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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 86

Written By Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

 

🔴 Drowning in Turmoil

Have you ever felt like you were drowning? Not in water but just overwhelmed by life! Perhaps your zeal for God while serving in your community, business, relationships, or church, isn’t received. Maybe you are constantly ridiculed by pietistic attitudes. Well, it’s easy to believe we are suffering alone.

The psalmist speaks of this inner turmoil, and his language is a desperate cry for God to act urgently. The enemies and those who hate without cause are numerous; he cannot escape his torment.

What would you do?

Cry out to the One who understands and can calm your spirit…

Christ Jesus knows what it feels like to be hated and to restore what He did not remove. That alone should give us hope! If we keep our hearts and minds focused on God through praise and worship, it is a healing balm.
The answer doesn’t seem obvious, but forgiving our enemies as Christ did as He hung on the cross, will release your inner turmoil. Think about how much more you will understand His Kingdom.

God knows us at the most intimate level. Psalm 38:5 My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness,
and Psalm 69:5 O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

The stronger language of Psalm 38:5 reminds us of how disgusting our sin is and that we are not always victims. I believe God will work in our lives to show us the gravity of our apostasy and idol worship, no matter our social status.

But woe to those who lead others astray. (Matthew 18:6, 2 Peter 2:1)


When we acknowledge our guilt, confessing our sins to God, and seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged, the Lord delights in our behavior. We also can forgive by interceding on their behalf. Psalm 69:6 says: Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.

Those who seek the fellowship and guidance of Jesus will also submit to His ways. Humble yourselves and ask God to “Draw near to your soul, redeem you.”

 

 


 

 

 


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

 


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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20, Luke 7:36-8:3, Psalm 69:1-18, Proverbs 12:1

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🎧 Executive Skills: Steps to Improve Your Organization. Season 7 Episode 12

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🔴This Mentoring Session:

 
We discuss ways to improve your organization.
 
To build your team and ultimately trust through leadership, we must have a clear purpose, rely on facts, focus on the correct issues, and designate roles to individuals capable of carrying out the long-term vision for your organization. It starts with you. How will you successfully lead your church, business, or family? What is your strategy to increase the investment Christ gave for your life?
 
 
Scripture Mentioned
 
Philippians 2:4, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 7:5
 
 

 


 
 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional by Casey Alexis

Guiding Scripture: James 1:2-4, “Consider it all joy, my brothers, whenever you encounter various trials, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”

🔴 THE NINTH MONTH

A couple of days after my 39th birthday, I found out I was expecting. I was filled with so much joy and hope to know that God fulfilled His promise. The anticipation is a beautiful thing and keeps us looking forward to the occurrence. God brings forth incredible things!

 Expectancy doesn’t just apply to pregnancy.

We can expect the fulfillment of a promise, dream, or vision- a faith that the things we hope for will eventually come to fruition. Most of us have experienced seasons of expectation. What happens when you’re tested through various trials as you wait in anticipation? 

In my ninth month of expectation, doubt entered my mind:

“What the heck is going on?! Have I committed some sin I didn’t know about?” “Do I have some hidden idol in my home?” It was reminiscent of the children of Isreal in the desert…” somebody sinned in the camp.” (Joshua 7:19-20) How can a promise of God be tested so much? If God said it, why am I being trialed in this way? Especially when the fulfillment of my promise is right around the corner. 

I started to go down the woe-is-me route, but then I remembered, “Be anxious for nothing, but pray about everything (Philippians 4-6).” 

As I prayed, the bible verse from James 1 dropped into my heart. I immediately ran to that scripture and began to meditate upon it. Once I did, the heavy burden of the sufferings lifted off my shoulders, and then it hit me!

Many believers give up on the promises of God in their ninth month of expectancy.

 When things get tough, we don’t allow that particular pain to build our endurance. We hardly allow ourselves to become mature, complete, and lacking in anything. Instead, we walk away from the very thing that used to prosper us, give us hope, and a future. Endurance for a believer builds our strength to fight against the enemy. Without perseverance, our faith is easily shaken, battered, bruised, and destroyed, never fully capable of fighting the good fight of faith and running the race Paul described in 2 Timothy 4. 

