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Hackers are attacking Word users with new Microsoft Office zero-day vulnerability

Attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Word, which security researchers say can be used to quietly install different kinds of malware — even on fully-patched computers.

Unlike most document-related vulnerabilities, this zero-day bug that has yet to be patched doesn't rely on macros — in which Office typically warns users of risks when opening macro-enabled files.

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Instead, the vulnerability is triggered when a victim opens a trick Word document, which downloads a malicious HTML application from a server, disguised to look like a Rich Text document file as a decoy. The HTML application meanwhile downloads and runs a malicious script that can be used to stealthily install malware.

Researchers at McAfee, who first reported the discovery on Friday, said because the HTML application is executable, the attacker can run code on the affected computer while evading memory-based mitigations designed to prevent these kinds of attacks.

Both McAfee and FireEye — the latter of which posted a similar report Saturday but said it had held off on a public disclosure while it was coordinating a response with Microsoft — agreed on the cause of the vulnerability. The issue relates to the Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) function, which allows an application to link and embed content to other documents, according to researchers. The Windows OLE feature is used primarily in Office and Windows' in-built document viewer WordPad, but has been the cause of numerous vulnerabilities over the past few years.

The researchers recently focused a Black Hat talk on the Windows OLE attack surface.

The bug can be exploited on all versions of Office, including the latest Office 2016 running on Windows 10, and have spotted attacks in the wild since January.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the company will issue a fix for the bug on Tuesday as part of its monthly release of security fixes and patches.

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Wisdom Revealed Wisdom comes from immersing ourselves in the Word of God

Wisdom comes from immersing ourselves in the Word of God

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Bible, Daily Bread, Wisdom
Prepare
What are you doing to gain knowledge and understanding of the world around you? Take time to think about your view of the Word of God. What does it really reveal about successful living?

Read
Proverbs 2:1-22

Explore
I’ve always been drawn to knowledgeable people. Scientists, entrepreneurs, philosophers, political leaders – those who provoke thought and explore reason. They are intriguing to me, and the conversations are engrossing.

But as I have traveled the world, meeting many such individuals, I have never been more intrigued and blessed by the seemingly uneducated people (in the world’s eyes) who yet have a powerful understanding of the Bible. Their wisdom – as explained in this passage – goes beyond anything this world can ever fully give.

So what’s the secret of true wisdom? It lies in verse 1 – “Store up my commands within you.”

Knowledge of the word of God is foundational for living a fulfilling and truly successful life. The riches within the Bible are incredible, and they are for all! If only we were to turn our ear to wisdom and apply our hearts to understanding (v 2). We would find knowledge (v 5), victory (v 7), protection (v 8), understanding (v 9), discretion (v 11), safety (v 12-18), and righteousness (v 20). That’s a pretty good list!

Wisdom found in the word of God begins with the fear of the Lord. That is the rock. You build upon it through His words and His commands. And so as not to forget it, we MUST memorize and meditate on it daily. It is vital to our spiritual lives! God’s Word is a powerful tool, revealing wisdom and producing unimaginable, thrilling, even staggering results.

Respond
Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing your truth to me through your word. Help me to hide it in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11).

1 Corinthians 1:30 says, "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption." 

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Your Finances and God’s Promises

Many passages in the Bible talk about giving our money and other possessions given to us by God back to God

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Finances, Generosity, God, Money, Tithe
In many passages of the Bible where it talks about giving our money (and other possessions given to us by God) back to God, He always adds a promise to it. He doesn’t have to do that! Because He is God He could just say, “Do this because I say so – that’s why.” But He doesn’t. He is loving and good, and He chooses to bless us when we obey Him.

While we do not respond to God’s command in order to gain a personal benefit, let’s examine the promises He makes to us when we are faithful in our giving.

Look up Proverbs 3:9-10.

The first lesson in these verses is that we honor the Lord with our wealth. Why? To express gratitude for all He has given us. This honors Him, and we do it because we love Him. We also see that God requires our “firstfruits.” That means we set aside our giving for Him right when we first receive, not out of our leftovers.

