For those of you who use computers, I am sure that from time to time you have gotten a virus by accident. Maybe you opened an e-mail that you thought was safe or maybe you downloaded a file you thought was safe. After your computer is infected your first thought is getting rid of it so you can get your computer up and running again.
Sin is like a computer virus in that it comes without warning and many times we aren’t careful and we allow it into our lives. Our first thought ought to be to get rid of this sin that has overtaken us. Praise God we have I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confessing our sins and removing it will help to get us back and running the way we should. When a computer has a virus it slows the computer down and does not allow the computer to work effectively. When we as Christian are infected with sin it slows us down and keeps us from being effective too.
The Bible tells us that we walk in the flesh but we do not war after the flesh. Our weapons are not carnal but they are mighty spiritual weapons that will allow us to pull down the strongholds of sin. We have the power of the Word of God. We have the power of Prayer. We have the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells us.
When we allow our virus scanner to scan for viruses it many times can stop the virus from getting into the computer. If you read your Bible daily it will work like a virus scanner and convict you of sin before it contaminates your life.
Take the Word of God and read it. Allow God’s Word to scan your life for sin. Do a “sin scan” on your life and keep yourself pure. Just as you do a virus scan to keep viruses out of your computer you must keep sin out of your life. We must be alert and watching so that we can use our weapons to tear down the strongholds of sin.
I hope this will help you to remember to keep the sin viruses out of your life by doing a “sin scan” regularly by reading your Bible.