Bible Reading Update #8

Hello friends!
I can’t believe our second month of reading in this Bible plan is nearly over!  I hope you all are discovering new things in God’s Word each day.  Something I enjoy doing is color-coding each verse that I highlight in my Bible.  For example, I highlight verses that stand out to me personally or that discuss a principle I need to work on in pink.  I highlight verses that discuss the power and holiness of God/Jesus yellow.  That way, when I come across a pink verse, I read it remembering that it is a verse that once stood out to me personally.  I enjoy placing key verses into specific categories this way.

Now here are some encouraging verses from this week:

~ Luke 12:8 says, “And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God;”. The root word “confess” here also means to acknowledge, admit, or declare.  If we acknowledge Christ before others, He too will acknowledge us before the angels of God and allow us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

~ In Luke 12:16-21, Jesus tells a parable to the Pharisees about a certain rich man who, though he thought he was wise, was regarded as a fool because he sought to accumulate riches for himself rather than being rich toward God.  In verses 20-21, Jesus said, “But God said to him, ‘Fool!  This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’  So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”.  This got me thinking, what does it mean to be rich toward God?  How does God define richness?  We get a partial understanding of this by reading a little further.  In Luke 12:33, Jesus says, “Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in heaven that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  One way to be rich toward God is to be exceedingly generous by giving to those in need (giving alms).  Another way to be rich toward God is to be satisfied with things above, not with earthly things.  How else are we to be rich toward God?  We are to be rich in faith (James 2:5).  We are to be rich in humility (James 1:10).  We are to be rich in good deeds (1 Timothy 6:18).  We are to be rich in mercy (Eph. 2:4).  And above, all, we are to be rich in love (Proverbs 145:8).

~ A verse that made me smile this week was Luke 12:32.  It says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”  It’s amazing to read verses like this that clearly portray God’s love for His children.  He not only chooses to give us the kingdom, but He does so gladly.

~ Luke 12:42-46 is an example of what many people believe today.  They think they can just become a Christian on their death bed, or perhaps they’ll become a Christian when they think Christ is coming back.  Jesus explains the flaw in this thinking when He states in verse 46, “the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know.” No one knows when Jesus will return, not even Himself!  Only God knows (Matthew 24:36).  We must always be prepared. “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.” (Luke 12:43)

Have a wonderful week,


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