Computers are so essential to our daily lives and our way of living. We live in a time of unparalleled progress. However, when our computer malfunctions because of improper use or bad maintenance, it causes a widespread of trouble. In order to keep up with new features and versions, users have to stay alert on all upgrades.
As technology becomes more advanced and integrated into our lives, cyber-attacks are more relevant. Our digital gadgets and electronics can become vulnerable to attacks, at times, out of our control. Computer viruses, hacks, bots, and worms are difficult to remove unless you have some type knowledge about anti-virus software and how to install it to protect your operating system.
Haven’t you ever experienced one of those days when you felt like your entire life needed a reboot? Maybe you just experienced a life crashing moment or a spiritual malfunction that just came out of nowhere. I’m sure we can attest to many days when our Spiritual Operating System (mind, body and spirit) needed a complete overhaul, a system reboot, or a major recharge.
Life can be challenging! Sometimes, we have press the pause button and breathe. Take time to take care of you mind, body and spirit. In the analogy of the computer, these are steps on how we can start the recharging process of Refresh – Reset – Restore
Computer Analogy #1 – Refresh Your System
Before you can start any computer activity, you have to turn it on! It’s called rebooting. Before we can start any activity in our Spiritual Operating System, (SOS), God has to wake us up in the morning and give us the breath of life daily.
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)
Like the computer, life is full of crashes (problems, issues, disappointments) and sometimes we allow viruses (anger, resentment, anxiety and stress) to attach and infect our SOS. These viruses can be hard to get rid of. However, God has given us powerful tools to use in case of a virus attack.
Our spiritual anti-virus software is the Word of God and a daily prayer life. These tools can and will protect our spiritual system from harm!
II Corinthians 10:4 – “For the weapons of our warfare of are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (EVS)
Computer Analogy #2 – Reset Your System
Reset means to set again, to adjust, to fix new. When our computer operating systems are going haywire or acting crazy, we get pretty angry when it doesn’t do what we want it to do. We beat it, slap it, and slam it like a mad person. When this happens, it’s time for a system reset, not only for the computer, but for ourselves!
We get angry, mad, and stressed when things don’t go our way. Why do we keep making the same mistakes over again? Why do we keep meeting the wrong type of people? Why is our life always a mess?
Ephesians 4:23 – 24, 26 – “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath”.
Let go of relationship hackers (friend, spouse, or whoever) who come in to interfere with our SOS. Refresh your system and dump’em. This is a time of renewal when God grants opportunities for us to set the record straight and start fresh.
Computer Analogy #3 – Restore Your System
Restore points are a snapshot of an operating system. If a malfunction occurred, this process allows the user to restore the system to a point when the system was working properly.
Life frustrations and internal conflicts are sometimes unavoidable. However, God uses “restored points” to bring us back to a recovery state of mind (restoration). Some days we have to press the backspace button or “undo, undo, undo! We all make mistakes. But God has the power to restore us back to Him.
Deuteronomy 30:3 – “God, your God will restore everything you lost; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.”
Computer Analogy #4 – 7 Spiritual Warnings of Virus Attacks
If your spiritual operating system (SOS) is displaying either one of these symptoms, you could be infected!
- Existing icons suddenly disappears – existing prayer life disappears
- Hacker intrusion – bad friends; relationship drama; internal conflicts
- Startup causes browser issues, unusual pages – bad mood when waking up, unusual feelings
- Old messages, popups – images of old ways and habits are displayed in your mind
- Data files corrupt – mind becomes corrupt; unable to process; thoughts of suicide
- Programs stop working properly – can’t feel God’s presence
- Operating system is slow – your SOS is slow, not motivated, in denial
Computer Analogy # 5 – Ways to keep your SOS working properly
- Install updates automatically – Read God’s word on a daily basis
- Load anti-virus software – Load up prayer life and fasting for your SOS!
- Install firewalls – Apply the Holy Spirit for protection
- Create strong passwords – Build strong relationship with the heavenly Father
- Press Delete Button often – get rid of bad relationships; stop the drama; get rid of negativity
- Press Control Button often – God is in control of everything
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