Beware Malicious Attacks

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.

Sandy

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Build Up One Another

The other day, while I watered our yard, I noticed how the blades of grass and leaves of plants seemed to perk right up. They appeared to brighten as the nourishing water soaked in.

I’ve mentioned before, my area of the country is feeling the effects of a year-long drought. There does not seem to be any relief on the horizon. I don’t even want to think what might help the situation, is the rain a hurricane could bring. I do not want to ever have to evacuate during a hurricane, again.

As I watered the grass and watched each blade spring back to life, I thought of how our words and actions could be the soothing, much needed water for someone we meet.

Think back to when the right words, or gestures, came to your dry and thirsty soul. Wouldn’t you like to do the same for someone else?

It really doesn’t take much to lift someone up. We only need to open our eyes and ears to those around us. Sometimes, that may mean closing our mouths to listen.

Is there someone around you who could use a comforting word? A kind gesture? An affirmation that they’re doing a good job?

Step out. Open the faucet. Be that gentle shower on a dry and thirsty land. Make a difference in someone’s life.

Is the fast food attendant wiping the counter where you’re filling your soda cup? Don’t act like they don’t exist. Tell them they sure are making that stainless steel shine.

Wave and smile to the men collecting your trash if you’re in the yard when they come by. They aren’t invisible, and neither are you. They are providing a much needed service. (If I will converse with a talking trash can, shouldn’t I speak to humans?)

Cashier at the store seem a little frazzled? Be pleasant. Tell her thank you when she’s done. I’ve related one instance of my time waiting tables, before. It can be brutal. Give your wait staff a break. Compliment them on a job well done.

Mother of screaming toddler in a public place? Say a prayer for her, and mean it.

Of course, opportunities to build up our family members and close friends abound. Do something nice for them, without being asked. Offer to help with something you know they are struggling with. Encourage their efforts. Applaud their successes. Comfort them when they are distressed. Give a needed hug. A listening ear. Pray.

Just like water on drought stricken plants, your kind words and gestures will bring relief to those in your sphere of influence.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.   I Thessalonians 5:11

What do you do to build up one another? What have others done to build you up? I’d love to hear.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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