What’s your favorite movie? Is it a great swashbuckling adventure? A hero’s journey? Perhaps, you enjoy a sappy love story that coincidently triggers a sudden hay fever attack leaving your eyes red and tearful. I love them. Sappy love stories are my favorite; pass me the popcorn and the Kleenex. I enjoy almost any genre, except scary movies.
When I watch a scary movie, I know it’s not real. I know it’s a staged set with bright stage lights, phony props, and talented actors. After all, I was raised in Los Angeles and visited Universal Studios numerous times.
Even though I know the movie is fiction, it’s a representation of a story—a story determined to change my perception of reality. I bite my nails, sweat, and repeatedly ask my family, “Is she going to die!”
“Shhh!” they reply, “Just watch the movie!”
I stopped watching scary movies. I had to minimize the scenes that replayed in my mind when I walked through dark parking lots.
From Fiction to True Story
Similarly, we view and replay many of our scariest life stories. Although life isn’t a fiction tale, our physical eye sees a representation of a story—a story determined to change our perception of our God-given reality.
I believe it’s the enemy’s attempt to portray the scariest version of our lives to derail us and keep us in fear. It becomes a full-length, surround sound, 3D stronghold we replay over and over, again. I battled this for decades, but let me tell you, beloved of God—there’s freedom!
Holy Ghost Intermission
When we find ourselves fearful of present or past stories, we need to hit the spiritual pause button for a Holy Ghost intermission. We need to trace the root of the tension.
Whenever there’s tension, there’s external conflict, and there’s internal conflict. The external is obvious. It could be a job loss, divorce, or unexpected crisis. We draw all of our attention and efforts to manage the external conflict. That’s the unexpected spiritual blow. The enemy keeps us from moving forward because we’re swinging at the wrong target.
The internal conflict, however, is the game changer. Our heart, attitude, and mind will determine whether we feel hopeless or hopeful.
Here’s what the enemy doesn’t want us to remember. There’s always a spiritual story behind the visual story. When we address spiritual battles with the Word of God, our perception of reality realigns with God’s truth. God always tells a better story.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:13-17 New American Standard Bible
Who’s Directing your Life
God is the film director of your life. He edits, adds, changes, and rewrites your script. Your true-life story is spiritual and eternal. It’s part of a larger story, God’s Kingdom plan, and we know how that story ends.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.