Monday, January 31, 2011

The Treasures of Our Scriptures

I love my scriptures.  Through the years I have come to value them as a treasure beyond price.  I have a hard time getting up in the morning on some days but thinking about having time to feast in the scriptures and conference talks get me up.

Through the years I have gained testimony that prayer is how we speak to God and the scriptures (and the Holy Ghost) is how He answers us.  I have particularly found guidance in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.  He truly did go through everything and how He handled life's trials provides our answers.  As I am rereading the New Testament again right now and His life lessons seem particularly prevalent.

Basic thoughts:

  • Christ is tempted by Satan at the end of His 40 days of fasting.  He responds by quoting scripture to Satan. Matt. 4:1-11
  • Christ learns of John the Baptists death.  He seeks to be alone and immediately after he serves by feeding the 5,000. Later His is able to find solace.  Matt. 14:3-21
  • When Christ needed to be alone and to pray He "rises a great while before day" to spend time with His Father. Mark 1:35
  • Many came to Him, but He rejected no one. Christ invites, Satan takes captive. Matt. 11:28-30, 2 Ne. 28:20-23
  • Christ obeyed all of God's commandments. Mark 1:9
  • Christ was active and walked much. Luke 9:56
  • Before Jesus choose His Apostles (major decision), He spent the entire night in prayer. Luke 6:12
  • He has no tolerance for evil and rebukes those in His presence when they try to tempt Him. Matt 16:23-24
  • Christ took naps. Luke 8:23
I have written before on how much we rely on the scriptures in our home. 
  • Here is a blog post about how we teach our children to love and use the scriptures.
  • Here is a blog post about how I study the scriptures.  This has consistently remained the same through many years.  The time I get up changes with the season and activities, but a serious daily scripture study after this pattern remains the most important thing I do.
I love to read my scriptures.  I am so grateful that we live in a day that while the world is in commotion and the evil one is bent on our destruction that God has given us the great gift of scriptures.  We must read them to know His will and to know Him.

1 comment:

Deanna Householder said...

I too have found my time in the morning with my scriptures and conference talks very precious and getting up at 5:00 a.m. isn't as hard as I thought it would be! It makes all the difference! Great post Deanna! Thanks!