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Wreck it Ralph

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Okay, so this is the adorable story of what happens when the games arcade closes its doors at 5pm each day and the games come to life. It’s beautifully executed and all of the characters are brought to life in this fun film. It’s also an incredible picture of our identity and how we look at ourselves in comparison to others. In today’s world we have so many opportunities to allow guilt and condemnation to tell us who we are, or at least “who we should be”, when the reality is that our true identity is found within the life of Christ and we can access that life freely without any guilt or condemnation.

You can watch the trailer here.

As with all my other reviews, I highly recommend that you watch the film before you read any further as there will be spoilers from herein after.

Right, lets jump straight in. The movie follows the arcade game “wreck it Ralph” the aim of the game is for the player to control “fix it Felix” who rebuilds the building that Ralph destroys. At the end of the game, when the building is restored, Felix kills Ralph and the community celebrates.

Stop right there. I could write a whole blog just on this arcade game rather than the whole movie! Lets see….. well fix it Felix is a picture of The Lord. He restores his broken building by using a “magic” golden hammer. Gold is a picture of the divine nature worked into human beings through suffering. This is something that we see a number of characters from this film experience.  Gold is also one of the key building materials we see in Revelation 21 and 22. The building of God is made from Gold, Pearl and Precious Stone. The house in the arcade game is broken down, but is restored with Gold, where the community all live together.

Felix kills Ralph, and the community rejoice by giving Felix a medal. This is a picture of how The Lord has overcome Satan. He has been crowned The King and is the head of his Church. When the characters come to life after the game is finished they all celebrate the victory by having a feast! The Lord is our true celebratory feast. He has overcome death and we can freely eat, drink and enjoy him! Felix is also a picture of the new man. A while later in the film he meets a very broken woman (who reminds me of the Samaritan women at the well – as well as the bride of Christ). Her heart is broken and she has a very rough exterior. Felix loves her, regardless of her attitude or past. He eventually marries this woman, the bride. He is her groom.

Moving on, lets talk about poor old Ralph. He’s the bad guy and the community despise him. He is forced to live on the dump yard. He is not allowed into the building to live with the community. He’s not allowed to eat their food. Ralph is a picture of mankind, or Adam. He says a particular quote at a meeting where all the “bad guys” gather. I want you to stew on this for a moment it has so much depth to it:

“I am bad, and that is good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me”

Ralph is the bad guy who is always trying to be good, and he’s constantly failing at it. Sounds familiar right.

Lets stop to think about who we REALLY are. In reality we are:

1. Fallen human beings
2. We are sinners
3. We have failed Christ
4. We are apart of the old man
5. We are law breakers
6. We are scum
7. We are not worthy of anything Holy
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

Isn’t that wonderful??? We are bad, and that is good. We will never be good and that’s not bad.

How many times have you “tried” to be if good nature. Well, Ralph was a computer program, and he was not programmed to be good. Neither are we. We are born sinners – and that is good. We can never live (in our own strength) to be good, and that’s not bad.

What a load off! We will never be good, IN OUR OWN STRENGTH. And, listen to me, THAT’S NOT BAD! Why else do you think the King of the universe would come down to earth to die on a cross for us. Because it is only by HIS life that we can be good. We can never do it on our own strength.
So hang up your hat, stop trying in your own strength to be good, and look to your lord. Access his divine life, which lives within you and stop focussing or GOOD versus BAD. When we live from his life we are:

1. Worthy
2. Blameless and free
3. Righteous
4. Apart of the New man
5. Holy ones
6. Pure
This list goes on and on and on and on

We have been given a new life, and to quote Ralph

 “there is no one I’d rather be than the “NEW” me”

Ralph jumped ship, and entered a number of other video games where he “tried” to be the good guy. He failed time and time again. They were the wrong environments. It wasn’t until he entered the most unlikely of games (by accident) and met the most unlikely of characters that he began the journey of discovering his worth.

The little girl was called Venelope. Now, like Felix, she is also an outstanding picture of The Lord. When most of the other characters meet Ralph, they tremble in fear. Not Venelope, she accepts him for who he is. She doesn’t have a problem with him at all. Our Lord loves and accepts us! When he sees us, he sees his perfect pure princess, and she is worthy of all of his live and attention.

