One Year Bible
In 365 days you will have completed the entire bible!
September 15, 2019
Isaiah 19:1-21:17 Galatians 2:1-16 Psalm 59:1-17 Proverbs 23:13-14 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Paul was determined never to yield to anything opposed to the truth of the Gospel. He wrote to the Ephesians, "Do not give the devil a foothold" (Ephesians 4:27 NIV). The duty of the Christian parent, pastor, or leader is to "be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Similarly, the Lord warned Isaiah about the need for alertness, saying, "Put a watchman on the city wall to shout out what he sees. Tell him to sound the alert when he sees chariots drawn by horses and warriors mounted on donkeys and camels" (Isaiah 21:6-7). Satan seeks to weasel his way into our churches and families through our slack oversight, our tolerance of his encroachment, and our yielding to his advances. Even when the great apostle Peter was being swayed by the hypocrisy of the Judaizers, Paul stood boldly against him, saying, "I had to oppose him publicly, speaking strongly against what he was doing, for it was very wrong" (Galatians 2:11). The enemy hates your liberty in Christ and does his best to put you back under the "yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1 KJV). Don't give in to anything that is not in the truth of the Gospel. Stand your ground against the devil, and "he will flee from you" (James 4:7).
September 14, 2019
Isaiah 15:1-18:7 Galatians 1:1-24 Psalm 58:1-11 Proverbs 23:12 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Just as Satan was cast like lightning out of heaven, he is being cast out of his earthly kingdom by the power of Jesus. As Isaiah says, "The oppressor will come to an end, and destruction will cease; the aggressor will vanish from the land" (Isaiah 16:4 NIV). Isaiah further prophesied that in love a throne would be established, that in faithfulness a man from the house of David would sit on that throne, judging with justice and righteousness (v. 5). Thank God for the power of love over hatred! "For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son. . . ."(John 3:16). The love of God was manifested to this world the moment Jesus stepped into it. Everywhere He went, the oppressor's kingdom came to an end. Jesus cast out devils from all those bound by them, "for God was with him" (Acts 10:38). Paul states that Jesus "died for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live" (Galatians 1:4). In your darkest oppression, there is One whom God has sent to rescue you. He is the King on the throne of David. Let Him wrap His arms of love around you and protect, deliver, and rescue you from the oppressor.
September 13, 2019
Isaiah 12:1-14:32 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 Psalm 57:1-11 Proverbs 23:9-11 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* The prophet Isaiah saw the same picture Jesus described when He said, "I saw Satan falling from heaven as a flash of lightning!" (Luke 10:18). Because of Satan's pride and arrogance, he was cast out of heaven. He rebelliously and boldly asserted himself with five "I wills": "I will ascend to heaven and [I will] set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and [I will] be like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:13-14, bold added). How unthinkable it is for any creature to consider exalting himself above God! There in the veiled and shadowy reality of eternity past, God judged Satan's rebellion, and he was thrust like lightning from heaven! Only what is submitted to God can remain with God. May we never be found with pride, exalting ourselves above God. He alone will be exalted in heaven. "Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth" (Psalm 57:11).
September 12, 2019
Isaiah 10:1-11:16 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 Psalm 56:1-13 Proverbs 23:6-8 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Like the six branches of the lampstand in the tabernacle, there are six facets of the Holy Spirit's character. First, He is the Spirit of wisdom, revealing to us His future purposes both for ourselves and for His kingdom. Second, He is the Spirit of understanding, giving us revelation about our present situation and how best to be fruitful in it. Third, He is the Spirit of counsel, instructing us in solving hard problems by discerning the root causes. Fourth, He is the Spirit of might, strengthening us with power in our inner man and anointing us with His spiritual gifts. Fifth, He is the Spirit of knowledge, revealing to us the various attributes of Jesus in the Word of God. Finally, He is the Spirit of the fear of the Lord, showing us areas of our lives where sin has a foothold and then changing us into the image of Christ. Jesus, the "stump of David's family" (Isaiah 11:1), perfectly portrayed all these characteristics. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you today with these six attributes, and you will walk like Jesus walked!
September 11, 2019
Isaiah 8:1-9:21 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Psalm 55:1-23 Proverbs 23:4-5 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* God is with us-these four words strike terror in the heart of our enemies! How it must have disturbed hell the day the Lord proclaimed the sign: "The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel-‘God is with us' " (Isaiah 7:14). When the angel announced to Mary that she would conceive a son (Luke 1:31), he referred to Isaiah's prophecy of the One who would rule with "fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David" (Isaiah 9:7). This special child, as foretold by Isaiah, would be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (v. 6). The Messiah's arrival would mean that "the people who walk in darkness will see a great light-a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow" (v. 2). How perfectly this prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus stepped onto the shores of "Galilee of the Gentiles" (v. 1) and began to undo the works of darkness! Whatever darkness or trouble you are in today, remember that God came in human flesh, born of a virgin, to signal Satan's defeat and the reign of God's kingdom. Immanuel- "God with us"- is here to stay, and He is now living in you!
