A Spiritual Gift! One of the most spiritually impactful gifts you could ever give someone is a 5-Pack of Sharpie or BIC Highlighters. Highlighting Scriptures as the Holy Spirit leads you - will absolutely bring God’s Word to life!
Why Highlight verses in your Bible? To increase your love, to help you remember, to read intentionally, to hear personally, to come back again, to find quickly.
Color Coding Scripture Verses in your Bible is a habit that will increase your love for God’s Word. It will help you remember what God reveals specifically to you. You will read God’s Word intentionally, God will speak to you and prompt you what He wants you to highlight, take note of, remember, and put into practice. It will make it easy for Him to bring it to your mind again at a later date.
Highlighting Scriptures that He tells you - will help you quickly find key verses at critical points of your life. It will also help you quickly access God’s truth in a conversation with someone who desperately needs it right now. Just scanning through your Bible, and reading the color-coded verses that God laid on your heart, day by day, over months of reading, will remind you how much deeper you have grown in his Word and in your relationship with Him!
Teaching this habit to your children will yield tremendous reward. It will make God’s word personal for them, a ‘real conversation’ with their Heavenly Father as they sense God speaking to them specifically. We pray you will begin this journey of highlighting every scripture God reveals to you. It will produce a lifetime of fruit!
How to Use PiVAT Highlighters
You can highlight a thin straight line, or a thick paintbrush line, for priority verses – as God directs you. You can use a different color to underline, or put a “colored bracket” around a verse in the margin. Some verses have several colors which could apply within the same verse.
The Yellow Highlighter:Good Stuff! - Anytime you run across a verse that the Holy Spirit prompts you is especially meaningful, or something you should take note of, use Yellow.
The Pink Highlighter:Prayer - Any verse having to do with prayer, whether how to pray, why to pray, someone who prayed, or God answering prayer, use Pink.
The Blue Highlighter:The Holy Spirit - Any verse that speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit, the filling of the Holy Spirit, or the fruit of the Holy Spirit, use Blue.
The Green Highlighter:Money - Did you know that the Bible has over 2300 verses on money and possessions? Our view of money indicates the condition of our heart, and impacts every relationship we have; most importantly our relationship with God. Any verse on money, possessions, giving, saving, or spending, use Green.
The Orange Highlighter:Obey - The importance of this highlighter could never be overstated. This is where the rubber meets the road. Any verse God prompts in your spirit specifically for you to obey… use Orange.
The Purple Highlighter:Promise - Any verse you find that is a specific promise from God, use Purple. (Purple doesn’t typically come in a Highlighter 5-pack – but you can buy it separately.)
Highlighting verses will bring God’s Word to life, reminding you over and over of specific times when God clearly spoke to you through His Word. The more you highlight, the deeper your love for His Word will grow, the easier it will be to remember, and the easier it will be to share his truth with others. Our prayer is that God will make this your habit every time you read your Bible. His Word will never return empty, it will bring incredible blessing!
Here are a few Sample Highlighter Verses. Please understand - these are just suggestions. Highlighting your Bible is a very personal thing. It’s God’s personal communication with you. What someone might highlight yellow (good stuff) God may have you highlight in Orange for specific obedience, or purple - His promise for those who obey. God may prompt you with multiple colors in a single verse!
Everyone will highlight differently… Ask the Lord to show you what HE wants you to see. He will lead you in an astonishing journey in God’s Word, and a deeper understanding of his incredibly great love for you, individually, you! He loves you more than you could possibly know. He has such great things for you! Everything you need, is in His Word. It will stand forever. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Word will never change. It’s His love letter to you, his instruction manual for you, it will make you wise, successful, it will fill your life with more blessing than you could possibly imagine. Know his Word, and you will Know Him.
YELLOW – Good Stuff Romans 3:23- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Hebrews 9:27 - For it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgment. Romans 5:8- But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 10:9 - That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Ephesians 2:8-9 - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithful – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.
PINK – Prayer Romans 10:13 - for, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved. Matthew 6:9 - “This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 18:19 - “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Luke 11:9 – “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
BLUE – The Holy Spirit Joel 2:28- “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. Luke 3:16 - John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. John 14:16 - And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. Luke 11:13 - If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more with your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Acts 2:4 - All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:37-39 - When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.
GREEN – Money Matthew 6:24 - No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:19-21 - “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Proverbs 22:7 - Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 28:12 - The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. Prov 21:20 - The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets. Ecclesiastes 11:2 - Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. Matt 19:20-22 - “All these I have kept, the young man said, “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be complete, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 16:11 - So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
ORANGE – Obey John 14:15 - “If you love me, you will obey what I command. John 14:21 - Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. John 14:23 - Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. John 15:10 - If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. John 15:14 - You are my friends if you do what I command. I John 2:3 - We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. I John 5:3 - This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. Isaiah 30:1- “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the LORD, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharoah’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge. Acts 13:22 - After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
PURPLE – Promise Numbers 23:19 - God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? 2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Romans 4:21 - being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Joshua 21:25 - Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed: every one was fulfilled. Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. I John 2:25 - And this is what he promised us – eternal life.
Remember, there’s God’s Way and man’s way even in highlighters. Ask the Holy Spirit what to highlight. This will increase your love for God’s Word, and for God!
Also use PiVAT Highlighters in your Index and Conversation Log! God speaks, through your PRISM Times, your Daily Calls. Highlighters help you go back and find it quickly!