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Stand Your Ground: A Personal Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare
Rick White (delivered by Ed Rowell)
Los Angeles motorcycle police officer, Bob Vernon, saw a red pickup speed through a stop sign. This guy must be late for work, thought Vernon as he turned on his emergency lights and radioed that he was in pursuit. The pickup pulled over, and the officer approached the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, the driver panicked. He rested his hand on the same pistol he had used just a few moments before to rob a convenience store. The sack of stolen money was on the seat beside him.
Vernon walked to the open window and said, "May I see your..." and the driver shoved the pistol in Vernon's chest and fired at point blank range. The force of the bullet knocked Vernon's body back seven feet before he hit the pavement.
But just a few seconds later, to the shock and surprise of the criminal, Officer Vernon stood, pulled his service revolver and fired twice. The first bullet smashed the windshield; the second went through the door into the driver's left leg. "Don't shoot!" the thief screamed, throwing the gun and money out the window. Vernon pulled him from the vehicle, handcuffed him, and waited for his backup to arrive.
Was this some kind of Robocop the criminal had encountered? Nope. Just an ordinary officer wearing the standard issue Kevlar vest. Composed of hundreds of layers of a super-strong material, bullet-proof vests made of Kevlar has saved the lives of untold police officers since its invention.
In our three preliminary messages, we've tried to give you some background information about the subject. Today we begin an in- depth look at the most comprehensive instructions on this subject in all of Scripture. We'll spend from now until Christmas looking at the protective gear that God makes available to those who follow Him.
Ephesians 6:10-14b says, "Finally, be strong in the Lord an ...
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