Show Me That in Scripture… Please!

I am Satisfaction through Christ today sharing about how believers need to be in the word of God so that we are NOT led astray!

Have you ever had to say to someone, " Show me that in Scripture ...Please" I have, I was grateful I had the word hidden in my heart. Here are 4 ways to protect your heart and mind from being led astray!I have had several opportunities over the last several years to lead Bible study classes. I now hold one in my home. It is such a joy and a delight to see women of all ages conforming to the truth of God’s word. I love to see hearts desiring truth over their own opinions or even their own desires. Any teacher, whether it be a school teacher, a Sunday school teacher, a homeschooling mom, or a Bible study teacher always love a teaching moment.I have had several of those moments over the years but one in particular always stands out in my mind. I was leading a group of High School students through a study in the book of Titus.

I am not sure what prompted this discussion but one of the students mentioned a verse that his pastor had preached on the previous Sunday.

The “verse”

” If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish he will eat for the rest of his life.”

Immediately, I knew I had a teaching moment. I said to the student, “Show me that in Scripture…Please!” He began to scour through his word looking for it. Other students were saying, yes, “I know that verse.” I instructed them to look it up so we would all know where it was. After several minutes no one was able to find it. I then asked one of the students to pull up the verse on her computer. Guess what, yes, you are right, it was not in the Scriptures.  It was actually a Chinese Proverb.

The students were a little embarrassed.

Do not worry, I made sure that they were given a lot of grace during this teaching moment. If this has ever happened to you, {it has happened to me too,} you are also being given much grace! I believe teaching moments are grace moments. They are designed to grow and strengthen us not tear us down.

Here are four suggestions I have for putting the word of God in our hearts and minds. Then if we follow these disciplines we will be prepared to say: “Show me that in Scripture…Please!”

Read your Word daily:

Reading your Bible on a daily basis should not and does not have to be a chore! We are invited to sit at the feet of Christ and listen to His words! What a privilege this is! I have taught my children since they were wee little to always set aside a time in the morning to read the word. {This worked for us. You decide what time of the day works for you.} I did not give them a reading plan, although I am not saying plans are bad.  Each of  my children  prayed and decided to just pick a book they wanted to read. They kept a list of which books they read and have continued this practice to this day. I read this way as well. It took them maybe 15-20 minutes a day to do this. I encouraged them and I  encourage you also, read through a complete book at a time. I do not necessarily mean in one sitting. This could take several days and that is ok! Reading a book through from beginning to the end of the book keeps everything in context. We must be careful that we keep everything in context. If we do not we will misinterpret God’s word. Because people do not practice keeping things in context we are left saying, “Show me that in Scripture…Please!”

Be diligent tp present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

 

memorize:

This is a real discipline and one I have to admit is a struggle for me. There are so many ways you can do this. Write the Scripture on index cards, carry them with you every where you go, tape them to your bathroom mirror, kitchen cabinet or refrigerator.  You can sit and speak the verse out loud to yourself or someone else, repeating it several times. You can also write it over and over and over. This is what I do. Writing the verse out is just the way I learn.

Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you. blessed are you, O lord; teach me Your statues. Psalm 119:11-12

 

study:

Unlike reading, study takes more time and discipline. Study is when you take a book of the Bible and pull it apart. I suggest again, studying an entire book at a time. Start at the beginning of the book and work through each verse in a systematic way. Do word studies, mark key words… Use a notebook and take your own notes or use a solid study written by someone else. I want to emphasize solid. We must be careful what we are putting in our hearts and minds. Unfortunately  there are bad studies out there. Use wisdom and discernment when you decide to pick a study.

I would like to also say this, “STUDY THE BIBLE!” ! There area many books written on the Bible but they are not the Bible. I am not saying do not read books or blog posts that teach or talk about the Bible. But, they are not the Bible! As believers we must be in the word of God ourselves. The Holy Spirit is our teacher. After we have spent time in His word just He and I then we can read other books and blog posts, with caution. And if something is said that does not line up with Scripture we can say,
“Show me that in Scripture….PLease!”

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man f God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Pray:

This should be first on the list! Pray, pray, pray! Never stop praying and asking God to teach you the truth of His word and to keep it in your heart!

Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may observe your Law and keep it with all of my heart. Make me walk in te way of Your commandments, For I delight in them. psalm 119: 33-35

The next time you hear someone quote a verse or teach something that is not in the Scriptures, I pray that you have saturated yourselves in the Word and with great confidence are able to say,

Show me that in the Scriptures… Please!

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15 thoughts on “Show Me That in Scripture… Please!

  1. Abby says:

    I love that quote but no, it’s definitely not from scripture. 😉 Lisa, thank you for illustrating how important it is to get into the Word so we know the truth. I see this so often, where people will quote something they think is from the Bible but it isn’t. Such an important message here.

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    • Lisa says:

      You are welcome, Abby! I have had to learn that lesson as well. Thank you for your sweet words of encouagement and for sharing them with me today! God Bless! Have a wonderful day:)

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  2. bcb0 says:

    Ooh, great post, Lisa. And, the opposite is true too, I’ve heard Biblical quotes attributed to other folks. 🙂 Without hiding the Word in our heart’s–year in and year out–we can’t always recognize a discrepancy when we see one. Great tips, thanks for sharing. ((blessings))

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  3. wipingtearsandwashingfeet says:

    I love this so much! I always encourage believers to read God’s Word instead of Bible Studies, because you remove the filter of someone else’s relationship with the Lord and grow your own relationship with Him. Plus you grow in your Biblical knowledge to be able to say, “Show me that in the Scripture, please.”

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    • Lisa says:

      We must start and stay in God’s word in order to grow in our relationship with Him. I agree with you on most Bible Studies. They are mostly commentary. I am not offended by your comment but I do right Bible Studies that take you through the word and keep you in the word.The reason I have written them this way is exactly because of what you have said in this comment. They are just a tool that guides through the word. The Holy Spirit is the teacher. I am praying God brings us back to His word. We so need it! Thank you for your encouraging words! God Bless!

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  4. Susan Croox says:

    This post title piqued my interest not just because I find people misquoting scripture, but because so many Christians hold spiritual ideas that are contrary to the Bible. I feel that every time you are going to make a spiritual statement, you should be able to back it up. Paul said that not many should aspire to be teachers because you will be judged more harshly. The Word says it all! It doesn’t need enhancement. The biggest favor we can do our friends and listeners is to share the Word appropriately with each small exhortation.

    Sorry, a little soap box in the comments!

    Susan C. aka @gloriousmomblog

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    • Lisa says:

      Hi, Susan!No need to apologize! I am right there with you. You are right, so many Christians hold ideas that are contrary to the Scriptures! Thank you for stopping by 🙂 God Bless!

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