I couldn’t believe my eyes as I read the email from my friend. He is the CEO of a large international philanthropic organization and he was writing to tell me the main computer systems of their global organization had been severely hacked with all of the historical data gone, including all six of their supposedly fail safe backups. This hacking job was no small feat, with security levels far superior to even banking institutions being compromised. The whole business was in shutdown mode as my friend and his colleagues flew back to their headquarters to see what they could do.
As I read my friend’s email, I was shocked and angry. I couldn’t believe someone could do this! Then I forced myself to become aware of what God was doing. I thought, God, what do you want to do? I immediately began to remember how time and time again we shared testimonies at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry of lost things being found and how amazingly this brought God’s supernatural power into situations for some of the most ridiculous things to be found again. Filled with a new boldness, I pressed reply on the email and began to write:
Thank you for the update, that is awful and wrong!! We are praying for you right now and releasing testimonies of “impossibly” lost things being found.
I had a couple in my group this year who had their house broken into and a lot of goods stolen, and a young man who’d had his inheritance stolen. When I shared the testimony of a lost turtle and lost key being supernaturally found, within a week the couple found all of their goods and the young man’s cousin called him up and returned his inheritance. We also have seen iPods supernaturally recover all data which had been lost. Do it again, Jesus!
Praying the data is retrieved and the perpetrators are brought to justice. God, we believe you for the best security and justice force in the world.
My friend wrote back:
I fully expect to write a testimony for your next book. Amen to what you wrote!
When the leadership team arrived back at their head office, their local employees looked understandably defeated. As my friend talked with his IT team they began to speak of the incredible “bad luck” this had been. My friend and his team hired an outside agency specialized in data hacking along with an MI5 agent in the same field. They told my friend that in the history of data hacking, situations like this have never turned around. Even the network security company that created their nine-digit encrypted code said it was impossible even for them. The situation looked grim.
The situation he walked into was pressurized and hopeless, but then a new confidence came over him. He addressed his team: “Friends, sometimes it is darkest before the dawn. Yes, we have had quite some bad luck recently, but now I want you to begin to be on the lookout for good luck, because I know in the coming days we are about to have many instances of good luck.” As he spoke, the amazing peace of Heaven filled his team and the building. Within hours my friend sent out an email of encouragement to the broader team concluding, “What is clear already…is that what was meant for evil is going to work out for good.”
Then the “good luck” began to pour in. Although all of their historical data seemed lost, the company’s most senior trader had miraculously left the “heart of their company,” a precious financial spreadsheet, open on his computer. Instead of being down for weeks, this “lucky” mistake allowed the company to go straight back into business only days after the incident!
Next, the MI5 agent had some “good luck.” To solve the hacking crisis the team had brought in not only their current IT staff but also a prior IT employee. For some reason the MI5 agent had a gut feeling about the prior employee. When the man went to the bathroom, the agent slipped a scanner into his computer. What he discovered as he analyzed the data turned the investigation completely around. Not only had this previous employee committed the initial devastating hacking of the company, but as he was sitting with the investigation and recovery team, he had been trying to thwart and block their attempts to discover the truth while causing even more damage. They found their perpetrator!
The last stroke of luck came for my friend when one of the external IT contractors called him on Saturday morning, just a week after the investigation started, and told him, “I cracked the code and got all of your lost data back!” My friend and his colleagues were ecstatic! The consultant said the thought just came to him to stop looking for things that were there and instead create a program that would look for things that are not there, such as software code gaps. The MI5 agent said this had never happened in the history of data theft. He was going to do a research paper on the success of this investigation because it set a new precedent in the industry.
Everything is now back to normal at my friends company and they have new systems and processes in place that are stronger and better than ever. Within just a week, God, some of His sons, and some very clever people turned what was meant for evil completely around for good.