Has your computer been hacked?
By Lillian Penner
It seems like our social media, financial, and email accounts get hacked now and then. When that happens, we change our passwords to protect our privacy since we don’t want intruders to access our accounts. Passwords protect our accounts.
I recently heard a message that spoke to my heart about guarding my heart just as I protect my Internet accounts. We read in God’s Word that we are to guard our hearts. In Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Don’t let the enemy hack your heart.
How Do We Guard Our Hearts?
We can protect, defend, and shield our hearts from Satan by developing an intimate relationship with God. Paul tells us, “Set your hearts on things above . . . Not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1, 2) The enemy wants to rob our hearts; he tries to get us overwhelmed, defeated, tired, and so busy that when God wants our attention, His call goes to “voicemail.” As grandparents, we can set an example by demonstrating that our relationship with God is a high priority.
We must guard our hearts because God valued our hearts, the hearts of our grandchildren, and their parents since He sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to die on the cross for our sins.
Do you have a password to guard your heart against the distractions and business of your life? My favorite password is Joshua 1:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” When the enemy tries to hack my heart, I claim my password. Do you have a password to keep your heart from being hacked by the enemy? If you don’t have one, find one in God’s Word before your next attack?
Our grandchildren live amid a cultural and spiritual battle, a brutal and vicious war against a subtle and friendly enemy (Satan) who knows his time is short. We are responsible for praying for them and encouraging them to guard their hearts.
Don’t let the enemy rob your heart; he tries to get you overwhelmed, defeated, tired, and so busy that when God wants your attention, His call often goes to “voicemail.” Spend time in His Word. Don’t forget your password when you need to guard your heart against your busy schedule, and you don’t have a chance to cover your grandchildren and their parents in prayer.
That is why Christian Grandparenting Network asks grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents.
Lillian Penner is the author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren in English and Spanish. She has been on staff with the Christian Grandparenting Network prayer ministry for fourteen years, developing prayer cards, grandparents@Prayer groups, and the Grandparenting Day of Prayer. She has a passion for praying intentionally for her grandchildren and desires to share that passion with other grandparents.
An avid blogger, Lillian breaks into smiles if you ask about her thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She and her husband, John, live in Portland, Oregon, where they are active in church ministries. They were both raised in Christian homes and desire to pass their godly heritage to their future generations. She and her husband enjoy traveling, Southern Gospel music but most of all, enjoy spending time with their family.