Stand Strong: Overcoming Test of Faith

Stand Strong

The film Stand Strong tells about main character Matt Webster and his family who were having a materialistic way of living. The opening scenes showed the lifestyle of each of Matt’s family members. We see that Matt is busy with work while his wife Tara gets preoccupied in pleasing her rich friends than giving attention to their youngest child.  They often left Cameron in the house with a maidservant. The two teens Megan and Brendan attended to their hobbies and friends.

Each of them created a little world outside the family to cover up their lack of support towards one another. Their set-up was akin to most of us who look up to lifestyle than have meaningful relationships at home and work, in school or with friends. Consciously or not, our focus goes to the image of affluence where we thrive. When this level of comfort and security gets shaken, that’s where the trouble begins.

Matt’s predicament came into view when the company he works for started cutting jobs. He tracked house payments and his family’s expenses. Tara overspent on her credit cards. Brendan and Megan often went out with their separate set of friends. As head of his family, Matt decided to cut back which dismayed them. Wives can reflect on Tara’s malpractices. As a wife and mother, her duty was to support her husband’s decisions in curbing their expenses and not rant on him when her cards got declined.

After losing their house to foreclosure, Matt’s family moved in to live under his brother Josh house. His mother declined to bail him this time so he’d learn to manage his family and finances on his own. Tara and Megan grow up with a servant and this situation tested Rachel’s patience. Good thing Rachel chose to pray for extended patience than quarrel with Tara. Had acceptance came into their hearts sooner, it could have eased their adjustment period as part of another household. Ego usually gets in the way before humility sets. Matt and his family experienced this kind of situation. Josh offered to help Matt with what he knows about dealing with finances based on principles from the Bible.

Another test of fate was when Cameron fell from a rocky cliff after following Brendan who climbed on top of it. Filled with guilt about his brother getting hurt, Brendan was remorseful and turned to the Bible for guidance. Matt saw this and bridged the gap between their father and son relationship. He noticed Brendan’s artistic talent and came to work with him on a digital marketing project. Matt also reached out to Megan to restore their father and daughter bond.

The film Stand Strong depicts factors that make up for character building between husband and wife, parents and children, an individual and family that stands steadfastly. Towards the end, they all learned from each other that made them hold together as a family again.

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Quotes from the movie War Room

The War Room

Awaken the warrior in you with these movie quotes from the movie War Room.

 How do you fight your battles? There are times when we question why our circumstances are so difficult to bear. Despite the fact that we´ve been giving our best effort to win our battles, it seems that all efforts lead us to anything but winning.

Learn from the 13 quotes below taken from the Christian movie “War Room,” a film by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. It’s a story of Elizabeth and Tony Jordan, and their daughter Danielle.

Their family almost ended up in a wreck because the couple finds it difficult to understand each other. They always disagree on things that would make the viewers think that they do not love each other anymore. Despite being Elizabeth as a real estate broker and Tony as a salesman for a pharmaceutical company, both chasing their careers while there is lingering unhappiness in their home. Affected by the obvious tension, Danielle also grew indifferent of being in their home and even hated seeing her parents together.

Everything changed, however, when the Lord used one of Elizabeth´s clients, Miss Clara, to introduce to Elizabeth the concept of a ¨war room¨ and the right way of fighting whatever battles she´s facing.

 Quotes from Christian movie “War Room”

“To win the fight, you’ve got to have the right strategy and the right resources, because victories don’t come by accident.” -Miss Clara

“Just because you argue doesn’t mean you fight well.” -Miss Clara

“God is still in control. It encourages me.” -Miss Clara

“If you want victory you must first surrender” -Miss Clara

“I shouldn’t fight God because He always wins.” -Miss Clara

“In order for this family to function, we need to communicate.” –Elizabeth Jordan

“Submitting to your husband is so you can duck so the Lord can hit your husband!” – Mandy

“You need to plead with God to do what only He can do, and then you need to get out of the way and let him do it.” -Miss Clara

“Everyone’s always trying to leave Jesus out, which is one reason we’re in the mess we’re in.” -Miss Clara

“I’m not done with us… I am His before I am yours. And because I love Jesus, I’m staying right here.” -Elizabeth Jordan

“He gives us grace and he helps us to give it to others, even when they don’t deserve it.” -Miss Clara

“I would rather have a man chasing Jesus than a house full of stuff.” -Elizabeth Jordan

“Raise up warriors, Lord, that will fight on their knees who will worship you with their whole hearts.” -Miss Clara

A “war room” is basically a portion of the house, free from any distraction, where you converse with God peacefully. Its idea was taken from Matthew 6:6 where Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Surrendering was, at first, something that Elizabeth did not take seriously. But when she realized that she’s actually losing the battle because she keeps on fighting with her own strength, that’s when she fully surrendered to God. That’s the turning point of everything. The Lord started to move in their lives, correcting the couple’s attitude towards one another, their character, and even how they play their roles as Danielle’s parents.

In the end, everything turned from bad to good and the family lived happily. All because they decided to make things right with the Lord and let Him do the fighting for them.

Bonus:

Elizabeth´s declaration of victory after going out of her war room, ¨I don’t know where you are, Devil, but I know you can hear me. You have played with my mind and had your way long enough! No more! You are done! Jesus is the Lord of this house, and that means there’s no place for you here anymore!

So take your lies, your schemes, and your accusations and get out in Jesus’ name! You can’t have my marriage, you can’t have my daughter and you sure can’t have my man! This house is under new management and that means you are out! And another thing, I am so sick of you stealing my joy, but that’s changing too.

My joy doesn’t come from my friends, it doesn’t come from my job, it even doesn’t come from my husband. My joy is found in Jesus, and just in case you forgot, he has already defeated you, so go back to Hell where you belong and leave my family alone!¨

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