Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 7:13-29. In this Scripture, Jesus says, “Wide is the gate to destruction, but narrow is the gate that leads to life, therefore few will find it.” Which path are you on?
He tells us to beware of false prophets. Jesus goes on to compare people with trees, saying a good tree produces good fruit and an evil tree produces evil fruit. You can test people by the fruit they bear. Jesus tells us not everybody who professes to call Him Lord will enter into heaven.
Jesus compares a wise man who builds his house on a solid rock and a foolish one who builds his house on sand. When the rain or storms of life come, which one stands? Of course, the one who builds his house on the solid rock. Read this Scripture and determine where you stand with God.
Daily Bible Reading:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Things to think about:
- Are you going through the wide gate or the narrow gate?
- Is your life built on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ?
- Have you made sure of your salvation?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture where Jesus speaks to the people. Help us find the narrow gate that leads to life eternal. Help us be like the trees that bring forth good fruit and the man that builds his house on the rock. You are the rock, LORD. Help us to do what You teach us in Your word. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
– This is an excerpt from “The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ”
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The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ
by Deborah H. Bateman
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The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman, which takes you through the life of Jesus Christ. The book of Matthew is the first book in the New Testament of the Bible. It begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ and His birth.
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