"We need to ask the Holy Spirit's guidance each time we pick up God's Book."
We also need to approach the Bible with clear and rational thinking. Recognize the difference between a figure of speech and a stated fact. For instance, when Jesus said, "And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out" (Mark 9:47), He did not literally mean for us to mutilate our bodies.
We must also pay attention to the historical and cultural context of the Bible. Many Biblical encyclopedias and handbooks provide a comprehensive look at the world in the Old and New Testament periods. Knowing the context will give us a deeper understanding of the text.
Prayer: God, help me to never take Your Word out of context. Help me to have a clear understanding of what Your Word is saying and to apply your Truth to my daily life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart" (Psalm 119:34).