What is His promise? Just look at verse 10. The promise is His mighty blessings to us in return.

Now look up 2 Corinthians 9:6-12.

Notice the promise: When you give generously, you will receive abundantly. He will supply and increase your “store of seed.” You will be made rich in every way so that you may be generous every chance you get. It’s your generosity that will spark others to thank God, and that brings glory to God.

Also look up Philippians 4:11-13.

Paul says that he learned to be content, whether he was living in need or in abundance. We also must learn to be content with Jesus Christ, no matter what our circumstances. But the Lord loves to provide in abundance. As we learn to give joyfully and generously, we learn great contentment.

God’s promise, as Paul experienced it firsthand, is that we can do all things through Him, because He Himself is our strength.

Please dig further into God’s Word on the subject of financial giving. He has much to say about the subject! Make notes. Write things down. Talk to the Lord. When you obey Him with your finances, He notices. God sees your heart and is blessed.

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Scripture Memorization: Spiritual and Mind Exercise The Word of God is Powerful

The Word of God is Powerful

Written by Lois on 21/02/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: God, Jesus, Benefits Of Memorizing Scripture, Holy Spirit
That’s how it is with my words. They don’t return to me without doing everything I send them to do.

Isaiah 55:11
Do you have enough power in your life? Is it time to try something new, such as memorizing the most powerful book, God’s written word? Is there anyone but God who can tell a fish to swallow a man and have the fish eject him to go preach? Jonah 2:1, 5-6, “From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God… I was almost drowned by the swirling waters that surrounded me. Seaweed had wrapped around my head… But, you, Lord God, rescued me from that pit.” Do you find yourself in a pit? Maybe it’s time to seek Jesus in a deeper way, and it can be found in His word.

Here are ways to memorize the Bible and grow in deeper understanding and meditation of God’s word:

1. Spiritual Exercise
The Bible, God’s word is the most powerful book ever written. 2 Timothy 3:16, “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.” Memorizing (committing to memory) Scripture can increase your intimacy with the living Christ Jesus. Memorization increases your intimacy with Him and can give you a way to meditate upon, (contemplate) the Word of God. Isaiah 55:11, … “That’s how it is with my words. They don’t return to me without doing everything I send them to do. ” The Father’s words will accomplish all He sends it to do. Memorization of Jesus’ words is a worthy investment of our time.

2. Mind Exercise
Memorizing may help cognitive decline due to aging. Memory Athletics has been a part of several studies on the use of memory work to battle against cognitive slow down. Try brain stimulation and increasing your intimacy with the word of the Lord Jesus who suffered for us on the cross.

3. Why And How Should I Memorize God’s Word?
Memorizing verses by topic or personal circumstances is helpful. Psalm 5:2, “You are my King and my God. Answer my cry for help because I pray to you.” Try a couple or more verses; consider memorizing whole chapters of God’s word.

Encouragements to memorize:
Assurance for those lacking faith: Luke 11:13: “As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks.”
Strength from the Lord Jesus to help you against sin: Ephesians 3:16, “God is wonderful and glorious. I pray that his Spirit will make you become strong followers…”
Reminder Jesus is coming back: Revelation 22:12, “I am coming soon! And when I come, I will reward everyone for what they have done.”
Reasons and expressions with which to praise God: Psalm 146:2, “I will sing and praise the Lord God for as long as I live.”
What Are The Benefits of Memorizing Scripture?
In Matthew 4, the Devil was tempting Jesus. Each time, Jesus answered the temptation with a correction from God’s Word. For example, in Matthew 4:10, when Satan claimed to own the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would worship him, “Jesus answered, “Go away Satan! The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Since we face spiritual darkness daily we should commit the Word of God by memory and follow Jesus’ example.

Pray this week:

Father, memorization is difficult for me. Will You give me the power that I need to commit Your word to memory? In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Three Beginner Bible Study Tips

Make it your aim to prepare yourself for your mission as a follower of Jesus

Written by GodLife on 31/01/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, Application, Interpretation, Context, Obedience
Ezra had spent his entire life studying and obeying the Law of the Lord and teaching it to others.

