One Year Bible
In 365 days you will have completed the entire bible!
July 20, 2019
2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17 Romans 6:1-23 Psalm 16:1-11 Proverbs 19:20-21 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill At night, when our hearts are still, God speaks to us. To Solomon, God appeared with a fantastic question, one that we could only dream about someone asking us: "What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!" (2 Chronicles 1:7). Solomon's request should forever instruct us in what is truly important. Instead of asking for riches, long life, or the destruction of his enemies, his simple request was for more wisdom to care for the people of God. Anyone who puts the purposes of God and His people ahead of his own personal fortunes and fame will instantly win the favor of the Lord. "And he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern" (Matthew 6:33). Let us ask God for wisdom-not to make money or to control others, but to be able to administrate His kingdom with precision. When our hearts are separated from the world, God will give us the finances, physical health, and other things we need to help us accomplish our heart's desire for Him.
July 19, 2019
1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30 Romans 5:6-21 Psalm 15:1-5 Proverbs 19:18-19 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Giving is based on motives, and in 1 Chronicles 29 David listed the right reasons for giving to God. First, he spoke about his own giving (vv. 2-3). Leaders have no business instructing others to give if they themselves have not given! Second, David challenged the leaders under him to give, and they responded willingly. Joyfully they provided an abundance of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and precious stones for the construction of the temple (vv. 7-8). Because they had given freely and generously from their hearts, King David was filled with joy (v. 9). Third, David motivated the congregation to give. David reminded them in his prayer before them that everything comes from God (v. 14) and that they were only giving back to Him what He had given them in the first place. He then recalled the fact that they were only aliens passing through this world, using their earthly resources for a limited time called life (v. 15). Finally, David revealed that he had given with pure motives in the integrity of his heart, with no desire to impress or manipulate others (v. 17). That made his giving acceptable to God. Why should we greedily grasp for the passing things of this life when they will only slip through our fingers on the day we enter eternity? If our giving follows the guidelines David laid out, the Kingdom of God will be financed properly, sacrificially, and abundantly!
July 18, 2019
1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34 Romans 4:13-5:5 Psalm 14:1-7 Proverbs 19:17 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill The King James Version of this verse says Abraham was "fully persuaded" (v. 21). When you are dealing with something as impossible as having a child at the age of one hundred, your faith must be rock-solid! Abraham faced the fact that his body was dead (Romans 4:19), but he did not allow that consideration to weaken his faith. He came to a point in which his beliefs did not waver and he was "fully persuaded." When confronted with an impossibility, you must face the facts with the truth, which is embodied in the promises of God. As you spend time meditating on the promises of God, you will become "fully persuaded." His promises will so saturate your mind and thinking that you will no longer waver in doubt when looking at outward circumstances. Rather, your heart will be convinced and remain fixed, regardless of what your mind thinks. Your heart will overflow with a faith that knows God has the power to do what He has promised. At that point, nothing the devil can do or say will move you from your position of faith. Keep reading, studying, and digging into God's promises. Persist in tearing down any area of unbelief, until you are "fully persuaded."
July 17, 2019
1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11 Romans 4:1-12 Psalm 13:1-6 Proverbs 19:15-16 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Heman's fourteen sons were given to him through the promises of God to honor him (1 Chronicles 25:5 NIV). The Bible records that Heman's children were the product of his faith in the promises of God. Heman received these gifts by believing that God would give him children and that they would be a blessing. These fourteen sons were all gifted in music, and their excellence served to honor their father (1 Chronicles 25:5-7). In the New Testament, we also see this same pattern of godly children that are a blessing to their parents. Philip had four virgin daughters who prophesied and whose ministry was a great reflection on Philip's family and life. His children, like Heman's, brought honor to their father's name. The children of the godly are a blessing (Psalm 37:26). They are a gift-not a curse! Our children have been given to us by the promises of God, and Satan cannot use their lives to bring us shame and dishonor. Secure in the promises of God, we should expect our children to honor us, not to embarrass us. Let us expect all our children to know and serve the Lord and to bring us great delight as they walk before Him with all their hearts!
