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One Year Bible

In 365 days you will have completed the entire bible!

October 17

October 17, 2019

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26 1 Timothy 2:1-15 Psalm 87:1-7 Proverbs 25:18-19 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Prayer is the foundation of a godly society. Paul admonished us to offer prayers for kings and all those in authority. When we pray for our rulers, they become softened to the purposes of God, respectful to the Church, and honest and just in their lawmaking. A peaceful and quiet society is the best environment in which the lost may be saved. When Satan is influencing government, wicked laws are passed, anarchy rules, and the Church is persecuted. Preaching the Word, printing Bibles, and establishing churches are forbidden in that environment. God our Savior "wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth" (1 Timothy 2: 4). He sent His Son as a ransom for all men and women (v. 6), and thus He desires nations to be open to the preaching of the Gospel. Whenever we come together with other believers, we should pray specifically for each nation and ruler "with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy" (v. 8). A praying church, an open government, a perfect sacrifice, and an obedient preacher will bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth and usher in Jesus' return to reap the harvest!

October 16

October 16, 2019

Jeremiah 28:1-29:32 1 Timothy 1:1-20 Psalm 86:1-17 Proverbs 25:17 Daily Devotional by Larry Stockstill These sobering words were delivered to a false prophet named Hananiah, who had prophesied that the Jewish people would be restored from Babylon within two years. This prophecy contradicted Jeremiah's clear teaching that they would be captives in Babylon for seventy years, not two. Satan has always had his prophets who look right and sound right. They are like Hymenaeus and Alexander, who shipwrecked their own faith by teaching that the resurrection was past (1 Timothy 1:19-20). False doctrine works its way into churches as well as into individuals. It misleads and steers away from faith and a good conscience. All true teaching will produce "love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith" (v. 5). Judge all teaching. The teaching may look good and sound right, but does it lead to godly actions? Does it lead people away from "talking foolishness" (v. 6) and cause them to focus on saving sinners? Keep your doctrinal ship steered down the center of the channel. Beware of the shorelines, no matter how appealing. The rocks of destruction lurk just beneath the surface!

October 15

October 15, 2019

Jeremiah 26:1-27:22 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 Psalm 85:1-13 Proverbs 25:16 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* The source of our peace is our right standing with God. When we get out of sorts with God's purpose and will, peace departs. The psalmist, understanding this relationship between righteousness and peace, declared, "Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!" (Psalm 85:10). Paul prayed that "the Lord of peace himself always give you his peace no matter what happens" (2 Thessalonians 3:16). Our actions determine our peace. We should spend our lives, therefore, in productive, focused labor. The Bible clearly states that "whoever does not work should not eat" (v. 10). To be "busy," but not "busybodies," means that we know our jobs, vocations, and callings and are working hard every day to accomplish them. Many people chase idle dreams and foolish talk but never produce anything. Consequently, they grow frustrated and lose their peace. If we will work hard and "never get tired of doing good" (2 Thessalonians 3:13), however, then the Lord of peace will give us peace. Have you lost your peace? Find your work, and you will find your peace.

October 14

October 14, 2019

Jeremiah 23:21-25:38 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 Psalm 84:1-12 Proverbs 25:15 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Just as Christ is returning to the earth, the Antichrist is also coming. Paul reminded the Thessalonians of several facts regarding the mysterious person he referred to as the "man of lawlessness." First, Paul said, "He will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of adoration and worship. He will position himself in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God" (2 Thessalonians 2:4). His spirit will be that of a proud, boastful, arrogant beast. Second, Paul pointed out that the Antichrist could not be revealed yet because something was holding him back (v. 6). Many believe that this "something" is the Church, inhabited by the Holy Spirit. When the Church is removed, however, the Antichrist will manifest. Finally, Paul said that incredible signs and wonders that will deceive all humankind will accompany Antichrist's coming (vv. 9-10). The people who refuse the simple truth of the Christ will be deceived by Antichrist's lies, and they will eternally perish. So stand firm, believer. You may pass through the "Valley of Weeping" (Psalm 84:6), but you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

