First the Natural
I saw God's enemy Satan in a whole new way, saw clearly the use of his demonic hordes to implement his evil plan to steal men's hearts, kill God's people and destroy everything God has created and called good. Eldredge sent me to Omaha Beach in Saving Private Ryan, to the opening battle scene in Gladiator to the attack on Helm's Keep in Lord of the Rings. I saw past the Matrix of what was happening in the natural and instead saw the spiritual dimension and what was actually going on there. It was riveting. Then Eldredge challenged me to step off the helicopter with Mel Gibson into the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam in the movie We Were Soldiers. I had already watched this a couple times, considered it Gibson's first movie on redemption before directing The Passion. It redeemed the war in Vietnam for me. My favorite war movie ever.
I got off the helicopter once again. Saw the enemy once again but this time it was not the Vietnamese army but Satan himself....destroying.....killing and ready to over run the few hundred men left after 2 days of fierce battle..... then all the allusions to Custer and the Little Big Horn..... no chance against a couple thousand of the enemy. It was over.
Then the great scene where you see the Colonel get his revelation on what to do. Instead of sitting there waiting to be overrun, he decides to attack and coordinate his ground assault with an air assault......and....wins the day. I finally saw it! How we have missed it so badly, so long.
For the first time ever I saw how the church has used the weapons of our warfare just defensively. I determined then and there to start attacking instead of simply just defending. Nothing has been the same since.
But I still had one more hurdle. Let's try that one tomorrow.