July 16, 2019
1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32 Romans 3:9-31 Psalm 12:1-8 Proverbs 19:13-14 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill How proud and cocky are those who seek to oppress believers! Paul aptly describes their actions: "Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their speech is filled with lies. The poison of a deadly snake drips from their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. They are quick to commit murder" (Romans 3:13-15). Christians need not worry, however, for the boasting of such evildoers against the righteous incites the Lord to action: "Now I will rise up. . . ."(Psalm 12:5). God's remedy for persecuted, defeated believers is simply to supply them with the words of the Lord. God's Word is flawless, like "silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over" (Psalm 12:6). In your battle, stop running to God to complain about your problem. Find His pure Word that He gave you to defeat your enemies, and rise up in victory over them. Others' advice may be helpful, but only the Word of God will put the devil to flight, as it is "the sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17). Employ the sword of God's Spirit, and watch your proud enemies flee in terror!
July 15, 2019
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30 Romans 2:25-3:8 Psalm 11:1-7 Proverbs 19:10-12 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill David insisted on paying the full price for Araunah's threshing floor. The idea of making an offering to God with no personal sacrifice involved repulsed David. His God was entirely too holy and worthy to be offered a cheap sacrifice. Many Christians are looking for the "bargain table," where they can serve the Lord with little or no personal change in their lifestyles or comfort levels. The Bible tells of many such people, who desired the environment of religion without the demonstration of true love for God or man. All love is shown by personal sacrifice. Jesus vividly portrayed His love for us by paying the full price for our sin. He took no shortcuts or easy roads to purchase our redemption. Willingly, He drank the full cup of God's wrath. He's asking us today, "Have you resigned everything to Me and counted it as loss that you might gain Me? Are you willing to pay the full price?" God takes seemingly insignificant sacrifices and uses them to build His mighty kingdom. David had no idea that his little seed of sacrifice at the threshing floor of Araunah would ultimately lead to the establishment of Solomon's temple at that very site (2 Chronicles 3:1). What have you offered to the Lord in loving sacrifice?
July 14, 2019
1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17 Romans 2:1-24 Psalm 10:16-18 Proverbs 19:8-9 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill God's kindness leads to repentance. We once were lost, irretrievable sinners, but when we realize that God still loves us enough to forgive us in Christ, it will break our wills and cause us to cry out to Him for mercy. David was so overwhelmed by God's kindness in promising to bless his future household that he exclaimed, "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving me a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great, O Lord God" (1 Chronicles 17:16-17). Such honor and kindness from God made David a humble, not proud, man. Paul demolished the idea that God's goodness grants a person self-righteousness. The Jews he so often preached to felt this way when comparing themselves to the Gentiles (Romans 2). We must never fail to remember that we are no better than anyone else, and if not for the kindness of God, we would be just like everyone else! Be humbled today over the fact that, in His kindness, God has forgiven you. Never let that forgiveness be perverted into an attitude of superiority. Stay repentant and ever grateful that He has transformed your life. This continual gratitude and repentance will keep you from pride and religious arrogance from now until you see Him face-to-face!
July 13, 2019
1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36 Romans 1:18-32 Psalm 10:1-15 Proverbs 19:6-7 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Humanism tells us, "I'm okay . . . you're okay" and says that salvation is little more than a contribution to one's own personal happiness. As Christians, however, we know that without the salvation purchased by Jesus' blood, humanity is hopeless. Nowhere is the wickedness of humanity described in more graphic detail than in Romans 1 and Psalm 10. Paul begins Romans with a thorough description of the wickedness of humankind, coupled with a justification for the wrath of God. He continues with a description of how people have rejected the truth of God because of pride (Romans 1:21) and how such rejection has caused their minds to concoct unspeakable evils, such as idolatry and sodomy (v. 27). In Psalm 10:7, David describes the wickedness of people's motives and speech, which leads to abuses of power in their relationships with their fellow man. Before we can ever get people saved, we must get them lost. Who among us does not see within himself the awful fruits of rebellion these chapters describe? Let us thank God today that He is willing to forgive our past and to accept us as His very own children. We should be so grateful that we would never entertain the thought of turning our backs on Him.
