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Thwarting the word of God has always been a high target on the enemy’s radar. Daniel had no idea about the war being waged getting God’s word to him by Gabriel and Michael (Daniel 10:12-13). That same war is being waged today over American homes and we are asking you to join with us in taking down this mountain! Isaiah declared “when the enemy comes in likea flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him(59:19).

The Picture Smart Bible is designed to be a catalyst, a strong motivation to draw people deeper into His word. Watching what God has done with this tool over the years is humbling and astonishing. It’s “success” is why Satan wants to shut it down.

God has not left us powerless; He has actually given us HIS armor (Ephesians 6:10-29). It is not a literal armor of course, but the concepts represented by each piece of the armor are very real and necessary for combat. Paul’s sequence was probably the order in which the Roman soldier dressed for battle. Permit me to change that order from “top to bottom” for our purposes.

  1. Helmet of Salvation. Helmets protect the brain, the mind which is the battleground. Images good and bad, come in through our eyes and ears. The wise Christian knows he or she must both turn off the TV at the right time, and also “wallpaper” their brain with the word of God. When the enemy comes in like a flood make sure you and your children have the standard to raise up. Renew your mind constantly (Romans 12:2). It leaks.

  2. Breastplate of Righteousness. The “righteousness” referred to here is not that which is imputed by God but that which we develop; our character. We overcome the Devil “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of our testimony; and that we love not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). Keep your heart clean by His blood and your mouth clean by sharing what He has done for you.

  3. Belt of Truth. Belts hold everything in place. Deception causes everything to unravel. No soldier wants to go into battle feeling like his pants might fall down. A man or soldier of unquestionable integrity and trust in God is a formidable threat to our enemy.

  4. Shield of Faith. The Roman shield which was Paul’s visual aid, was huge. It covered a man from top to bottom and even over his head. Our shield is 100% effective; with it we are able to quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked one” Faith is imperative. Without faith in prayer, we are wasting our breath.

  5. Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Jesus won in the wilderness with Devil because He knew how to use His sword. The sword, the word of God, cuts both ways. David had an incredible love for God’s word (read Psalm 119), but that same word he loved, cut to his heart when Nathan said, “Thou art the man” (2Samuel 12:7).

  6. Shoes of Peace. Soldier and peace sounds like an oxymoron, but as a Christian our goal must always be to establish peace on earth, good will toward man. Our feet are beautiful on the mountains (Isaiah 52:7) only as we bring good tidings. The good news of Jesus.

  7. Stand.. It is easy to run. The world is full of those who compromise. God calls us to stand. For too long the enemy has had his way in our country. Today, take up the full armor of God and stand with us. And having done all, stand.

  8. Prayer. Your mouth, your tongue is a powerful weapon. Pray, out loud with all kinds of prayer. Paul pleaded with the Ephesian church to pray for him that he be able to speak boldly. Speak bold prayers on our behalf. Gabriel and Michael successfully got God's word to Daniel. We will win this battle, amen?