Ezra 7:10
Most Christians understand that we’re all supposed to be reading the Bible on a regular basis. But isn’t it true that it’s hard to understand at times? (It’s OK to admit this – even Peter did! [2 Peter 3:16]) Even when we “understand” it, it’s possible to take it all in and go away unchanged. (James 1:23-24) But God’s promise to bless what we do only applies “if we listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.” (James 1:25)

Here are three simple principles for reading the Bible. You can remember them by associating them with “SOS,” the international call for help:

S: What does it SAY
Before we can make use of what we read, we have to be sure of what it meant at the time it was written. To understand this, be sure to get the context. Here are three dimensions to context:

There’s the Biblical context: Who wrote it? Why was it written? What did it mean to those who received it? It’s been said that “a text without a context is a pretext.” It’s possible to quote the Bible and get the meaning all wrong. The words of foolish people (1 Samuel 26:1-21), false prophets (1 Kings 22:10-28), and even the devil (Job 2:4) can be found in Scripture. King Jeroboam deliberately quoted Exodus 32:4 without context to justify his plan to set up golden calves in his kingdom. (1 Kings 12:28) But Paul praised the Bereans for “gladly accepting the message” but also “studying the scriptures to see” for themselves that what he said was true. (Acts 17:11).
There’s also the context of time. It’s important to know where a passage fits in history. Was it before, or after Jesus’ coming? Does it describe a temporary situation? In 2 Kings 18:4, King Hezekiah destroyed the brass snake God commanded Moses to make! Why? The people were worshiping it—a thing of brass—as if it were an idol.
The context of culture may also be important. God told Noah in Genesis 9:2-3 to eat every animal. He told Moses and Aaron to set Israel apart by their diet and gave a list of clean and unclean animals in Leviticus 11.
O: Ask God what He wants you to OBEY
Never forget that you have access to the Author! Jesus was recognized as an authoritative teacher (Matthew 7:28-29) and occasionally revealed things they had not realized they were accountable to believe or obey. (See Exodus 3:6 and Matthew 22:32; also see Exodus 20:12 and Matthew 15:3-6.)

S: What can you SHARE
God promises His Word does what He sends it forth to do. (Isaiah 55:11) Once He has done His work in your life, you’re not supposed to keep the good news to yourself. (See 2 Kings 7:1-9)

There’s a biblical basis for these reminders. They came from a statement about one of the great characters in the Bible. Ezra was someone very influential, but not as well-known as Elijah, Samuel or even Esther (who appears in a book he may have written). He was a priest and a scribe in Israel after the nation’s return from captivity in Babylon. A short statement about him tells us a lot about why he had such a profound impact on his country:

“Ezra had spent his entire life studying and obeying the Law of the Lord and teaching it to others.” (Ezra 7:10)

To put it another way, Ezra read the Bible carefully to find out what it SAID. His purpose was to OBEY God’s laws. He then spent time SHARING it with others. In Nehemiah 8:1-8 we see that the whole regathered nation of Israel stood and listened as Ezra read the Bible and helped them understand what it said so that they could agree to its truth. This resulted in them worshiping the Lord. Making hearers into worshipers should be the mission of any follower of Jesus as well; but first, we have to make sure we are worshipers ourselves. If we read the Bible this way, we will be!

Pray this week:

Dear Lord: I want to know your Word and know you. I want to help others understand and obey and worship you. Please help me have the faith and discipline to do these things. AMEN

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A Strong Desire For The Word

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both
now and forever Amen (2 Peter 3:18). 

