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"How are we to handle this sword of 'It is written'?  First, with deepest reverence.  Let every word that God has spoken be law and gospel to you.  Never trifle with it; never try to evade its force or change its meaning.  God speaks to you in this book as much as if he came to the top of Sinai and lifted up his voice with thunder.

I like to open the Bible and pray, 'Lord God, let the words leap off the page into my soul; make them vivid, powerful, and fresh to my heart.'"

Our Lord Himself felt the power of the Word.  It was not so much the devil who felt the power of 'It is written" as Christ Himself.  The manhood of Christ felt an awe of the Word of God, and so the Word became a power to Christ.  To trifle with Scripture is to deprive yourself of its aid.  Reverence it, and look up to God with devout gratitude for having given it to you.

--Charles Spurgeon, Spiritual Warfare in a Believer's Life (P.81)