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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 192

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 19:1 ‘Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.’ 

🔴Faith Walk

Why would anyone desire to be poor? While Proverbs 19:1 implies that wealth doesn’t always go to those who deserve it, we can meditate on the richness of God.

Christ makes our existence better. He improves on and surpasses the quality of life we think we achieve without Him. By recognizing the difference between gaining materials and growing in wisdom helps us live godly lives. We can apply the command to love in every area. (Mark 12:30-31)

Integrity

King Solomon instructs us to be blameless as we go through life. How can we achieve that if not for Jesus? He is the One who guides us into understanding through the gift of the Holy Spirit. As we become sensitive to pride and understand how one emotion destroys our Christian testimony, our awareness of God’s nearness becomes clearer. 

As Christ-followers, we aspire to do the right thing with fairness, honesty, and truthfulness. The personality trait of Jesus will shine through in our actions if we do not waver or give in to pride. 

Perverse

Proverbs 19:1 also warns of the consequences of being deliberately obstinate. If one behaves in an unreasonable way placing their confidence in their shrewdness, it reveals their deceitful character. In this way, those who are honest and give God credit for their inspired ideas, strength, endurance can navigate the ravenous wolves with wisdom.  

It is better to appear to have less while being joyfully complete with the Lord.

As you read today’s assigned scriptures, think about Paul’s actions in Acts 28. How will you preach the kingdom of God and teach concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with unhindered boldness? (Acts 28:31) The progress of the Gospel will not stop. Will you be part of the solution by faithfully trusting God and honor Him through all your actions?

 

Praying Psalm 9: Lord, I give thanks to you with all my heart. I will tell of all your wonderful deeds and rejoice in you. Thank you for giving me a voice to sing your praises. Those who know your Name trust in you, for you’ve never forsaken those who seek your goodness. Thank you for wisdom, understanding, and for revealing pridefulness. Would you please help us to walk in integrity and follow your ways in all ways? Amen

 

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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Sunday, July 11, 2021

1 Chronicles 11:1-12-:18, Acts 28:1-31, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 19:1-3

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 174

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: 2 Kings 4:44, ‘Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some leftover, according to the word of the Lord .’

🔴From Poison to Provision

We can taste and see that the Lord is good. His Word satisfies the soul and nourishes the body if we are willing to partake of it.
In today’s reading, you cannot miss the incredible mercy of God. I love the interconnectedness of His Divine Word. When we pay attention to the events happening in the Old Testament, the increased knowledge blesses our encounter with Jesus as we read the New Testament.

I am always fascinated by the ‘leftovers’ in the text, and each time I meet this idea, I am awestruck. God turns insignificant and perhaps unedible food into physical nourishment.

But wait, there’s more!

When we connect with the spirit and realize what a profound blessing from heaven God gives us, it begins the transformation of our hearts. So many times, love is visible through meeting basic needs. It is impossible to minister or even witness to God’s great strength if we give from a place of spiritual or physical blindness.

Be grateful for what you’ve got! Give and receive with gratitude. Once the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart, you can choose to follow the command to love obediently. Don’t let the poisonous worldly attitudes plant bitterness within you. 

 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for showing kindness to your servant. I am grateful for those you allow me to compensate for their time. Thank You for helping me turn poison into provision as I grow in knowledge. I know we can not out-give You, for you made everything in this world. We exist by Your grace. Amen  

 

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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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

2 Kings 4:18-5:27, Acts 15:1-35, Psalm 141:1-10, Proverbs 17:23

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 162

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scriptures: Acts 8:3, ‘But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.’

Proverbs 17:1, ‘Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.’

🔴Better Than

Is it possible we still have pharisaic attitudes leading in the church today?

Yes. 

Before Saul’s conversion, he attempted to destroy churches and the spread of the Gospel with great uproar. I believe these invasions were loud, showy, and terrorized the hearts of those weak in their faith. How could a man who claimed to love God hate His Son, Jesus? 

Educated by Gamaliel, a well-respected Pharisee leader in the Jewish Sanhedrin, Saul’s plight to rebel against God is a manifestation of his training.

When we don’t value the different options, we have we may fall to Satan’s schemes.

