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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)


Have you ever been caught off guard with a question or situation and found that you could not think of any words to respond? Consider a time when you were faced with a dilemma, a temptation, or a proposition and speaking up would determine what happened next. All of a sudden the all too familiar animal circus comes to visit you. The animal circus? Yes, the butterflies in your stomach, the frog in your throat, the cat’s got your tongue, and you become quiet as a mouse, all because you don’t know what to say or what to do! However, God never meant it to be like this. He wants us to be vocal and bold servants of His and always ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15).

God has made it a little easier for us to say what needs to be said and to do what needs to be done. He inspired all scripture, remember (2 Timothy 3:16)? Many of the writers of His word and individuals in scripture spoke of a 3-word phrase meant to bring our minds back to the Lord when questions and situations arise. It is written. This phrase is mentioned 80 times in the Bible. Here are a few instances:

“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me.” Psalm 40:7
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
“And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:” Luke 24:46
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Even satan knows scripture: 
“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Matthew 4:6

You don’t have to be a quote master or scripture bully, but it is always good to know what God says about defeating satan, ministering to your sisters and brothers, and teaching truth to the world. When we follow the example of many who used the phrase “it is written” it brings peace to our lives and deepens our relationship with the Lord.

Just when you think God is expecting some great spiritual gobbledygook to come from your mouth, He really just needs you to know enough scripture to say, it is written so that what you speak is true and brings comfort to the hearers. Living an it is written life reminds the world of WHO you follow and what you believe. Today, place your heart on and trust in what God has written and spoken in the Bible. God made it clear, He has left us His word so we wouldn’t be wordless or caught off guard. It is written may sound cliché and repetitious, but it just might be necessary to use from time to time.

Scriptures to Reflect on:

Colossians 4:6
1 Peter 4:11
1 Thessalonians 2:1-5

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