"The Bible is not a magic book. It doesn't reveal its treasures simply because you read a passage. It doesn't make you holy simply because you hold it in high esteem. Many cults use the Bible. Even Satan quotes Scripture (see Luke 4:9-12). We need the Bible and all it has to say to us. Desperately. We also need the Spirit of God to guide us in our reading and study. 'All this I have spoken while still with you,' Jesus said, as he was preparing his followers for life after his departure. 'But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you' (John 14:25-26).
"We need God to help us understand his Word. We can't separate a walk with God from our reading of Scripture. The two go hand in hand." ~ John Eldredge, Walking with God, p. 42