One Year Bible
In 365 days you will have completed the entire bible!
November 17, 2019
Ezekiel 35:1-36:38 James 1:1-18 Psalm 116:1-19 Proverbs 27:23-27 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Are you going through a severe trial today? If so, your mind must settle certain issues. First, your reaction to the trial should be one of joy, for the testing of your faith develops perseverance (James 1:2-3). Rejoice when trials come your way, because without a test, there can be no testimony. Second, you should remember that if you persevere and withstand the test, you will receive the crown of life (v. 12). All your earthly difficulties are simply adding jewels to your eternal crown and reward. That is a life-changing way to look at trials, now isn't it? Finally, you should never blame God for all your trials. He does not tempt you to sin and only gives you what is good. "Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights" (v. 17). Always remember "how kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours!" (Psalm 116:5). The summary of the matter? Trials are working in your character, they are temporary, and God is concerned about your trials. One day you will be on the other side of the trial, saying to yourself as the psalmist said, "Now I can rest again, for the Lord has been so good to me" (Psalm 116:7).
November 16, 2019
Ezekiel 33:1-34:31 Hebrews 13:1-25 Psalm 115:1-18 Proverbs 27:21-22 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Leadership is an awesome responsibility. To stand before others as a leader implies two great responsibilities. First, Ezekiel said that a leader is a watchman (Ezekiel 33:2). The watchman's job is to stand upon the wall and never relax his vigilance in looking for the enemy. The watchman is no respecter of persons, but he issues the warning for all to hear. If the watchman is sleeping, afraid, or unconcerned about giving the warning, the Lord will hold him accountable for the blood of his people. The leader's second responsibility is as a shepherd (Ezekiel 34:2). The leader is not only to lead but also to feed the flock of God. The leader who spends all his time and attention feeding himself neglects his flock. Ezekiel rebuked such leaders, saying, "You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the broken bones. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with force and cruelty" (v. 4). Shepherds should never be harsh, brutal, or uncaring, but rather they should serve as examples of kindness and concern to their flocks. Leaders who fulfill the dual roles of watchman and shepherd should be highly respected. "Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit" (Hebrews 13:17). Obey and pray for your watchman and shepherd, for your spiritual life is in his hands.
November 15, 2019
Ezekiel 31:1-32:32 Hebrews 12:14-29 Psalm 113:1-114:8 Proverbs 27:18-20 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill No more awesome sight has ever occurred in history than when Mount Sinai began to shake and tremble under the power of God. Paul records, "Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, ‘I am terrified and trembling' " (Hebrews 12:21). The entire mountain was covered with "flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind" (v. 18). In addition, all the people "heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice with a message so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking" (v. 19). This frightening demonstration of sound effects and raw power made even the bravest soul tremble and was intended to bring the Israelites to an unforgettable sense of reverence and godly fear. Paul said, "Let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:28-29). In worship, we do not approach a physical mountain, but we come to the eternal mountain of God: Zion, "the heavenly Jerusalem" (v. 22). One day we will stand before God Himself, the One who moves mountains. In the meantime, let us heed the words of the psalmist: "Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Israel" (Psalm 114:7).
November 14, 2019
Ezekiel 29:1-30:26 Hebrews 11:32-12:13 Psalm 112:1-10 Proverbs 27:17 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill People come and go and are remembered for various contributions to society. However, the "huge crowd of witnesses" spoken of in Hebrews 12:1 are remembered for their mighty faith. Think of the rich heritage recorded in the Scriptures of faith-filled believers. They were great men and women of character, endurance, vision, and accomplishment who "overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice . . . shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. . . ." (Hebrews 11:33-34). Some were raised from the dead, and others chose death over betraying God, desiring a better resurrection (v. 35). They were unafraid of the saw, the sword, or the shame. They were willing to live in caves, mountains, and deserts and to clothe themselves in sheepskin or goatskin. Their powerful testimonies inspire us all. Of course, the greatest Hero of faith is Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. His one, solitary life exemplifies a life of the greatest courage in adversity. "He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward" (Hebrews 12:2). Follow Jesus. Live for Him, and die for Him-and you also will be remembered forever.
