Tonight I had to download some updates onto my computer. When you do this it helps to keep your computer safe from viruses by giving you security updates. Updates make programs run faster and better and fix bugs a program might have. If you have auto updating turned on, your computer will automatically update and you don't have to do anything...in most cases. Sometimes though it will need your input. When the alert comes up you have to click on it because if you don't you could miss a very important download. By doing all of this...you keep your computer current. So...auto updating is the best way to go but if it's not turned on be sure to check at least once a week for all updates that are waiting for you. You don't want a nasty little virus to get in and have your computer crash and burn!
All of this updating made me think of something...
As Christians we need to be updated all the time too. Security updates are essential for us. They keep us running faster...better...smoother and safer. Our updates can be done by praying and staying in the Word on a daily basis. Although, we can pray continuously...and in this time we are living it might be best if we practiced doing that. You can talk to the Lord all the time...quietly if need be or with a voice...He doesn't care which method you choose as long as you are communicating with Him. Doing that helps to keep us free of the one that "bugs" us too. He is like some of the viruses our computers get...mean, nasty and hard to get rid of at times! He has even made some crash...and burn! However, as long as we our current on our updates he really can't hurt us. We can just step on his neck and tell him...Be gone in JESUS name! Just like our computers, I believe that some of our updates are done automatically. The Holy Spirit lives in us and warns us at times when danger is lurking...He speaks to our hearts and lets us know when we should be wary...or prompts us to pray. Remember the alert that I said pops up at times as a reminder to not miss an update? For us that would be the Holy Spirit nudging us...not only is that for us but I believe He even makes us aware when others need us to pray for them...maybe that could be considered an added bonus for keeping up to date on our updates!
I'm thinking that we should all get set up for the auto updates and remind others to do that also. Sometimes we all need a little help remembering to stay updated.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Never stop praying.
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.