Film Review: War Room (How is Your Prayer Life?)

2017! January!

Are you pumped up ready for the New Year? New goals and new resolutions, right?

How about using this month to sort out your prayer life/prayer strategy to achieve your goals and maintain your resolutions.

I only watched this film for the first time a few months ago (covers face) and I thought what great way it would be to kick start and improve my prayer life. Unfortunately today, I have to say the thoughts never turned into actions. But just before I began to write this post I read a testimony based on this film (which I will be sharing later on this month), every prayer she wrote in her “war book” came to pass.

As if that wasn’t enough, my friend and I were discussing on the same day about 2017 and how we want a string of testimonies that will continue to blossom onto 2018 – she had the same idea of writing all prayer points and scriptures. 

I pray my December 2017 review post will be too much for you to read…lol

Meanwhile, I would like to write my brief review on the film for those still to watch it.

Film: War Room (Prayer is a Powerful Weapon)

Director: Alex Kendrick  Writer: Stephen Kendrick

Release Year: (2015)

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Very brief summary…

War Room is a beautiful, simple Christian film that demonstrates the power of prayer -particularly when you feel that you are out solutions. In this case the film conveys how Tony (Husband) and Elizabeth (Wife)’s marriage is under strain and the effect it is having on their daughter’s well-being.

Just from studying the main characters we have a husband who is flirtatious, proud and boastful. Christian? – yes he is. But the type to put God not at the top of the list.

Then the wife – according to other reviews she is bitter. I didn’t get that. In my opinion she lost confidence in her man, in herself, in her marriage and in God.

Now when putting both husband and wife together – most certainly we can say, that it is quite frankly a recipe for disaster and as a result the daughter felt as though she was not loved by her parents.war-room-main_article_imagesynopsis_photo

The turning point came when Elizabeth met a client (Ms Clara) through her work. A client who was on fire for God and was not weary when it came to her faith. Ms Clara, mentored Elizabeth, advised her and taught her how to pray by introducing her to her weapon the “War Room”.

 

 

Overall thoughts on the film:

Firstly, the title of the film comes with meaning. When we think about prayer it is like a battle, it is like a war. When we come back from that war – we are not supposed to feel or come back the same.

Let’s digress a little. There are times I go to the gym and come back out without a sweat, without an ache and am still over energised to return home. For me…that’s just an indication that my time at the gym was a waste. However, on frequent occasions (particularly with a friend) when I come out of the gym – I know that Yes! I have burnt off almost every calorie I ate earlier in the day…(well it feels like that).

It’s the same with prayer, when you have prayed – you are supposed to feel a difference…You are supposed to feel confident that God has the situation at hand and there is no need for you to worry anymore.

War Room, War Box, War Book, War iPad and so on. Powerful weapons for beautiful testimonies.

Secondly, although the acting for me was a little cheesy and the script itself was displayed to be nothing outside the ordinary – it delivered it’s lessons/messages effectively, to the point that I would watch it over and over again, to ensure I didn’t miss a “trick” on how to get my prayers answered.  Yep! I have the DVD.

Finally….my favourite scene. It made me laugh. This for me was the most important part of the film.

What a way to show us how your prayer life is supposed to be. HOT! Not in the middle, not lukewarm. Oh I love it.

So in a nutshell:

Your prayer life needs to be hot

Your prayer points needs to be specific

Your prayer points needs to be organised

When you come to pray, come with faith, come with expectation.

Don’t be an occasional prayer

Don’t wait for time to pass by to pray.

God is already waiting to hear from you. Question is are you ready for battle?

Book Review: Pathway To Freedom (the story of a porn addict) – Elisha Kolade

Hello Testimonies speakers, I pray this post meets you well.

Today, I have been given the opportunity to review a book from the author himself – Elisha Kolade… well, I say today. But I’ve actually had the book collecting dust for the past 6 months (covers face).

Unlike the past two book reviews I have done previously (check out Book Review Series), I will be following a guideline (which I now plan to use forever) so that you can get an in depth review of the book. If you have read the book and agree or disagree with some of the comments I am about to put out there, please feel free to comment below.

