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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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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 13, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:11

 

🔴 IN PURSUIT

Solomon was considered the wisest and richest man who has ever lived. We can read Solomon’s autobiography in Ecclesiastes. If we read and understand his frustration of having great wisdom and riches with objectivity, we learn that a life without God is meaningless. Solomon delivered the advice he was sought out to give, and yet he was unfulfilled.  
Solomon found his life to be empty without a relationship with God. What makes us think that we can? Regardless of the number of degrees you have, position in life, or the achievements you have mastered, without God, we too will come out feeling empty. 
 
Let’s consider – Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John. When Mary visited her, Jesus’ earthly virgin mother, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her and filled her with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:39-41). We don’t need to be the wisest person to realize that once we come in the presence of our Lord and Savior, we too leap with joy. There is just something about coming into His presence.

Let’s Pray: Lord, it is our duty to fear you and to obey your commands. Help us to do so with a pure heart and sincerity. Without you, we don’t have a future. The future we would have without you does not have value and would only lead to hell and damnation. Please, Lord, keep us forever in your mercy and grace. Thanks and glory to your name Jesus Christ. 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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Genesis 28:1-29:35, Matthew 9:18-38, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 3:11-12

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

🎧 (Christianity Can Be Intellectually Challenging: Hebrews 7)

Guiding Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:11 “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”


Faith can stretch our mental muscles.


Have you ever struggled with the idea of faith? Let’s be completely honest; we can sound crazy when we’re talking to unbelievers about the miracles that happened for us to be saved. Sometimes even I can get lost in the intellectual aspects of all that faith requires. Exactly how did the resurrection happen? How is that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross became the atonement for me?

God has a plan for everything.


Thankfully, we’re not alone with this intellectual struggle! In the book of Hebrews, the Hebrew Christians also had to overcome some challenges that kept them from living in the fullness of Christ. That wasn’t a surprise to God, and He had prepared for this conversation well in advance.

Way back in Genesis 14:17-24, Melchizedek enters the scene. He only gets a couple of verses in the Genesis scriptures. Still, his role on this earth not only had a significant impact on the time he was living (he blessed Abram, which caused the first tithe to happen!), but he also had a huge impact on the future of Christianity. Because his life helped explain how Jesus could be our Great High Priest, even though he didn’t fit the Jewish Law requirements.

You may never know the impact your walk with Christ will have on the coming generations. Live boldly for Christ, knowing He has a purpose for you.

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for the examples of faith You have given us in Your Word. Thank you for knowing all of my needs and meeting them, even when I’m not aware. I pray that I will walk by faith, even when it’s not easy. And I pray that You will use me to further Your kingdom here on earth. In the name of Jesus, I pray this, Amen.

~Magan Martin

 

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This devotional was submitted by Magan Martin, 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 10:16-18, Proverbs 3:9-10

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 11, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: “The Lord says, “I love those who do what is right. I hate it when people steal and do other sinful things. So I will be faithful to my people. And I will bless them. I will make a covenant with them that will last forever.” Isaiah 61:8

 

🔴 WHAT A YEAR!

The Prophet Isaiah 61:1 talks about the year when the Lord sets His people free.” Jesus Himself quoted from His Word written by Isaiah in the synagogue as He read to the people.  

The wrath of Jesus will come at His return, as He said, starting with verse two that brings God’s anger against our enemies. The injustice that others inflict, which causes pain and suffering on any of His children, makes God angry. Vengeance belongs to The Lord, and He will repay.

Sometimes our suffering is brought on by our actions. We, too, will get what we deserve. Sin is sin. God will settle our account as well. 2020 is a year to remember. Just as we have hope for a better future, we must not lose sight of how much we contributed to past problems. The worst obstacle is the dismissal of God and taking on His character and His attributes. God told us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

Dear reader, I pray you will allow Christ to permeate your hearts. Turn from the evil the world uses to kill, steal, and destroy your Holy Spirit power. Humbly seek God and return to Him. 

 

 

~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

Monday, January 11, 2021

Genesis 24:52-26:16, Matthew 8:18-34, Psalm 10:1-15, Proverbs 3:7-8

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 10, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: “Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:2

 

🔴 RETURNING GIFTS

If you think that the lines were long to reach a register to pay for your Christmas gifts, try waiting in line to return a gift.
What if we tried something new moving forward? A card that tells you a toiletry tote bag given to someone in need is the recipient of your gift.
 
Who would return it?

Let’s think about that and plan even more creative ideas to give meaningful gifts. Would this not be in keeping with what Jesus has done for us? We have been redeemed! God has given us the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. God wants us to share His love for His story and us with everyone  
 

 

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, as your children, please helps us to share our blessings with others. When you give us two toys to play with, open our hearts to be willing to give one away. As children, give us the creativity to come up with ideas to give meaningful gifts. Keep us obedient to you, compassionate and faithful in your promises to us. Thank you, our Loving Lord. 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

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Genesis 23:1-24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Proverbs 3:1-6

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