Not Defeated

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I love savior stories and movies. How about you?

One of my favorites is the 1959 Disney’s movie, “Sleeping Beauty”.

There is a new one coming to a theater near you soon. “Maleficent”.

The back story of this evil witch will be told presumably to excuse her choices as inevitable because of her early life. Phooey!  Playing the blame game is avoidance, wimpy and pitiful and an attempt to negate personal responsibility. Thanks Disney for reenforcing this lousy character trait.

Maleficent took out her rage over being excluded from the party of the year by casting evil curses for revenge and destruction. She is acknowledged to b the #1 Disney villain.

Think about it. Have YOU ever wanted revenge, to punish a mean girl?

Did Maleficent go slinking into a corner and have a pity party? No.  She struck back with true malice.  Destroyed a family, broke the hearts of parents, deprived a child of parents to exact her revenge for the slight.

When challenged by Prince Philip, evil in its total depravity is no longer hidden as she changes into a dark fire-breathing dragon.  There is no doubt. She is seeking to destroy anything and anyone who comes in its way.

Remember Philip in the dark and dank dungeon defeated at least until those seemingly clueless fairies show up? These fairies who can’t bake or sew are power houses. They resist and fight Maleficent on behalf of the ones they love.  Get up. You must. You can. Here are the weapons. Philip is given all he needs to fight.

Philip is fully equipped to not merely  fight evil but to

vanquished it!

With a sword and shield. With the heart of a warrior and on behalf of his beloved Philip faces the evil with the intent of killing it. He has trained to be a warrior, to be a king. He will ultimately be

victorious!

He rescues Aurora, his beloved.

Yes, this is a fairy tale. The story does have flaws. All stories like this fall apart at some point. Some are weakly told. One objection many have is the witchcraft and evil personified.  My kids were never in any doubt of who was evil. We talked about the truths of a believer’s life that show up in this movie. I always figured they needed to know how to resist and fight at a young age. It takes away the fear. Knowing gives hope to preserve; the victory is ours.

This is a moral tale.

Evil  resisted will be destroyed.

Evil is scary and strong.

Evil can have its way with you and at times will seemingly prevail.

What God has done for us is most certainly not magic.

It is real.

Our Savior has come,

saved us and

left us with weapons to resist and fight.

By the way, we are on the winning side.  We may be bloodied and slashed but never defeated.

I love savior stories. I love my savior…Jesus.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is… against  the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so…. you may be able to stand your ground.. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.                                               Eph 6: 10ff

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About chinamom3078

I am a woman who loves Jesus who loved me first. Prone to wander and distraction is common for me as I seek to reflect Him in my daily life. I am wife, mom, and grandma who has lived on 3 continents in 26+ apartments, townhouses, military housing, suburbs and now a 200 plus year old farm house. Preparing and hosting meals for the hundreds who have passsed through our home has been a joy and blessing to our family as we listened and shared over meals, coffee, light nights and Bible studies. A rich life! I have reached the age to feel qualifies to be an ”older woman” (as in Titus) even though I feel far from old and have plenty of room to grow each and everyday. And my joy is to teach Bible studies and help train other women to lead well.
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One Response to Not Defeated

  1. stephanie says:

    Just love this post, Linda!! Beautiful, brilliant and true!

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