Step Twenty One - Shin - ''...His fire burns all that is not of Him,''

Step Twenty One - Shin - ''...His fire burns all that is not of Him,''

Shin is said to be the most sacred letter of the entire alphabet, representing the fire of God.

Applied to our lives, it burns all that is not of God, and further perfects us, so that the enemy may not have any legal right left over us.

Every day we must pay close attention to our thoughts, and our focus on God has to be continually at work behind the scenes. By doing this, we will filter out more and more junk and spam in our mind. It's like updating from Office Outlook to Gmail.

Every time we feel that we have drifted away from Him, regardless if we are working on a project, doing our job, or relaxing at home, we must immediately re-calibrate and remain focused on Him.

He has to be present in our minds every second of every hour, so that our connection with Him becomes deeper and deeper every day.

Whatever we do, we have to remain aware of His presence, and not neglect if for anything in the world.

Having the creator of the universe as our guide through life is just too awesome of an offer to refuse.

''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.'' - 2 Corinthians 10:5

On Soulmates

We find ourselves looking out the window, and wondering if there is actually someone out there for us.

Someone to care for, to love and ultimately, to share our lives with.

Soulmates are called this way for a reason, God made them for each other. Before asking ourselves: ‘'Where is my soulmate?’', we should be reminded that this life is temporary, and Jesus should be our main focus.

People will disappoint and hurt us, nobody is perfect no matter how hard they try. Finding the Holy Spirit and establishing a relationship with Him has to be our main goal. He has to be our go to choice in terms of soulmates.

Pros? All of them. He is already willing, waiting for us, He is more than we will ever need, and He will take care us of eternally.

If our heavenly Father decides to provide us with a loving husband or wife, that is great for this life, however, time is of the essence.

Not to be depressive here, but life runs fast, and time is something we can never get back. Once it's gone, that's it.

Having a wife or husband also means a lot of sacrifice, a lot of time invested every day in caring for that person, making him/her feel loved and appreciated. Most people that have passed the 10 years marriage mark, will testify that it does involve a lot of work to maintain a healthy relationship over long periods of time.

The main reason for this, is people change. Their needs change. Their goals either get destroyed, or they over achieve.

Nothing stays the same, and a relationship means devoting a lot of time, into something that will not benefit us in the afterlife.

This does not mean that relationships are bad, they are great, they are a gift from God. If you're already in one, good for you. Maybe you can find a way to leverage the power of two, and glorify God in a unique way, while still on this earth.

However, if the time invested in another human, even if only one hour every day, for the rest of our lives, could be devoted to God, as a pleasing sacrifice, we would lose nothing, and gain everything.

As Paul explains, ''But I say to the unmarried and to widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I am. But if they don't have self-control, let them marry. For it's better to marry than to burn.'' - 1 Corinthians 7:8-9

He clearly understands how valuable time is, and that this is a hard doctrine for most people.

In this passage, he talks to the one that would like nothing better than to please God to the fullest, with every single second of their lives here on earth. The ones that don't just want to make it into heaven, but want to leave a legacy behind, to make God's name famous among all people. It's not a cool life, it's a life of sacrifice, but living for God means we live for our prize, and it just feels like we've already won.

When we understand that there is absolutely nothing more beneficial for us than to stand in His holy presence, the creator of the entire universe, we will be filled with His eternal love, and His Holy Spirit will enable miraculous wonders through prayer time, the secret door everyone knows about, but few people enter.

Trying to find a soulmate on this planet is a great adventure, but making God our soulmate, and binding ourselves to Him, turns into the ultimate adventure, and the perfect love story.

Unfortunately, society, especially Christians, tend to make 'finding a soulmate' their main priority and goal in life. Usually the way we see it, is we've already got our life in order with God, we just need to find someone to be happy with and quietly live our Christian lives to the end.

Growing up in church makes everything seem so natural, God somehow becomes a faded background, in our important lives and love stories. He's there, but not here. Somewhere in the back, making sure everything goes perfect for us, but never in front, well, maybe once a week...

''For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.'' - 1 Corinthians 4:20

For lack of better things to do, and because of how we perceive ourselves, 'already saved', we don’t strive anymore, we don’t wake up every day thinking: ‘’What can I do for God today that will impact the world?’’

Even though the answer is just being mindful of Him and spending time in His presence, as ultimately He alone does everything for us, we just get to tag along, we still have to be willing and have the right attitude.

The Holy Spirit would like to take us on a journey, change us, and then USE us. He doesn't change us, and then leave us alone, He uses and challenges us to become more like Christ every day. He wants to be our soulmate. Our one and only. Our first and last love.


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