November 13, 2019
Ezekiel 27:1-28:26 Hebrews 11:17-31 Psalm 111:1-10 Proverbs 27:15-16 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Ezekiel describes in a prophetic picture the beauty and perfection of Satan in the Garden of Eden. Leading the worship of God, Satan was clothed with garments decorated with beautiful stones, and some believe he was even covered in musical instruments. He was a "mighty angelic guardian" (Ezekiel 28:14), walking among the fiery stones that surround the throne of God. Satan's high position and beauty led him to imagine himself as the source of that beauty and position. Jesus said that He saw "Satan falling from heaven as a flash of lightning!" (Luke 10:18). And how great was that fall! He lost everything he could lose and was thrown to the earth, exposed to "the curious gaze of kings" (Ezekiel 28:17). We must always remember the wisdom of showing reverence to the Lord. To Him alone belongs eternal praise (Psalm 111:10). It may sound like a simple lesson-to walk humbly in the fear of the Lord- but it is the one the devil never learned. To have the fear of the Lord means we always reverence Him as first and never take any praise for ourselves. If we will give God the glory, one day the Church will occupy the position Satan forfeited so long ago.
November 12, 2019
Ezekiel 24:1-26:21 Hebrews 11:1-16 Psalm 110:1-7 Proverbs 27:14 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Can we be sure of something we cannot see? The certainty of faith goes beyond hope. Hope has to do with the future, our eternal reward once this life is over. In contrast, faith has to do with the present. The King James Version of Hebrews 11:1 begins with the phrase "Now faith." If it's not now, it's not faith! The entire concept of faith rests on being certain of the unseen, because all creation came into existence from things that are not seen (Hebrews 11:3). The fact that something is unseen does not make it unreal. God's Word operates in the unseen realm, and faith in His Word is what brings those things into the seen realm. It takes evidence, a piece of objective data in which you place your full confidence, to be certain of something you cannot see. The promises of the Bible must become your evidence and certainty even when your five senses see no tangible reality in the natural world. Fix your attention on God's promises until your hope graduates to become faith!
November 11, 2019
Ezekiel 23:1-49 Hebrews 10:18-39 Psalm 109:1-31 Proverbs 27:13 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Deliberate sin brings dreadful punishment. Think of the beautiful things of God that sin tramples. First, deliberate sin "trampled on the Son of God" (Hebrews 10:29). The corporate sin and individual sins of all mankind were responsible for putting Jesus on the cross. Imagine punishing Christ all over again with your own hands and then simply walking over His precious body. Paul stated that when we commit willful sin, we are in effect "nailing the Son of God to the cross again by rejecting him, holding him up to public shame" (Hebrews 6:6). Second, those who engage in willful sin have "treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and enraged the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to his people" (Hebrews 10:29). Jesus' blood is the purest, most holy thing in the universe, and it has sealed an eternal pact with God. To deliberately sin is to act as if that blood were worthless. Finally, deliberate sin insults the Spirit of grace. The Holy Spirit is so precious, forgiving, and long-suffering. To deliberately sin against the Lord is to offend, insult, and take advantage of the Spirit's goodness. Judas acted in this way, and his judgment and that of others like him is recorded in Psalm 109:1-20. Run from sin, not just for your own sake, but also because of the horrible shame and pain it will cause the God who gave His life in your place.
November 10, 2019
Ezekiel 21:1-22:31 Hebrews 10:1-17 Psalm 108:1-13 Proverbs 27:12 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill This verse contains both a promise and a penalty. The encouraging part of the scripture is that God is looking for just one person who will be righteous and pray fervently for his nation. We sometimes wait for crowds and multitudes to join us in prayer, but God is looking for even one individual who will intercede for his country. That one person must see himself as mediating a large gap between a holy God and a sinful nation destined for His judgment. What an important position! Because Moses willingly stood in such a gap, the nation of Israel was spared. The sad reality of the situation in Ezekiel was that even though God needed only one person, He could not find a single one. Today may you and I be such an intercessor, knowing our rights in the new covenant of grace. Always remember: You may be that person upon whom God is focused-the one who is holding back His wrath. Keep praying, for God is surely watching!
