One Year Bible
In 365 days you will have completed the entire bible!
May 26, 2019
2 Samuel 9:1-11:27 John 15:1-27 Psalm 119:49-64 Proverbs 16:1-3 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill In this verse, we can see an example of the three main roots of sin that tempt all men: "the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions" (1 John 2:16). Most sin begins with the eyes, just as the first sin entered the world when Eve saw the fruit. Genesis 3:6 says, "The fruit looked so fresh and delicious." David's eyes caused him to lust, starting a cycle of violence and anarchy in his kingdom. His lustful eyes brought forth sin, and it cost him many years and much heartache to extricate himself from that sin. David finally said, "I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar" (Psalm 101:3). Job, too, echoed this thought when he said, "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman" (Job 31:1). Sinful living comes with a high price tag. A line from a famous sermon conveys it well: "Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay." Be ruthless against lustful thoughts and imaginations. You may think the pleasure is great, but the payoff will only bring heartache.
May 25, 2019
2 Samuel 7:1-8:18 John 14:15-31 Psalm 119:33-48 Proverbs 15:33 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill There is in the heart of all people a desire for a permanent relationship with God and a desire to dwell with Him forever. In this life, we are forever beset with a sense of impermanence, of being absent from the Lord. Those who love God are running to Him, not from Him! They are looking for a way to dwell with Him. David's desire to build a house for God reflected his wish to have a permanent home with God. David had such a love for God's presence that he longed for God to have a permanent residence right next door to his palace. God responded to David's yearning by saying that He would provide a place for His people and plant them so they could have a home of their own. He also told David that He would build a house for him. To meet someone is a temporary experience, but to live together with that person implies a permanent relationship. Jesus told His disciples, "All those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and live with them" (John 14:23). Settle in today in God's presence. His desire is to dwell with you forever!
May 24, 2019
2 Samuel 4:1-6:23 John 13:31-14:14 Psalm 119:17-32 Proverbs 15:31-32 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Worship tests our hearts. Nothing is so sacred or special to God as worship, for it is the continual activity around God's throne. In 2 Samuel 6, we are confronted with two individuals who came under judgment for worshiping in the wrong way. The lesson of Uzzah (v. 7) is to maintain reverence in our worship. Flippant, halfhearted, presumptuous worship can result in the judgment of God coming upon our lives. God is long-suffering, but He will not be mocked by open disregard for His honor during our worship. The lesson of Michal (v. 20) is not to be prideful in our worship. Michal despised David's true worship, and God's judgment caused her to remain childless throughout her life. David, however, was a man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) in the way he expressed worship. He was serious and careful in bringing up the ark, yet childlike and undignified in his rejoicing. Personal dignity is not an issue in heaven where all fall down before the throne in ceaseless praise and worship. One day we will join the angels in heaven in unashamed worship and praise to our God. As you worship Him now on the earth, remember His holiness and His happiness. Go ahead and worship in order and in ardor. God is watching your worship!
May 23, 2019
2 Samuel 2:12-3:39 John 13:1-30 Psalm 119:1-16 Proverbs 15:29-30 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Betrayal is one of the worst things that can happen to you. To take someone into your inner circle of confidence and then to have him turn upon you hurts worse than any enemy's attack. Jesus knew intimately this pain of betrayal as He watched Judas walk out into the night to fulfill his wicked plan (John 13:30). David also faced betrayal when his commander-in-chief Joab secretly murdered Abner (2 Samuel 3:27). When a trusted ally treats you with contempt, you may want to retaliate in anger. David refused to exact revenge upon Joab. He knew Joab would eventually reap the fruit of his betrayal and thus pronounced Joab cursed in all his generations. Jesus turned Judas over to Satan so that Judas would reap the terror of betraying the innocent. Instead of retaliating, Jesus even washed Judas's feet before Judas left to betray Him! On the cross, Jesus epitomized the essence of true forgiveness when He said, "Father, forgive these people, because they don't know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). Forgive and release your betrayer to God so that He may deal with him. If God is for you, who can ever be against you (Romans 8:31)?
May 22, 2019
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11 John 12:20-50 Psalm 118:19-29 Proverbs 15:27-28 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Satan may try to delay, hinder, sift, oppose, and confuse, but the moment of your breakthrough must come. Although the hands of a clock move almost imperceptibly, the moment inevitably arrives when the clock strikes the hour. The poet Friedrich von Logau expressed it this way: "Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all." Jesus' thirty-three years of preparation and ministry culminated in the glory of His death and resurrection. In that moment, the prince of this world was cast out (John 12:31). David also experienced tremendous pressure in his years of preparation, but suddenly his hour came, Saul died unexpectedly, and the path to the throne was opened (2 Samuel 2:4). This is the payoff of years of faithful service to a vision: one day the hour will come. Never try to get ahead of your time, for God knows when the circumstances are ripe and you have been thoroughly prepared. All your trials and difficulties are only the stepping-stones to your glorious destiny: to reign forever with Jesus Christ!
