"Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God" (Matthew 22:29).

Do your parents find knowing how to help when you homeschool difficult? Although my parents had raised seven children of their own, they always seemed hesitant to watch my children when I needed a helping hand. At first, I thought my children might be misbehaving during their stay, but my parents assured me that was not the case. However, after declining my request to watch them several times in a row, I finally asked, "Mom, why don't you want the kids to come over?"

Reluctantly she admitted, "Well, I just don't know how to help them do their schoolwork." Like a light bulb turning on in my head, I finally understood the problem. For months I had thought my parents didn't enjoy my children. In reality, they were feeling inadequate to supervise the homeschooling lessons I had prepared. From that day on, schoolwork was left at home. My children simply enjoyed being with their grandparents and helping with their daily chores. When time permitted, they played games and learned valuable lessons in practical skills not found in a workbook.

Making incorrect assumptions can also get Christians into trouble in the body of Christ. Rather than interpreting Scripture with Scripture in the power of the Holy Spirit, many Christians make poor choices because they take God's Word out of context. Randomly picking isolated verses, they fail to clearly understand God's will and infer meanings the passage never intended. Even Christ faced this same temptation. When Satan misquoted Scripture in Luke 4:10-11, he challenged Jesus to prove He was the Son of God by throwing Himself down from the temple's pinnacle. Jesus refuted Satan's misinterpretation of Psalm 91:12 and quoted Deuteronomy 6:16 instead: "Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God."

Are you correctly handling the Word of God? Don't make false assumptions about the Scriptures that might jeopardize your homeschooling success. Read the entire Bible passage and remember to seek the Holy Spirit's guidance as you study God's Word. Heed the exhortation the apostle Paul gave to a young believer in 2 Timothy 2:15: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Lord, without Your help, no one can understand the Bible. Please, show me how to read and study Your Word that I might apply it and glorify You with my life. In the name of Jesus, Amen.