by Rick White

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Is Someone Out to Get Me? (2 of 10)
Stand Your Ground: A Personal Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare
Rick White (delivered by Ed Rowell)
2 Corinthians 2:9-11

Several years ago, a woman named Melva Hayes came home from work and, as she walked into her Chicago apartment, smelled gasoline. She thought perhaps someone had been working there during the day, so she called her landlady and the building's janitor. Both told her they had not let anyone in her apartment and didn't know what she was smelling. With the fumes still strong, she called both the fire and police departments. The police never showed up, but the fire department came, inspected her apartment, but found nothing.

Finally, around 10:30 that evening, Melva Hayes prepared to go to bed. But as she walked into her bedroom, she noticed something unusual. There was a huge lump in her mattress, and a strange electrical cord was running to her bed. She again called the police. When they finally arrived, they took the mattress off the box spring and found a homemade firebomb. Three one-gallon containers of gasoline were sitting on top of a hot plate connected to a timer set to go off at 3 a.m.

When Melva saw this, she turned to an officer and asked with all seriousness, "Do you think someone is out to get me?" (Chicago Tribune, 4/14/83)

I'm no forensic expert, but I'd be willing to go out on a limb here and say that someone was definitely out to get Melva Hayes.

You may be asking that same question. Just when you are feeling secure about things, you discover a bomb hidden in your bed. Maybe you have recently been confronted with a temptation that you never had to face before, one that threatens to blow your world apart. Perhaps you have just heard your spouse say "I don't think I love you anymore," and you don't know which end is up. Maybe you have heard the doctor say words like, "cancer" or irreversible damage" or "terminal."

And for a lot of us, while there isn't a life-shatt ...

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