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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scriptures: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. 

2 Samuel 1:14 ‘David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 

John 12:43 ‘for they loved human praise more than praise from God. ‘ 

🔴Choices

Loss of control is always the source of fear; it is also, however, always the source of change.” Jams Frey

Things change, and we choose how to react. Last year I had a plan, but it wasn’t the right time to execute all of it. The Pandemic became the focus of a common enemy at first but quickly divided people.

Unity. That was missing from the solution.

There is a way that appears rational, and it’s simple to follow a plan that would please a distinct group of people. However, we must consider the bigger picture, which includes prayer and asking God to direct us.

In 2 Samuel 2:9, we read that Abner, Saul’s cousin and commander of his army, made Ish-bosheth king over Manhenaim (Genesis 32:2). Abner believed keeping Saul’s dynasty intact was the right thing to do.

The man who claimed to kill King Saul (1 Samuel 31:4) once he discovered the dead body took credit (2 Samuel 1:10) and reported to David. He assumed it was the right thing to do.

The religious leaders (John 12:42) who believed in Jesus the Messiah did not openly acknowledge their faith. They feared being put out of the synagogue and loved the praises from people. These leaders thought it was the right thing to do.

Our choices are clearer when we consider the source. Seeking God’s direction is a sure way of achieving a favorable outcome and glorify our Father. To do what is right in our eyes will divide and destroy.

As you read today’s passages, think about how your decisions create a ripple effect. Is it time to ask Jesus to help you turn the tide and accept responsibility?

 


 

 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, May 22, 2021

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalm 118:19-29, Proverbs 15:27-28

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 77

Written By Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture: Luke 3:1-21 and Proverbs 11:17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

 

🔴In and Out

Are you a different person online? Let’s be honest it’s easy to stand up for injustice or hide our emotions behind a repost. We can vent, brag, or show kindness with a few clicks. But what is meant to be private will eventually see the light of day. It could be shameful or worse, a buried skeleton that peeks out at Satan’s command.

The proverbial shoe dropping. 

I’m not perfect. I’ve made numerous mistakes, there are things I’m not proud of and wish had never happened. I know the enemy will make use of my past as this ministry grows. However, I am ready. (Matthew 10:28) God prepares us when we repent and make improvements. The Truth of His Word is good for correction, training, and reproof. While I know God did not remove the consequences of my transgressions, I (we) can walk faithfully forward with God leading the way. Living a transformed life is the goal of a Christ-follower. Forgiveness, kindness, understanding, grace, and mercy are attributes of our Divine Holy Rabbi. Getting to know Him is how we increase our awareness and spiritual maturity.  

(The following is an excerpt from Publicy Pious, Privately Perverse -Gospel of Luke 24 Day Devotional)

John, the forerunner of Christ, came to preach the two sides of repentance 1. to turn away from sin and 2. to turn toward God. (Luke 3:3) John called out the corrupt religious leaders, referring to them as “a brood of vipers.”(Luke 3:7) They outwardly appeared holy, but inwardly, they were sinful and did not follow God’s command. (Matthew 23:1-7) They wore their fine robes, enjoyed celebrity status, sat with high-ranking politicians and leaders. The Pharisees rested on the fact that they were descendants of Abraham, earning them a place in eternity simply because of their ancestry. (John 8:33) John was a stark contrast to these refined teachers. (Matthew 3:4) His clothing was something straight out of the wilderness, his diet was odd, and his message made people uncomfortable.

What we ‘like’ or lust over is a choice.

We usually aren’t suspicious of the wealthy, well-dressed, prosperous, alluring people in life and rarely question their motives. We imitate them and support whatever business venture or idea they’re selling. However, we are turned off by people who push us to become morally righteous because we don’t like how the lesson is ‘packaged.’

The truth is we think we can hide behind our online personas, our excuses, our busyness, and our emotions as if God can not see through it all. (Hebrews 4:13) The more we try to conform to this world, the less like God we will be. During John’s ministry, he called sinners to repent; that message is also for us. When we repent, we should regret what we have done. The forgiveness we receive will help us lead a changed life, turning towards God.

 

Points to Ponder:

  • What areas do you lack restraint?
  • What are you constantly apologizing for but have not turned away from doing?