November 9, 2019
Ezekiel 20:1-49 Hebrews 9:11-28 Psalm 107:1-43 Proverbs 27:11 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill In Psalm 107, the psalmist lists four areas from which we are redeemed and for which we should praise the Lord. The first group of the redeemed were those who were wandering around the wilderness with nothing to eat (vv. 4-5). But when they cried to the Lord, He "rescued them from their distress" (v. 6). As our Provider, the Lord satisfies our hunger and thirst, both spiritually and physically. Praise the Lord for His provision! The second group of the redeemed were those who were in emotional or physical bondage (v. 10). But when they called on the Lord, He "led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains" (v. 14). He is our Deliverer, the One who can set us free from darkness, gloom, and depression and break our chains of bondage. Praise the Lord for His deliverance! The third group were those who were so physically sick and diseased that they could no longer eat (vv. 17-18). They, too, cried to the Lord, and "He spoke and they were healed-snatched from the door of death" (v. 20). The Lord is our Healer, victorious over any affliction that attacks our bodies. Praise Him for His healing! The last group included people who were confused by hopeless circumstances (vv. 23-27). When they cried out, "He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves" (v. 29). The Lord is our Light in the darkest storms of life. Praise Him for His guidance! Are you hungry, bound, sick, or confused? The Lord is your Redeemer, and He wants you to praise Him!
November 8, 2019
Ezekiel 18:1-19:14 Hebrews 9:1-10 Psalm 106:32-48 Proverbs 27:10 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Ezekiel reminds us that it is not the way people start in their walks with God, but the way they finish, that counts. When a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin, the righteous things he has done are no longer remembered. Sitting back and resting on our spiritual laurels is a dangerous posture. How often have people served the Lord for perhaps a year, five years, ten years, or longer . . . and then, toward the end of their lives, thrown it all away? Moses spent forty years in the wilderness being faithful in God's house (Numbers 12:7). However, at the very end of the journey, he lost his composure in front of all Israel. "Rash words came from Moses' lips" and "trouble came to Moses because of them" (Psalm 106:33, 32 NIV). On the other hand, if there are people who spend their lives in wickedness but repent in the end, "All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done" (Ezekiel 18:22). Don't be self-satisfied, thinking you cannot fall, and don't condemn yourself, believing you cannot rise. Remain in an attitude of repentance, and you will make it to the end. "Put all your rebellion behind you, and get for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don't want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!" (Ezekiel 18:31-32).
November 7, 2019
Ezekiel 16:42-17:24 Hebrews 8:1-13 Psalm 106:13-31 Proverbs 27:7-9 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Three basic factors contribute to the destruction of a society, and Sodom had them all! Sodom was destroyed because its citizens were proud, lazy, and gluttonous. When a people become proud, their intellects excuse them from standards of basic decency. The Sodomites grew so proud and arrogant that they thought they could leave the natural order of sexuality and engage in homosexuality. God, however, viewed their perverted ways as "loathsome" (Ezekiel 16:50). In addition to being proud, the people of Sodom were lazy and unconcerned about others. Being so self-centered, they had little to do with their time. People who are bored and unconcerned about others gradually begin to live for pleasure. Finally, the inhabitants of Sodom were overfed gluttons. They had so much bread and food that their entire lifestyle revolved around eating and pleasure. Though, of course, we need food, it is never to be the focus of our lives. As Christians, we should "eat to live," not "live to eat"! How can we guard against these three deadly diseases of society? We must continually humble ourselves in prayer before God. We must then work for the Kingdom of God, showing concern for and compassion to others and not just living for pleasure. We must regularly fast to remind ourselves that man shall not live by bread alone. Prayer, godly work, and fasting are the "salt" that will preserve against the rot of condemned societies of the past.
