Malware, worms, and viruses. All words that anyone responsible for technology is not fond of hearing. These overly prevalent visitors frequently cause trouble and often bring production to a halt. Kaspersky Labs report that 200,000 new malicious programs are found daily. The latest and possibly one of the greatest threats along these lines is known as Flame. Its claim to fame is that some components of the malware have been signed by certificates that allow the malware to appear as if Microsoft produced it. In other words, it appears that the malware that will soon be halting your production comes from a normally trusted and safe source. Many people will regret clicking that download button on this one!
This metaphor can easily be expanded. Think, for a moment, about the abundance of temptation that sinners face each and every day. As we go through our normal daily routine, we are surrounded by evil in our world. Whether it be a “pet sin” that we fight against each day, such as selfishness, pride, or ungratefulness, or something new that tempts us to throw our faith aside and follow our own disgusting impulses, sinners are inundated by these attacks from our biggest enemy and worm, the devil. At times, we may even be deceived into believing that some teaching appears to be from a trustworthy and believable source, when in fact, the message is from an imitation that has only the façade of truth connected to it.
And just how can we protect ourselves from this spiritual malware? We have some very clear and understandable directions from our User’s Manual – God’s Word.
- Be aware you are being sought after continually – Look out!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
- Use your Instruction Manual – The Bible - Teaching that does not give all glory to Jesus, God’s Son, as savior from sin and the only way to heaven, is malware. Avoid it.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John1:4
And one final thought…
Malware on a computer is not very forgiving; God always is. Arm yourself daily, and remember that when you fail, God forgives.