Cheryl is a licensed, ordained minister and has a BA in Psychology and Church ministry. She spent 12 years attending Word of Faith churches.
Open your spirit
Many believers in Christ believe they must sit inside of a church building every Sunday in order to "get a word" from the Lord. When you are filled with His Spirit, He can speak to you whenever and however He chooses. There may be times when something is revealed to you, that no one else will catch. One of the ways that the Holy Spirit can communicate is through movies and not just those that have a Christian message. The Lord can speak to us even through secular works that were not designed to glorify Christ. When you are open to hearing Him, you will be pleasantly surprised at when and where He reveals Himself. The following are 3 movies where believers see Christ glorified, even when those who produced the work never intended it to be so.
The Lion the witch and the wardrobe
CS Lewis who wrote the seven tales that make of The Chronicles of Narnia was a Christian and purposely put messages about Christ in his writings. Not everyone, however, will understand. Even as a teenager, when I watched the televised cartoon version, I saw the parallels of Aslan shedding his innocent blood to save Narnia to Jesus dying for our sins. Each time I viewed this classic I cried thinking about what Christ has done for me. After the movie with real people came out, one of the teenage stars said something very revealing in an interview. The young man who portrayed Peter was asked about religious parallels and responded that he did not understand why people were talking about religious connotations to the film. He said that he and the other 3 children were simply playing their part and were not trying to convey anything spiritual. Here is a movie, based on a book, where the author was purposefully portraying Christ in his works, but those who don't know Christ, cannot see Him in the writing or the movies. I recall cheering when Aslan came back to life because it reminded me of the Resurrection, but those who don't have His Spirit will not see the same thing.
1 Corinthians 12:3, NLT: "So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit."
The Lion King
Many Christians, myself included, see the story of Christ in the Disney animated classic The Lion King. I don't know if this is what the writers of this tale intended but when Scar takes over the Pride Land, everything turns to waste and this is seen as Satan causing so much chaos in the world. The animals are hungry and thirsty and afraid they will die. When Simba returns to his rightful place, Scar dies and the land is restored to a beautiful green place that is filled with plenty. During the scenes in the beginning and ending when the animals bow to the new kings, I think of Philippians 2:10 and 11.
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I cry every time I watch this because I know a day will come when Jesus rights all the wrongs and the entire world will bow and call Him Lord. Others who enjoy the Lion King may not get this same revelation.
Coming to America
Each time I watch Coming to America, the ending really gets to me. The beautiful bride, the handsome groom, the pomp and circumstance, and splendor of it all and the cheering crowd are revealing. When I see this I think about Christ returning for a church without spot or wrinkle. I think of Him coming in the clouds for His bride and the celebration we will have when we see our deceased loved ones who died believing on Him. This is my personal revelation and I have not asked others if they feel the same way. During these days of the pandemic, so many cannot go to church and worship as usual. What you can do is open yourself to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to speak to you right where you are.
I consider the scene after the crucifixion of Jesus in Ben Hur to be one of the most powerful movie depictions ever. Two female lepers are healed as the blood of Christ flows from the cross, down the hill. Each time I see this I am reminded of the power of His resurrection. In I Samuel 30:6, King David said we are to encourage ourselves in the Lord. The times in which we live, are different and our new normal does no afford us to take advantage of previous routines. Find your own ways of motivating your faith that keep you focused on Yeshua/Jesus.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on August 25, 2020:
Thank you for reading.
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on August 25, 2020:
You are verily right ma. God speaks "When you are filled with His Spirit, He can speak to you whenever and however He chooses", I will add to this word ma that, "Wherever".
He speaks to us anyhow, wherever, whenever, however, what we are lacking in this generation is the patience to study the Master, Jesus, anyone that fails to study his or her partner, they will always be at loggerheads with each other and it will not be surprising if they eventually filled for divorce.
We lack the ability to study Jesus, we often times follow what some selected clans are saying or what we have read. what we read is good, but they are not whole and should not be taken as been from God, we have been privileged to read and learn from those so that we shall take one or two points from thereby and apply to our lives where and when necessary, alas, some people will take it wholly as if they need to conform their patterns of living and lifestyle to such.
I had once mad such mistake when I was a teenager, my mother who was a Gospeler have been inscribing the word of the Gospel into us and there was a popular evangelist (and televangelist) in Nigeria then called T.O Obadare, the man was a blind man, he was not born blind but during the period of small-pox outbreak globally he was one of those who was a victim of the infectious virus and he became blind, however, God turns his life around.
Now, what I am driving at for sharing his story is that some people then used to teach us that one of the things that usually pull a believer down is "women" among other things. So, some people now say, those who are blind cannot be overtaken by women, and thence, when I officially declared for Jesus Christ, my prayer has been that God should make me blind like that televangelist because I do not want to fall like others.
It was a cousin of mine that corrected me of this wrong notion, that my prayer is wrong, I have a life to live and I am different from the blind person.
Though a child I yielded to what he said, but was unclear to me until I matured in faith.
I am saying that, what individuals need do is mature in faith so as to know the means God uses to speak to him.
To corroborate your point ma, there was a local Yoruba Television Series when we were young, it was called "Opa Aje" (translation of the title Opa means Rod and "aje means business") the the series was an ancient one that points people to how some ancient people seek the power of the devil to be delivering the ancient people in Yoruba land.
The major actor there impresses me, for he had a room of power where he resorts to anytime trouble is coming, then I said to myself one day, if the people of the world could do this, I can also convert a section of my room to a Power place, and did you know where I converted to my power place? It is under the table, I prayed that the power of God resides there so that anytime I am sick, for i used to fall sick repeatedly then, and I crawl to under the table I should be made whole by Holy Ghost and that happens for me. Through the movie, I learnt more of God for if the people of the world could do that nothing stops a believer from doing that.
Good work ma.
Warmest Love from me here to the family. Stay safe always in Jesus. Amen.