Title: Pathway to Freedom (the story of a porn addict)

Author: Elisha Kolade (2015)

Just by looking….

The book cover is eye catching and bright yet very simple. As a part time artistic type of person, without the title, I would never really associate its image with “a pathway to freedom”, in my opinion the picture signifies to me of a journey that has been embarked on – which compliments the statement “the story of a porn addict”.

A statement which is enough to eye catch and prompt people into maybe buying the book. Unfortunately, if we were to judge its book by its front cover it may only appeal to the mature audience and possibly only to those who are determined to overcome this type of addiction.

To probably captivate older teenagers and young adults, the blurb could have started off with a few basic questions that will make them validate themselves ie. has porn taken over your life?

During the read…

I started reading this book at the beginning of the month (July). Nine days in and I had touched down on page 77 out of 135 pages (over half way). Now for someone who is reading for change and expecting an impact, the book will need to be read a bit slower than what I was achieving within a few days. It is a book to be read and applied to his her/life section by section or chapter by chapter (which ever one floats the readers boat).

So what actually caught my attention? Well, a number of things, but I will list down my main three.

One – The book went back to basics. Came out with essential facts and figures about sex and pornography. Tempted to call the book a ‘semi – dictionary’ as it defines the necessary terminologies associated with Christianity such as ‘restoration’ (as well as keywords associated with porn addiction. Which will be really beneficial for readers who have just given their life to Christ for the first time and also struggling with the addiction.

Two – The author executes his testimony rather well throughout the whole book. Testimonies rather than testimony! He details the process he had to go through to overcome porn addiction. He describes his setbacks, his hurdles and even gives us an insight to his infant days as a Christian. I mean what skillful way to engage your readers…

Three – A personal one. “your mind is a farm land and your thoughts are the seeds” – now I have never heard that before. Without diverting too much away from the book itself, I’ll just say this: The Bible carries all the required nutrients and conditions to help the seed (out thoughts) germinate and blossom beautifully – to gain access to these requirements we have to read frequently or seeds (our thoughts) will malnourish (room for negative thoughts, room for temptation).

In terms of how the book is written; it is casual. It is honest. Honest to the point where potentially he copied and pasted out of his journey into this handbook.

I initially thought it was too much and decided to get a second opinion. My friend who only read sections of it just said “it’s what people need to hear to relate, so that they know they are not going through it alone” – thanks to him I saw the book in another perspective. My bad!

On a whole the book is a good book. It contains the relevant materials, facts and steps on how to overcome addiction. Its written in a way that can reach out to a wide age range (from age 18 onwards of course).

The Pathway to Freedom can be found to be simple, casual, chatty and funny at times. However, unfortunately, the content of the book does not allow the pages to turn at a fast pace – some sections of the book is somewhat not succinct. and also some of his short accounts are found to be repeated in the book. But saying that, I read the book in 10 days – which I do not recommend for someone who is expectant for a change.

The Pathway to Freedom is almost similar to another book called Sex is not the Problem (Lust is) by Joshua Harris, I used the book last year to write posts for the Lust ≠ Love Series. The book came third party testimonies as well as group activities (or questions) at the end of each chapter – which may poke you to rank this book above Elisha’s. But when you have studied the book side to side; unlike Joshua Harris’ book, Elisha’s book is raw when displaying his own accounts and what he went through to relate and to encourage his readers to find the pathway to freedom.

Thank you for reading this post…typing to you real soon.

-D-

‘Peek-a-boo’ Moment

Hey TS readers,

How are you all doing?

Thank you for the viewings!!!!!!!

This is me “peek-a-booing” from the quiet scene for a hot minute. I am blessed and well (in case you are wondering). The year so far has being great. Loads of changes and once again trying to find routine to ensure everything fits in.

I am back in my favourite town, London. Which means I have had the opportunity to see various people and attend numerous events. Which IS one of my main goals this year.

In terms of me blogging, I am in the mind mapping phase. The main focus of the blog is and will be to encourage you via testimonies (via talents or normal documentation) and the Word, but I feel the need to branch out also and bring in other things to the blog.

Going with the flow, for now. I will however, post some fresh testimonies for y’all to read.

