#DailyDevotion Monday May 15, 2017
Are you safe from the ‘Ransomware?’ (Psalm 27:1-3)
The last Friday saw a wave of deadly cyberattack
hitting about 200,000 targets in about 150 countries. It has been reported to be the biggest cyber attack and that “The virus mass mails itself out through e-mail and attempts to destroy anti-virus software on computers, which could prove extremely problematic for those unfortunate enough to receive it” (Daily Mail
Well, could this be the deadliest attack? Whereas this could be true in the cyber world, it is not the deadliest attack.
There is a more deadly attack than this, it happens in the spiritual world. This attack is being master minded by the Devil who “prowls like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Unlike the cyberattack which primarily attacks computers secondarily affecting human beings, the devil prowls to attack human beings. He comes to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10).
Are you protected from this dangerous ‘Ransomware’ who encrypts and holds your spiritual life ransom unto destruction? Many are being held ransom by the devil that they are no longer spiritually sensitive. Many walk with their heads high claiming to be none religious not knowing that they are captives of this ransomware. There is a protection against the works of the devil. In his experience, King David speaks of this protection in these lines of one of his Psalms
“The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked [the devil] advance against me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break against me, even then I will be confident” (Psalm 27:1-3).
The LORD God is Almighty, he is a sure security to all who revere and take refuge in him. Aware of this deadliest ‘ransomware,’ apostle Peter warned those in the early church to be on their guard. He writes; “Be alert and sober minded. Your enemy the devil prowls like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, stand firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9). This clearly is a warning and a command. It is a warning in that it shows us the fact of this enemy; and a command because it tells us what to do to resist the evil one.
Christ who died as a ransom for us is able to save us from the ransomware (the devil) only if we believe in Christ, resist the devil and stand firm in the faith. Are you save from the ‘ransomware?’ Rev. J
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Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site by donating here.