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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 254

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 23:4  ‘Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.’

 

 

🔴Wealth Building God’s Way

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

The Bible warns us that pursuing wealth as a foundation of joy is meaningless. One will never be satisfied. So is it possible to be rich and be a Christ-follower? Yes!

Wealth for Others (Luke 10:25-37)


In the story of the ‘Good Samaritan,’ the man is identified as wealthy. He was able to provide care for the victim and supply for his needs. While the Samaritan couldn’t completely stop all of his business affairs, he ensured the innkeeper that he would return and settle the debt.

Wealth for Training (Matthew 25:14-30)


As it pertains to this life, wealth is necessary, and being a good steward is essential. The parable of the talents is another example of building wealth in God’s way. We are not to fear money but utilize it to grow community, nurture people, and support ourselves.

Sacrificial Wealth (Mark 12:41-44)

In Mark 12, we read about a widow who gave from her poverty. She didn’t know who was watching but, through faith, gave her last.

If we use our wealth to contribute to the needs of others, give with joy, and seek opportunities to be unselfish, wealth becomes a godly characteristic.

Mercy Wealth

However, the most extraordinary story about wealth has nothing to do with money. But the great mercy of God our Father, sending Jesus His only begotten Son to die for our sins. A debt we can not repay or do anything that would measure that extreme sacrifice. Our Redeemer lives, and it would behoove us to remember that the currency in Heaven is love. While we are here, we can practice wisely spending in.

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Isaiah 8:1-9:21, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 23:4-5 

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 253

Guiding Scripture:  Proverbs 23:3 ‘Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.’

 

 

🔴Feeding Frenzy

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

  • Insight- the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
  • Knowledge-the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
  • Discretion-the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.

When I was a child, I read lots of Aesop Fables and had just as many read to me. They were truths explained in a way I could digest. Today I turned to one of my favorites which is the Dog and the Shadow. In this fable, the dog carried a large piece of meat in his mouth to take home to enjoy. 

   As he crossed over a creek using a plank, he looked down and saw his reflection. The dog thought it to be another dog with a bigger piece of meat in his mouth. Deciding he wanted both; he snapped at the reflection losing his dinner in the process. 

The moral: “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”

Proverbs 23:1-3 advises caution when dining with authoritative people. Ulterior motives arise as the need to ‘get’ something or gain access to one’s talents fuels the ‘generosity.’ We must pay attention to our appetite for food, fame, and fortune. 

Why Do Fools?

Competition, pride, greed, envy, selfish ambition… the tension that keeps us from wisdom. We can not love if we deceive each other. 

The insightful knowledge of what we should do for the love of God and love for others grows our wisdom. With God, our love does not have to become suspicious, manipulative, or deceptive.

Express Love

Giving our time or materials should not cause sorrow, and if it does, that is a red flag and something to ask God to deliver us.  

God holds nothing back from us, so why can’t we let go when God prompts us? Our spiritual growth comes from not getting attached to ideas or possessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, September 10, 2021

Isaiah 6:1-7:25, 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, Psalm 54:1-7, Proverbs 23:1-3 

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 252

Guiding Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:5 ‘I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” ‘ 

 

 

🔴Not So Superb

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

In an interesting twist, the Apostle Paul calls out the false teachers of Corinth by insulting them. Paul knows that some teachers are taking credit for his efforts but more damaging promoting Jesus as a Greek philosopher rather than the Savior who died for their sins. 

The intermingling of religious practices, ideas, and mindsets was enough to confuse and destroy the purity of Jesus’ work on the cross. Paul had good reason to be stern and call out those who indulged in culturalism.

Two-Faces

Unfortunately, we live under similar circumstances. However, we have another layer, people-pleasing. I’ve noticed how far leaders will go to keep everyone ‘happy’ even if it causes strife and division in the end. Some would call it sharpening, but I believe the Apostle Paul would describe it as heresy. 

The Apostle Paul warns in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, ‘And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.’ 

 

As you read today’s passages, think about your position. Are you a leader within your home, business, school, or community? If so, ask God through the Holy Spirit to reveal any errors and seek forgiveness. God will help you navigate any conflict or conversations that result from your mistakes. 

While it is critical to elevate and build, it is just as essential to do so with integrity. 

Prayer: Lord, we understand you want what is best for us because of your great love and mercy. Help us to use Your light to expose false claims. Amen.

 

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Isaiah 3:1-5:30, 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, Psalm 53:1-6, Proverbs 22:28-29

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 251

Guiding Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:4 ‘The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.’    

 

 

🔴Meekness & Humility

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

Today we begin reading the book of Isaiah, a prophet and man of God sent to warn God’s people. Isaiah was chosen because he recognized his sinful nature, and God calls Him to a higher office. Spiritually, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing God’s will for our lives and being His faithful servant.

However…

In this fallen world, not all people appreciate the transforming truth of God’s Word. And as the Apostle Paul also faced enemy’s to the Gospel, we can expect the same.

As you read the assigned passages, think about your testimony and how you glorify God. Have you approached the throne of His grace with meekness and humility?


We make a mindful transition and create new thought patterns when we utilize God’s Word and embrace our current circumstances. Acknowledge who you’ve become and ask God if you’re abiding, trusting, and loving Him through your mindfulness. Remember, our Heavenly Father gives us the power to withstand attacks and keep pressing forward with His purpose.

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Isaiah 1:1-2:22, 2 Corinthians 10:1-18, Psalm 52:1-9, Proverbs 22:26-27

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 250

Guiding Scripture:  Psalm 51:1 ‘Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.’  

 

 

🔴Great Grace

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

 

Have you ever felt far from God? Perhaps you did something, and the broken fellowship created a void in your heart. What’s worst is that you don’t think that God could forgive you.

HOWEVER, God releases us from the bondage of sin. Pray earnestly with a remorseful, repentant heart. (Meditate on Psalm 51:3,6)

Healing

Oh, the benefits of being restored. (Psalm 51:12) And it’s not only available to you, everyone can experience God’s mercy! Our Lord removes transgression from us as far as the east is from the west.

God forgave my rebellious nature. As I realized I was healed, I could remove the bandages of bondage. Now I can testify to His grace and witness to those who feel discouraged. The pruning away of old habits produces new growth and obedience yields productivity. 

This year I learned. I opened myself up to understanding and then passed it on. (Psalm 51:13) 

Love lifted me

When Nothing else would do.

 

Absolve

The effect of forgiveness is the restoration of the parties involved to the former state of a relationship. We want to be restored to Christ our God first, which means we must forgive others. Forgiveness is a duty and limitless….yes, that means repeated.

By trusting in God for the right things, we can have confidence that our Lord will provide. 

 

Prayer: Lord my God, we trust you to remove anything that hinders us from bearing fruit. We know you can do the impossible, help us in our unbelief that we may follow wholeheartedly after you. Father, you work all things together for good and will graciously give us all things. We will bear with one another and forgive each other as you, our Lord, have forgiven us. We put on the love that binds everything together in perfect harmony. We are thankful. Amen

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14, 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, Psalm 51:1-19, Proverbs 22:24-25

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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