by Sandy Kirby Quandt
During the recent hijack of Woven and Spun, one of the things I learned is to set up a defensive force to protect against malicious attacks. I also learned humans are just as vulnerable to malicious attacks as computers, and we need to make sure we have a defensive force in place as well.
I wish I could say I understood everything about computers and what happened during the attack, but I’d be lying. I wish I could say the attack didn’t bother me, or cause me great stress. Again. I’d be lying.
What I can tell you is I was unprepared for the malicious attack and because of that, spent way more time fretting and worrying than I would have if I prepared for such a thing ahead of time.
I can tell you ignoring a problem won’t make it go away, no matter how desperately we wish it would.
And I can tell you when we are attacked, we should not hesitate to call in the professionals.
Perhaps, like my computer, those malicious things are already lurking about. You know. Things like malicious thoughts, weak areas in our spiritual lives, areas where we’ve grown lazy in our walk with Jesus.
We’ve dropped the defenses that protect us: Bible reading, meeting together regularly with fellow followers of Christ, prayer …
We’ve thrown off the Helmet of Salvation and our minds are wandering, no longer fixed on God. Our Shield of Faith is around here somewhere. And where did we put that Sword of the Spirit?
The Deceiver of all deceivers is standing by, ready to exploit any weak area and hijack our thoughts. He’ll slither in undetected through unprotected areas and spread his maliciousness; infecting our core.
Removing the source of attack may push us out of our comfort zone. We don’t want to deal with the problem. We aren’t really sure we can.
It might require us to be honest with ourselves about the severity of the attack and the damage it caused. On top of that we’ll have to admit our inability to fix it on our own.
Once the malicious attack is removed, we aren’t done. We have to stay vigilant. We have to keep those backdoors closed and reinforce our defenses.
Satan isn’t going to go away. He’s gonna hang around waiting for us to let our guard down again.
When attacked by malicious forces we have options.
- Prepare for the attack ahead of time, and be ready.
- Ignore the problem, hoping it will disappear on its own.
- Call in the professionals, and follow their advice.
How do you protect against malicious attacks?
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A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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