I just spent 45 minutes uninstalling a variety of programs from my computer that downloaded when I inadvertently clicked on a link during research. I thought that I declined the programs, but somehow, they managed to install. I will admit user error is a probability, but I will also state that the installation protocol was deceptive. I know you are shocked!
While uninstalling the reprobate programs, I noticed several other apps that had crept onto my hard drive unawares. I wonder if these programs were the ones causing my computer to slow down and act strangely? Regardless, they sat there eating up memory and energy, and I was clueless about their existence until I began reviewing the list. They, too, bit the dust during my clean up.
I consider myself a cautious web user; I maintain an updated anti-virus program that scans regularly, so this was surprising to me. How did these things sneak in?
I’m not sure about the unwanted computer programs, but I know that reprobate programs sometimes sneak into my heart as well.
I let down my guard, and the intentions and attitudes of the world attach themselves to my heart and start to take control. I adopt negative feelings and judgmental opinions. My joy begins to sputter, my focus turns inward, and my spiritual life sl-o-w-s down. I find myself reacting in ways that I know are not right.
I have to wonder how those mindsets take over? How do they take over so quickly?
Unfortunately, I know how it happens.
I have an enemy – an enemy that is worse than any malware that has ever troubled my computer. The Bible compares him to a roaring lion roaming about to see ‘whom he can devour.’ When I let down my guard, when I focus on the world rather than the Word, when my eyes are on me rather than on Jesus, I become vulnerable to his attack. He is vigilant when I am not.
This could make me run scared, but I know something (make that Someone) who can clean up my heart and my mind. He offers me the power to be victorious in the face of this enemy, and He has promised to never leave me.
That enemy continues to roam and look to make me his next meal, wishing to scramble my thoughts and feelings like eggs in a frying pan, but greater is He (Jesus) that is in me than he (Satan) that is in the world.
Victory requires dependence on God’s Word and vigilance, which looks a lot like obedience to God, to stop the enemy in his tracks. I am so thankful that God has given me His Spirit to defrag my thoughts and help me spot the enemy’s programs. I am so thankful that when my heart drive is in disarray, He is willing and able to clean me up and allow me to be useful for Him.
Just like I need to check my computer hard drive regularly, I need to ask the Holy Spirit to check my heart drive. He alone can strengthen me to stand and remain faithful in a world filled with Satan’s malware.
Have you checked your hard drive lately? Or better yet, have you checked your heart drive?
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.