by Rick White

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Why Can I Buy Everything But Peace? (6 of 10)
Stand Your Ground: A Personal Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare
Rick White/Ed Rowell
Ephesians 6:15

Last weekend, Susan and I took about 20 adults and their kids from our class on a retreat. We went down to a resort on the shores of Wilson Lake in Alabama, and it was wonderful. Perfect weather. At home, between yard work, coaching girl's basketball, and getting ready for Sunday, Saturdays are about the busiest day of the week. But last Saturday was the longest, most relaxing Saturday I can ever remember. We slept in a bit. We hiked. We fished. We took a long boat ride. I finished the book I was reading. We had a birthday party for Susan. After dark, I sat out on our deck and just marveled at how beautiful the moon was, reflecting on the water. God seemed especially real as I spent some time praying. Peaceful. So peaceful.

Sunday we had a special worship time, ate brunch together, then headed home. The minute I got behind the wheel, headed for home, the retreat was over. While everyone else in the truck was napping, my mind was racing a mile a minute. I was thinking about my Monday meetings, and making lists of people to call and things to do. That retreat was nice, it was necessary, but that long, peaceful Saturday on the dock was just a memory.

This is our third week of examining the subject of spiritual warfare from Ephesians 6:10-18. Paul wrote this passage around 60 AD while being held in Rome on house arrest. Night and day the elite Praetorian Guard, the first century equivalent of the Green Berets, watched him. I imagine it was while staring at the imposing guard blocking his door that he first came up with the analogy of spiritual armor.

The Roman soldier was able to travel long distances in a hurry because of his footwear. More advanced than the gear of any other army in the world, they wore something that was more than a sandal, but less than a full boot, offering protection, bu ...

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