November 6, 2019
Ezekiel 14:12-16:41 Hebrews 7:18-28 Psalm 106:1-12 Proverbs 27:4-6 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill How do you react when someone corrects you? Are you threatened and defensive, or do you receive correction with a grateful heart? God always "tells it like it is" to His people. He reminded Israel that she had at one time been like an infant cast out of doors, bloody and naked. His faithful concern for her brought her to maturity, adulthood, and prominence. Rejecting God's faithfulness, however, Israel became faithless and was described in Ezekiel 16:32 as an "adulterous wife who takes in strangers instead of her own husband." So corrupt was Israel that God compared her to a prostitute that insisted on paying her suitors (vv. 33-34)! These rebukes, harsh though they may seem, were intended to bring Israel back to repentance. Those who whitewash sin and do not tell you the truth about yourself are actually contributing to your destruction. It is better to be rebuked openly if it causes your repentance and restoration. Look for friends who are willing to wound you with correction, rather than enemies who multiply kisses! A friend's courage in confronting you will produce a change in your character and may save you from eternal destruction. After all, doesn't everyone have a blind side?
November 5, 2019
Ezekiel 12:1-14:11 Hebrews 7:1-17 Psalm 105:37-45 Proverbs 27:3 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Think of the transition from rags to riches! The Israelites had lived in squalor and filth, yet suddenly they were draped in the gold, silver, and jewelry of the world's richest nation. God has a plan of financial blessing for His people. The blood of Jesus paid the price for our deliverance from the land of bondage. Consequently, we can expect our inheritance of provision. That provision begins with the giving of the tithe (Hebrews 7:2). Just as Abraham gave the tithe, or one-tenth, of the spoils of battle to Melchizedek, we give our tithes to the One who "lives on" (v. 8). God always had His priests collect the tithe. Because we no longer have an earthly priesthood, Jesus, the great High Priest, is collecting the tithe. We give our tithes to the local church, referred to as the storehouse in Malachi 3:10, and Jesus receives them. Then, like Israel of old, we come under the covenant of God's blessing. Can God bless in any circumstance? Israel received an abundance of quail, manna, and water in the desert (Psalm 105:40-41). Can't He meet our needs as well, if we are obedient with our tithes?
November 4, 2019
Ezekiel 10:1-11:25 Hebrews 6:1-20 Psalm 105:16-36 Proverbs 27:1-2 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill Faith and patience are two wings of the same bird. You may not always experience instant results from your faith; in fact, more often than not, you must wait for the results. But with consistent faith and patience, you can obtain the results you need. Abraham is a prime example of patient waiting. "Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised" (Hebrews 6:15). First he had to wait, and then he received the promise. In the same way, it should not really matter to us when the Lord performs His Word. His timetable is perfect, and He is never late. What should matter is that we learn to relax in His promise and hold on to our confidence, which is like a "strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls" (v. 19). Joseph's life also illustrates the successful blend of faith with patience. The dreams and visions of his childhood seemed to be hidden forever as he languished in an Egyptian prison. The Word of God records, "There in prison, they bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his word, the Lord tested Joseph's character" (Psalm 105:18-19). You must understand that the Word of God is testing your faith until it has passed the true test of its worth. Faith is patience in waiting on the promises. Therefore, time must pass to prove that your faith is patient. Be encouraged today. Your patience for the promise will produce!
November 3, 2019
Ezekiel 7:1-9:11 Hebrews 5:1-14 Psalm 105:1-15 Proverbs 26:28 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill God always starts His process of purifying in His own house. In the New Testament, Peter echoed that thought, saying that judgment must "begin first among God's own children" (1 Peter 4:17). What a sober realization that judgment begins first among God's people! Ezekiel 9 speaks of a man dressed in linen who was carrying a writer's case. The man was instructed to walk through the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the forehead of every person who had wept and sighed because of the sins they saw taking place around them (v. 4). Apparently, there were those who grieved deeply for the sins of their society. The average person today has no concern for the gross immorality and debauchery existing in our society. Such an individual thinks homosexuality is "gay," abortion is "necessary," and drunkenness and adultery are "acceptable." For God's saints, however, these things should be repulsive and deeply grievous. God marked Noah as righteous in his generation and spared only his family from the flood that enveloped the earth. Even now God is "marking the foreheads" of those whose lives are pure and who closely follow His commands. Remember: This process begins in the sanctuary, so check your "mark" today.