10th December 2012

‘Cloud Protection’

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
Romans 12:2 (NLT)

I recently renewed the Internet security for my computer and I had to smile when I noticed that I can now enjoy the benefits of ‘Cloud Protection’. I expect you have the same. I find it comforting to know that someone out there is protecting my computer, so that I can sleep easily at night. I willingly pay for this protection because I don’t want my computer contents stolen or destroyed by viruses, but I have to ask myself, “Am I as diligent about protecting my flesh and blood computer, which is my mind, from viruses, or do I willingly let anything in?” For example, recently, on the radio, I listened while an enthusiastic film critic discussed four new film releases. They were all horror films, and the critic was praising directors who have the ability to take ordinary events in life and turn them into bone-chilling horror, intrigue and suspense. I asked myself again, “Would I really benefit by letting viruses like that into my mind?” Romans 12:2 instructs us, “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

My computer security kindly pops up a screen message when the security needs updating. It happens about twice a week. If I choose to ignore this prompt and don’t download the updates, then I compromise the computer protection that I’ve paid for. So I willingly spend the time downloading the updates. Once again I ask myself, “Am I as willing to spend time regularly updating my mind security by downloading instruction from the Bible to prevent virus infection?”

The Bible shows us how Jesus coped with the mental challenges that constantly surrounded Him. Whatever direction the viruses came from, He always used the Word of God as His powerful anti-virus protection. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is alive and powerful.  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joints and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) shows us how to use this powerful security programme and the updates that need to be regularly downloaded:  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

God’s anti-virus software and Cloud Protection will protect our minds and change the way we think.

Prayer
Our loving Father, please help us to use your Word as our daily protection against all viruses.
Amen

Study by Diana Hall

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