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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 

Guiding Scripture: Isaiah 7:3 And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.

 

🔴 GOD KNOWS WHERE WE ARE!

 
We often say, and it is true, that God sees everything that we do, and He hears everything that we say. Further, He knows our every thought. God is Sovereign!  
 
As I was reading Isaiah 7 for my devotions today, I wanted to ask Ahaz, “What’s wrong with you, dude?” Didn’t you just hear God tell you to ask Him for a sign and that He would prove to you that He would crush your enemies as He promised!!! What’s wrong with you, Ahaz? Are you crazy?” But wait! I had to stop and ask myself, what’s wrong with me? Am I unaware of all the promises God has declared for those who believe in Him and His Word?
 
Admittedly, I have been facing some challenges with social media and being able to navigate and post, and all else that I need to do with this new entrepreneurship that I have engaged. Why worry? God knows what I need and where I am. When embarking on any project or venture God brings you to, I know that He will carry you through.  
 

God continually provides for our every need.

 
Just yesterday, He provided me with a top-notch videographer skilled and affluent in social media and much more. God made it possible for her to talk with my team member, who gave her the scope of what I needed. So always pray and ask God for what you want. Do not use it as an excuse as Ahaz did. Ahaz really didn’t want to know what God would say because he didn’t want to communicate with God. Never let anything keep you from hearing and obeying God! 
 

Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you for seeing us and knowing where we are and that we can depend on you to lead us and guide us where You want us to go. We as believers are nothing without you and your sovereignty. Evildoers will not thwart your plans; you are just, true, and dependable. We give you honor, glory, and all the praise! Thank you for your Word and our having access to you, and for your perfect timing. Amen

~Diana L.W. Coleman


This devotional was submitted by Diana L.W. Coleman, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Numbers 26:1-51, Luke 2:36-52, Psalm 60:1-12, Proverbs 11:15

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 74

Written By Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 58:11 Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

🔴 A United Release

What is an imprecatory corporate Psalm?

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training. That means we can use the Word of God to learn. 

Psalm 58 is an imprecatory corporate Psalm. What does that mean?

To imprecate is utter (a curse) or invoke (evil) against someone or something. Imprecatory Psalms are those that invoke judgment or tragedy upon one’s enemies or those perceived as the enemies of God.

If you are reading along with us using the One Year Bible plan, you will recall God instructing Moses to consecrate His people. (Exodus 19:10) To consecrate means to make holy, separate, or dedicated to a higher purpose. To abstain from personal indulgence.

God is the One Who makes us holy.

The Israelites could not come into contact with death because God is life. Touching dead things would defile the person until they washed and atoned for their sins. However, GREAT IS OUR LORD! We know the Savior redeems us. In Isaiah 6:7-8, we read a (foretaste of glory divine). God’s Holy coal touches Isaiah’s lips, transferring His holiness to Isaiah. The Son of God comes to touch those who are unclean and free them from sin’s bondage. 

Be careful how you walk. (Ephesians 5:15-17)

To be cathartic or ceremonially clean and present themselves as holy would mean they changed their minds and physical appearance. (Numbers 19:19, Romans 12:1-2)Bathing and washing their garments were part of the outer cleansing, and renewing the mind was the inner spiritual cleansing. 

Catharsis is the process of releasing and thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions. 

Through God, we can release the unconscious conflicts we experience to stand as witnesses to His great power. Psalm 58:1-11 is one example of how corporate worship unites believers in a cathartic experience and deliverance through Holy Spirit guidance. Singing, praising, invoking judgement, and removing oneself from those believed to rebel against God; was the way the Israelites set themselves apart to receive God in their heart. 

As we continue reading Numbers and move into Deuteronomy, watch how God proceeds to show mercy and desire a relationship with His chosen people. Those who believe in Jesus are grafted into His kingdom. Be mindful and keep watch. Are you repressing feelings of fear, pity, or anger? We can release those emotions within healthy ecosystems that invite transformation. Allow God to lead you so that you can experience freedom in corporate worship. Invoke God’s Holy judgment on those who rebel and live an authentic life of God’s perfect purpose for you. 

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written and submitted by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 


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Monday, March 15, 2021

Numbers 22:21-23:30, Luke 1:57-80, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 11:12-13

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 72

Written By Torrie Slaughter

(With an excerpt from The Gospel of Luke 24-Day Devotional ©2018)

Guiding Scripture: Luke 1:16  And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,

🔴 Silence and Reflection

We begin the Gospel According to Luke; we journey to learn more about God through the reading of His Word. It is helpful for us to start with the basics and give some background. Luke is a Gentile physician and historian that occasionally traveled with the Apostle Paul. The purpose of Luke’s story is to provide an orderly account of the fulfilled things. The belief that Jesus is the accomplishment of God and Israel’s covenant story serves as a valuable faith lesson to us now. The Gospel According to Luke and its sequel, Acts of the Apostles, gives us a richer understanding. Luke’s attention to detail and desire to get many eye witness statements reached audiences beyond the immediate Gentile and Israelite community.

Worthy

We know Zechariah and Elizabeth were God-fearing people and were both in the priestly line of Aaron. The exciting fact about serving in the Temple is the order by which one can offer prayers. Some priests only experienced standing in the Holy of holies once in a lifetime, if at all. God’s timing is always perfect.