Venelope is rejected by all the characters in her game. No one likes her, she is an outcast. What we find out at the end is astonishing. Venelope is actually the rightful princess to the whole land. What had happened was another computer character disguised himself as the King and rewrote the program banishing Venelope. He changed the mindset of the other characters so that they too ignored Venelope.

Sounds a lot like our Lord. When he came to earth the rulers of the land banished him, he was deemed an outcast and rejected by his own people.

Venelope had a place that she called home. It was on the outskirts of the kingdom. This was her Bethany.

Long story short, Ralph helps Venelope cross the finish line; she is restored as princess of the Land. Ralph discovers that although he was programmed to be bad, he doesn’t have to be, he’s a good guy. Felix brought Ralph back to the right game, because the community discovered that they couldn’t function without Ralph. Just as the church cannot function without Christ. Sometimes Christ wrecks so that restoration and dependence can happen.

It was the last scene that almost, ALMOST, brought me to tears. Ralph said that his favourite part if the day was just before he got thrown off the side of the building (part of the game) it was his favourite part because he could see Venelope’s game, and he said “if that little kid likes me, how bad can I be?”

If the Lord Jesus Christ loves and accepts you and died a brutal death for you so you could be apart of the new man, the bride, the church, and his family and home……. How bad can you really be? The answer is, when you are in Christ, the word bad isn’t even in the dictionary.

Thank you Lord!

If you watched this film and saw some more sightings of Christ, please comment and share them below 🙂

Love you all!
Megan xx

 

Snitch

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Hello my lovlies! 🙂 

I’m back from getting married, and honeymooning and settling into our new home! What a picture of our Lord this chapter of my life has been. Will have to save it for another post.

I wanted to jump straight back into movie reviews! So here goes 🙂 

 

I recently saw Dwayne Johnson’s new movie “Snitch” but what I really saw was a beautiful unveiling of the Lords life and nature. Instead of giving a synopsis of the film, here is a link to the trailer.

I’d highly recommend that you watch the film and then read my review, as there are many spoiler alerts below….

I’m going to jump right in and share this sighting with you all.

THE REALITY OF THE LAW
The film starts with The son making one very poor choice which saw him fall straight into the hands of the law. The decision, and its consequences, happened so quickly that he barely had time to breathe and the law had grasped him. This is a picture of when Adam made the decision to take a bite from the tree if the knowledge of good and evil. As soon as he took a bite, the law had taken him prisoner. Once the law had him, he was trapped. The son in the movie was facing a minimum of 10 years, unfortunately for us, our sentence is much longer.

What was interesting about his arrest was that his friend, who had sent the drugs, set him up and told the police that he was a fellow dealer. By pointing the blame he reduced his minimum sentence and as such had no problem ratting out his innocent friend. When Adam and Eve were first found, they too, instantly pointed the blame to one another.

This is the reality of the law. The law has two options, be good or be evil. Our sinful nature is a selfish nature and we only have our own interests at heart. “I want to reduce MY sentence”

THE CHARACTER OF THE SON
The law wanted the son to set up one of his other friends so that they too would be arrested thus resulting in a reduction of his minimum sentence. The son refused to create a situation that would lead his friends into a trap. This act was a beautiful reflection of the lords life and nature. He denied himself a shorter sentence and was willing to pay the full price. This is a picture of our innocent Lord. Who in an instant became Sin and was willing to pay the price in order to save the world. The Son in the movie was abused, assaulted and harassed in prison. His character was never broken.

THE UNFAILING LOVE OF THE FATHER
As soon as the son was in trouble, the love that the father had for him boiled over into a bold, daring, risking plan of self sacrifice. The son was not able to make the arrests so the father said that he would do it for his son. This reminds me that whilst Christ was on the earth he only did what he saw the father doing. It was the father working through the son. In the character of the father in the film, I also saw the nature of Christ. That is, willingness to put your life on the line so that the one you love would be set free from the constraints of the law.

Anyway, the father formulated this amazing plan where he would leave his home and enter the dark world of drugs. Christ left his home and became apart of our world (sin). The father in the movie not only had to enter the drug world, he had to become apart of it. He literally put his life on the line by become a drug cartel. Christ put his life on the line and became sin itself. All of this had to be done so that the son would be freed from prison. Just as Christ had to sacrifice his life so that we would be free from the law and sin.