October 13

October 13, 2019

Jeremiah 22:1-23:20 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 Psalm 83:1-18 Proverbs 25:11-14 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* The prophet Jeremiah could foresee Jesus' first coming. Though he lived hundreds of years before Christ's birth, Jeremiah saw by the Spirit of God that One was coming from the line of David who would blaze a trail that would ultimately touch every person in history. He would restore total justice and wisdom to a sin-gripped land. Jeremiah saw a time when Judah would be saved, and Israel would live in safety. Most importantly, he saw the name of the One who would accomplish this: The Lord Is Our Righteousness. What name could better describe Jesus? Paul saw ahead in time to the second coming of Jesus. He saw the Lord coming back from heaven "with his mighty angels, in flaming fire" (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). Like Jeremiah, he saw ahead to the time when Jesus will set everything right on earth again-a time when He will eternally punish the wicked and they will be "forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power" (v. 9). When Jesus returns, He will assume all the glory on earth and be worshiped by both the Church and the Jewish converts. "In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety" (Jeremiah 23:6). Get ready and stay ready, for The Lord Our Righteousness is on His way. He's coming for you!

October 12

October 12, 2019

Jeremiah 19:1-21:14 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28 Psalm 82:1-8 Proverbs 25:9-10 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* How easy it is for us to hear a word from the Lord and decide that it does not apply to our lives or that it is not for today! Pashhur, the priest in charge of the temple of the Lord, despised Jeremiah's prophecies against the detestable practice of sacrificing children to Baal in the valley of Topheth (Jeremiah 20:1-2). This horrible ritual took place with the heathen priests of Baal beating drums to drown out the screams of little babies being burned alive. Jeremiah said that performing such atrocities never entered God's mind (19:5). Humankind can stoop to some terrible deeds when there is no voice of reason. Jeremiah saw this dreadful scene of infant sacrifice and prophesied the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem. When Pashhur threatened him, Jeremiah said, "I can't stop! If I say I'll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like a fire in my bones! I am weary of holding it in!" (20:9). We should not despise prophecy, but invite it. We should pray for God to give us voices in our nation to proclaim the truth before it is too late. The lives we save may be our own.

October 11

October 11, 2019

Jeremiah 16:16-18:23 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3 Psalm 81:1-16 Proverbs 25:6-8 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Cursed is the one who trusts in man, but blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. These are lifetime statements that give a broad overview of the difference between two directions in life. The first statement depicts people who continually look to others to solve their problems. Getting help from others is not wrong, but the Lord says, "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives" (Jeremiah 17:5). To such people, trusting in God and His Word is foolishness. They feel their best option in any circumstance is to follow the way of the world. The second statement describes those who trust in the Lord. In every circumstance, they know they are planted beside a continual stream of refreshment under which their roots lie. Though drought, famine, and heat may sear everything around them, their roots draw strength from the unchangeable nature of God. People expect them to wither, dry up, and crack, but those who trust in the Lord remain ever green and fruitful through all circumstances. Trust God. He will "subdue [your] enemies" and "feed you with the best of foods" (Psalm 81:14, 16)!

October 10

October 10, 2019

Jeremiah 14:11-16:15 1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13 Psalm 80:1-19 Proverbs 25:1-5 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Silver must be purified seven times before it is perfectly pure. Dross and impurities lie hidden within the silver, and only heat can drive them out. God knows that our imperfections, too, can only be removed by heat. Paul prayed that none of the Thessalonians would be unsettled by such trials. He told them, "But, of course, you know that such troubles are going to happen to us Christians" (1 Thessalonians 3:3). Satan, our eternal enemy, seeks to stop us (1 Thessalonians 2:18) and tempt us (3:5) in an effort to steal our faith. But our faith is like the silver being refined. It is that precious thing that keeps us close to God during a trial and keeps us moving forward when Satan is trying to drive us backward. Timothy's return and good report led Paul to say, "We have been greatly comforted, dear brothers and sisters, in all of our own crushing troubles and suffering, because you have remained strong in your faith" (1 Thessalonians 3:7). Every trial you encounter and walk through successfully only purifies your faith and refines it to a higher quality. Stay in the fire, Christian. God knows that one day you will be "strong, blameless and holy when you stand before God our Father on that day when our Lord Jesus comes with all those who belong to him" (v. 13).

