Last Friday saw a cyber attack of epic proportion.
It hit more than 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries. FedEx, telecoms, hospitals, banks, car factories, rail network and universities were among those affected.
I saw a familiar parallel between cyber attack and demonic attack.
Both are attacks of the air. Cyber attacks came through the airwaves. Demonic attacks also have their source from “Satan, the mighty prince of the air” (Ephesians 2:2).
Both seek to cripple your function. The malicious “WannaCry” worm locks up your files, encrypts them and makes them inaccessible. Suddenly things become sluggish and you feel extremely frustrated and tired.
Just so, a person under demonic attack is crippled in function. His spiritual passion is locked up. His prayer life is stalled and “encrypted.” He finds himself irritated, on edge and “inaccessible” to the spiritual things of God. These, among others are symptoms of a prolonged spiritual battle.
Both cyber and demonic attacks are a result of our complacency and letting our guards down.
We could have wilfully or unwittingly created “cracks” in the “firewall” of our human will that invite these attacks. We could have created “windows” that attracted prowling hackers and our enemy, the devil who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8).
Both cyber and demonic attacks remind us to stay alert and to maintain good cyber and spiritual hygiene.
Typically the victims are those who are complacent in up keeping their protective shield or careless in clicking on suspicious files and attachments. Cyber and spiritual shipwrecks are often just a click away.
For us Christians, there is a “kill switch” against demonic attacks. It is described in Ephesians 6:14-17.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Cyber and demonic attacks do have similar traits. Let these attacks of the air be a “wake-up call” for all of us.