“For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
I sometimes forget that there is an unseen war going on beyond the physical world, but War Room made me remember. Usually, I believe that I am just having a very bad day that is due to either bad luck, myself, or the world who is out to destroy my general happiness (Maybe I am more of a drama queen than I thought).
Sometimes I wake up late for work or have to deal with about twenty cars who decide to cut me off without using a blinker (I don’t know why this minor lapse in curtsey aggravates me.) Another day, I read two emails and I feel the familiar tightening of the muscles in my neck as I think “Why did I read my email today? Better yet, can people just text me or meet me face to face?” Other days I spill chocolate milk on my pants, forget my phone at home, say the wrong awkward thing, suffer a sleepless night, or discover that my favorite shirt has a hole in it the size of the quarter. Like those ancient Israelites, I wondered what I did to deserve such troubles.
Honestly, my frame of mind walking into the viewing of War Room was a bit skewed up. Circumstances had happened and I felt ostracized, victimized, antagonized, and defensifized (a new word). If a meme could define my mental state it would be Grumpy Cat and his defiant NO. However, as the movie minutes ticked by, my defiant stance began to yield. By the ending credits, I remembered. . . God is the reason. I could be right or wrong, but it does not matter. God is the reason, the solution, and stronghold of my life. Somehow, I had forgotten. Many times I make Jesus the Hail Mary or last ditch effort of my life. Do you ever wonder why quarterbacks don’t throw more of the Hail Mary pass? It is not a reliable play, but more of a desperate chance that if caught is a miracle or a lucky draw.
God is more than a last ditched effort. In the movie, one of the main character says “We need to have the right [plan] and resources because victories don’t come by accident.” As a Christian, my plan should be recognizing that God’s in control. He is the leader, the coach of my life. I need to pray, stay in the Word and tally His victories in my life. As James 4:8,10 says “Come close to God, and God will come close to you. . . . Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”
I admit that I didn’t discuss much of the movie plot here, but that is because it is a movie that one has to see. God used War Room to reiterate the importance of communicating with Him daily, building a relationship, and tallying His victories in my life. One victory was watching War Room. Honestly, I don’t usually say blessed, but War Room will bless your socks off!