July 12, 2019
1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17 Romans 1:1-17 Psalm 9:13-20 Proverbs 19:4-5 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill God wants you to "break through" in every difficult situation you face! David faced his first and greatest challenge from the Philistines immediately after he was anointed king. David asked God if he should go out and fight the Philistines, and God instructed him to attack, assuring David that He would give him the victory. Desiring to honor God for answering his prayers, David renamed the area of battle so that everyone who came there in the future would know of God's goodness to him in that place. It was known as the place of breakthrough. David referred to the battle in terms of the innate power that water has to break through any resistance. A flood of waters is an awesome force. It can break down dams, dikes, and walls, even moving rocks as it overwhelms everything in its path. Even more mighty is God's power, a force so great that it sweeps away any barrier the enemy tries to erect against us. Not only is God powerful in giving the breakthrough, but He is also strategic. In the second battle against the Philistines (1 Chronicles 14:14), God told David to encircle them and launch a surprise attack. David obeyed and broke through to victory again. Here we see that God is infinitely more powerful than the devil-and smarter! Wait upon God for His strategy, and move at His command. Believe today that His power and His wisdom will give you a breakthrough, for He is Lord of the Breakthrough!
July 11, 2019
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18 Acts 28:1-31 Psalm 9:1-12 Proverbs 19:1-3 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill David's army was awesome. Some of his men were ambidextrous, so skilled and versatile that they could shoot arrows or sling stones with either hand. One was so powerful that he snatched a spear from an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet tall and killed him with his own spear (1 Chronicles 11:23). Others "were expert with both shield and spear, as fierce as lions and as swift as deer on the mountains" (12:8). The common thread running throughout David's army was courage. Not one was fearful, hesitant, or puny. All were talented, resolute, and aggressive. They worked with precision, totally destroying the enemies of God with an awesome unity of spirit. Paul, too, showed courage. He was so brave that he simply "shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed" (Acts 28:5). The islanders kept waiting for him to collapse, but he just kept right on going. The day of weak and cowardly soldiers is over! The world is watching your courage in adversity. Quit taking your spiritual temperature all the time, and step into your mighty position in God. You are in His awesome army!
July 10, 2019
1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14 Acts 27:21-44 Psalm 8:1-9 Proverbs 18:23-24 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Purpose can make a huge difference in a person's life. The crew of Paul's ship had given up all hope of being saved (Acts 27:20) after being relentlessly tossed in a mighty storm for two weeks. Still Paul was not moved. He knew he had a purpose to fulfill, for an angel had spoken to him, telling him that he would "surely stand trial before Caesar" (v. 24). Believing that nothing could defeat what God had determined, Paul encouraged everyone around him that all would be well. When the circumstances of life fail to line up with your expectations, you can feel trapped, and the world becomes a hopeless place. God, however, has a plan for you, and when you find His purpose for your life, adverse circumstances become meaningless. No matter the difficulty, Satan cannot destroy you before you fulfill your purpose. In Acts 27:28, when all hope seemed gone, suddenly a slight change appeared: the depth of the water lessened. As you cling to your purpose and God's promise, suddenly the battle will begin to turn. It may seem almost imperceptible at first, but nothing will stop God from fulfilling His purposes. That's exactly what David experienced. After all the years of his trials with Saul, the day finally came when God removed Saul from the scene and "turned his kingdom over to David son of Jesse" (1 Chronicles 10:14). Keep sailing. God is not finished with you yet!
