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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (Day 190)

By: Lisa C. Gant

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” 

 

🔴 It Starts with Trust: Winning the Battle Against Fear

When we’re small children, fear is easy enough to identify, often taking the form of invisible monsters who lurk under the bed or hide in dark closets. Over time, however, we learn that those fears usually aren’t based on reality. The monsters that we imagined with sharp claws, shaggy fur, and vicious fangs aren’t real, and nothing is waiting in the dark to grab us while we sleep.

But what do we do when our fears are real, terrible things that can happen?

As adults, fear becomes menacing in a different way. Instead of ghosts, monsters, or werewolves that fill our nightmares, our fears take the form of a cancer diagnosis, a sudden job loss, or the death of a loved one. Each day, we battle these larger-than-life fears that seek to rob us of peace. At the same time, we also face a myriad of little fears that swarm in our minds like gnats: Will I be able to meet my sales quota at work this quarter? Is my spouse satisfied with our marriage? What should I do about my child who’s struggling in school? And don’t even get me started on fears triggered by our modern, toxic, ever-present news cycle.

Over the past several months, I’ve fought my own battle with fear as my life has gone through an intense period of transition. Not only is my family in the process of moving to a new home, but like many of you, we are finding a new normal as society opens up after enduring a pandemic for the past year. None of these things is easy to navigate on their own, let alone all at once.

Fortunately, we serve a God who reigns over fear and has given us the tools we need to fight back. Psalm 56:3 is a simple verse that shows us where to start: “When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.” (Amplified Version) Trust is a powerful thing, especially in the hands of a child. Childlike trust is firm and unyielding; it does not waver. It is pure and undiluted by doubt. That’s what Jesus meant when he said that anyone who wants to enter the kingdom of heaven must become like a child (Matthew 18:3).
And that’s the kind of trust that we need to place in God. Trust is a choice, one that is separate from our feelings.

We may feel discouraged, overwhelmed, and confused, but we can choose to place our trust in God despite those feelings. We can choose to acknowledge that God knows the plans He has for us and that they are good plans that will give us a future filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Finally, we can choose to cast all of our fear and anxiety on Him, knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Trusting God can be challenging, especially if we’re used to figuring everything out for ourselves. However, if we want to have any hope of winning the battle against fear, we have to start by putting our trust in the Lord. It’s the safest place in the world for our confidence to be.


LISA C. GANT: CEO & Founder of Purpose Without Apology, the Podcast. She is a writer and book editor working with others to publish their stories. Tune in for uplifting Bible teaching podcasts and connect with Lisa on Instagram. Visit www.lisacgant.com for more information and how you can work with Lisa.  

 

 

 

This devotional was submitted by Lisa C. Gant, 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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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 178

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: 2 Kings 12:11 “After they added it all up, they used it to repair the temple. They gave it to the men who had been put in charge of the work. Those men used it to pay the workers. They paid the builders and those who worked with wood.”

🔴Building Fund 

Is technology considered building? That was the question at a recent church meeting. While the different teams discussed what they did and what was required, the leader determined that those behind the screens were an integral part of growing the church.  

As we read in 2 Kings 12 today, we see the relevance builders have now. King Solomon’s Temple was in disrepair, and King Joash(Jehoash) implemented a repair fund. However, apathy among the priests caused complacent attitudes. They collected money but did not begin the restoration process.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

But God!

I want to encourage those behind the screens and tell you that all churches do not operate in the same manner. Each congregation is governed differently, and while one may not consider your role significant, another will. There isn’t a simple answer or an easy solution but, if you desire to work for the Lord and give beyond yourself, there is an opportunity. 

Prayer: Gracious Lord, please increase our awareness of those who need help building for your Kingdom. We know Your Gospel will reach the ends of the earth, and we have the technology to partner with You. May Your will be done. Thank You Heavenly Father for motivating us to serve You and place value in Your people. Amen

 

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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Sunday, June 27, 2021

2 Kings 10:32-12:21, Acts 18:1-22, Psalm 145:1-21, Proverbs 18:1

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Bible Study & Devotional Day 176

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: 2 Kings 8:6, ‘The King asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, “Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.” ‘ 

🔴Fully Restored

2 Kings chapter 8 continues the story of the Shunammite woman. Elisha warned her of the impending famine, and she was able to save her family. However, when she returned to the land seven years later (her property likely seized by the royal government) was granted a hearing in the presence of the King.  

The King completely restored her property, and she recouped her losses. Moreover, because she obediently followed the Lord’s command through Elisha, she gained more spiritually. 

Restoration is the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. For example, if you lost everything, would you want God to give it back? 