As a child of God, you must relish the Word of
God; you must enjoy the Word. Your most
exciting times should be when you’re in fellowship
with the Word. God’s Word is everything; it’s what
you need to be all that God has destined you to be in
life. Having come to Christ, you must have a strong
desire to grow in your spirit.
Just like a new-born baby is fed with natural food
to enhance its growth and wellbeing, so also does
God expect the one who’s born again to feed, and
keep feeding, on the Word. We’re born of the Word:
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). And then 1 Peter 2:2
says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of
the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Nothing else
will make you grow spiritually, except the Word. God’s
Word will build you up to be spiritually, mentally, and
emotionally sound and balanced.
Your approach to the Word should be like the
Psalmist’s who said, “I rejoice at thy word, as one that
findeth great spoil” (Psalm 119:162). Cherish God’s
Word. Know the Word for yourself. You may stand
on someone else’s faith for a while; you may even
stand on your Pastor’s faith for a while, but it may not
continue after some time. It’s the reason some people
wonder why the prayers of others for them don’t seem
to work like it used to. It’s because God never intended
for your life to be sustained by the faith of another;
you’ve got to stand on the Word for yourself.
You have to grow in grace and in the knowledge
of the Lord Jesus Christ—for yourself. Study and learn
more about Him, and watch your life become a full
expression of the Word. Meditate on the Scriptures
until you’re programmed to only think God’s thoughts,
and influenced only by His character, ideas, and
opinions.

Confession
Dear Lord, you’re my God! Early
will I seek you; my soul thirsts for
you; my spirit longs for your Word
as the deer pants for the water
brooks. I delight in your Word
and yield to it for exhortation,
doctrine, and counsel; in it I’ve
found life, peace, righteousness,
and everlasting joy. Blessed be
God
Pastor Chris

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Pray For Your Country

As a Christian, it’s important to pray always for your
country and the leaders; be it your country of
residence or earthly nationality. Some people don’t know this:
many a time, there’s a strong spiritual conflict for the soul of
nations. In the days of Daniel, an angel had to fight the Prince
of Persia (Daniel 10:10-13). Such spiritual conflicts still happen
today, over countries of the world. There’re forces fighting for
the destruction and impoverishment of nations. But there’re
also angels, sent by God for the protection and prosperity of
those nations.
There’re very difficult days ahead, for many nations
of the world. But the Lord wants His people prepared and
ready. As we pray, angels sent by God are able to fulfil their
assignments in the nations of the world. So, in your privacy,
take time to pray for your country. Pray for the President or
the Prime Minister and leaders of your country.
As we pray, we mount pressure in the realm of the
spirit against the forces of darkness, and prevail against them.
Consequently, God’s purpose for those nations is fulfilled. It’s
been said that evil prevails when good men do nothing. So,
keep praying for your country, that the Word of the Lord
may have free course, and be glorified (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
Our prayers for the nations enable the Gospel to spread
unhindered. And when the Word of God saturates your
Pray For Your Country
nation, evil can’t prevail.
Our opening verse says we should pray “For kings,
and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet
and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” When the
Bible talks about “peace” here, it means a state of rest, where
everything is flourishing and in the right direction. This is the
life God expects us to live; and our prayer brings it into reality.
Glory to God!
PRAYER
Dear Father, I pray for my country
today, that wisdom and
understanding is imparted to the
leaders, to help them make the
right decisions for the benefit of
the people, and the spread of the
Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Luke 8:22-39
Joshua 5-6
2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Romans 4:11-25
Psalm 102
FURTHER STUDY:
Jeremiah 29:7
Ezekiel 33:6-7
Isaiah 62:1
Pastor Chris

 

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Maintain Your Confession Of The Word

When thou passest through the waters, I will be
with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned…(Isaiah 43:2).
When you study God’s Word, the economic
problems and upheavals in the world today
wouldn’t be a surprise to you. The socio-economic
conditions in our world today must not dictate the
circumstances of our existence. They must not control
our faith in the Word of God. The Bible says those who
know their God shall be strong and shall do exploits
(Daniel 11:32).
As a child of God, the troubles in the world are
not set against you. Your prosperity is independent
of inflation, economic meltdowns and downturns.
You’re not of this world. You’re the seed of Abraham.
Refuse to fret or be anxious, for if you faint in the day
of adversity, your strength is small (Proverbs 24:10).
The Lord is your strength. Remain strong in Him and
in the power of His might.
Read what He says about you in the times of
dryness, scarcity, and crises: “Blessed is the man that
trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For
he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that
spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see
when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither
shall cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Glory to God! Let this be your testimony today and always, because it’s God’s Word concerning you. You’re a victor and a success in Christ Jesus, regardless of the crises and adversities in today’s world.
The darkness isn’t about to go away, for the Bible says, “…behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and gross darkness the people”; but the scripture didn’t stop there; it continues, “…but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:2). In the midst of the darkness, you’ll shine brightly. Actually, the darker the night, the more brightly your light will shine. Therefore, rejoice, because the Lord your God is your prosperity. There’s no failure for you; so there’s no need to fear. Maintain your composure, and your confession of the Word.
Prayer
Dear Father, you’re my refuge
and my shield; I put my trust in
you alone, knowing that in you
I have life and all that I require
to live triumphantly to the glory
of your Name. I live above the
economies and economics of
this world; I’m prospering and
making progress from glory to
glory through the Word, and
power of the Spirit, in Jesus’
Name. Amen.