July 9, 2019
1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40 Acts 27:1-20 Psalm 7:1-17 Proverbs 18:22 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill How easily we can be blown off course from the will of God by listening to advice from others instead of listening to a word from the Lord! Paul tried to convince the centurion that he had heard from God concerning great danger to the ship if they set sail from Fair Havens. Nevertheless, the centurion followed the advice of the pilot and the owner of the ship (Acts 27:11). Someone once said, "We don't need good advice. We need a word from the Lord!" God does not need decision makers-He needs hearers. In every circumstance, He has a planned way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13), if we will take the time to listen to Him. The pilot and ship's owner thought they had made the right decision "when a light wind began blowing from the south" (Acts 27:13). How quickly, however, did the dreamy breeze turn into a nightmare storm! Do not try to discern the right direction with your natural mind, but wait upon the Lord and listen to His counsel. In the end, you will save yourself much heartache, for "the Lord's purpose will prevail" (Proverbs 19:21). If you follow His counsel, you will discover that God is your shield, "saving those whose hearts are true and right" (Psalm 7:10).
July 8, 2019
1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81 Acts 26:1-32 Psalm 6:1-10 Proverbs 18:20-21 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill God helped the Reubenites, Gadites, and men of Manasseh when they waged war because they pleaded for His help in the midst of the battle. He answered their prayers "because they trusted in him." In spiritual warfare you must remember two things. First, you need to pray constantly while the battle is raging. Assemble a group who will commit to pray continually until the battle turns and the victory is won. Second, remember that the Lord is fighting against the enemy (1 Chronicles 5:22). Recognize that it is really not your battle, but the Lord's. God and Satan are irreconcilable enemies, and God is as interested in your victory as you are. When you realize that God is actually fighting your battle, you will say to the enemy as David did to Goliath, "The Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!" (1 Samuel 17:47). Many times you lose spiritual battles when you start complaining, whining, and muttering about your defeat. "Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life" (Proverbs 18:21). Guard your tongue, and every day proclaim, "The battle is the Lord's." He will not let you be defeated!
July 7, 2019
1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17 Acts 25:1-27 Psalm 5:1-12 Proverbs 18:19 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill The prayer of Jabez is a cry for deliverance from a life of pain. The name Jabez means "distress," or "pain," and accordingly, from the day of his birth, Jabez endured much pain. Satan seeks to afflict those who are honorable with pain and sorrow in order to destroy their effectiveness. Jabez prayed for God to turn the devil's curse into blessing and his own limitations into enlargement. Our prayers, too, should be for God to enlarge our territory just as He did for Jabez, who had been through such pain and sorrow. We want to be enlarged, not for personal pride and pleasure, but to reach into the regions beyond with the Gospel. Jabez also prayed that God would keep him from harm so he could be delivered from a life of pain, sorrow, and distraction. And God granted his request! Why not pray today for God to reverse the curse and break the limitations you have faced, perhaps even from birth? He will spread His protection over you (Psalm 5:11) and surround you with favor as with a shield (v. 12)!
July 6, 2019
1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4 Acts 24:1-27 Psalm 4:1-8 Proverbs 18:16-18 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill In Acts 24 Paul could not be swayed to offer a bribe to Governor Felix (v. 26). He kept his conscience clear before both God and man. Consequently, he was able to reason with Felix concerning "righteousness and self-control and the judgment to come" (v. 25). Our primary witness to the lost comes from who we are, not just what we say. Felix believed that any man could be bought for a price and that Paul's words would eventually yield to his lusts. He found in Paul, however, a man genuinely concerned about the governor's soul-a man who was totally unmoved by materialism. Paul had discovered that "the Lord has set apart the godly for himself" (Psalm 4:3). Because of Paul's integrity, nothing could penetrate his shield of protection. Be careful of your witness, as well as your words, in front of those you seek to influence. Satan will try to negate your witness by your works. One false move and all that you say will be meaningless. If you are going to preach about the judgment to come, live as though you are ready for the judgment. Then your witness will be powerful.