You Can Help Others Be Free

But First You Must Set Yourself Free

In the movie The Matrix (1999), the character Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) shares insights with his protégé Neo (Keanu Reeves) about what it means to be free and what it means to be captive: “Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.”

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[Spoiler Warning: In this dystopian world, humans created artificial intelligence that took over the planet and subjugated humans as their source of energy to power the machines. Neo is one of these people who was oblivious about his captivity, but Morpheus offers him the opportunity to escape the captivity and understand what is truly real. Neo accepts the opportunity, and Morpheus proceeds to explain to him what “the matrix” is and what he can do to defeat it—as the fate of humanity depends on him.]

In The Matrix, Morpheus tells Neo:

The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. … It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

Like The Matrix, we are all born into a world where our mind is imprisoned. Like Neo, we must learn what “the matrix” is and how we can defeat it in our own lives.

Here are three things you must do to get yourself free from “the matrix” you were born into.

How an Ordinary Person Becomes a Hero

How does an ordinary person become a hero?  Let’s look for our inspiration in The Terminator.

This 1984 runaway hit science fiction action film showed how relentless the enemy can be.  And how an ordinary person can be transformed.

Despite its gratuitous violence and sex scenes, this movie explores some powerful biblical themes.

Here are three key takeaways from the movie.

How to Handle Obscurity on Your Path to Greatness

If you know you’re destined for greatness, how you handle obscurity?  Let’s look for answers in the life of a famous hero—Mr. Incredible.

Last night I watched The Incredibles with my kids—again.  Not only is it an exciting animated Disney action film, but it holds some great life lessons for us big kids.

I gleaned three things from Mr. Incredible about putting our lives into perspective.

How to Win Every Argument with Your Spouse

Submit to God. Resist the devil. Win every argument.Elizabeth felt overwhelmed.  Her husband Tony was interested in another woman.  Her daughter felt disconnected from her.  Elizabeth felt alone.

She slumped down in her closet.  Not knowing where else to turn, she cried out to God.

So goes the pivotal scene in War Room, the most recent Kendrick Brothers film.  If you haven’t seen this #1 box office hit movie, I highly recommend the DVD.

At this point in the story, Elizabeth recalls James 4:7.  “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

This verse is an epiphany for her.  She recognizes her role in her struggle and takes action.

As the movie shows, spiritual warfare is a three-step process.