Saturday, January 30, 2016

Using "Frozen" to Teach God's Truth

My eldest daughter is Frozen obsessed. She reenacts scenes with her daddy, dolls, and performs solo as well. She sings "Let it Go" at the top of her lungs and has worn her Elsa dress to rags. Here's proof:
Many days, I beg her to sing anything else, just please not "Let it Go!" After a much needed heart evaluation I realized that there is so much in "Frozen" that I can relate to God's attributes and the message of the gospel. And so began this journey of using this movie to help my daughter see GOD!

As a result of this light bulb moment, which I thank the Holy Spirit for enlightening me to, I am actually excited about Frozen! (Weird, I know.)

1. Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.
Only Jesus' act of true love thaws our frozen hearts. He died on the cross for our sins, endured the wrath of God for our sin, died, was buried and rose again! This act of true love heals our dirty, rotten hearts! That is the gospel message. This act is called the power of God and everyone who believes in the gospel will live with Jesus in heaven! Considering our hearts, this is FANTASTIC news! Our hearts are frozen solid according to Jesus in Matthew 15:19, "out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft false witness, slander..." Just when you think it couldn't get worse our hearts are described in Jeremiah 17:9 as diseased, "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Thank goodness for Jesus' act of true love. 

2. God has icy powers!
What an incredible way to show the almighty, sovereign power of God! Read Job 37:10 where Elihu is pointing Job and his 3 friends back to God and his wondrous works, "By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter is lightning. They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. Whether for correction or for his land or of love, he causes it to happen." Show her how Elsa freezes the waters when she steps on the lake, how she uses her hands to turn the snow around and around and then talk about how Elsa is just pretend, BUT God, Oh God, He does those things FOR REAL!

3. Let it Go!
This one statement reminds me of an amazing hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Joseph M. Scriven, 
What a friend we have in Jesus, 

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer—

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.

Oh, what needless pain we bear, oh, what peace we often forfeit, simply because we do not "let it go" and carry everything to God in prayer. He has promised to bear our burdens, troubles, discouragement, and loads. He hasn't promised to take it away, but He has promised to be our comfort, our solace, our refuge... we simply need to "let it go" and give it to Him. Pray. Let it go. Trust in His sovereign plan!

4. The heart is not so easily changed, but the head can be persuaded.
This statement is true beyond belief. The creed of the world, Just Follow Your Heart, is the go-to advice for most. The belief that our hearts are a moral compass that effectively guide our actions and words is absolutely ludicrous. The Bible says so. Here's why: Our hearts (emotions) are unstable, insecure, constantly changing with the ebb and flow of life's ups and downs, while being incredibly selfish - seeking our own glory and desires above all else. Most importantly the Bible quotes Jesus in Matthew 15:19 describe our hearts as black, "out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft false witness, slander..." Just when you think it couldn't get worse our hearts are described in Jeremiah 17:9 as diseased, "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" As a result, we cannot follow our heart (as the world advises). Instead, we must educate our minds of the things of God, calming our heart and trusting in God's almighty hand. Two verses come to mind that I want to spend a bit of time talking about just to reinforce the importance of "persuading your head" so our heart follows suit and what that looks like according to Scripture. Colossians 3:2 is a big one, "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." We have to go back to the purpose of what Paul and Timothy explained to the saints and faithful brothers at Colossae (Colossians 1:2) in order to completely understand how this applies: Paul and Timothy wanted these individuals to be centered on Jesus, to be focused on Him and His preeminence, because Paul wanted the church to be rooted in Christ and not deceived by false teaching. Or as 1:2 states, "... deluded with plausible arguments." Second is Romans 12:3, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Renew your mind so you know the will of God. How do you know the will of God? He revealed it in Scripture! Read the Bible! Keep your mind focused on the truth so your heart is not lead astray!

5. The trolls gave the king and queen the clue to controlling Elsa's magic: fear. 
Fear destroyed this families life. Although it's a fictional story, we can relate to that in one amazing way: fear will destroy our lives. Because of our frozen hearts (see #1 and 4) we deserve eternal destruction, BUT we have hope because of Jesus. Our faith in His death, burial and resurrection is the clue to unlocking fear! Romans 10:9 proves it, "... if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Look how confident that verse can make you just by looking at the word WILL. It's not a maybe or an, "if only". Cast away your fear by rereading that verse, if you believe that Jesus is God, that he died on the cross and rose again, you WILL be saved. Will. That act of love casts out fear. When that popped into my brain I absolutely could not stop thinking about that one phrase, "perfect love casts out fear!" BUT I also couldn't remember where to find it. So I did what all Bible scholars do when their brain stops working, I Googled it. When I Googled it I found a sermon by one of my favorite pastors (John Piper) called, "Perfect Love Casts Out Fear!" Voila! 1 John 4:18, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." There's a lot to that one statement when you read the entire book of 1 John, but think about the truth John is proclaiming: we can confidently approach God face to face because of the gospel! The work Jesus accomplished through His death on the cross, His burial and defeating death by rising again is a selfless love that allows sinners to live fearlessly, and confidently, for the day of judgement. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ we do not fear His return or our death! How beautiful then is Jesus' perfect love? How incredible is it that we can rest in HIS saving grace? How amazing is it to live fearlessly? All because Christ's one act of true love casts out fear. Hallelujah!

Thank you Frozen for giving me these amazing opportunities to show the truth in God's Word to my Elsa obsessed daughter! 

Just wait until you hear the truths found in Cinderella! 

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