I do hope my WordPress bloggers are well. I do miss you guys!

Dafricanlady

YEAR 2015: Thumbs Up and Down…

 

Hello Testimony speakers,

20 days in but Happy New Month anyway. I pray that this year finishes gloriously for you and anyone connected to you.

Today’s post has been inspired by Princess Okechukwu post also titled Year 2015: Thumbs Up and Down…, I thought it may be a good opportunity for me to reflect (and share with you) on the year that is now coming to an end and nominate a few of bloggers to opt and do the same.

THUMBS UP or Highlights

Serving in the house of the Lord : My previous manager before I left told me I will have a ministry that involves the youth – that I will have an impact on the younger generation. I went from working with teenagers to working in the pharmaceutical industry. Not long after wards I was given a task to present to teenagers at my church. Surprise surprise. I loved it! (more…)

Book Review: The New Spirit-Controlled Woman – Beverly LaHaye ☆☆☆☆☆

The above title has probably just turned a lot of male heads away, but there are sections in the book for you to read too, so “leave the page and read the review and buy this book for your misses and you read it too.

Title: The New Spirit-Controlled Woman

Author: Beverly LaHaye (2005)

Our temperaments play a significant part in all areas of our lives and although there are four main types of temperaments (plus the twelve blends), it should be said that a male and female of the same temperament do have their differences (with the inclusion of other factors).

The book Spirit Controlled Temperament did its best by defining each of the temperament without defining itself with the emotion of a female or the masculinity of man. However, Beverley LaHaye (yes, Dr Timothy LaHaye’s wife) took the opportunity in the The New Spirit Controlled Woman to give a detailed description of each temperament in view of a female and once again highlighting the weaknesses and the strengths.

With the inclusion of referring back to the Word on how to overcome the mentioned weaknesses, Beverly also discusses the differences of how each of the temperaments and the spirit filled temperament of a woman effects the various factors, events and stages of a female’s life; personal life, interests, talents, parent-child relationship, dating, career choices, marriage and communication and even in-law relationships.

To conclude, our temperament was designed by God and with the help of the Holy Spirit, used for a great purpose. A spirit filled Melancholy will have a wealth full of talent, she will have the ability to do many things that are difficult and foreign to her natural temperament. A phlegmatic will stop shying away from tasks that will result into stand out and be a blessing onto others. A Choleric that is spirit controlled will be more patient when working with other people, she will be soft also sensitive. A Sanguine will be more disciplined and more dependable.

There is no better temperament.

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“ARTEVANGELISM” – Melisa Dundas

From left to right…

1. CHASING AFTER YOUR DESTINY
“The drawing you see above is about a girl who found her purpose by walking the road God layed out for her. She had been through a lot but her faith and strong will kept her going, because chasing her destiny was her only hearts desire.”


2. DO YOU BLINDLY TRUST GOD?

3. CROSSROAD OF CHOICES
 A men who doesn’t know which road to take in life.

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Thanksgiving in the way YOU look – Sarah O Bee

 

I write this inspired by all the work DAfricanLadyhas done with Testimonies Speak – all glory to God; He will continue to bless you!

My testimony is around the opportunities God has given me despite of the ill feelings I have had towards myself. Having been raised in the church, I always had the privilege of knowing Christ, although it wasn’t until my late teens I fully accepted Christ and started my journey with Him. With that being said, I never thought I was pretty enough, having battled with my weight for many, many years. As an outlet to encourage others never to feel how I had in the past, I started a blog in 2011 around body confidence, particularly focusing on curvier women, and encouraging all to actively seek their God-given purpose in life.

http://www.gushgossipblog.co.uk/

As God would have it, my blog slowly began to grow and, after completing the Word of Faith Bible Institute at Winners Chapel in March 2014 (love my church!), God surprised and blessed me with two amazing opportunities; writing a column for the SPICE TV website and becoming a contributor for Trace TV Sports, a channel which is seen in over 160 countries. However, the enemy still did not leave me alone! In January 2015, I fell ill with food poisoning, causing me to gain a significant amount of weight. My blog ceased to exist for the next 6 months as I hid myself from others. I remember the high of the issue was when I didn’t even want to attend church because I was so ashamed of how I looked. I sought a scripture to help deliver me from these feelings as I knew they weren’t of God and God, being a God of double, gave me two.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:6-7

