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Jesus, we have peace and we take courage because You have overcome the world.

“Cyberattacks are inevitable.”

IFA recently had the opportunity to speak with an international cybersecurity expert who was realistic about the threat of cyberattacks. “It’s not if,” he said, “it’s when.”

In 2023, cloud intrusions increased by 76%, the number of victims of data theft increased by 76%, and the use of malware decreased dramatically — which is not positive, because that made it so hard to identify and stop attacks. In fact, a key factor is “breakout time,” the time it takes for the victim to be able to identify an attack before the hacker is entrenched in the system. That metric dropped to an average of under one hour.

Who is hacking? A growing number of nation-state-backed organizations from such countries as China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, India, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Colombia, Syria, Vietnam, and even South Korea.

What can we do?

There are practical things we can and should do to try to prevent and mitigate damage, such as the use of unique passwords and two-factor authentication. But the essential thing is to make sure our thinking is right:

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Jesus tells us exactly what to think.

First, we will have trouble in this world. Not might. Not maybe. We will have trouble. We should not be surprised, and we certainly should not expect a life free of trouble. At the same time, we can pray for protection with certainty.

Second, we take heart! Some translations say “take courage,” and the Amplified Bible says “be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy.” This is a choice we make. It is a conscious action to decide how we will respond to the news we hear daily, whether personal or global. It might be helpful to picture an array of choices in front of us, like courage, or doubt, or worry. Then we can picture ourselves reaching out and choosing courage. We can ask the Lord to help us learn the habit of choosing courage in the face of what’s happening in our world.

Finally, the why. Why can we take courage? Because Jesus has overcome the world! He has conquered the world. It’s interesting that the very next verses in the Bible are these: Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.” As Jesus prepared to surrender to the Father’s will of death on a cross followed by resurrection, He was reassuring His disciples and us. He had the whole picture.

The Lord has a plan. All of creation must submit to it. Jesus conquered the world, death, Satan, sin, and every evil thing.

Cyberattacks? Take courage!

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Dorothea Jacobsen
February 28, 2024

How do I get emails from duck.com? I have relocated to VA (from MA) and was hacked 4 days in a row. NEW DEBIT CARD WILL BE SENT TO temp address in Hanover cty , VA, near Ashland.Ashland

Holly Timbers
February 28, 2024

I pray Jesus, you will keep attacking the Republicans!

    Deborah
    February 28, 2024

    Not nice, Holly. God loves Republicans And Democrats. He’s not going to ask which party you supported, or which denomination you hail from .. But He is looking for a heart that will keep His commandment – to live Love.

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Karen
February 28, 2024

Cyber attacks do not have to happen if enough Christians would pray and seek Gods face
for our nation. Pray and Pray again.

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Darlene Estlow
February 28, 2024

Father, in a trying time that would cause us to fear, may we walk in trust and peace. Judy’s statement, “The Lord has a plan. All of creation must submit to it. Jesus conquered the world, death, Satan, sin, and every evil thing” is so good. May we trust the Lord through everything, while praying and fighting the battle as your ekklesia!

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Gail Segars Rainey
February 27, 2024

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for these 7 intercessors who have expressed our concerns to You so well. So, YES and AMEN, as Prayer of Agreement!! In the name of Yeshua HaMashiach, Amen.

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Vashti Monica Ford
February 27, 2024

In Jesus name, I pray to the Soverign God of the universe. You are almighty, all knowing and all powerful. We put our full confidence in You. We do not deserve your mercy because the Church universal has left too many decisions in the hands of ungodly leaders. We have failed to educate ourselves on political matters and failed to vote our values too many times. We pray for a great wake up call from heaven and thank God for constitution believing and God fearing men and women who are
faithful to expose evil. We ask our great God to rescue us out of the mess and back to sensible times. In Jesus name.

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Rae
February 27, 2024

Father God,
Thank You that You are the Almighty One; no one is higher than or equal to You. And while uncertainty and chaos continue to spread, You remain our constant Source of stability and peace beyond human understanding.

Father, I thank You that Your economy is not the same as the world’s economy; that You are our Great Provider and we only need to lean into You. Your warehouses are always full, even when ours run empty. Forigve us of our self-reliance instead of being utterly dependent upon You, our Sovereign Creator. Remind us that even in the 40 years of the Exodus wilderness, You cared for Your people. Even in Your anger over their rebelliousness, You remembered Your mercy.

Help us to remember You are still the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8). May our lives reflect Your glory onto others, and Your Light pierce the darkness.

In Jesus’ Name, I pray.
Amen.

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Cathy Myers
February 27, 2024

God is a present help.in time of trouble. Speaking this word – Psalms 103:20
Angels hearken to His word

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Lori Meed
February 27, 2024

This is a good reminder to be sitting at His feet and asking how to pray in this season. My own heart has been led to pray over our electrical grid as well. As the day of His return draws nearer we ever more need to be taking our places, SEATED WITH HIM IN HEAVENLY PLACES, seeing as He sees. Let not our hearts be troubled for He has overcome the world! Even if our lives are lost in this life, we win! Thank you Father for causing our hearts not to be troubled as we fix our eyes on You, and Your eternal kingdom. We ask for protection from me every evil attack against our nation and our persons. When trouble comes, we choose Your peace and Your joy. Thank You for being with us always,! In Jesus name amen.

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    Darlene Estlow
    February 28, 2024

    Amen. I too have been led to pray for our electrical grid. It is so important. Plus I have been reminded to pray for our water ways, dams, etc.

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Patti
February 27, 2024

We as the Body Of Christ will learn together what it means to Take Courage, and to Trust Christ.

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Dona Schmidt
February 27, 2024

Jesus by Your death and resurrection and ascension, You gave us authority to cast out the demonic, to take our stand, take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ. Any weapon formed against cannot prosper. Your blood that was shed protects us and we plead it over this nation. Those in authority to act wisely and justly to walk humbly with You Lord God. ,

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BJP
February 27, 2024

Thank you for these reminders! God’s promises are yes and Amen for his followers and it is easy to be come overwhelmed in this world if we do not focus on those promises. Let us all reach for our bibles more than we do the remote or our phones so we can be filled with the consciousness of his promises so we can do all to stand and then stand! (Ephesians 6:11-13 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.)

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