Settings

19 Aug

In recent days we’ve seen several “privacy issues” come up on Facebook. Most are posts about frustrating things dealing with security. But one of Pam’s friends posted this funny gem:

“New privacy issue with Facebook! As of tomorrow, Facebook will creep into your bathroom when you’re in the shower, smack your rear end, and then steal your clothes and towel. And it’s all gonna happen when you have soap in your eyes. To change this option, go to Privacy Settings > Personal Settings > Bathroom Settings > Smacking and Stealing Settings, and uncheck the Shenanigans box. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and Paste on your status to alert.”

Last week, I (Dawn) changed some settings on Facebook that had to do with telephone numbers. While I’m not sure it really was an issue or not, I decided I couldn’t be too careful with all the hackers out there. Settings are a good thing!

Hackers are not fun. Hackers are bent on destroying things or people.

Evil HackerMy enemy, Satan, is like a hacker. I’m his target and he tries to get into my life and destroy everything!

This photo symbolizes his evil intent ~ though he doesn’t appear in our lives in horns and tail. He is far more subtle than that. Just as a computer virus enters a computer silently and then does it’s sinister work, Satan is tricky. Sometimes he looks like something we crave. He likes to give us what we want, whether good or bad, if it will draw us away from our Father God.

Some of our enemy’s names and descriptions reveal the progression of his sneaky behavior:  “Tempter” (Matthew 4:1-3, 10) … “Schemer” (Ephesians 6:11-12) … “Liar/Deceiver” (Revelation 12:8-9) …  “Roaring Lion” (1 Peter 5:8-9) … and, at the end, “Accuser of the Brethren” (Revelation 12:10).

First he traps and ensnares us (2 Timothy 2:25-26) and then he laughs ~ mocking and accusing us for not staying faithful and obedient to God.

But God gives us authority and power (Luke 10:17-20) to fight against this sneaky “Angel of Light” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). It’s popular in our culture to laugh at the Devil, or even to say he doesn’t exist. But this is one topic that is no laughing matter.

Combating Satan is serious stuff, and we can’t do it without the proper weapons ~ the tools for victory. The Holy Spirit works in us, but we also have the power of the scriptures (Jesus’ example – Matthew 4:1-11) and the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-12). The truth is, the victory is already ours in Christ, if we will claim it and act accordingly (Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8-9) ~ if we will submit to God and be on the alert, Guard Your heartresisting our enemy (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9).

There is so much more that could be said on this topic; but my point today is simple:  Never give Satan a foothold ~ an opportunity to “hack” into your life (Ephesians 4:27a).

How? Guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23) against infiltration and attacks from the enemy. Activate God’s  protective “Settings” in your life.

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