 

 

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written and submitted with an excerpt from The Luke 24 Day Devotional by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Numbers 26:52-28:15, Luke 3:1-22, Psalm 61:1-8, Proverbs 11:16-17

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 65

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴 A Blessed Home

Numbers 6:22-27 The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”‘
27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

There are several songs that I love to sing and permeate my space. The Blessing is one of them. If you haven’t heard this incredible song by Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes, I highly recommend looking it up on YouTube.


While the Lord was instructing Moses on setting up the tabernacle, consecrating the people, and bringing an offering, I asked: what I could learn? How is my posture in worship? That is a question for all who claim that Jesus Christ is Lord.

All too often, there is a disconnect between the heart and the mind. How do we solve the problem of communication with our Lord? We pray! We talk to God and listen for His guidance.

About 2020


The last year has brought tremendous change for everyone. We were all affected in some way by the pandemic. God wanted us to deliver our offerings before Him so that we could be of more excellent service to His people.


Serve Him with gladness. We need not gain permission from other humans to give our best to our God. That is an attack of the enemy and an explicit scheme to create division. If we are holy and set apart, we ought to bless even our enemies and stand aside to let the Lord deal with their transgressions.

Numbers chapter 7 lists the offerings made by the head of each tribe. It wasn’t a competition but a beautiful housewarming gift for Israel’s people to the Lord Almighty. In every house of worship we enter into; we should give our best and not worry about attacks from the enemy (hearts of the pagans). Your gifts are needed, and Jesus wants you to sing praise and be a joyful addition to the body of Christ.
May He bless us as we transform the way we bring others to His house of worship.

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Numbers 6:1-7:89, Mark 12:38-13:13, Psalm 49:1-20, Proverbs 10:27-28

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 64

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴 Reside with Love

How do we love our neighbor?

We learn how to be a friend by becoming one. Following Christ’s example, we can study the Word of God and apply it to our lives.


Prayer is a powerful tool, but like anything, we have to practice exercising our spiritual muscles. How will we know God is speaking to us? We have the power of discernment to receive God’s word; by getting to know Him, we can imitate what we read. Turn to God and become healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Enjoy the freedom of knowing God is the essential part of our day.


The whole point is to show love; to be love, we must communicate what the other cannot see. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith. We can trust Him to give us the answers and steer us in the correct direction. Letting go of the arrogance of believing we can do it ourselves.

Love serves, love disciplines, love is faithful, love is sincere. Love is a responsibility of our hearts. We must love God, so we can fully love ourselves to reciprocate that love to each other. Our lives have meaning when what we are doing is part of God’s purpose for us.
It is at the center of who we are and the work Christ did on the cross to redeem us.

“Love is a destination. It is a place we want to reside.”

Love shouldn’t be Greek to us. 😉

  • Storge – empathy bond.
  • Philia – friend bond.
  • Eros – romantic love.
  • Agape – unconditional “God” love.

 

 

 

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, March 5, 2021

Numbers 4:1-5:31, Mark 12:18-37, Psalm 48:1-14, Proverbs 10:26

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 61

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴 Healing Faith

Guiding Scripture:Mark 10:46-52

Our circle of confidants may change as a result of seeking to be healed.
We read about the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, crying out to be healed by Jesus, but he was told to be quiet: to stop yelling. Jesus had already performed many miracles; everyone knew His character of mercy, love, and grace. The “people” standing closest to Bartimaeus told him to hush. Bartimaeus cried out even louder, and Jesus, the Son of God, healed him because of his faith and belief.


REVERENCE- honor or deep respect felt or shown for someone or something.

We will show our reverence to God through how we treat ourselves and others.


Our family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones should respect, not discourage our desire for change. That is the reverence application; those closest to us honoring our right to be healed and renewed.

People rarely notice what we do all-the-time because it’s our routine. They, as well as ourselves, are habitual beings. The desire for change, I believe, is born out of our mustard seed faith. It is persistent and something that we can not let go. Faith becomes the thing we feel is missing from our lives or the basis for learning more about the Higher Being that created the universe. However, we look at it until we fill this void or grow in faith, we will always feel incomplete. This -is- brokenness. Our lives without God, ignoring the Holy Spirit within us that is craving to be nourished. It is the foundation we live through.

Prayer: Father, please help us come to you. We know you will remove us from the faithless and heal us completely. We are made whole in You. Amen


~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Leviticus 25:47-27:13, Mark 10:32-52, Psalm 45:1-17, Proverbs 10:22

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