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Likening the Scriptures Unto Ourselves

By Stephen R. Covey

"All of us at some point wonder, "How can I make the scriptures alive in my life?" Occasionally habit or duty will send us to them, but we will have no motivation to read them and they will provide little inspiration. The solution lies in realizing their importance, knowing how to study them and likening them to ourselves and then in doing what they inspire us to do.

"Consider five ideas on likening the scriptures unto ourselves:

  1. Realize the supreme importance of the scriptures in our lives.
  2. We need the Holy Spirit to translate the scriptures into our lives properly, to harmonize eternal law and our personal situations. The scriptures were given by revelation and can only be truly understood by revelation.
  3. While reading the scriptures, learn to ask good questions.
  4. The best approach to studying the scriptures is one that is tailored to you.
  5. We need to arrange and manage our time for scripture study so that, as Goethe put it, "Things which matter most are not at the mercy of things which matter least."

"I love the scriptures and immensely enjoy searching them. My whole experience and conviction affirm the meaning behind the beautiful testimony of a disciple whose life was integrated by faith: "I believe in Christ as I believe in the rising sun-not because I can see it, but because by it I can see everything else.""

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