If you haven’t seen “War Room” then you need to put it on your calendar this week!
I wrote most of this blog while watching the movie “War Room” because I didn’t want to forget the thoughts that came to me last night. I have to admit this was a powerful movie. I was especially looking forward to it since I just preached about the necessity of prayer this past Sunday at New Life Community Church in Oxnard.
As I enjoyed the movie I felt like the older woman in the film was mentoring me. As she dropped the pearls of wisdom, often times wrapped in humor, I was literally taking notes. She confirmed things I had already learned and believed, while inspiring me in ways that I needed to be. “War Room” confirmed four lessons for me that I’ve heard preached and have been preaching myself for the past few years.
This is not a review of the movie and I don’t want to give anything away, but I do want to share what I learned.
Here are the four lessons from the mentorship of “War Room”…
Don’t be afraid to acknowledge the realities of our weaknesses.
Just like in my life and the transformed lives of many believers I know, things turn around when we begin to acknowledge our weaknesses instead of justifying our perceived strengths. The hardest thing in the world to do is admit that as gifted, talented, connected, and disciplined as we can be, we still need God. There will come a point in time in everyone’s life when they will hit a wall or the floor, otherwise known as “rock bottom.” We are faced with a choice, either lean on the Lord instead of our own understanding, or figure it out ourselves. I’ve learned over the past ten years that whatever I begin in my own strength and in my own wisdom I will have to sustain in my own strength and my own wisdom. whatever I begin in my own strength and in my own wisdom I will have to sustain in my own strength and my own… Click To Tweet Today there is so much emphasis on self, do it yourself, fix it yourself, self-empowerment, self-everything. Here’s a thought, Paul writes in the Bible in 2 Corinthians 12:9 what Jesus spoke to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made whole/perfect in your weakness.” In other words, God promises that in our weakness, when we turn to leaning on him in wisdom, strength and understanding, we will experience his power that exceeds our own. My life began its radical change when I was no longer too prideful to admit I am weak in many areas and I need the power of Jesus to show up in my life.
Don’t be weird about the reality of spiritual warfare.
You should be able to tell from the name of the film that there is some battle being fought and that it is spiritual. Many people, including some Christians tend to only accept and understand the natural realm. With the rise in the “religion of science,” we ignore the reality of a spiritual realm with spiritual activity, including God’s and the devil’s. Yes, I said the devil too. Any given moment I am guilty of focusing on what I see in the natural, forgetting that there is an unseen realm. You can’t necessarily intellectualize this realm. You won’t necessarily find empirical evidence to prove or figure out what is happening in this realm. It’s something you discern, something you encounter.
If this is true, then how we navigate here has to be done in ways that are unconventional and spiritual in nature in order to impact this spiritual realm. Emotions become a blindfold to us preventing us from responding appropriately. Lack of understanding leaves us impotent when it comes to changing the very circumstances of our lives. I’ve seen so many people (myself included) get tired and give up because they can’t fix it themselves, their own way. The lesson is to learn to fight a spiritual battle with powerful spiritual weapons such as prayer, worship, praise, the word of God. It’s not just left in the hands of the older mothers and grandmothers in the church. It’s up to all of us, any age, any situation. The moment you think you are NOT in a spiritual battle, you ARE in a spiritual battle with deception being enemy number one.The moment you think you are not in a spiritual battle, you ARE in a spiritual battle with deception being… Click To Tweet
Appreciate the power of prayer.
I hear people saying that faith, namely Christianity is for weak people. I laugh at that absurd comment every time I hear it. Faith walking isn’t for the weak at heart, I can assure you that. Prayer isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of wisdom. If it’s real, then why wouldn’t we want to connect with the power of God. #WarRoom. Prayer isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of wisdom. If it’s real, then why wouldn’t we want to connect… Click To Tweet We are asking God, who will not violate the free will he gave us, to infiltrate our affairs and have his preferred and perfect way in our circumstances. We don’t always get the results we want, but we will get the perfect will of God in due time. The hard part is having the patience to endure his timing for answers and willingness to accept his will if it doesn’t match our desires. The hard part is having the patience to endure his timing for answers and willingness to accept his will if it… Click To Tweet As I mentioned earlier, this past weekend I preached on prayer. Consider the times we live in, we can’t afford not to pray. Be aware of the realities of today, the finality of the day, and the testimonies of yesterday and PRAY!
Pass on the power of “relational” discipleship.
The wise, seasoned prayer warrior, Ms. Clara gave of her time to teach the younger woman, “Liz” how to pray. She CARED enough to listen and be straight with her. She cared enough to hand her the most powerful weapon she knows. She didn’t want her to make the same mistakes she made when she was younger. She even insisted on Liz investing in another young woman in the near future. She admitted not having passed on all that she had learned up to that point in her life to someone else.
I’ve found no greater joy than passing on what has been passed on to me. For the Sunday Christian, let me encourage you to pray for and be open to a mentor in your life. You are making it harder on yourself if you only go to church on Sundays and think that that’s enough. Not only should we be open to mentorship (be wise and prayerful though, not everyone is qualified), we need to have a goal of “doing life” with others who are where we used to be in life and faith. As my friend Rudy Hagood would say, this is “life on life” ministry.
These are just four lessons of the many I received from this film. I use three words to describe the movie, powerful, powerful, powerful! By the end of the movie you will leave stirred up and inspired to make space in your own home for a “War Room.” By the way, sometimes Starbucks is secretly my war room! They just don’t know I am in there sipping on tea and interceding for baristas and customers at the same time.
Shhh, don’t blow my cover!