Luke 1:20 “And behold, you will be silent and not able to speak until the day these things take place because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”

Not so long ago…

I saved a turtle’s life. No, I didn’t give it mouth to mouth, but I saw it on the road, picked it up, and placed it in a safer area. He looked back at me, and I felt his gratitude. With a smile on my face and warmth in my heart, I walked away… SMACK!!! I killed the gnat that was flying around my face. Yep, I saved the turtle and “silenced” the gnat. Why??? Well, the apparent reason; gnats get into places they shouldn’t!! Buzzing around eyes and ears, they are annoying little… buzzers.

Are You Easily Annoyed?


I shocked myself with my thoughts. I reacted with compassion for the turtle and annoyance to the gnat. (Insert the people in your life.)
We don’t always understand the bigger picture, so we question and react poorly. I recognized my need to be mindful of my impulses, and even though it was a gnat, it showed me how quickly emotions change.

God Shows Mercy


In Luke 1:13-17, The angel Gabriel came to give Zechariah good news. An answer to his prayers! Not only was he going to have a son, but this child would announce the coming of the long-awaited Savior of the world. But, Zechariah smacked down this excellent news with his questions and doubts. Through the angel Gabriel, God responded to Zechariah by silencing him. Zechariah’s posture needed to change. God’s divine timing was at hand, and Zechariah was unaware of the glorious miracle that was about to take place.

Zechariah’s doubt demoted him. He was part of an intricately woven master plan but questioned the authority and ability of God. Zechariah underwent a divine season of reflection while learning new ways to communicate more effectively. WOW! That made the wonder of this miraculous event even more powerful and historic. God’s arrival in human form was something to behold, a prophecy fulfilled. But He had to work around His created humans.

Whether we meet turtles crossing the road or gnats that fly around us, we are responsible for what we feel, say, or do. Will we react in understanding, doubt, or annoyance? Let’s be careful not to quickly dismiss the events in our lives simply because we can not see the immediate usefulness. God’s plan defines us; we all serve a purpose in His WILL. How much involvement we have may depend on God being able to trust us.

Points to Ponder

  • For what am I idly praying?
  • Am I living out my purpose in God’s plan, or have I given myself “busy” work?
  • Has God rendered me silent in an area I wanted to celebrate because I doubted Him?

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written and submitted by Torrie Slaughter (with a portion from The Gospel of Luke Devotional Save the Turtles, Silence the Gnats) the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 


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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 27

🔴  Trustworthy  

Trust is assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something in which one places confidence. Trust is the dependence on something future or contingent.

Exodus 5:9 “Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to [their God’s] lying words.”

Isn’t that just like the enemy? Whew! Take your attention off of God’s truth and focus on the worldly wealth of the world. How can we trust a system that will increase the burden to satisfy its ego?

The Offense:


If you have ever felt personally attacked, can you trust who will answer your cry for comfort? In Psalm 22, King David is lamenting and cries out to God for comfort as he flees from his son Absolom. David’s dependence on God for his survival both mentally and physically is a lesson for us.

The Takeaways:

Throughout today’s assigned reading, we watch varying degrees of trust. First, Moses, in Exodus 4:10 he argues with God about His decision. We realize that Moses is insecure and does not feel equipped to lead. However, Yahweh, our God, continues to speak life over Moses and provides him with a helper. Someone to proclaim God’s command while giving Moses the encouragement he needs to complete his purpose.
In Matthew 18:3, Jesus teaches His disciples to trust and be vulnerable like children. We are to lead by Christ’s example and not become stumbling blocks to those who want to grow in understanding.
We can trust God to find the lost (one who veered off the path)and bring him safely home.

Who will you trust?

Trust in Review! Here are some verses we have read:

Psalm 4:5 Offer right sacrifices and put your trust in the Lord.

Psalm 9:10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Psalm 22:4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 

 


This devotional was submitted by Torrie Slaughter, the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 


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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Exodus 4:1-5:21, Matthew 18:1-20, Psalm 22:19-31, Proverbs 5:15-21

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 14, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: James 1:2-4

 

🔴 TODAY’S TRIALS TOMORROW’S TESTIMONY!

Hardships are something that we all face. What if we never had any problems, nothing terrible ever happened to us, and life was always sunshine and rainbows? That would be delightful! We could just hop, skip, and sing a happy song every day with no worry or care in the world. Reality check!!! Adam and Eve had that in the Garden of Eden before they sinned against God.  

How do we get back to the utopia Adam and Eve shared in Eden?

  1. By acknowledging that we are sinners and disobey God.
  2. Ask God for forgiveness and turn from sin.
  3. Accept God as the One and only true God by believing in His Son, Jesus Christ.
  4.  Ask God to forgive us and save us by His grace and mercy.

When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we receive His salvation. Remember this: What belongs to God is His, and no one has the power to take from God what belongs to Him! How’s that for security?! 

Our education taught us to read and study. Schools tested our knowledge for retention. Likewise, trials and tests from life grow our faith and our ability to trust in God. Hardships help define our character, and the struggles define our attributes.

 

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, we know that you always provide a means of escape. Help us follow the path directly to you. Thanks for your promise to never leave or forsake us. Please remind us that when we are at the end of our rope, you are at work for us. We love you, Lord, and we come out shouting hallelujah and glorious praise and honor to you! Amen

 

~Diana L.W. Coleman

This devotional was submitted by Diana L.W. Coleman, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Genesis 30:1-31:16, Matthew 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 3:13-15

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