d go again in a heartbeat, but what’s been going around my head today is that I don’t want it to simply speak to people (me included) and us all SAY that this is how we need to live and fight our battles, but not actually put it into effect. One of the first things Ms Clara talks about in the movie is putting a strategy in place. Soldiers don’t just head out and wing it. They study the enemy, examine their tactics and preferred weapons, and then plan accordingly.
This makes me think of Sun Tzu and his quote ;
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
It also reminds me of the other thing we need to know.. the Word of God… sharper than a two edged sword. Our best weapon in any battle… and that leads me into what I LOVE to talk about… Bible Study. I LOVE to do them, LOVE to tell people about them, LOVE to recommend them to others, LOVE to research them… well, you get the idea. It’s fine and dandy to have scripture up in your prayer close/War Room walls as Ms Clara does and as Elizabeth did in the movie (& I do too), but it’s also invaluable to KNOW your bible so well that you can pull on a scripture when needed, no matter where you are.
Personally, I find Bible Study the best way to do this, so below I’ll fill you in on the following which describes my Bible Study plan… and yes, it’s a Priscilla Shirer plan, so I’m taking no credit for it, but I’m more than happy to lap up God’s Word using her methods. I know you will be blessed by it also.
5 Ps of bible study
Position yourself to hear from God (War Room/Prayer Closet)
I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Habakkuk 2;1
Pour over the passage and paraphrase the major principals. Mediate on them. Put yourself in the scenario .
Pull out the spiritual principals within that scripture. Is there a command or a promise that you are ignoring? Is there a character trait or attribute of God that he is trying to show you?
Pose the question. Turn the spiritual principals back on yourself. Am I heeding these commands or claiming these promises.
Plan obedience and pin down a date to obey. Strategise how you are going to obey.
Remember, The Bible is ALIVE .. it’s not just black print on a white page. The Holy Spirit causes it to jump off the page and speak right into our own situations. Let’s You & I dive into it today and every day. Let’s get strategising.