May 21, 2019
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13 John 11:55-12:19 Psalm 118:1-18 Proverbs 15:24-26 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Just when things looked the darkest for David, God was actually giving him the breakthrough. At Ziklag, David faced the lowest point in his life, for he lost his entire family in one day. After this tragedy, even his best friends were ready to stone him. Because he found strength in the Lord, however, God turned the whole situation around. "David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back" (1 Samuel 30:18-19). Someone has pointed out that at Ziklag David was only seventy-two hours away from a miracle. Unknown to him, all the years of his running from Saul were about to come to an end. The test was almost over, but the final part of the test was the hardest. But afterward, not only did David recover everything, but he also gained a tremendous amount of wealth. He used that wealth to spread goodwill throughout Judah, and this initiated the process of his becoming king of Judah. What a turnabout from the deep depression of Ziklag! You may think you have waited forever, but you may be only sev-enty-two hours from your miracle. "When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before" (Job 42:10). Wait for God to turn your darkness into glorious light!
May 20, 2019
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25 John 11:1-54 Psalm 117:1-2 Proverbs 15:22-23 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill The world is fascinated with life after death. People spend thousands of dollars consulting psychics, trying to get a message from someone who has died. In 1 Samuel 28 and John 11, two men came back from the dead and had a great impact on those around them. In the first passage, Samuel gave Saul a verdict of judgment and eternal death, reminding us of the reality of eternal punishment. In the second passage, Lazarus's resurrection gave glory to Jesus, reminding us of the believer's glorious future. Every one of us will face the reality of death. We will hear either a final judgment of condemnation for our sin or a message of joy and resurrection life from the Author of Life. Although the world is fascinated with spiritism and contacting the dead, we know that the end of such pursuit is eternal death and judgment. As Christians, however, we understand that Jesus has conquered death, for John 11:25 says, "Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again." Rest secure today in your future after the grave, for He who is the Resurrection and the Life will be waiting for you on the other side!
May 19, 2019
1 Samuel 24:1-25:44 John 10:22-42 Psalm 116:1-19 Proverbs 15:20-21 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill One of the hardest lessons you may face in life is learning not to avenge yourself. In two separate instances with two different enemies, David demonstrated the importance of not taking revenge. In the cave at En-gedi, David could have killed Saul and been finished with running from him day and night. Instead, David opted against avenging Saul's evil attempts to destroy him and swore that his hand would never touch Saul. In another instance in the Old Testament, Abigail intercepted David and persuaded him not to avenge himself upon Nabal. David thanked her for keeping him from shedding blood that day and preventing him from taking revenge with his own hands (1 Samuel 25:33). How easy it is to take matters into your own hands, even though God has said, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Romans 12:19 KJV). The devil may have sent someone who is encouraging you to take matters into your own hands, but leave your vengeance in God's hands. One day you will look up and the "Sauls" and "Nabals" in your life "will disappear like stones shot from a sling!" (1 Samuel 25:29).
May 18, 2019
1 Samuel 22:1-23:29 John 10:1-21 Psalm 115:1-18 Proverbs 15:18-19 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Jesus taught us that the ultimate act of love is to lay down our lives for others. In fact, Jesus stated, "The Father loves me because I lay down my life that I may have it back again" (John 10:17). People who consider the needs of others ahead of their own are true shepherds in the spirit of Jesus. On the other hand, people with hireling spirits are concerned only for what relates to their own well-being. Paul said, "I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare" (Philippians 2:20). The true love of Christ is defined in 1 John 3:16: "We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters." Just as David abandoned his own safety and went to rescue Keilah (1 Samuel 23:2), we must abandon our own self-interests and begin to lay down our lives for others. We will not lose our lives; we will take them up again!
May 17, 2019
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15 John 9:1-41 Psalm 113:1-114:8 Proverbs 15:15-17 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Envy blinds us to the truth. Jonathan pleaded with his father to spare David's life, reminding him that David had done him nothing but good. Totally persuaded that David stood in the way of his son's ruling Israel, however, Saul cursed and insulted Jonathan. The Pharisees also were blinded by envy to the reality of the blind man's healing. They refused to believe that he had ever been blind and then refused to believe that Jesus had performed the miracle. They stubbornly refused to acknowledge that Jesus was anything but a sinner, even if He had performed the miracle (John 9:24). Jesus answered, saying, "I have come to judge the world. I have come to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind" (John 9:39). You will never convince those who are envious of the work of God that your motives are genuine or that God has truly performed a miracle. They will reason it away, insult you, and may even throw you out (John 9:34). They may remain blind, but one thing you will know: "I was blind, and now I can see!" (v. 25).
