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Bible Study & Devotional Day 58

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴 Separation Anxiety

Guiding ScriptureLeviticus 20:23 (AMPC) “You shall not walk in the customs of the nation which I am casting out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I was wearied and grieved by them.”

Words to Ponder:

  • Separate- forming or viewed as a unit apart or by itself.
  • Anxious– experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
  • Weary– calling for a significant amount of energy or endurance; tiring and tedious.
  • Grieve- cause great distress to (someone).
  • Abhor– To cause a sickening dread

What were the things that grieved our Lord? Idolatry, incest, uncleanliness. God will set His face against anyone who turns to familiar spirits (Lev 20:16). He wanted the nation of Israel to consecrate themselves and be made holy. 

How do we separate holiness and ungodliness today? 

Think about the ungodly people we look to for guidance but do not know our Lord’s ways. Unfortunately, we have religious leaders who do not comprehend the message of Christ. You will know them by their fruit, for they invite division, chaos, and disorder into their lives. No one can quench their perfection standard, which leaves others exhausted mentally, physically, and spiritually. 

How have we contributed to the confusion or turmoil inflicted in the lives of others?

We cannot be a victim unless we understand how we played the villain. By separating our hurt feelings and growing in a deeper understanding of spiritual warfare, we learn valuable godly behavior. 

In Mark 9:5-7

Peter didn’t understand what was happening when Jesus was transfigured. It is interesting to see how quickly we fall back to the reality of what we think we know. The Bible tells us a cloud came over them, and the voice of God was audible. “This is my Son, the Beloved One. Be constantly listening to and obeying Him!”

Don’t be afraid of the divine Holy wisdom God wants to give you. Our separation anxiety should happen when we feel far off from God, not the things of the world. Allow Wisdom to have His way.

Mark 9:8 And looking around, they suddenly no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus only.


Belief is a spiritual connection we have through God’s divine Holy Spirit. Have faith that nothing can separate you from our Abba Father. We must learn to believe first before we can know God’s truth.  





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


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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Leviticus 20:22-22:16, Mark 9:1-29, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 10:18

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”


🔴 Use Your Sword!

The sword was placed in the “other” pile to take to the thrift store during our spring cleaning.

As I looked at the sword, I imagined a Samauri (a Japanese army officer of a military caste member) using this weapon in a fight. I then reflected on the days of visiting the Martial Arts Center to watch my son’s class. The instructor would demonstrate to the students to proper use of their weapons. It was essential to focus on the opponent using swift movement to overtake them.

And sister, we must fight our battles with wisdom and discernment that comes from God. Our fight isn’t against what we see with our eyes, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

I sat down to meditate on this verse, and then the words illuminated off the page… God’s Word is ALIVE and ACTIVE.

So why am I afraid? Why is fear attacking my mind? I don’t have to live as if I’m defeated.

Thank God for this wake-up call. The Holy Spirit lives in me, and He lives in you! This same power raised Jesus from the dead. So, we need to use His Word in our battles.

Use Your SWORD!

We can fight our battles by speaking life, the word of God, into every situation and the atmosphere. His Word is going to “cut” and do the work – real damage to all circumstances.

It not about us “going off” in the flesh or trying to “fix it” ourselves.

God’s Sword is not a butter knife that will only band-aid the situation and not cut to the root of the problem, providing only a temporary fix. We can become vessels God can use when we allow the Holy Spirit to change our hearts, mind, and soul. That can only take place by developing an intimate relationship with God.

I thought I knew God and had a personal relationship, but I was wrong. That quick prayer as I ran out the door to school or work was not equipping me to fight the battles of life as a wife and mother to make a difference in others’ lives. I decided not to rely on others’ prayers to intercede for me and took steps to renew my mind.

It required getting before His presence and spending time in prayer and meditation to know how to use my Sword to fight off depression, anxiety, bitterness, and fear.

Sister, the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy our lives and our families. We must know His Word as the Sword to fight our battles.

How do you fight your battles? It is on the phone telling another girlfriend all that’s wrong with the world and everyone around you OR picking up your SWORD?

What weapon are you using to experience breakthroughs in your life?

~LaVonda McCullough



LaVonda McCullough: CEO & Founder of Joyful Journey, she is a Biblical Life Coach, Author, Speaker and Co-Pastor specializing in women empowerment. We invite you to connect with LaVonda on Facebook & Instagram. Visit www.lavondamccullough.com for more information. 


This devotional was submitted by LaVonda McCullough, 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

Friday, January 29, 2021

Exodus 8:1-9:35, Matthew 19:13-30, Psalm 24:1-10, Proverbs 6:1-5

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Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show

Prayer is the Solution! Season 7 Episode 2

Prayer is the solution to our worries. It helps us focus on God and realign with His will for our lives. He has a divine plan, and we, as humans, are easily distracted. Worshiping our Lord encourages us to keep moving forward no matter the circumstances.” Torrie Slaughter
🎧 Listen as I share how the Word of the Lord encourages me to stop spinning in an unrighteous cycle and climb out of the drain of destruction. 
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🔴 Scriptures to Study: Psalm 6:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Genesis 3:5-7, Genesis 1:26-28
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.-Matthew 10:28
Daily Action Steps:
🔻C.larify by defining your work environment. Everything we do produces something. Who are you working with to achieve the goal of your purpose?
🔻O.rganize by arranging the details of your life’s work into a system, for example, scheduling your day, to begin with, prayer and meditation. Being yoked with our Lord means we must interact with Him.
🔻P.repare by equipping yourself with the tools available. We have many methods of staying on track. Use your smartphone to bring up scriptures. Change your social media habits to align with your intentions. Keep the seeds of your ideas covered until they have developed.


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