October 9

October 9, 2019

Jeremiah 12:1-14:10 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8 Psalm 79:1-13 Proverbs 24:30-34 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Can you race on foot against horsemen? Jeremiah asks a pointed question about our level of commitment. The obvious implication is that if we grow tired and give up when dealing with relatively inconsequential problems, we will never be able to handle major problems. If we have problems dealing with grocery money, how will we be able to manage Kingdom finances? If we cannot keep our own house in order, how will we rule nations? Sometimes we twenty-first-century Christians feel as though we have it rough. The early Church, however, had it much rougher. They were indeed running with the horsemen! Paul commended the Thessalonians' faith and perseverance, saying, "You received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you" (1 Thessalonians 1:6). The presence of greater challenges in our lives doesn't mean that God has left us, but it does mean He trusts our ability to run with the horses. With the help of God, you can outrun any challenge in your life, as Elijah did when he outran Ahab's horses all the way to Jezreel (1 Kings 18:46). Get ready for a new level of commitment. The foot race is over- the horses are coming!

October 8

October 8, 2019

Jeremiah 10:1-11:23 Colossians 3:18-4:18 Psalm 78:56-72 Proverbs 24:28-29 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Prayer is our occupation. It is not meant to be a halfhearted, wishful endeavor, but rather it should be wholehearted, intense, fervent, and devoted. What a privilege it is for us to engage in the one thing that will change everything! Epaphras was a mighty prayer warrior who wrestled in prayer for the Colossians (Colossians 4:12 NIV). The word wrestle means "to agonize," or "to wrestle as in a wrestling match." In Epaphras's day, wrestling was the most intense athletic match in the Olympics, and for Paul to describe Epaphras's prayer as "wrestling" shows the intensity with which this brother labored in prayer. Epaphras's fervent prayer was that the Colossians might be "strong and perfect, fully confident of the whole will of God" (v. 12). Satan is continually opposing the will of God in our lives, and only through wrestling, agonizing prayer can the will of God be accomplished. Epaphras was willing to agonize over the Colossian church. God told the prophet Jeremiah, "Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, for I will not listen to them when they cry out to me in distress" (Jeremiah 11:14). We may wrestle in prayer on behalf of others, but they bear the responsibility of responding to God's overtures. What a tragedy it is when people resist God so much that He will no longer hear prayer on their behalf! Let us wrestle, watch, and agonize in prayer daily. Our families and friends are depending upon us.

October 7

October 7, 2019

Jeremiah 8:8-9:26 Colossians 3:1-17 Psalm 78:32-55 Proverbs 24:27 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Wisdom, strength, and riches are the three goals that the world passionately pursues. Anyone who achieves status in one of these three areas is celebrated as someone great by those in the world. Such pursuit, however, leads to three main areas of sin: intellectual pride, lustful passion, and greed. Jeremiah warned that a wise man shouldn't boast of his wisdom any more than a strong man should boast of his strength or a rich man of his wealth. Why? Because those wise, strong, and rich men produced none of those characteristics in their lives. It was God alone who gave them whatever wisdom, strength, or riches they possess. Paul reminded the Colossians, "For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). We must put to death the proud mind of man that flatters and exalts himself in his own eyes. We must crucify the sinful desires of the flesh, such as "sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires" (v. 5). Furthermore, we cannot "be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry" (v. 5). If we boast of anything in this world, it should only be the awesome fact that we understand and know the Lord personally. In everything else, let us put on humility, purity, and generosity. The world may not appreciate us when we do, but in God's eyes we will be pursuing true wisdom, strength, and riches!