May 16, 2019
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24 John 8:31-59 Psalm 112:1-10 Proverbs 15:12-14 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Jesus described the devil as a murderer from the beginning of time, and this description also serves to illustrate the life of King Saul. When an evil spirit came upon Saul to possess him, he was overwhelmed with thoughts of envy and murder toward David. Time after time he tried to destroy David, even attempting to pin him to the wall with a spear (1 Samuel 18:10-11). Satan is envious of believers because they have replaced him as worshipers and sons of God. His hatred for humankind knows no bounds. He always seeks "to steal and kill and destroy" (John 10:10), and He wants to destroy you! Jesus said that the devil is a liar and the father of lies. Saul lied to David and told him he wanted to give his older daughter Merab in marriage to him. In fact, he wanted David killed by the Philistines (1 Samuel 18:17). David's innocence, however, was his protection. The Lord sent the Holy Spirit to knock to the ground the soldiers who chased David. Even Saul himself was knocked to the ground (19:23-24). Let us rejoice that even though Satan attacks with lies and murderous intents, the Holy Spirit can render our enemies harmless. We will fulfill our purposes in God!
May 15, 2019
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4 John 8:21-30 Psalm 111:1-10 Proverbs 15:11 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill No greater work of the Lord is recorded in the Bible than David's slaying of Goliath. More than nine feet tall, Goliath presented the most imposing stature of any human being in history. The image of a little stripling boy walking and then running toward such a giant stirs the courage of all who read the tale. Let's note three of this story's many lessons. The first lesson deals with the boldness of a person who is anointed by God. Saul and all his men were scared to death of Goliath, but the young man who had been anointed by God had no sense of fear. He had no concern or worry because his trust was in the God who had always helped him. He boldly proclaimed, "The Lord who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!" (1 Samuel 17:37). The second lesson concerns the methods of God. David refused Saul's bulky armor, saying only that he felt more comfortable without it. He was choosing God's methods over the methods of the world. Trust in the things of this world rather than the things of God will never bring success when facing an overwhelming battle. The third lesson illustrates the works of the Lord. God can take the smallest human weapons and warriors and demolish the mightiest foes. Who would have thought that five stones in the hand of a boy could bring down the mighty Goliath? Psalm 111:2 reminds us, "How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them." Run boldly toward your "Goliath." He must come down in the name of the Lord!
May 14, 2019
1 Samuel 15:1-16:23 John 8:1-20 Psalm 110:1-7 Proverbs 15:8-10 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill To obey is better than sacrifice. This simple statement contains the secret to pleasing God. Rebellion began with the devil's asserting his own will and making his own decisions. Saul's problems started when he no longer was small in his own eyes but, in pride, began to make decisions apart from God's will. Rebellion and arrogance tell us that we know more than God does and that our ways are above His ways. The Lord, however, doesn't need us to think for Him, but only to carry out what He commands. He found this trait in David, a young shepherd boy who possessed a heart to obey Him fully (1 Samuel 16:7). Because of David's pure heart, God took the kingdom from Saul and awarded it to David. Jesus' life was powerful because He never once asserted His own will. In the wilderness, during His ministry, at Gethsemane, and on the cross, Jesus perfectly obeyed. So, too, does our power with God rest in our obedience to Him. We must always remember this: The important thing is not that we have done something for God, but that we have done what God wanted us to do!
May 13, 2019
1 Samuel 14:1-52 John 7:31-53 Psalm 109:1-31 Proverbs 15:5-7 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill How much can God do with one person? Very often we know that something should be done, but we are waiting on others to do it. Jonathan and his armor bearer were sitting in an impossible situation, between two steep, sharp, and rocky cliffs (1 Samuel 14:4). They were literally between a rock and a hard place! While everyone waited on someone else to make a move, Jonathan believed that one plus God is a majority. In essence, He said, "Let's go! The Lord can take care of us whether we face many or few." In his impossible situation, Jonathan was confident of God's saving power. Verse 15 of 1 Samuel 14 says, "Suddenly, panic broke out in the Philistine army. . . . And just then an earthquake struck, and everyone was terrified." Who do you think sent the panic and the earthquake in response to Jonathan's faith? God, of course! God is really looking for just one person who will step out in faith, and when He finds that person, He starts to move. What if you are that person? Take the first step, make your move, and watch God make His move!
May 12, 2019
1 Samuel 12:1-13:23 John 7:1-30 Psalm 108:1-13 Proverbs 15:4 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill With these words, Jesus addressed His brothers who were pressuring Him to go to Jerusalem and perform miracles. They reasoned that anyone who wanted to be a public figure needed to go to the center of attention and promote himself. In their minds, Jesus had the greatest miracle show going and needed to advertise it! Jesus countered His brothers' demands with a reference to His time. He was committed to waiting upon the Lord for the right time with regard to doors of ministry. Many Christians, however, are more like Jesus' brothers than like Him. They look at ministry like it's a business, and they grow frustrated if they or anyone else misses an opportunity. Saul, too, had no sense of divine timing (1 Samuel 13:11-12). Instead of waiting for Samuel to make the sacrifice, he forced himself to offer it before the people began to scatter. This mistake of timing cost him his throne. The great eagle digs his claws into the top of the rock and waits for the thermal winds. When they are blowing too hard to resist, he releases his talons and soars. His wings do not flap with exertion, but he effortlessly soars high. Wait for the Lord and His winds of opportunity. He will exalt you when the timing is perfect.