The War Room

When we hear the words “War Room” we immediately think of armies, soldiers, battles and well, war! So as I gathered some of the definitions of what a war room is I found out that it’s a literal place where war is directed or where a strategy is planned (source: Merriam-Webster). The War Room movie is not far from that. It’s basically what it’s all about. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie yet (although since this is my reflection of it, I will be talking about some scenes.. haha) so I’ll give you a (long) one line summary.. War room is a movie about how the life of two church-going couple, who seemingly look like a normal couple who got everything together but are completely broken affecting their marriage & family, turned 180 degrees through the power of prayer, by God’s grace and the help of an old lady named Ms. Clara who really took time to reach out to the wife, Elizabeth.

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The movie made me ponder on four things –the person that I used to be, the person that I don’t want to be, the person that I am and the person that I can be. Let me tell you more about it..

WHO I USED TO BE

I was broken and insecure, trying to fill my life with the wrong things, conforming to the standards of the world so I can fit in and get ahead in this life –probably not like how the husband, Tony, did but basically just like him in the heart. I remember that scene when he was slowly realizing his mistakes and his need of saving from a sinful life. Imagine watching a grown man, crying and kneeling down asking forgiveness and acknowledging his need for Jesus! Sure, the wrong things that he did came with consequences but he experienced the grace of God that he didn’t deserve –his salvation, the gift of eternal life. We all don’t deserve it but he gives it because He is a good God and because His love for us is unconditional.

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“ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

WHO I DON’T WANT TO BE

I think one of the most dangerous things that can happen to a Christian is to be stagnant and complacent with our walk. When someone is a new believer there is always that kind of high that even drugs can’t beat! But later on it becomes a habit or a duty, not something that overflows from the heart. That scene where Ms. Clara gave Elizabeth the room temperature coffee that made her spit it out was exactly what Revelation 3:16-17 was talking about

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”

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Even God doesn’t want His coffee lukewarm! It made me reflect if at times I’m a Christian who is just going through the motions or one who is really all fired up for the Lord? Unfortunately, there are moments I can be the former. So everyday I pray to love God more with all my heart, mind, soul and strength because there is no passion better and more fruitful than one’s passion for the one true Savior, Jesus Christ!

WHO I AM

I am forgiven and loved. I was given grace and so I know I can extend that same grace to the people around me. Tony saw the changes in Elizabeth and it got him thinking, “What happened to her?”.. and I know deep inside him he was also probably thinking “I want that too.” Is this how we are with the people God surrounded us with? In the way we live our daily lives, do we draw them closer to Jesus? Is what we have something they want for themselves too? Ms.Clara definitely got to share that light to Elizabeth, Elizabeth to their daughter Danielle and both to Tony. We have to keep passing that light on!

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Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:15

WHO I CAN BE

Just like the Pastor in the pulpit or the neighbor next door we are all a work in progress and there is so much more that God has in store for us. Our prayer life reflects our relationship with God, what we pray for usually reflects what is in our hearts but often times we do not receive because we don’t even ask. A war room is a place where we can lay out all our burdens, our struggles and our requests to God, it’s where we can study and reflect on His word and come up with strategies & solutions. In this life is a battle we fight everyday. Of course, we can pray anytime and anywhere, God is everywhere after all but it helps to have a small room or even just a corner in our house to be able to really have that intimate, undisturbed, undistracted moment with Him –I have yet to make my own war room. His answer isn’t always a “yes” and often times not how we want or imagine it to be but He knows what’s best for us and His will is always good, pleasing and perfect –even if it doesn’t seem to be so sometimes.

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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

Just like how Elizabeth bombarded the heavens with prayers, it’s high time we do a reformation in our prayer life, do it more often, take a big leap of faith and remember that the only thing more powerful than prayer is the God who answers it!

 

Disclaimer: Photos don’t belong to me, got everything on Google. (: