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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 99

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴A New Attitude? 

Before we dive into the Bible reading, let’s define a few words we will come across: 

  1. Shame a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
  2. Suffering, in a broad sense, may be an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of damage in an individual.
  3. Repentance is the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs, accompanied by a commitment to and actual actions that show and prove a change for the better.
  4. Obedience is generally distinguished from compliance, which is behavior influenced by peers, and from conformity, which is behavior intended to match that of the majority.
  5. Fruit the effect or consequence of an action or operation.

With those definitions in mind, let’s review the steps of repentance. This list represents a general approach; however, if you meditate on Psalm 51:1-17, King David’s example of seeking God’s forgiveness shows us how to repent without being defensive. That helps us authentically turn to our Lord and not repeat sinfulness.  

Steps of Repentance:

  • Acknowledging the sin.
  • Confessing the sin.
  • Asking forgiveness.
  • Turning away from the sin.
  • Restoring the wrong done.

God gives us repeated opportunities to correct our behavior. Over the last few weeks, I am in awe of just how patient my Abba Father is. However, that does not free me from the consequences of my actions. When we carry ourselves with an attitude of humility, God’s Word teaches that we will hold ourselves accountable, take responsibility, and remember our posture. 

As you read today’s scriptures, think about how you’ve changed: 

  • Has the Lord transformed your heart? 
  • Have you corrected behaviors and set boundaries within relationships and work environments? 
  • Are you seeking revenge or feeling stuck in shame?

Pay close attention to Luke 13:1-10 and ask God to reveal times you doubted Him. The fear of letting go of anger, frustration, guilt, and shame are characteristics that keep us from embracing our purpose. God is calling you to do great work! Learn to trust in Him and not lean to your understanding. Remember, for every cause; there is an effect. What do you want your actions to reveal?

God sees through to the heart no matter the status of our faith. 

Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Take off the mourning clothes and rejoice in this new day. It is a gift because God has allowed you to see the present. You are loved. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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, April 9, 2021

Deuteronomy 33:1-29, Luke 13:1-21, Psalm 78:65-72, Proverbs 12:25

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 81

Written By Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 65:1 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. 

 

🔴 Vow to Praise

Vow- the first idea that we have is marriage. A vow becomes a recited verbal contract in front of witnesses and the Lord, to love, honor, support, and obey. We agree to partner with one another to faithfully follow God’s commands and His ordinance of marriage. We can also vow to unite with believers in the body of Christ to uphold the standards of our Lord.

In Psalm 65, the author invites us to praise our Most High God. Through God’s presence, protection, strength, sovereignty, provision, and blessing, we too can exalt Him. If we meditate on the many ways God wants us to benefit from His magnificent power, we ought to praise Him more. 

Yesterday we read the temptation of Christ and all the enemy wanted to provide temporarily. Satan speaks to our ego, pride, and fleshly desires. As the father of lies (John 8:44, Genesis 3:4 ), he intentionally places doubt and shame into our consciousness. In sharp contrast, Jesus, the Son of God, wants to give us abundant life. That is worthy of all our praise in corporate worship and silent anticipation of what will come. 

The Ways of God provides us with an opportunity to learn His honest character and grow in discernment. Guidance through the truth of His Word gives us all the ability to exercise caution and lead others in a manner that motivates others.  

How will you praise our sovereign God for his protection, provision, strength, and blessing of your land? Will He find you leading by example?

Don’t keep the praise to yourself; share it with God and those around you. Be encouraged by influencing others to take part in the great commission with you. 

Say yes to glorifying the One who:

  1. Is our salvation and answers us with righteousness
  2. Established the mountains and stills the roaring seas
  3. Prepares and provides for our every need
  4. Blesses the growth of our crops and enriches the land
  5. Creates all that we use and nourishes the overflow

 

Remember, God leads His people to abundance, and we can faithfully follow His roadmap. The enemy schemes pull our focus towards things of this world and add confusion.

Proverbs 11:23 The desire of the righteous only good: But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Give praise to God and authentically communicate His character through your actions. He deserves our reverence, obedience, and love.

 

 


 

 

 


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

 


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Monday, March 22, 2021

Numbers 33:40-35:34, Luke 5:12-28, Psalm 65:1-13, Proverbs 11:23

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 25

🔴  Who Knows Better?

I can be stubborn. My dogged determination not to change my attitude or position despite good arguments or reasons to do such can cause friction.

In Matthew 16:16, Peter spiritually declares that Jesus is the Son of God and immediately follows with human logic in Matthew 16:22. I have defended Peter’s stance on occasion believing that he only wanted to protect his Rabbi from harm. However, to remain unchanged in attitude would decrease the ability to proclaim the Gospel. 

Satan is never right, and he does not know better than God.

The tension we feel for wanting to be a “protector” has adverse results -this places the cross in state of complacency, not purpose. Jesus asks us to change our attitude.

Matthew 16:24 ‘Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Jesus gives His disciples a choice. If we desire to develop godly characteristics, we must refuse Satan’s temptation of worldly wisdom and prioritize the Kingdom’s business. In doing so, we support the great commission as we take action on our belief in Christ Jesus. While, Peter gave in to his human nature to protect life, Jesus openly rebuked the scheme of the adversary.

What can we learn from Peter in Matthew 16:16? Well, if we get caught in the endless spiral of human ability versus divine appointment, we can ask ourselves:

  1. Am I glorifying God with my attitude, opinions, or behavior?
  2. By what am I motivated into action?
  3. How is God’s truth prevailing?
  4. What mistakes have I made that no longer feel like mistakes?
  5. Am I able to receive righteous correction to grow spiritually? 

Who knows better you, or God? 

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 

 


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


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, January 25, 2021

Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10, Matthew 16:13-17:9, Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 5:1-6

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“They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Colossians 2:19 

Suggested reading Colossians 2:1-23

 

🔴 STAYING CONNECTED!

 
There are very few things that work manually anymore. Nearly everything needs a battery or power to function. Gone is the day for the block of ice to keep food cold. Young’uns – millenniums probably don’t know much about that or putting vegetables wrapped in brown paper bags sprinkled with lime in a cellar to last throughout the winter.
 
Dehydration machines were not so popular back in the day, nor were the triple door refrigerator-freezers. Now we fuss about who will load or unload the dishwasher.
 
Back in the Day
Before the 1970’s dishwashing meant using your dishpan hands to cleanse plates for the next use. Now the choices are endless, and we seek automation to save ‘time’.
 
Gone are the days of exerting physical energy to clean, drive, or call friends. Every device can be recharged and remind us when we have to do the next thing.
 
But, detaching from manual labor creates privileged thinking. We take comfort for granted and become snobbish. We can combat that attitude by staying connected to Christ. He is our ultimate power source.
 
We do not need to fear being drained by manual labor, helping our neighbors, or going the extra mile. Recharge your battery through prayer and meditate on His Word.
 
Our Lord never has an outage or needs a break. He never needs upgrading or updating. We have a wireless connection to God, Almighty, every moment of every day. Now that’s what would be called a superpower source by any definition!
 
Do you want to be connected to this source?
 
If you do, ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and start a lifetime connection with the most significant power source ever!   

~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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