There was a recent death in our family – my computer! Oh the sadness. I knew it was coming, so I had braced myself. Then the new baby (computer) came home – several months later. With my purchase came a 30-Day free virus protection. At the end of those 30 days, I got a notification to tell me that my computer would no longer be protected unless I bought the plan. Keeping the computer free from harmful attacks of viruses or hackers was important, so I took them up on the discounted offer and purchased the year agreement.
At that moment after hitting “purchase,” my computer got a work over. Scans were run to make sure all was clear. Files were checked. Programs got a once-over. When all was said and done, I got a note telling me that I could rest easy – my computer was free of anything harmful, and my computer’s future was also safe.
I’m thankful for those kinds of protections! I have no way of knowing when harmful things come into my computer, so it’s a blessing to have this kind of technology to run interference for me!
As a Christian, I know that God’s Holy Spirit is my personal protection against sinful “viruses,” if you will, entering my life. Its potential is to destroy all that is good and right. Jesus purchased every believer’s “protection plan” when He died on the cross. We read in John Jesus’ words that He would send a Comforter – the Holy Spirit. Here’s how that plan works in my life:
- Each morning I start my day in prayer, asking God to run a scan (check my heart) to detect what sin is there.
- When the Spirit of God points to a sin in my life, I acknowledge it, rather than arguing about its presence.
- I call it what God calls it – a lie (not a little fib), gossip (not a prayer request), laziness (not just being tired), etc. I John 1:9 If we confess our sin…
- He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. After I call it what it really is, then I ask God to get rid of the infected files (sin and ask Him to forgive me). He promises He will!
Without the Spirit’s work in my heart, just like my computer, I, too, would be rendered inoperative. Effectiveness would shut down. Testimony would be shut down. Rewards in heaven – shut down. But praise the Lord, God’s protection plan isn’t just for a year, it lasts my entire Christian life! My renewal is just my daily walk and desire for Him to keep my heart pure. We must turn the computer on (pray) and seek God’s face each day.
Are you walking in close fellowship and keeping your heart pure by the Spirit’s cleansing? Are you wondering why “things just aren’t working right now?” It could be that there is sin that needs to be dealt with! He’s just a notification away! Call and He will hear, cleanse and forgive!