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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 260

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 23:17-18 ‘Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord . There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.’ 

 

 

🔴Rotten Bones

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

Envy is an emotion with staying power. It occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession. We either desire it or more destructively think the other person doesn’t deserve it.
How do you know if you’re a jealous person? Well, one way to quickly measure is to pray and be honest about your feeling. Are you disgruntled or genuinely happy for other’s achievements or possessions? Think about your follow-up conversation. Do you find ways to demean or put down their success?

New Growth

We have a choice. Remain envious or speak the truth. Tell the person you had jealous thoughts and that you’re praying for deliverance from that debilitating emotion. Be honest with God, yourself, and your neighbor. Our Lord and Savior gives the power of love and self-control. When we surrender to His will, things change. It’s not a one-and-done event but a daily walk. That is the sanctification process.

Not Disturbed

My take-away from Proverbs 23:17-18 is not to let my heart be troubled (John 14:1). All the things we have, especially material wealth, are not a currency we can use in Heaven. Our hope rests in knowing Jesus is preparing a place for us. When He returns, there will be rejoicing and singing for those who abided in Him.

As you read today’s passages, think about the church body. What behaviors should we avoid to be more like Christ? Meditate on the numerous ways God warned His people to follow Him. While you pray, write, and consider your actions ask God to help you break the chains of jealousy, arrogance, and fear.

 

Prayer: Father, hear our humble cries. Thank you for listening to our prayers. Amen. 

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, September 17, 2021

Isaiah 25:1-28:13, Galatians 3:10-22, Psalm 61:1-8, Proverbs 23:17-18 

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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 259

Guiding Scripture: Galatians 3:1 ‘You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes, Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.’

 

 

🔴Drawn Away

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

When I began my faith journey, I was afraid to attend traditional seminary or theology classes. I’m so glad the Holy Spirit led me to an incredible institution and helped me navigate through tons of free reputable resources. GOD GUIDED AND CONVICTED ME because I was honest with Him about my fears of falling back into self-righteousness. 

In Galatians 3, the Apostle Paul admonishes the Galatians for drawing away from the Gospel. Their lack of wisdom shocked him. 

Since Paul was once under the Law, he knew the grave mistake these people were making. 

As you read today’s passages, think about your theology. Have you moved away from God’s grace to seek man’s law? 

Prayer: Father, lead us in Your righteousness. We know we are justified through faith, as your Word declares. Help us to seek wisdom and have a reverential fear of You. Amen

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Isaiah 22:1-24:23, Galatians 2:17-3:9, Psalm 60:1-12, Proverbs 23:15-16 

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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 258

Guiding Scripture: Psalms 59:1 ‘Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me.’

 

 

🔴Not Guilty

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

A few months ago, I watched a video of a mother as she repeatedly told her toddler son that he was about to eat an onion. However, the very self-confident little boy argued that it was an apple. Well, they went back and forth until finally, he took a bite. His face frowned up but, he would not admit his mother was right. 

There is nothing more frustrating than telling the truth and then not being affirmed. (welcome to parenting? LOL)

Thankfully our Heavenly Father knows the truth and how to deal with our enemies. While many of us may not understand military attacks, we should be familiar with the opposition. At times pride can be our worst enemy. 

In Psalm 59, the current events grieve the author. While he speaks about his turmoil, he understands the entire city is under attack. The author declares his innocence and expresses hope that God will deliver him from the invasion.

Even when rivals or villains attack our character, business, or family, we can cry out to God. By placing our trust in the One who can deliver us from our enemies, we exercise wisdom.

We can also learn valuable lessons from this psalm as we navigate our days:

  1. The enemy waits for an opportune time.
  2. As Jesus-followers, we may request God’s protection.
  3. We may ask God to be just and fair.
  4. Praise God and wait expectantly.

As you read today’s passages, think about your guilt and innocence. Have you turned to the Lord for help? Remember, God is our defense, and He is merciful. 

 

Prayer: Father, help us to abide in you that we remain in your will. Please deliver us from our known and unknown enemies.  Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Isaiah 19:1-21:17, Galatians 2:1-16, Psalm 59:1-17, Proverbs 23:13-14 

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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 257

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 23:12 ‘Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.’

 

 

🔴Application

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

How will you combat inertia? Google defines inertia as a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged- inactivity or passivity.

Our knowledge may be invisible, yet it affects every area of our lives. As a life coach, I help others gain clarity and solve problems. Believe it or not, some won’t accept their logic, while others remain fearfully complacent. So, unfortunately, I sometimes sit on the sidelines waiting for their courage to rise and faith restored before the next steps.


I understand how doubt takes over even the most established people.

 

For many of us, we make decisions that will influence a generation. We can change as others watch and learn from our actions (they speak louder than words).
The wisdom we can apply is to value the importance of knowledge.
Many of you reading this know I am a media ministry consultant. I advise churches, organizations, and business owners to identify tension and help them implement necessary changes. Together we plan and create systems depending on their needs. The beautiful process that God has allowed me to see is the transformation.


If you have ever helped someone solve a problem or participated in their advancement, then you know how rewarding it is. Applying practical wisdom with a spiritual vision is something to behold. That type of awakening opens communication, creates teams, and builds trust within a community.
We all have something to share, a gift from God that gives our lives meaning.

 

As you read today’s passages, I pray that you are encouraged by the ways God’s people apply wisdom. Hear God’s Word through the voice of His people and incline your heart to understand. We should remember that life is an experience of a vibrant, ever-evolving continuous sequence of events.


Why confirm failure if we have not tried?

Choose to be confident in how the Lord is leading and apply your ears to words of knowledge.

 

 


Prayer: Father, give us the wisdom to react according to You. Help us see our actions and correct us if they are not pleasing to you. Allow our eyes to be open and our hearts to be receptive. Let us find you in every detail of our lives. Amen

 

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Isaiah 15:1-18:7, Galatians 1:1-24, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 23:12 

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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 256

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 23:9 NLT “Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.”

 

 

🔴Flaunting Folly

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Yesterday, we read Psalm 56, and I hope you prayerfully considered if you place your trust in God, always in all ways. Jesus is the way to eternal life with our Heavenly Father. The longer we resist that fact…well. (John 14:5-7)

What does the Bible say about fools, and what are their character traits? 

  1. Doing the same things over again and not learning from their mistakes. (Proverbs 26:11) 
  2. The foolish are easily angered. (Proverbs 12:16)
  3. They are deceptive. (Proverbs 14:8)

Ultimately the Bible warns us not to associate with fools or entertain their proud speech (Proverbs 14:7, 3). By recognizing foolish people’s behavior patterns, we can guard ourselves against wasting time. While a fool may appear wealthy or affluent, one only needs to pay attention to their deeds to discern the truth. 

Prayer: Lord, please remove any hatred, self-loathing, or insecurity from our hearts. Help us to honor You with humility because Your wisdom is what we seek. Amen

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, September 13, 2021

Isaiah 12:1-14:32, 2 Corinthians 13:1-14, Psalm 57:1-11, Proverbs 23:9-11 

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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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