Show Me That In Scripture…Please

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.

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’ve 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 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 to 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 statutes. 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 are 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 of 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 the 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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I am Lisa. I am blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart, Roy. Through some ups and downs, God has blessed us with three beautiful children, Andrew, Sarah, and Hannah. God has also blessed us by divinely placing another beautiful young woman in our lives. On June 13th, 2015, our son Andrew married Katie, giving me and Roy another daughter. We could not be happier! Lisa now homeschools Sarah and Hannah. God has placed a desire in her heart to study His word. Lisa has a passion for knowing God and grow in her relationship with Jesus Christ. She wants to know the truth of the Word and to share that truth with you. Lisa desires to walk with women of all ages through a study of God’s word by offering free Bible studies and encouragement through prayer and weekly blog posts. You can follow Lisa on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and google + . Lisa blogs at www.conformingtothetruth.com

Comments

    • says

      You are so right, Gail, we can never get too much of reading, studying, praying, and memorizing Scripture! Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement! God Bless:)

  1. jwiebel says

    Such a great post, Lisa. Thank you for the encouragement and giving tips of ways to be able to show that grace in those moments. Have a wonderful week!

    • says

      Amen, Lux!! We do need to be ready for the battle with our weapon of warfar, the word of God! Thank you for stopping by today! God Bless! Have a great weekend:)

  2. ceilryan says

    Hi Lisa! Well, there’s something those students are going to remember for a LONG time! It’s a great lesson in actively looking and searching for the truth. It’s important to be filled with the ‘right’ information, especially when we are called to share it!

    Blessings,
    Ceil

    • says

      Hi Ceilryan!! I hope they do remember this for a long time! I know it not only taught them but it taught me as well, in many different ways! Yes, it is so very important to be filled with the right information! Thank you for stopping by:) God Bless!

  3. Tasha says

    Thanks for sharing. I would like to add this one, “Spare the rod, spoil the child” I believe it’s from a poem by Samuel Butler in 1664.

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