To endure as a believer is a testament of God’s word being made whole in us as the Bible speaks in Nehemiah 8:10, “the joy of the Lord is my strength,” and in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” 

Brothers and sisters, let us all endure to the end.

Let us hold on to the truth of God’s word and allow it to be made perfect in us. In season and out of season, let us trust God to fulfill all of His promises in us, knowing that God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). When He says it, it will come to pass, not just for the sake of us, but for the world who watches in anticipation to find out if this God thing is real. 

Most of us are walking Gospels to our families, friends, co-workers, and other believers whose faith may not be as great as ours. Please don’t give up because a trial made to build you feels like it has come to destroy you. No, it is allowed to create a more robust version of who God has called you to be. You are a warrior, and warriors are called to fight to the very end. Put on your full armor of God and endure! 

 

 


This devotional was submitted by Casey Alexis, 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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🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan Day 85

Friday, March 26, 2021

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25,Luke 7-11-35, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 11:29-31

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 57

Contributing Writer: Stephanie Bright

 🔴 Praise Again

Praise is an expression of approval or admiration. We give God praises to show our admiration or respect for Him, who He is, and all that He has done. God is worthy and deserves our best praise. The issue is this: At times, it is hard to praise when our circumstances are not excellent, in our eyes at least.

Inner Thoughts

What we must remember is that God is worthy of our praise despite our circumstances. He is always worthy of our praise, no matter what situations we face.

We must also remember that when we praise, we take our focus off the situation and place it on the God who has the power to change it. We automatically begin to feel better after praising because we satisfy an innate need to commune with our Creator.

Outward Display

Praising God does not mean that everything is automatically transformed in the ideal utopia, but it shows that we STILL give Him the honor, praise, and glorify His name, regardless of what’s ahead.

In the Bible, the book of Psalms speaks heavily of giving praise to the Father. In Psalm 42:5, the psalmist commands us to do two things: hope and praise.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation
PSALM 42:5 (ESV)

In the flesh, it was easy for the psalmist to be cast down. The same can be said of us. When we endure hard times, it’s easy for us to approach them with negative thoughts. It’s easy to complain. It’s easy to moan and groan.

But…

Despite what is natural for the flesh, I encourage you to approach all your situations in the Spirit. Accept the challenge from the Psalmist: Hope in God, and praise Him again. When you put your hope in God, it will be easier to praise Him. When you glorify Him, your hope is strengthened. Let the words from your mouth be a revolving, never-ending circle of hope and praise.

Change is coming.

Healing is coming.

Breakthrough is coming.

Deliverance is coming.

A miracle is coming.

In the meantime, praise God and praise Him again. Praise Him from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same. Let His praise ever be on your lips. Praise Again!

~Stephanie Bright

 

Stephanie Bright CEO of Christian Girls P.O.P

 

 


This devotional was written by Stephanie Bright a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, February 26, 2021

Leviticus 19:1-20:21, Mark 8:11-38, Psalm 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 12, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: Luke 9:62 “Jesus replied, “Suppose someone starts to plow and then looks back. That person is not fit for service in God’s kingdom.” Luke 9:62

 

🔴 LOOKING BACK

Looking back is not bad if it reminds you not to repeat a past mistake. But dwelling on the past and stewing in what was is unproductive.  
 
In the Book Genesis, we learn how Lot’s (Abraham’s nephew), character revealed by his greed, wanted better grazing for his livestock and took no thought for its sinful surroundings. Lot gave his two virgin daughters to be raped by perverts. Consequently, his daughters committed incest to preserve their family line. When Lot and his family was rescued by Abraham’s initiation and pleas to God, Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of ________. (Challenge – Read Genesis 19:26 for the answer). Caution, don’t judge Lot’s wife too harshly; he wasn’t excited to leave the wealth and position that he comfortably enjoyed in Sodom.    
  
We learn as we see God’s patience and intercessory of the righteous on our behalf reaches God; we should develop our faith.

 

Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, help us to move forward with you and not hold on to pieces of our sin-sick old life and begin anew and serve only you. Create in us a clean heart. Please forgive us when we fall short, and give us the strength to follow you and your plans for us.
We love and adore you, Holy God. 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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Genesis 26:17-27:46, Matthew 9:1-17, Psalm 10:6-18, Proverbs 3:9-10

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