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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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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

1 Samuel 12:1-13:23, John 7:1-30, Psalm 108:1-13, Proverbs 15:4

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 72

Written By Torrie Slaughter

(With an excerpt from The Gospel of Luke 24-Day Devotional ©2018)

Guiding Scripture: Luke 1:16  And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,

🔴 Silence and Reflection

We begin the Gospel According to Luke; we journey to learn more about God through the reading of His Word. It is helpful for us to start with the basics and give some background. Luke is a Gentile physician and historian that occasionally traveled with the Apostle Paul. The purpose of Luke’s story is to provide an orderly account of the fulfilled things. The belief that Jesus is the accomplishment of God and Israel’s covenant story serves as a valuable faith lesson to us now. The Gospel According to Luke and its sequel, Acts of the Apostles, gives us a richer understanding. Luke’s attention to detail and desire to get many eye witness statements reached audiences beyond the immediate Gentile and Israelite community.

Worthy

We know Zechariah and Elizabeth were God-fearing people and were both in the priestly line of Aaron. The exciting fact about serving in the Temple is the order by which one can offer prayers. Some priests only experienced standing in the Holy of holies once in a lifetime, if at all. God’s timing is always perfect.

Luke 1:20 “And behold, you will be silent and not able to speak until the day these things take place because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”

Not so long ago…

I saved a turtle’s life. No, I didn’t give it mouth to mouth, but I saw it on the road, picked it up, and placed it in a safer area. He looked back at me, and I felt his gratitude. With a smile on my face and warmth in my heart, I walked away… SMACK!!! I killed the gnat that was flying around my face. Yep, I saved the turtle and “silenced” the gnat. Why??? Well, the apparent reason; gnats get into places they shouldn’t!! Buzzing around eyes and ears, they are annoying little… buzzers.

Are You Easily Annoyed?


I shocked myself with my thoughts. I reacted with compassion for the turtle and annoyance to the gnat. (Insert the people in your life.)
We don’t always understand the bigger picture, so we question and react poorly. I recognized my need to be mindful of my impulses, and even though it was a gnat, it showed me how quickly emotions change.

God Shows Mercy


In Luke 1:13-17, The angel Gabriel came to give Zechariah good news. An answer to his prayers! Not only was he going to have a son, but this child would announce the coming of the long-awaited Savior of the world. But, Zechariah smacked down this excellent news with his questions and doubts. Through the angel Gabriel, God responded to Zechariah by silencing him. Zechariah’s posture needed to change. God’s divine timing was at hand, and Zechariah was unaware of the glorious miracle that was about to take place.

Zechariah’s doubt demoted him. He was part of an intricately woven master plan but questioned the authority and ability of God. Zechariah underwent a divine season of reflection while learning new ways to communicate more effectively. WOW! That made the wonder of this miraculous event even more powerful and historic. God’s arrival in human form was something to behold, a prophecy fulfilled. But He had to work around His created humans.

Whether we meet turtles crossing the road or gnats that fly around us, we are responsible for what we feel, say, or do. Will we react in understanding, doubt, or annoyance? Let’s be careful not to quickly dismiss the events in our lives simply because we can not see the immediate usefulness. God’s plan defines us; we all serve a purpose in His WILL. How much involvement we have may depend on God being able to trust us.

Points to Ponder

  • For what am I idly praying?
  • Am I living out my purpose in God’s plan, or have I given myself “busy” work?
  • Has God rendered me silent in an area I wanted to celebrate because I doubted Him?

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written and submitted by Torrie Slaughter (with a portion from The Gospel of Luke Devotional Save the Turtles, Silence the Gnats) the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 


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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 21, 2021)

🔴 Waiting Wisely

Genesis 37:12-14 told us the story of Jacob sending Joseph to report on his brothers’ activities. When Joseph located them, he walked into an ambush. His enraged brothers seized the opportunity to act out their emotions. We also watch the pattern of trading food to satisfy a temporary mental state. Genesis 37:23-25 tells us that the brothers ate while Joseph sat pleading for His life in an empty pit. It was unclear if they could hear him cry out; we find out later in Genesis 42:21 that they could. We know God heard Joseph and His grander plan would be successful. Our Lord sent Reuben, and he became the unlikely ally.


When we are frightened because of what men do and question the promise of God, we can look to this story and watch God’s providential hand cover Joseph and protect the covenant.

Hatred is a terrifying emotion. The offended do not think clearly or beyond the current circumstance.


Proverbs 4:7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.

Christ-followers need to seek spiritual discernment actively.

 

Not too long ago,

I had a colleague, “Beth,” tell me she disliked going to her therapy sessions. She didn’t like that this particular counselor always wanted to talk about her childhood. Beth wanted to skip over that part and get to why she was the way she is now. Ok, was that giggle-worthy? Perhaps! LOL! However, this is an example of growing in wisdom.

Dear Reader,
  • What unresolved issues vex your current reality?
  • What underlying problems still haunt your relationships because you haven’t turned them over to God in prayer?


The wisest thing we can do is seek the Lord and wait patiently for Him to help us change. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge that you are human and need guidance. Please don’t put off the mental-spiritual work you could be doing now to make yourself better for the future.


Our attitude changes in prayer.

We receive God’s wisdom when we pray, practice obedience, faithfully accepts His Truth as absolute. Replace doubt, danger, and fear with the knowledge of God’s counter-strategy against any weapon formed against us. God blends both character and circumstances to accomplish great things. God does not change the way he works; He does not change His Words. Ask God to help you respond appropriately to life situations. Let people see the difference God makes in your lifetime. Even if we can’t see God’s purpose, he may be placing you in a position so you can help when the need arises. (Gen. 42:1-8)


Speak life, water the things around you that encourage godly ambition. The beginning of wisdom is to start absorbing it with God. Our words carry power, but they are not more powerful than God’s plan. God chooses to work through those willing to act for Him.

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 

 


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


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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Genesis 42:18- 43:34, Matthew 13:47- 14:12, Psalms 18:16- 36, Proverbs 4:7-10

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