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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 223

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture: Nehemiah 2:18, ‘And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. ‘ 

🔴Fortitude

“You’re young and got a lot of energy.” What you may read as a compliment is sarcastic complacency. I’ve heard that statement many times after an accomplishment. It wasn’t congratulatory because it made me fear growing older. I used to think that maybe I should pace myself so I would have some ‘energy’ left for later years. 

But as we grow and learn more about our differences and where courage, grit, and fearlessness come from, we understand that energy isn’t what we exert but how we apply it. I devoted too much effort to others’ feelings about my purpose. I often worried if others would be threatened or believe I was arrogantly showing off my ‘youthfulness.’

And then we read historical passages like Ezra-Nehemiah. Both men played a significant role in the trajectory of the God story.

Nehemiah picks up where Ezra leaves off. Nehemiah faced opposition as he endeavored to complete the Lord’s work. It is incredible how God uses His people to keep pressing forward. Despite opposition, Nehemiah and his supporters finished the wall. 

As you read today’s scriptures, I pray you are encouraged. 

How?

Think about what you contribute to the Gospel narrative.

Are you influencing your sisters and brothers to work for the Lord? 

Because of Jesus, we can get excited about the bigger picture as we do our part. Our strength comes from being under pressure. Isn’t it amazing how God helps us grow in spiritual and mental strength? The fearful nay-sayers and procrastinators will not destroy God’s plan. Ponder, meditate, and pray while you seek God’s guidance for your assignment. When we seek to accomplish kingdom goals, the Holy Spirit fortifies us with significant strength. 

Prayer: Father, we come humbly before you as we seek to do your will. Please help us find those who will stand boldly in Truth. As we rise against the spiritually blind and unbelievers, fortify us with Your power and wisdom. Amen

 

 

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Nehemiah 1:1-3:14, 1 Corinthians 7:1-24, Psalm 31:19-24, Proverbs 21:4

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 221

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

 

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 21:2,‘ Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.’ 

 

🔴Internal Investigation

When we hear a company is conducting an internal investigation, most of us become immediately suspicious. We know we are unqualified to research a problem and find a solution if there isn’t anyone holding us accountable. Loyalty, trust, and favoritism cause the truth to remain hidden, so the parties involved can continue their routine.

So what is self-examination, and to who do we report our findings? 

As men and women of Christ, administering an exam of our bodies to check for illness or our motivation is biblically sound. It is the way we invite God through the Holy Spirit to inspect our hearts. (Psalm 26:2, Psalm 139:23,Psalm 51:10, Matthew 6:21) 

1 Samuel 16:7But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

A Conforming Heart

I will admit that I have placed more onus on my hair, clothing, and make-up, the outward appearance, to cover how I felt. A worldly shield that kept me from sharing my faith because it made me vulnerable to attacks. I remained comfortable by conforming to worldly standards.

But God!

As King Solomon wisely wrote, God weighs the heart of every human being. God sees the Spirit within each of us, and we have the power to show everyone who God is through our behavior, thoughts, and deeds. 

Because God is with us we can go confidently into prayer, fasting, and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal our errors. The Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 8:27, “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

As you read today, think about the warnings from 1 Corinthians 5 and request God to deliver you from the strongholds of sinful behavior. Don’t let a comfortable routine become a stumbling block for you or your neighbor. Love creates a desire to do internal investigations with Christ as our divine example.  

After all what person, if a neighbor asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? (Luke 11:11) Ask God to help you serve with love, mercy, wisdom, and kindness considering the whole picture.

 

 

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Ezra 8:21-9:15, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Psalm 31:1-8, Proverbs 21:1-2

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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3 Ways to Protect Your Peace (Season 8 Finale)

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  1. Know the source. John 14:27.
  2. Find balance Ephesians 6:17
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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 208

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 20:5 ‘The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.’ 

 

🔴Profound

There is a reason Proverbs 20:5 is my scriptural vision statement. God is our source of wisdom, and we can continue to seek His guidance to grow in understanding.

