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Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:08

The Word in the Movie

Written by  Sam Whatley
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I saw a movie recently that illustrates two chapters of the Bible as well as anything I have ever seen. The chapters are Ephesians 5 and 6 and the movie is War Room. This movie is not to be regarded as Scripture, by any means, but it acts out a major foundation of truth found in Scripture. Family strife is spiritual strife. Family harmony is the conquering work of the Holy Spirit. Intercession through prayer is the key to the battle.

Let’s consider the movie in a minute. If we look at Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus first, we will see the truth in War Room with deeper understanding.

 

Chapter 5 opens with this sentence: Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV).

 

There it is, love and sacrifice. The two are inseparable. If you love someone, you will sacrifice to please them or to make their lives better. A few sentences later we read: Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21 NIV). That’s where many Christians want to get off the bus and the reason the next few sentences scare folks to death.

 

Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

 

Husbands love you wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy…In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies…. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband (Ephesians 5:22-25, 28 NIV).

 

This was clearly illustrated in the movie. Until the wife was ready to come clean with God and confess the bitterness she felt toward her husband, she could not submit to him. Until the husband confessed his sins of pride, greed, and lust, he could not love his wife. Then they could confess their sins against each other and peace and love were evident.

 

Chapter 6 talks about children and their parents. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”…Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-2, 4 NIV).

 

The daughter in the movie felt her parents were too busy fighting with each other to care much about her. Once her parents started fighting their true enemy, Satan, (through serious prayer) their love for each other was restored and they spent more time being the parents God intended them to be.

 

That’s the crux of the movie and of these two chapters. The true enemy is not other people and certainly not your spouse. He is that old deceiver, Satan, or the devil.

 

That brings us to another scary thought; there really is a devil. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10 NIV).

 

Until you face the reality of spiritual warfare, none of this is going to make any sense. But there is a war between God and Satan that underpins the conflicts in our homes, between spouses and between parents and their children. That’s why Paul took the last part of Chapter 6 to talk about putting on the armor of God.

 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms(Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV).

 

The movie is good. The Book is even better.

 

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