September 10, 2019
Isaiah 6:1-7:25 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 Psalm 54:1-7 Proverbs 23:1-3 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* King Ahaz learned an important lesson in dealing with an attack of the enemy: you cannot run from the battle! When an army far superior to his own threatened Jerusalem, "the hearts of the king and his people trembled with fear, just as trees shake in a storm" (Isaiah 7:2). But God in His mercy sent the prophet Isaiah to deliver an encouraging message. Through Isaiah God told Ahaz, "This invasion will never happen" (v. 7), and He further instructed the king, saying, "If you want me to protect you, learn to believe what I say" (v. 9). The enemy's primary weapon is fear. When disaster loomed on the horizon, Ahaz was overcome by fear, but the bold word from the Lord enabled him to remain calm, relaxed, and confident. Paul said, "Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you!" (Hebrews 10:35). And that reward is a "faith that assures our salvation" (v. 39). When the battle seems overwhelming, what choice do you have but to stand firm? If you turn and run from the enemy, you will not stand at all. Burn the retreat bridge! Your only option is to stand-and when you do, God will fight for you!
September 9, 2019
Isaiah 3:1-5:30 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 Psalm 53:1-6 Proverbs 22:28-29 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* That is Satan's motto: "a different Jesus . . . a different Spirit . . . a different gospel"! He disguises himself as "an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14), putting on a religious and holy front while attempting to deceive us. Paul warned the Corinthians about the subtlety of the one who came to Eve with a slight twist to the commandment of God. Satan tries to take the focus off the cross, the person of Jesus, the reality of sin, the need for repentance, and the certainty of hell. He tries instead to bring us another gospel, one that focuses on man's goodness, the equality of all religions, the nonessentiality of the blood of Jesus, and the ridiculousness of an eternal hell. All these variations of the Gospel sound good to the natural mind, but Paul recognized them as Satan's disguise for the true Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Isaiah said, "Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter" (Isaiah 5:20). Satan can call it what he likes, but sin is sin, God is pure, and hell is forever! Stay simple in your sincere and pure devotion to the real Jesus.
September 8, 2019
Isaiah 1:1-2:22 2 Corinthians 10:1-18 Psalm 52:1-9 Proverbs 22:26-27 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Boasting is verbalized pride. It is self-commendation, bragging to others of our accomplishments. However, all that actually matters is what God thinks of us, not what others think. Boasting is the exact opposite of the meekness and gentleness of Christ. Paul refused to boast about his personal appearance, power, or accomplishments. Instead, he pointed out that his strength was a hidden force, unnoticed by the world but divinely powerful (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). Paul used his God-given authority, not for destruction, but for building up (2 Corinthians 10:8). He gave reports about the mission work he had accomplished, not to brag about what he had done, but to show what had been done by the grace of God. Without a doubt, Paul knew that "the person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done" (2 Corinthians 10:17). Isaiah foresaw a day in which "pride will be brought low and the Lord alone will be exalted" (Isaiah 2:11). Satan's proud, boasting spirit will one day be brought low, and no one will dare utter a boast against the Lord. "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord" (2 Corinthians 10:17 NIV).
September 7, 2019
Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 Psalm 51:1-19 Proverbs 22:24-25 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* The power of sacrificial giving is revealed in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. First, God will measure back to you with the same measuring device you use when giving to Him (v. 6). Second, God is looking for a heart attitude that is free, spontaneous, and cheerful in giving (v. 7). Third, God has the power to resupply your resources to such a point that you will always have enough to give to any worthy project (v. 8). Fourth, God will remember for eternity what you scatter abroad (v. 9). Fifth, if you have a sower's heart and are faithful, God will give you more and more seed to plant (v. 10). Finally, God will prosper you financially so you can become a resource for building His kingdom in the earth (v. 11). How many people fail to start down God's road of blessing because they sow sparingly? Step through the gate of hilarious, generous, spontaneous giving and watch God supply you with more seed to sow than you ever dreamed possible. He is looking for channels through which He can bless the world!
September 6, 2019
Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16 2 Corinthians 8:16-24 Psalm 50:1-23 Proverbs 22:22-23 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* It is so important to remember that God does not need our gifts! We must come to look at every penny we possess as already belonging to God and ourselves as being mere stewards. We can never think that the Almighty has need of our possessions as though He had no other resources from which to draw. God can create what He needs! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and our offerings neither enrich nor diminish Him. However, there is a special way that God does need us. He has chosen to use the resources of His people to supply the needs of others. The offering Paul received for the poor saints at Jerusalem was not merely a token gesture, but necessary for their very survival. We have the awesome privilege as God's human vessels to supply the needs of His people. Our offerings to others are not needed for God, but are needed by God. He will use our gifts to convince others of our love for them and for Him. No matter how much or how little we have, God owns all our money. Let's use it to bring glory to His name while we have the chance!
