If you are like me, you see God and spiritual revelations in everything. And, I’m a Game of Thrones fan! Episode 3 had so many spiritual connotations that I couldn’t help but write about it!
- Redemption and Forgiveness: God can use your enemies to help you win battles…. When people are flawed, but anointed
There were so many people, including Jamie Lannister, Theon, and Melisandre (Red Priestess), that should and could have been executed because of past deeds, but redemption and forgiveness allowed their lives to be spared. They were key soldiers in the battle.
Jamie Lannister was a dynamic character. He went from a cold, spoiled, rich, privileged Lannister willing to do Cersei’s evil bids to a sympathetic, understanding warrior. He became much more in touch with himself and others after he lost the use of his arm. For someone who was revered because of his strength in battle, this must have been devastating to him. He must have felt like his purpose was diluted or empty. This is just how God works… He will take a lost, dishonor, and seemingly hopeless situation and turn it into a victorious story. He will use the thing that broke you to build you.
Isaiah 43:19- Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Theon and Melisandre were the most hated characters on the series—Theon, for his betrayal to the Starks, and Melisandre, for her role in the burning or Baratheon’s daughter. But, in the end, they were apparent heroes. In the end, Theon defended Winterfell and sacrificed his life for the Starks. He moves from traitor to protector. His role was vital—not only did it allow him to recompense his treacherous deeds, but his gift of archery allowed him to be the last man standing protecting Bran. He was honored by Bran’s last words of him being a good man. This gave him comfort in his last seconds of life. I would like to think God redeemed his life and he made it to heaven. Theon’s gifts made room for him, and his guilt and past allowed him to be fearless in his last quest to be honorable.
Melisandre saved the day with her ability to create fire and prophesy to Arya that spurred her to victory—“What do we say to the god of death?” In which Arya replied, “Not Today!” In the Kingdom of God, we are so quick not to forgive others who hurt and betray us, forgetting that they are also children of God. To our own demise, by dismissing those we should be praying for or helping, we miss out on powerful gifts that could later, not only aide us, but draw others to God.
Romans 11:29- For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
- 2. The enemy comes in the night… when you least expect it. You must always be ready for him, and anticipate his arrival and how he will come.
Jon Snow and Daenerys were sure they had an upper hand in the battle because of their ability to ride the dragons, who would be used to kill the White Walkers and provide light to the soldiers. One of the Night King’s tools was to make it so cold and windy that the dragons would be unable to see clearly. Sometimes we feel we are prepared for whatever the enemy throws our way, then the enemy throws a wrench in our plans and preparation. Old weapons of warfare don’t always work; neither will the world’s tools.
Familiar, comfortable, and old weapons of warfare will not always destroy the enemy- when the Daenerys tried to burn up the Night King with her dragon’s fire, he smirked at her. She, quickly, understood that her weapon of warfare that killed white walkers did not work on him. The enemy is shrewd; he is constantly employing new strategies and weapons of warfare.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-5- For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The White Walkers are metaphorical for people who are spiritually, emotionally, and mentally dead. They are relentless in their efforts to destroy you. They are being used by the enemy and not even aware of the pain and destruction they are causing. The enemy will have them risk their own lives to destroy yours because they are being controlled by him. He is their puppet master. It’s important we remember that we are not fighting the people themselves, but the spirit/s in them. Even when the dragon became a tool of the enemy (a White Walker), he fought his own family members and kin.
Ephesians 6:11-17- Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
- 3. Don’t underestimate the David and Goliaths in our lives or in US!
There are many people in the Games of Thrones with titles and positions. It would have been easy for a king or queen or knight or lord to be the savior, but instead it was Arya. How fitting it was for it to be her… she was not fearful of death; she was an unlikely trained warrior; her process of getting there prepared her for this moment. She was trained, processed, and predisposed for her victory against the Night King.
Reading the book by Malcolm Galdwell, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants was a life-changer for me!! I recommend this to anyone.
1 Samuel 17:33-37- And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
True warriors have on their full armor and are trained for battle. It has nothing to do with titles. The most unsuspecting person can be a savior, hero, or chosen vessel, i.e. the story of David and Goliath. Too many times the body of Christ is intoxicated with their pastors, bishops, apostles, and titles given by people, rather than the purpose and calling of God. We look down on the “lesser” man, forgetting that he/she—the one that fornicates and curses too much, the inconsistent tither, the unfaithful member, the family living on the streets or living paycheck to paycheck—is the exact person God is using to usher you into your next victory and/or destiny.
Likewise, Little Lady Lyanna slayed the ice Giant.
