by Bernice McDonald
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Strange as it may seem for a woman, my favorite kind of movies have become the great epics such as “Braveheart”, “Gladiator” and, just recently, “Kingdom of Heaven”. Stories of knights and heroes who rescue whole nations, and their maidens in distress along the way, hold me captivated! Men and women fight fiercely in the face of great odds fueled only by the courage to follow their strong convictions and intense desire to see good win over evil. These stories move me because they are a picture of the true Story in which we live.
I went to see “Kingdom of Heaven” by myself the first time because I couldn’t find anyone to go with me the night I wanted to go. True to my expectations, I found there so many echoes of the true “Kingdom of Heaven” that I had to go back to see it again a few nights later. This time I took my husband and it also absorbed him.
One scene in particular has played itself over in my mind ever since. Set in about 1000 A.D., Jerusalem is about to be taken by a vast army of the Muslim people. Orlando Bloom who plays the handsome hero, Ballian, in the story, is one of the only true knights left to defend the city. Most of the men who remain are common people.
Surveying the grave situation, one of the religious leaders states that they are doomed as there are no trained soldiers to do battle. This causes Ballian to pause and take in all the frightened men looking to him for protection. His eyes fall on a young teenager and he commands him to kneel. In response, the religious leader exclaims, (as I recall it) “Do you think that making a man a knight will cause him to fight better?” Ballian looks again at all of those watching, then turns back to the priest and says, “Yes”.
He proceeds to knight the entire crowd of men and you can see by the looks on their faces, the straightening of their shoulders and the way they then hold their weapons, that something has shifted. He has given them a new incredible identity.
What is your identify? At the core of your being, your deepest heart, how do you see yourself? What are the words that describe you in your own mind?
Are you commoner or knighted warrior? Yes, even women are warriors in the Kingdom of Heaven. Are you enabled or pathetic? Are you gifted or hopelessly inferior?
Our fight is against the enemy who has kidnapped us and deceived us into believing that we are nothing, worthless, unlovable, bad. Do you know that the greatest Knight in shining armor has rescued us from the villain’s hold and has knighted us for battle giving each of us our own weapons with which to fight for good?
“For He has rescued us from the dominion (kingdom) of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves.” (Colossians 1:15)
Some of us are equipped with hands that serve, some of us with words that speak and some of us with minds that solidify and teach…. What is your commission as His lady? Where do you stand and defend the Kingdom? And where do you go when the day is done to be refreshed and renewed? Into His arms to sit barefoot with Him in the safety of His inner sanctum taking in His eyes, His loving words, His encouragement? Or back to the courts of the enemy where you allow yourself to be taunted with his names for you?
Yes, being knighted does make a man or a woman fight better. In fact, it becomes our strength, the center out of which we face each day in “enemy territory”. Fight the good fight! Discover your weapons and serve your Prince aand Captain with determined focus!
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