As you read today’s passages, think about the influential people in your circle. Do you keep company with those who will warn you of danger? Like the Shunammite woman, we all have a measure of wealth. Our talents make us valuable, and our time is priceless.

While you’re studying God’s Word, think about your behavior. Do you trust God to speak to you? 

We can choose to seek God’s guidance in every circumstance or foolishly run ahead. Elisha proved to be a man of God, a prophet the Lord spoke through. The Shunammite woman believed in the Most High God and followed Him. Practice watching and observing those around you. God will reveal those who love and obey Him.  

Prayer: Lord, let your Holy Spirit lead me and release me from my enemies. Destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant. Guide me on your path; please help me not to stray from Your covenant. Amen

 

 

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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Friday, June 25, 2021

2 Kings 8:1-9:13, Acts 16:16-40, Psalm 143:1-12, Proverbs 17:26

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Bible Study & Devotional Day 166

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scriptures: 1 Kings 14:5 ‘But the Lord had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.”

🔴Disguises

Have you ever pretended to be someone else to gain information? Perhaps you’ve changed your voice over the phone or asked someone to hide your identity and work on your behalf. No matter the circumstance, most of us have disguised ourselves at some point.

In November 2018, I shared a spoken word poem titled, ‘I’m Just Saying‘ and the opening line, “My mask was so big, my disguise so elaborate I would be in these streets…Walmart, and my own mother didn’t recognize me.”

Camouflage

I suffered at the hand of guilt and shame for years, searching for answers to the dying things in my life. I hadn’t realized I needed to repent of my sins. Failure to follow God’s plan kept me from my purpose. But God! He profoundly got my attention because someone DID recognize me and asked, ‘Who are you trying to be?’

In today’s reading, the consequences that befell Jeroboam’s family begins to manifest. He asks his wife to disguise herself to receive confirmation. We read in 1 Kings 11:29-40 that God sent Ahijah to remind Jeroboam of the covenant. If King Jeroboam followed the commands, he would prosper.

Corruption

King Jeroboam did evil in the sight of the Lord (1 Kings 12:25-33), and like Adam and Eve(Genesis 3:10), the impulse was to hide. When we seek answers, we may not want to admit our mistakes or trust God to provide. It is in those moments we cover the most significant part of our relationship with our Savior. The opportunity for others to witness His mighty work.

Lesson

As you read through the chaos, ask the Lord to give you clarity. While we may not understand all the details of our lives, we can request the Holy Spirit to direct our paths. Please take off your disguise, for no one lights a lamp and places it under a basket.

 

 Prayer: Lord, you gave us your light, a reflection of your mercy. Please help us to follow you with our whole lives. Uncover the deceit and the high luxury we’ve placed our idols. Let us praise you in everything from the giving of our time to our attention to detail. Break our hearts for what breaks yours. We desire to honor You and present ourselves as your servants. Amen

 

 

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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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalm 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 165

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scriptures: Psalm 132:15 ”I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food. ‘ 

Acts 9:36 ‘In Joppa, there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek, her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. ‘

🔴The Lord Provides

We cannot outgive the Giver. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and today’s passages are another reminder. 

Solving a different problem becomes the narrative of our lives when we worship the Lord wholeheartedly. HE causes the blind to see and the death to hear; this type of spiritual awakening creates a partnership with God.

Connecting to His Provision

We know King David wanted to build a Temple for the Lord, but God did not assign him that task. So instead, King David moved the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:1-19). He also amassed financial and material support for the future Temple construction (1 Chronicles 29:1-9).  

Giving from the wisdom, provisions, and talents that we have is a blessing from the Lord. What a great opportunity to partner with God! 

As you read today’s passages, think about Jesus and how He performed many miracles. The story of Tabitha is a testimony to the work of Christ. She was a woman who gave generously to those in need and was a respected provider in her community. In contrast, the passage implies but doesn’t directly say that the people wanted Peter to resurrect Tabitha (Acts 9:37-38). However, the Lord gives abundantly, and Tabitha resumed her ministry to the poor (Acts 9:40).

A Living Lesson

The Good News spread because Peter followed the urging of two men to go to Joppa. By focusing on restoring one woman, the salvation of Christ was received in a new place (Acts 9:42).

 Prayer: Lord, help me follow Your lead. Like Tabitha, I pray my desire to help others is unselfish and loving. Lord, there is none like YOU! Even when I think it is over, You resurrect the decaying passion and encourage me to keep going. Thank You for Your living water that quenches my thirst completely. Please help me continue solving a different problem for Your glory. Amen

 

 

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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Monday, June 14, 2021

1 Kings 12:20-13:34, Acts 9:26-43, Psalm 132:1-18, Proverbs 17:6

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