He is here but to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). How do we identify the modern-day Pharisees in our church? By their fruit. While Jesus eventually transformed Saul, it did not come without pain, division, and destruction. Pay attention to attitudes within leadership and go to the Lord in prayer. 

The wisdom literature of King Solomon’s Proverbs was the direct contrast between wealth and poverty- promoting contentment over material wealth. As José Ortega y Gasset accurately teaches, “Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” –This informs us to listen to the patterns within the conversation; it will indicate what a person’s heart desires.  

‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.’ Matthew 6:24

Rebellion is loud, stubborn, selfish, and destructive. If you are the villain or the victim, seek God’s guidance and ask the Holy Spirit to speak directly to your heart. It is better than the alternative. 

Prayer: Lord, there is no God like you in all the heaven and earth. Thank you for keeping your covenant of love with your servants. Lord, please help us to worship You in love and truth wholeheartedly. Keep us close to your Word. Teach us to recognize internal threats that destroy the power of your Kingdom. No weapon formed will prosper, for You have the ultimate authority. Increase our faith that we may stand firm and move to swift action to protect those you have called unto You. Amen 

 

 

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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Friday, June 11, 2021

1 Kings 8:1-66, Acts 7:51-8:13, Psalm 129:1-8, Proverbs 17:1

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture:Proverbs 15:15,17,  ‘All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.’ 

 

🔴Signals

As we read 1 Samuel 20:1-42, you may have wondered why Jonathan and David need a secret code. It indeed appeared that King Saul wanted to kill David. Twice David avoids Saul’s spear (1 Samuel 18:10-11). Michal, David’s wife, and Jonathan helped him escape death (1 Samuel 19:1-11). And here we are again in chapter 20, repeating the same pattern of envy, fear, and rage.

One thing I understand as an applicable lesson is it is challenging to ‘dethrone’ a leader. When it is evident to everyone involved that the Lord is not directing who we follow (Matthew 15:13-14), we need to take action. Do we protect those we know are kingdom-building? Or, behave as irrationally as the rejected leader?

Like Jonathan, we have allies and those who love the work of the Lord. David’s time had not come for his death. Even though his life becomes, messy God used him to bring glory to his name. While you read through today’s passages, I urge you to think beyond yourself. Don’t fixate on good or evil, heaven or hell but the fruit your life produces. How will your decisions, words, and behaviors impact your community? Is everyone able to see the light of Christ shine through you?

 

 


 

 

 


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Monday, May 17, 2021

1 Samuel 20:1-21:15, John 9:1-41, Psalm 113:1-114:8, Proverbs 15:15-17

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 134

Written By: Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:22 ‘But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 

🔴 People Pleasing

Have you ever thought you knew better than God? I know I have. It is a sin not to complete a mission and leave something undone. In today’s reading, Saul told the prophet, Samuel, that he kept the best of the cattle and King Agag to sacrifice to the Lord (1 Samuel 15:15). As students of the Bible, we knew Saul’s response wasn’t accurate. In 1 Samuel 15:9, Saul and his army were unwilling to destroy the ‘best’ of the Amalekite things because they had ‘value.’


It is challenging to eliminate something we think will benefit us later.

We create massive inner turmoil when we place the opinions of others before God’s command. After all, we are to love humans, develop unity and harmony, right?! But that’s the intersection and the training we undergo to die to self and obey Christ. We can not declare that God is the all-knowing Director of our lives if we reject His clear instructions.

Saul wavered between two opinions (1 Kings 18:21), those of the people and God’s absolute command. (1 Samuel 15:24) Saul feared his army over the Hand of God.

I have sinned in this way and straddled the fence to maintain my image and arrogantly thought I knew better. In the end, the wavering opinion destroyed relationships. As funny as it seems, people like consistency. Trusting God and following His command leaving nothing undone, may not win us congeniality awards. However, the light of Christ will shine brighter, which testifies to His sovereignty.


Will you choose to please all people or our All-Mighty Savior?

 

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. 

 


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Friday, May 14, 2021

1 Samuel 15:1-16:23, John 8:1-20, Psalm 110:1-7, Proverbs 15:8-10

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