Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cinder Taught Me About the Holy Spirit

I almost stopped reading Cinder two chapters in.

Sci-fi has never been my favorite genre. I’m that stereotypical girl who reads Anne of Green Gables, watches dramas about love and gardening, and likes any story with little plot and lots of happiness and flowers. I get stressed out by stories easily, and I like to feel good when I finish one.

The day after I finished reading Cinder (the book I almost stopped reading), I remember thinking about how spiritually refreshed I felt after reading that story... but why?

Cinder is a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella—it’s about a girl who’s half robot-cyborg and works as an impoverished mechanic and slave to her evil stepmother. There’s action, outspread plague, death, and cool sci-fi things like ports, space ships, and alien moon people who have mind manipulating powers. I enjoyed the story a lot and I’ve been devouring the next books in the series.

Through Cinder, author Marissa Meyer has touched me in a deep way and I am so thankful the Lord brought this book into my life. Cinder showed me some incredible things about the Holy Spirit and God’s heart, and I’m excited to share those things with you.

*Spoilers ahead! Proceed with caution*






God Turns us From Orphans to Heirs 

I think cyborgs are cool, but the Earthen Union sure doesn’t. Viewed as only partially human, Linh Cinder is treated like an outcast. Her cyborg parts were installed to keep her alive after a tragic childhood accident. Although the metal and wires keep her thinking and breathing, she isn’t accepted by society and is mistreated by many.

Cinder is an orphan who knows little about her origin, or her future. As if cyborg isn’t enough, she eventually finds out she’s also one of those alien mind manipulating people (Lunars), which makes her even more of an outcast, and a fugitive.

Like Cinder, we begin as outcast, orphans, and fugitives before God. But when we receive Christ, He makes us heirs to His Kingdom and His throne.

Well, there’s an heir in Cinder’s story too—it turns out under all that dirt, metal pieces, and mechanic oil, Cinder is actually a princess. They call her “The Lunar Heir,” a legend, and the only power strong enough to overthrow crazy Lunar Queen Levana. 

"For once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; You had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."  - 1 Peter 2:10

"The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ." - Romans 8:17


The Holy Spirit Allows us to See Truth Hidden Under The Devil’s Lies

There are a couple of really caring doctors in Cinder’s life. After she mauled and almost killed by Queen Levana as a child, Cinder underwent an eight year reconstruction surgery, where her body was pieced back together and fitted with some of (what she doesn’t know) is world’s best technology. She has a lie detector, a device installed into her spine that keeps her from using her “Lunar gift,” and special technology that keeps her brain from being mind-manipulated. Her intensive surgery saved her life and equipped her for a future fighting against a powerful and evil queen.

Cinder’s identity has even been kept from herself—she doesn’t know she’s the Lunar Heir. However, when she finally encounters Queen Levana (who casually still wants to kill her), Cinder is able to use her cyborg parts to defend herself. Her lie detector goes off, her programming keeps her from being manipulated by Levana’s bioelectric waves, and Cinder’s mind is able to recreate a picture of what Levana truly looks like—without her glamor.

She’s able to determine the truth.

Even though Cinder doesn’t know yet, she’s been lovingly protected and highly equipped with technology that helps her fight her greatest enemy. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is lovingly given to us by God to equip us to fight our own greatest enemy, and to discover the truth that sets us free. We may not know we’re royalty, and we may not know how or who to fight—but when our spirits are in danger, and when we’re led to believe lies, the Holy Spirit gives us the tools and equipment necessary to win our battles and to find the truth of Christ. 


But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak and He will disclose to you what is to come." - John 16: 13



Have you read Cinder? How has God used fictional stories to speak truth in your life? Let's chat! 



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  1. God has used fictional stories in so many ways in my life - stories fictional and true, have impacted my life and given me a huge love for books. I just love seeing how God can speak in a perfectly secular book just as well as a Christian - it shows the power of how He can speak, and how the ways are limitless. <3

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    1. Yes! I love that God doesn't limit himself to just "Christian" books--He's speaking to us all the time through all sorts of avenues.

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