October 6

October 6, 2019

Jeremiah 4:19-6:15 Colossians 1:18-2:7 Psalm 77:1-20 Proverbs 24:23-25 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* The mystery of all ages is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Just as we see Christ in all His glory, we also see how Christ in us is our hope of glory. Paul's challenge was to impart Christ into the lives of the believers. He wanted every person to be perfect, or mature, in Christ (Colossians 1:28). Maturity in Christ comes, first of all, from receiving correction when necessary. We need someone around us who will warn us of danger zones, blind spots, and areas that block the glory of Christ in our lives. Second, spiritual maturity comes from being taught. How desperately we Christians need instruction in engaging in spiritual warfare, raising our families, managing our finances, receiving guidance, developing the fruit of the Spirit, and learning about a host of other subjects relevant to godliness. Someone once said, "We need more information and not just more inspiration." Third, perfection, or maturity, comes when believers are "knit together by strong ties of love" (Colossians 2:2). Love is the highest attribute of perfection, and Christ in us desires to reach out to others in love. If we follow these three guidelines-receiving correction, being taught, and walking in love-we will "have complete understanding of God's secret plan, which is Christ himself" (v. 2).

October 5

October 5, 2019

Jeremiah 4:19-6:15 Colossians 1:18-2:7 Psalm 77:1-20 Proverbs 24:23-25 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* The mystery of all ages is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Just as we see Christ in all His glory, we also see how Christ in us is our hope of glory. Paul's challenge was to impart Christ into the lives of the believers. He wanted every person to be perfect, or mature, in Christ (Colossians 1:28). Maturity in Christ comes, first of all, from receiving correction when necessary. We need someone around us who will warn us of danger zones, blind spots, and areas that block the glory of Christ in our lives. Second, spiritual maturity comes from being taught. How desperately we Christians need instruction in engaging in spiritual warfare, raising our families, managing our finances, receiving guidance, developing the fruit of the Spirit, and learning about a host of other subjects relevant to godliness. Someone once said, "We need more information and not just more inspiration." Third, perfection, or maturity, comes when believers are "knit together by strong ties of love" (Colossians 2:2). Love is the highest attribute of perfection, and Christ in us desires to reach out to others in love. If we follow these three guidelines-receiving correction, being taught, and walking in love-we will "have complete understanding of God's secret plan, which is Christ himself" (v. 2).

October 4

October 4, 2019

Jeremiah 2:31-4:18 Colossians 1:1-17 Psalm 76:1-12 Proverbs 24:21-22 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* Looking at Colossians 1:13-20, we recognize that Jesus Christ deserves supremacy. In this passage, Paul describes the awesome spiritual dimensions of Christ as God sees Him. Verse 15 speaks of Him as the "visible image of the invisible God." Then in verse 16, He is described as "the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth." He is the actual Creator of anything that has ever been cre-ated-spiritual or physical. Jesus is the invisible force that binds together even atoms and molecules. Through Him, all things "hold together" (v. 17 NIV). He is the Head of the Body, the Church (v. 18), and He was the first to rise from the dead as a firstfruit of all believers in the resurrection. Verse 19 reveals that all the fullness of God dwells in Him; that is, God's character, energy, wisdom, and holiness are all contained within Him. Finally, His blood shed on the cross is the means by which fallen humanity is restored to God in peace (v. 20). Jesus is everything to God, and He should have supremacy in our lives as well. Why should we be fascinated by anyone else? Who else or what else besides Jesus matters? God "has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son" (Colossians 1:13).

October 3

October 3, 2019

Jeremiah 1:1-2:30 Philippians 4:1-23 Psalm 75:1-10 Proverbs 24:17-20 **Daily Devotional** *by Larry Stockstill* The peace of God comes from the God of peace. In the fourth chapter of Philippians, Paul tells us how to walk in continual, perfect peace. First, he pleads with us to reconcile our relationships to others. He addressed a division in the Philippian church, saying, "And now I want to plead with those two women, Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement" (v. 2). Strained, divisive relationships will always block the peace of God. Next, Paul says, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done" (v. 6). If you make every concern a matter of prayer, God's peace will flood your heart and mind, even when your understanding is crying, Worry! Finally, Paul challenges us to change our ways of daily meditation. Instead of thinking untrue, immoral, base, corrupt, and ugly thoughts from the enemy, he tells us to "fix [our] thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise" (v. 8). We must fill our minds with thoughts that are consistent with the heaven where we will one day live. Such thoughts will calm our hearts and bring the presence of the God of peace back into our lives. Then the peace of God will be ours until we see the God of peace face-to-face.

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