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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)
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.
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?
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.
Title: Spirit Controlled Temperament
Author: Timothy LaHaye (1993)
Have you ever wondered why you are the way you are? Why we are somehow tagged to a weakness that we would just love to overcome.
“My testimony is in the words Christ gave me since birth
Transforming my negative mentality into power to exalt His Divinity
And give words worth
I was once trapped in the confines of what I lacked
And really, depressed by my past pretty bad
Sudden heart attack took away my precious dad
And I harbored hatred for a God who would do something like that
I know He is sovereign and can give and snatch
But why take something so precious from a family so fast
Age 5 I cried
And days passing wished it was me, not dad, who died
I cried until I reached almost age 21
When I will was filled with the Spirit of the Omnipotent One
Who became my Father
He made the void of my past feel like it never started
Retarded my tears with His overwhelming love
I feel His Spirit at times like a tangible hug
I freely receive
And now I bleed different words on the page when I write
That life becomes more when you walk it out with Christ”
- Poet Noble
D’s Word of encouragement: Your mourning, your suffering, your sorrow…is only temporary. It has already been declared that the
present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
– Romans 8:18
One thing about your sorrow is that God doesn’t just make them disappear, in actual fact, He transforms them into joy. Transforms your mourning into dancing. He takes your failures and turns them into success. Remember what he said in Romans 8:28:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…
This certainly does not mean that all that happens to us is good…no way! Evil is prevalent in our fallen world today but our great God is ABLE, able to turn EVERY circumstance around for our good in the long run…
…to those who love God, those who trust God, not life treasures, they look for security in heaven, not on earth, they learn to accept, not resent pain and persecution because God is with them.
Your sorrow…is only temporary.
If you have been touched by the testimony and would like to share yours with us, message us in the Multifunction Box.