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Be Ruled By The Word

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body,
ye shall live (Romans 8:13).
As a child of God, you’re an ambassador of
Christ. That’s how He sees you. You’re His
representative. That’s why it’s important that your
behaviour conforms to the Word. Be ruled by the
Word. Don’t live according to your flesh. Don’t be
controlled by your emotions. Give no place to carnality
in your life. Be spiritually minded. Spend time on the
Word and yield yourself to the Holy Spirit to work
through you.
Remember, He sees your heart; if you’re hungry
for Him; if you’re zealous and passionate for Him and
the spread of the Gospel, He’ll see to it that you’re a
success in life. So, you’ve got to align yourself with His
thoughts. Let nothing stop you from living a life that’s
pleasing to the Lord. Let your life be to the praise and
glory of the One who called you.
Walk in the Spirit; the Bible says, “This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Walking in the Spirit is walking
in the Word; living according to God’s Word. As long
as you can have bitterness in your heart, you’re not

walking in the Spirit; as long as you’re still involved in some worldly, carnal machinations, you’re not walking in the Spirit. Refuse to be body-ruled. Live beyond the senses, for Christianity is life in the spirit. Don’t live in accordance to how you feel; live in accordance to the Word. You’re not of this world; you’re born of the Word. Jesus said, “I’m from above,” and so are you;
you’re from above. Therefore, “set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians3:2). Don’t think, talk, or act like the world. Let theWord of God dominate your thinking and control your life.
Confession
I’m born of the Spirit, and I’m
fully yielded to His leading,
guidance and control; I don’t
fulfil the desires of the flesh. I’m
fulfilling God’s perfect will, and
living out my destiny in Him. I
yield my spirit to Him only, to be
instructed and guided in wisdom
to please the Lord in all things.
Amen.

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Put The Word In You

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among
us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
(John 1:14).

Jesus is the revelation of God’s Word and the
character of His thoughts, opinions, imaginations
and entire being. He was the Word of God in flesh
and a master of words. The Bible tells us how the
temple guards who were sent to arrest Him, stopped
to listen to Him, and upon hearing His words, went
back without arresting Him.
When the chief priests and Pharisees asked why
they returned without Him, the officers replied, “…No
man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46 NKJV). His
words brought healing to the sick, restored sight to the
blind, unstopped deaf ears, gave the lame new legs to
walk, and raised the dead. His words were different.
The Bible says He cast out demons with His words
(Matthew 8:16). He ruled and reigned with words. He
showed us the power of words; their value and how
to use them. Don’t just talk; speak the Word. Build yourself. Develop your spirit and distinguish yourself. Make your words different and become an excellent person.
This won’t happen, however, until you feed your spirit  with the right information—God’s Word. The Bible says,…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man
out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things”
(Matthew 12:34-35). God gives us His Word so we can receive it, meditate on it, and let it become a part of us. Jesus said, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4). Remember, food becomes a part of your body when you eat. In the same way, if you’d meditate on God’s Word, you’ll produce God’s words. If you don’t have it in you, it can’t come out of you. Put the Word in you. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
Confession
The Word of God is in my heart
and in my mouth, and as I speak
it forth, I establish the goodness
of God in my world, effecting
positive changes, and charting
my course in glory. Blessed be
God!

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