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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 177

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Act 17:23, ”For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.”

🔴Epicurious?

It is natural to ‘chase rabbits’ when one is searching for more answers. Curiosity is as old as the Garden of Eden. In contrast, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with searching and asking God for answers. The Bereans in Acts 17:11 did just that. They had a hunger and thirst for righteousness so rooted in faith that it became an inspiration. 

When God provides us with an eagerness to learn His Word, our hearts align with His. God’s people are not seeking luxury, indulging in sensual pleasures, or believing that He is not keenly aware of our plights. But these things can get muddled because of our sinful nature. God wants us to be wealthy in spirit and not worship at the altar of money. (Hebrews 13:5)

True joy is appreciating what God provides and trusting Him not to leave us.

In Paul’s address to the Greek philosophers, he boldly stated that they were ignorant of the ‘god’ they worship. It’s as though they wanted to make sure they didn’t leave any diety out. The worship of everything will leave one frustrated, confused, and mentally drained. Juggling various ethical standards wanting a reward or something for nothing perverts the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. 

As you read today, think about the various standards and biases you’ve placed on yourself and others. Are your habits aligned with God’s purpose? Do you eagerly search the scriptures when conflicting ideologies arise? Most importantly, to what ‘gods’ are you ignorantly giving credence?

{Epicurus believed that death was the end of both the body and the soul. He taught that amoral behavior created guilt which prohibited people from attaining tranquil happiness. Source

Prayer: Abba Father, in our desire to be more like you, live life unashamed, and boldly proclaim your Word, please help us. Increase our faith and wisdom to discern your Voice over the world. Help us to abide in Your ways and acknowledge You as our Most High God. 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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Living Between Extremes:Why Your Choice Matters

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Extremes, we’ve all fallen victim to being on one side or the other without thinking about our imbalance—the flood or drought mentality. We will use scripture to acknowledge the problem of wavering between two extremes and seek balance from a place of love. 

 

Between Extremes 

A flood is an overflowing of water beyond its normal confines and arrives in overwhelming amounts or quantities. Experiencing an overflow of anything could be defined as a flood: emotional floods- financial floods- or spiritual floods. In contrast– a drought is a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a water shortage. Drought is the absence of a specified thing or the complete opposite of an overflow of emotions, finances, or not feeling God’s presence.


Here are some questions to consider:

  • How am I going beyond moderation and reason in my thoughts and behaviors?
  • In what contest am I competing?

 

God deserves our time, effort, and energy. Are you going to remain silent or declare God as you King?




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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 132

Written By: Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture: 1 Samuel 12:19-25 ‘As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. The people all said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king.” “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord , but serve the Lord with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.”‘

🔴 Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right

The people of Isreal rejected the Lord as their Almighty King and opted for an earthly one. Someone they could ‘see’. Amid their actions, Samuel took action by interceding on their behalf. Instead of waiting for God’s wrath, the spirit of the Lord hastened Samuel. The people did evil in the sight of God, and yet, He had mercy.

Think about the things you have asked others to do that went against God’s purpose. Our short-sighted and temporary desires cause harm to those within the body of Christ. As you read today’s passages, think about the contrast between the prophet Samuel and Jesus’ brothers. (John 7:6-8) The lack of belief is still present today. 

Is it time to ask God to help you in your unbelief?

 

 

 


 

 

 


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

 


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