Freedom was not the only thing the father was fighting for in the film, you see, if the son was released he would live a different kind of life. A higher life with his family in a home. This reminds me that The Lord had a higher purpose for sacrificing his life for us. He wanted to set us free from the law, but he also desired for us to live a higher life. He wanted to place his divine life within us, he wanted us to be apart of his family, to dwell with us and love us freely.

SPOILER ALERT

The movie ends with the son being released – however, for their own safety they need to go into the witness protection program. They’re given a new house, new identity, and are protected 24/7. WOW! This blows my mind, it’s like The Lord is our very own witness protection program. IN him we are given a new life, IN him we are given new identities, IN him we are given a new home, IN him we are safe, we are secure, no harm can come our way. He has overcome the law, and its effects can no longer hold us down. In the movie, the father overcame the drug cartel, he was placed into witness protection thus ensuring his shelter from any one in the cartel who would want to seek revenge.

Our enemy is always looking to seek revenge, but he can’t single us out as individuals, he can’t harm us, we are in Christ (we are in the witness protection program). What an awesome Lord.

Megan 

Love – Happy Valentines Day

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Hello all you lovely people.

First things first – I’m really sorry that I haven’t blogged in a while. Now would be the best time to inform y’all that I’m getting married in just 2 weeks. So things have been a bit busy, and they will be until the end of March. So this will be my last post (unless prompted otherwise) until then.

Love is a very interesting thing, so in the spirit of Valentines day I wrote you all a poem about Love. My hope is that we will stop trying to force it, to create it, to use it as a means of measurement of our relationships to one another. And instead, we will turn to True Love Himself – Christ. I mean, if you think about it, love only comes through abiding in Him who is Love.

Hello, my name is love, you may already know me,
I’m a fruit of the spirit, and I come from the tree.
There are many other fruits – joy, peace patience and kindness,
And also some more like self control and just goodness.
We can be charming and we can be sweet,
But focus just on us and we will rot in your teeth.
Not many know this so I’ll tell you the truth,
There are two trees to eat of, so don’t be aloof.
You can’t try to force me, that’s not how I work.
I am a by-product of Christ – it is Him you should search.
If you try to love in your own strength you WILL fail.
Perfect love is Christ himself not in you – you’re too frail.
Many will tell you that you must love one another to grow,
But I, love itself, will tell you it’s not so.
When you focus on Christ and shift away from me,
Then you will love one another so effortlessly.
You will be tempted to eat just the fruit,
Although it seems “good” it’s not from the root.
Consume yourselves in The Lord Jesus Christ
And the love you will encounter will reach to new heights
My name is love and I hope you will see
What good is fruit when there is no tree?

The love of Archie and Love of Christ

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I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the cover of this Archie comic. We have them lying all over our house. I was a bit down the other day, and just wanted to be reminded that Christ is there, that he is still king and no matter what the circumstances he doesn’t abandon us. 

Then I glanced down, and there it was – this Archie comic on the floor.

 I was brought to tears! I felt so incredibly loved and adored from our saviour.

 You see, the woman in the comic is Christ’s beautiful bride. Archie who is a picture of Christ on this cover, left his post (which was higher up) to rescue the woman. That is exactly what our Lord did for us. He left his home, his post and came down to Earth to rescue us from being lonely.

The sign of the Lifeguard is a cross. The cross is a symbol that they save lives. The colour of the cross is red. What a picture of how his blood shed on the cross rescued us!! Also, the name LifeGuard is just another beautiful name for Christ. He guards our lives. Not our old, tired lives, our new life which is found in him. He guards it so closely and protects it! WOW! (PS this sighting was only seen right now.. as I was typing this blog!!) 

 The Chief Lifeguard is a picture of the law and the enemy. He is not too happy about the fact that the Love of the Lord compelled him to leave his post, and wrap his arms around his beloved woman. That didn’t stop Archie and it certainly didn’t stop Christ.

 What a beautiful reminder of his compassion and love. Thank you lord for this beautiful gesture! 

I’d love to hear about your sightings of Christ in this very simple picture 🙂