Before we draw anything out, we must acknowledge any errors in our thinking or behavior: Proverbs 20:1-4 layout warnings and things we should avoid.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine causes you to make fun of others, and beer causes you to start fights. Anyone who is led down the wrong path by them is not wise.

Being drunk with alcohol doesn’t leave space for the Holy Spirit. We are choosing comfort and foolishness over sacrifice. 

Proverbs 20:2 A king’s anger is like a lion’s roar. Anyone who makes him angry may lose his life.

We cannot fully comprehend the wrath of God. King Solomon warns us not to provoke God’s divine anger so we will not lose our life. 

Proverbs 20:3 Avoiding a fight brings honor to a man. But every foolish person is quick to argue.

A hostile person has a shallow heart; anger is a defense. If you notice how these proverbs direct us towards becoming more intellectually mature.

Proverbs 20:4 Anyone who refuses to work doesn’t plow in the right season. When he looks for a crop at harvest time, he doesn’t find it.

Seeking wisdom is work, as is physical labor. Being idle and thinking we have more time to do the will of the Lord is flirting with disaster. The harvest is always plentiful because our God is the Gardener. If we do not cultivate what He has given, we are rebelling against our Lord. 

Proverbs 20:5 begs us to become more curious about our destiny. What is God’s will for our lives? How can we use reverse engineering to apply His Truth to our current circumstances? 

As you read today’s passages, think about how God’s Word is relevant. Invite the Holy Spirit to help you dive deeper into Truth.

Prayer: Lord, we humbly come before you. Please help us to seek your guidance that we may navigate this life as an expression of Christ Jesus. 

 

 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

2 Chronicles 19:1-20:37, Romans 10:14-11:12, Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 20:4-6

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 207

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Romans 10:3 ‘For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.’  

 

🔴Willful Ignorance

 

The Word of God warns against foolishness. Because God is the Creator of knowledge, we honor and respect Him when we seek His wisdom.

To be ignorant takes shape in two ways:

  1. We don’t realize there was something to learn—
  2. The desire to practice unawareness in general.

There is an art to ‘not knowing’. If one is uneducated and remains uneducated, then they cannot be responsible for their actions. 

Romans 10:3 is one place where the Word of God through Paul speaks to the fleshly urge to do things our way. Willful ignorance allows one to establish a comfortable methodology. They are stubborn and determined to do as they want regardless of the consequences or effects. 

As Seen on Social Media

There was a video of a three-year-old boy. His mother filmed him as he repeatedly and with determined authority exclaimed that the item he held was an apple. However, his mother zooms in on the object, and it is, in fact, an onion. Her son is about to take a bite, and again she warns him that it’s an onion, not an apple. The child takes a bite, makes a face, and continues to eat the onion slowly in his willful ignorance. 

Apples & Onions

Sometimes I have trouble surrendering to God’s will. Especially if He sends a person to correct or teach me. I can be like an onion peeling back the layers of pride, shame, or guilt. But, once the hard, inedible stem is revealed, I have a choice: 

  1. Suffer the consequences of the bitter bite. 
  2. Or acknowledge my fault and take it to the Lord in prayer. 

Habbakuk 2:4 reminds us that the one who is right with God will live by faith. The Apostle Paul challenges his fellow Jewish brothers and sisters to pursue a relationship with God through faith in Christ Jesus. We, too, can stop practicing manufactured laws and be made righteous through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. 

Deliberation

Knowing why God sent His sinless Son to earth and accepting through faith His grace and mercy makes us right with God. Remaining willfully ignorant is a tactic of the enemy. The effects of his schemes lead to death, destruction, and grief. Let’s place our complete confidence in Jesus and boldly proclaim that He is the way, the truth, and the life. Through Him, we have gained access by faith into the grace in which we stand. Rejoice in the hope and glory of God!

 

Prayer: Lord helps us to remember to trust in You. Amen

 

 

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Monday, July 26, 2021

2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34, Romans 9:25-10:13, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 20:2-3

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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 

 

 

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