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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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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 249

Guiding Scripture:  Proverbs 22:22-23 ‘Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.’ 

 

 

🔴Righteous Judge

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

Scripture tells us that to fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If we are tempted to oppress the afflicted, we insult God and become His enemy. So how does one keep greed at bay? By joyfully acknowledging the blessings from our Lord.

We have many examples of training our minds to obey Christ:

Leviticus 25:17 Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.

Proverbs 22:16 Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself or giving gifts to the rich will surely lead to poverty.

Zechariah 7:10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. And do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.’

The Word of God warns us not to take advantage or oppress others. The command to love God, ourselves, and our neighbors bring thoughtful reflection to any circumstance. We will desire to think as God thinks.

Rebelling against God and arrogantly moving forward with knowledge of His plan will bring His wrath.

Malachi 3:5 Then I will draw near to you for judgment. And I will be a swift witness against sorcerers and adulterers and perjurers, against oppressors of the widowed and fatherless, and against those who defraud laborers of their wages and deny justice to the foreigner but do not fear Me,” says the LORD of Hosts.

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Do not invite God’s punishment. While there is nothing that can separate His people once they believe it is not a license to continue in sin. Be intentional about all your transactions, whether physical or intellectual property. Consider the value of time and resources as you build with one another. I pray you are encouraged to view everyone as God does. 

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, September 6, 2021

Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16, 2 Corinthians 8:16-24, Psalm 50:1-23, Proverbs 22:22-23

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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 248

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 49:3, ‘My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.’

 

 

🔴A Wise Choice

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

 

The psalmist is teaching us a valuable lesson about interpersonal communication. He lets us know that the words he will speak are from God because he thoughtfully pursued His truth. Psalm 49 focuses on the future of the wicked and trust in earthly wealth. The psalmist concludes that their glory will not follow them in death, and we can control the urge to fear rich people. 

Hasty Words

There are many instances I wish I were more careful with my words. I’ve spoken out of turn, uttered inappropriate things, and rushed to advise without prayerful consideration. My mouth committed me to things God was not going to bless. The fear of affluent people and pride created barriers between truth and honest communication. 

Wisdom Speaks

As you ponder today’s reading and consider ways to pray while in conversation, I hope you are encouraged. We can pray without ceasing, which quickens our response time while thoughtfully analyzing the outcome. Essentially, God’s wisdom and knowledge come through in our words while we offer His profound insight. 

Call to Action

Psalm 49 asks us to examine our comforts. 

  • Do we believe our wealth will save us from death? (Psalm 49:6-9)
  • Is our security found in money or materials? (Psalm 49:10)
  • Can we achieve happiness based on the items we own? (Psalm 49:11-12)

While we meditate on our attitude toward trust in wealth, we can ask God to enlighten us. The idea of an intimate relationship with Jesus should bring us joy. And His salvation offers us ways to walk by faith actively. 

A few ways we open communication is by asking the Holy Spirit to increase our awareness of:

1. Ourselves. Lord, help our emotional intelligence to honor you with our words, thoughts, and actions.

2. Others. Father, please strengthen us to consciously and respectfully interact with our family, friends, and neighbors.

3. God. Lord, help us to listen to understand.

I pray you continue to seek wisdom through reading God’s Word and allow His truth to imprint on your heart. 

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Psalm 49:1-20, Proverbs 22:20-21

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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 247

Guiding Scripture:  Proverbs 22:17 ‘Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,’

 

 

🔴Incline Your Will

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

 

If wisdom begins with the reverential fear of God (Proverbs 1:7), then humility and obedience are the results. When we apply our minds to the things that please God, we grow in knowledge. It becomes part of our desire to implement His instructions in every area of our lives. 

The word ‘incline’ has three interesting definitions that help us make conscious decisions regarding the will of God. 

  • To lean or become drawn toward an opinion or course of conduct.
  • To turn away from a given direction, especially the vertical or horizontal.
  • A slope on a road or railway.

Life presents many challenges, and the influences of others will impact our actions, beliefs, and attitudes. So as you read today, think about who you are inclined to follow. When we welcome the good news of Jesus and the salvation that comes through faith, I pray we are inclined to do the Lord’s will. 

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18, 2 Corinthians 7:8-16, Psalm 48:1-14, Proverbs 22:17-19

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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 246

Guiding Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:4  ‘And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.’ 

 

 

🔴Never Content

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

Envy prevents us from being satisfied with our purpose. As the teacher in Ecclesiastes explains in verse 4, greediness steals our life’s meaning. 

The warning for us to be content and follow the path God laid for us is the wiser choice.

Tiny Gains

I’ve noticed that envy starts small. It’s almost unrecognizable until bitterness and anger settle into one’s demeanor. Perhaps a friend receives a gift or goes on an incredible trip. Maybe a co-worker gets a promotion, or your neighbor’s garden is flourishing. If we aren’t able to genuinely congratulate or encourage, we sow seeds of envy. 

Living with a constant need to outdo others is exhausting. And that attitude places a barrier between God and us. To labor with envy as motivation kills, steals, and destroys that which we want to build. 

Consequence

The Bible tells us what we can expect when envy festers in our hearts.

  • Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
  • Job 5:2 Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

So, how do we live as Christ-followers rebuking the sin of jealousy?

The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5:26, “Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Do not permit yourself to think that you are better than your brothers and sisters. All things are possible with God, and casting our doubt, fear, and envy at the feet of Jesus helps us become lovely. Through the Holy Spirit, we can overcome the sin of envy by gaining emotional self-control. Train your thoughts to obey Christ and love from the inside out.  

 

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for your word. You are the Healer, the ultimate Physician of our hearts. Father, we ask that you tear down the walls of bitterness, anger, pride, arrogance, and envy. Please remove it from our hearts and renew a right spirit within us. Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, September 3, 2021

Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7, Psalm 47:1-9, Proverbs 22:16

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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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