[CF Devotionals] 2012-08-29 - Virus Scans

Psalm 139:23-24 (ASV) 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.

1 John 1:9 (Amplified Bible) If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

Many years ago, a savvy and knowledgeable good friend (who is a computer expert and shall remain unnamed) taught me basic computer security info, like "don't ever store your password. It makes it too easy for hackers." "Make your password difficult to decipher, with both numbers and letters." "Never download a file you aren't expecting, nor one from a friend. Ask the friend if you aren't expecting a file. They may have a virus and not know it." "Get a good virus protection program, and get regular virus signature updates."

The latter realization seems to elude many otherwise smart people. Through the years, I have run into a good number of people who assume that if they install a virus protection program on their computer, that's all they need to do, and then they don't need to be concerned about viruses. But installation is only the beginning. We must be ever-vigilant of security. I always tell them they need to get regular virus signature updates, because new viruses are being created continually - and if you leave your system as it was when you install the program, your protection will become pretty worthless. Nowadays, you can set your program for "automatic updates" if you don't want to go to the website and get updated info regularly, and want to get the updates in a timely fashion. We still need to follow safe computing procedures.

This is similar to what the Bible teaches us about our spiritual lives. When we confess our sins and our faith in Christ as our Savior, that's not the end of our responsibility. As Christian television host Ben Kinchlow has said, we need to "keep short accounts with God." (I really like that quote!). We need to confess our sins, every time the Holy Spirit brings one to mind, and we need to regularly ask God to examine our hearts.