- 4. The importance of a Prophet of God in the midst of a people and a battle
The protection of a prophet or prophetess is key. Too many prophets of God are being left vulnerable and dying without honor and protection from the people of God. Before every major decision or battle in the Bible, there is a prophecy or consultation from a prophet. Even mythology honors the gifts of prophecy, as Greek and Romans consulted oracles. African cultures and villages often had a medicine man and/or woman, who was an elder that prophesied to the village. The prophet is on a mission and, therefore, cannot be scared. He or she must deliver the Word, whether of exultation or rebuke. They must be respected and honored among their people. Everyone cannot carry this burden or gift. In the Game of Thrones, we see two prophets—Melisandre (who was misguided in the beginning and lusting after power) and Bran (who was physically disabled, but spiritually connected to his destiny in every way). Both prophets were aware of their calling and did not walk in fear. They both realize that everything they went through brought them to this place of destiny at that moment. They, even, confront their former enemies. They do not cry or grieve over what they’ve lost. They understand the moments are too short, time is of the essence (Kairos), and their PURPOSE is greater than a temporary situation. It didn’t matter that Bran had an infirmity, he was the key to the survival of the people. The Night King knew that he did not have to kill everyone to win his battle. The enemy knows that half the battle is to destroy and kill the prophets. If he can get to them, he can confuse, divide, and destroy the people of God. Bran’s people recognized this and sacrificed their lives to protect him, for their future.
Fearlessly, Bran stared the Night King in his face because he knew who held his future.
Are we able to stare the enemy in his face and declare who holds our future? Or are we gripped by fear?
Notice: Out of all the people in the Game of Thrones, only two were prophets. I love the fact that one is a man and the other is a woman, proving the gift is not gender-specific. There were many who were wise, discerning, and shrewd, but the gift is given to few.
Amos 3:7- Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Deuteronomy 18:18-22- I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Numbers 12:6- And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
- 5. Gods will and purpose… it may seem unfair, but complete and holistic.
People are strategically placed according to God’s will and purpose… even if that means helping to achieve someone else’s destiny for a greater good. Many of us would never want to say that we are just watchmen on the wall (who has given up everything desirable to protect the North), or Ser Jorah Mormont (who died protecting his Queen, even though he never received her love in return), or Edd Tollett (who saved Samwell from the White Walkers only to be killed seconds later), or Lord Beric (who died a second time after sacrificing his life for Arya). Nooo, most of us want to believe that we are the stars of our own shows, the chosen ones, God’s one and only vessel of anointed oil. But, this is just not true! Some of us are called to the front line, some of us are called to watch over the women and children, some of us are called to perform the most trifle, unappreciative tasks for the purpose of the Kingdom of God. And, it doesn’t always seem right! Not all of us are positioned for recognition.
But, I believe, God will honor us, if we honor Him according to His will and purpose for our lives. Some of the things that God is instructing us to do now in our own lives are not for us, but for future generations—for our lineages. One day, when I was complaining to my godmother about my misfortunes and what I felt like I didn’t have or missed, she calmly replied, “Chalet, even in this, Give Thanks!” This message irritated me because I was disappointed in God. I felt life wasn’t fair. I started to pray, “God, if I had to go through this for the greater, for my future, or for my destiny, Thank you!” Now, I know that God’s plan is divine, and I trust His will for my life—If I choose to obey!
T.D. Jakes gave a sermon titled, Favor Ain’t Fair. I highly recommend it.
Ephesians 1:11- In him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
- 6. When was the last time you looked the devil in his face and said, “NOT TODAY!”
Those two words were so poignant as Arya defeated the Night King. The tool to the power behind these two words was being fearless. It’s so easy for Fear to show his ugly head. We are paralyzed by fear. Even during the battle, fear crept up in the best of warriors. One said, “We cannot beat death.”
In moments of fear, we must exercise our faith and stare the enemy in the eyes, as we stab him as say, NOT TODAY!
Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
27:1-3- The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
the wicked advance against me
to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
- 7. We must UNIFY and protect our families and faiths to win the war!!
When the battle seemed almost hopeless, the White Walkers gained access to the women and children. Everyone was so busy fighting, there was no one guarding those least equipped or prepared to fight Sometimes when we are fighting our own personal battles, we forget to protect our family at all costs, especially women and children. We often leave those we love exposed… we forget that was must protect our most valuable investments. We cannot leave them vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. Our future and theirs depend on it. We must guard our hearts, minds, and precious possessions.
1 Timothy 5:8 – But if any provide not for his own, and specifically for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Nehemiah 4:13-14- So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
This war could not have been won without unity-even among former enemies. In the touching scene, during the raging battle, Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark were facing death and looked to each other for comfort. Two different families from different sides of the world with different upbringings recognized the importance of unity in dire moments. Without the unification of different families and sects, the war might have been lost. Whether Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, Non-Denominational, Lutheran, etc., united we stand, but divided we FALL. The enemy is always united, with his demons, on his mission to divide and, ultimately, destroy the Kingdom of God. So, we must put aside our differences to be prepared for the spiritual warfare that awaits us.
1 Peter 3:8- Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
1 Corinthians 1:10- I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
2 Corinthians 13:11- Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.