September 5, 2019
Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 Psalm 49:1-20 Proverbs 22:20-21 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Giving is a privilege that God allows us so that we may participate in His blessing. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). When we "so love," we also will "give." Paul challenged the Corinthians to prove the sincerity of their love (2 Corinthians 8:8) with a willingness to give a missionary offering to the poor saints at Jerusalem. By so doing, they literally would be "casting their bread upon the waters," sending their resources across the Mediterranean to a group of saints in desperate need. Whenever you purpose to give, the enemy will tell you that you are wasting your money and throwing it away. He will point out to you all your own needs and tell you that you can't afford to give. In those times, you must remember that God's Word is true and that whatever you give will one day find its way back to you. Those you provide for now out of your abundance may one day provide for you out of their abundance (2 Corinthians 8:14). Even if you never see any reward here on earth for your generosity, you will reap in eternity the full return of what you have sown on earth. The selfish will "die [and] carry nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave" (Psalm 49:17). But those who give will reap a sure reward. Start sowing generously to the needs of others, both here and around the world. The dividends are eternal!
September 4, 2019
Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18 2 Corinthians 7:8-16 Psalm 48:1-14 Proverbs 22:17-19 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Godly sorrow for sin is often confused with regret. Tears and remorse are no true indication that a person has truly repented of sin. He may be crying simply because he got caught, not because he is genuinely repentant! The real test of repentance is evidenced by submission, actions that show one has submitted to the authority of another. After challenging the Corinthian believers to discipline a brother who had fallen into immorality, Paul commended them on their response to his instructions. He said, "Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish the wrongdoer. You showed that you have done everything you could to make things right" (2 Corinthians 7:11). Worldly sorrow is simply regret. It produces blaming others, emotional shows, dodging of facts, half-confessions ("If I've done anything wrong . . ."), and insincere promises to change. Godly sorrow, on the other hand, assumes responsibility, faces the facts, admits the wrong, and makes it right. The Corinthians demonstrated true godly sorrow. They were alarmed over their sin, desirous to right the wrong, eager to address the issue, and ready to make things right. In a word, they submitted themselves to Paul's authority and were willing to take the necessary steps to right their wrong. Such action, not emotional regret, indicates godly sorrow.
September 3, 2019
Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7 Psalm 47:1-9 Proverbs 22:16 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Unity is a God-given tool that enables us to attain common goals and to encourage one another during difficult times. Solomon saw that two people working together could help each other if one of them fell, grew cold, or was overpowered in an attack (Ecclesiastes 4:10-12). If we are in a spiritual battle, the best thing we can do is to find a prayer partner who will come into instant agreement with us against the enemy's attack. The opposite of this beautiful expression of unity is the disunity experienced by Christians who unwisely join with unbelievers. Verses 14-16 of 2 Corinthians emphatically state that there can be no union between Christians and unbelievers. What a tragedy it is to see believers ignore this admonition and lean upon unbelievers in marriage or business! Far too many times, they trip each other up and both fall when encountering moral and spiritual pressure. Choose your close friends, marriage partner, and business associates carefully, knowing that God ordained your partnerships to be a source of protection, not destruction.
September 2, 2019
Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Psalm 46:1-11 Proverbs 22:15 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* The psalmist envisioned a beautiful river that flows through the city of God, a place in which God has no enemies and where peace abounds. Right now you may be in the midst of tremendous struggle and difficulty, but inwardly that river can continue to flow. In spite of violent earthquakes, crumbling mountains, or roaring oceans (Psalm 46:2-3), you can still enjoy perfect peace. "Be silent, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world" (v. 10). Paul experienced the continual trouble of the outward man, but he never lost the inward flow of life. He said, "We are well known, but we are treated as unknown. We live close to death, but here we are, still alive. We have been beaten within an inch of our lives. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything" (2 Corinthians 6:9-10). Check your "river" today. Has it become choked and clogged by outward pressures, or is it still flowing freely? God lives in the city where the river flows. That city cannot be destroyed (Psalm 46:5), and neither can you if you remain in "the sacred home of the Most High" (v. 4).
September 1, 2019
Job 40:1-42:17 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 Psalm 45:1-17 Proverbs 22:14 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Want to know why you should be a witness for Jesus Christ? Because He died for all, and therefore, all died. Because you died with Christ, you should no longer live for yourself (2 Corinthians 5:15). Because you no longer live for yourself, you are no longer the same person you were. "What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun" (v. 17)! God has given you, as a "new creation" believer, the task of reconciling people to Him (v. 18). Your message of reconciliation is this: "For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others" (v. 19). Legally, the world has already been forgiven in Christ; thus, your job is to be His ambassador, imploring people on Christ's behalf to be reconciled to God (v. 20). The conclusion? You are dead to your former life and thus unconcerned about public opinion. You live only to inform the lost that Jesus reconciled them to God. Some will receive, some will reject, but all must be told. That, dear ambassador, is your mission!