To be strengthened by a Father who has no limitations to His abilities and is able to give you peace more than any person could was more than enough to kick-start the mentality that I truly am fearfully and wonderfully made. In the midst of this realisation, I applied to star in a Curve Edit campaign for Cosmopolitan UK and guess what? I was successful! The October edition came out this month and all I can do is give glory to God. Through Him, all things are possible. It was a fantastic opportunity to remind all women that, no matter your size, you are beautiful in the eyes of God and, thus, you must hold yourself like a wonder to the world.

@gushgossipblog


LOVE THE WAY YOU LOOK.

..and that goes to all the men out there too…

Embrace your body and work with it. If you want to twig the shape a bit; then do something about it in a healthy manner. Ensure that God is in the centre of your decisions, your methods and your whole journey…and not a model on a magazine that has being 100 percent-ly being photo shopped.

Whether you’re in the process of weight gaining or losing, remember that the Word says that “you are not your own….For you are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body…” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) do not abuse it by going to the extreme ends that it has a toll on your overall health. It’s all about BALANCE.

This is not a post where you will find the do’s and the don’ts unfortunately because I never follow it religiously. I do however take notes from A LOT  of Christian books (Look Good Feel Great: 12 Keys to a Healthy Life – Joyce Meyer) and in my own way, apply it to my own life style when I feel action needs to be taken (ie. running out of breath after running for 30 seconds …which means hello gym haha). The main thing is I do try my best to keep on top of my weight and regardless of what my weight says on the scale and how it might make me feel for a while…I make an effort to look good and presentable and that does go a long way for your confidence.

Let’s thank God for our favourite feature/part of the body today. (Otherwise thank God that you’re breathing)

Let’s also look at our least favourite feature/part of the body today, imagine if you were without that certain feature or part of the body (or it wasn’t working).

Now let’s thank God for every part of our body.

Let’s now glorify God in our body.

If you have a testimony you would like to share (or have any other queries) contact me here.

Divine Preservation and Healing – Mr & Mrs D

In the first twelve weeks of my pregnancy, I prayed fervently. I became complacent after this. By twenty weeks into pregnancy it became a complicated case. I came back from work on day and felt a pressure and went to the hospital. The nurse called the registrar, who called the consultant. The consultant said the baby was one its way and at twenty one weeks, he did not have much hope. At first I was crying from the shock. When I got in touch with some people from the church, I was reminded that I had not been taught to cry in church. Faith arose in me. I told the medical staff that I will take my healthy baby home. The consultant said he had never seen a viable delivery at twenty one weeks in his twenty five year career. I was put in large cosy room; which at the time I was unaware it was a bereavement room. The following day, I got a call from the a deacon in church who prayed “that the right team will attend to me”. As the new shift started, a doctor came to me saying that he was taking me to theatre. He appeared very hyper and I kept asking him whether he was taking the right patient. He said, he could do something to sustain the pregnancy”, but there was a danger of the baby’s membrane rupturing. The initial registrar that came in to tell me about the risks, ended up praying and praising with me when she found out that I was Christian. On the day of the operation the nurses also had their strike that day. The consultant did the best he could do under the circumstances. I was discharged four days later.

Three weeks later, my water broke and I went to the hospital. I did not go into labour and was discharged from the hospital two weeks later.

At twenty eight weeks, I finally went into labour and delivered a son.

I had met Pastor David a few weeks before and he said the pregnancy would be persevered. The midwife who delivered the baby said the baby had being preserved despite the cord around his neck. They said he under developed lungs and a bleed in his brain. They gave him seventy percent survival chance. This went on for a few days. We saw Pastor David last December, who told us to anoint him and confess the Word over him. We did this to him daily in the hospital. A brain scan was done and nothing abnormal was found. They also said he needs oxygen and physiotherapy when he comes home. He did not need them when home. At the check in July, the same doctors could not believe how much he had grown. To God be the glory. (more…)