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Bible Study & Devotional Day 39

🔴 Community Involvement

The clothing for the priests reflected the exceptional work they were engaged. God ordered everything with the intent to set His servants apart to minister in His Holy presence. The priest served as a representation of God’s desire to dwell among them. 

Exodus 28:3 tells us God endowed skilled workers with a spirit of wisdom to carry out His plans. Our Lord created an atmosphere of community within the foundation of the church. He wanted these blessed people called together. WOW!

“If worship does not emphasize God’s holiness, there is something awry.”

In the New Testament

As we move into Matthew 26:1-13, we read the familiar story of the woman anointing Christ’s head with oil. She brought all she had to the Savior to display her devotion as onlookers  sneered (Matthew 26:8). Yet, Jesus reinterprets her act (Matthew 26:10). Women who serve in churches, corporations, lead ministries, and community leaders face offense from those who will misinterpret their actions.

I want to encourage women especially, not to let the ‘offended’ become a snare. (I am preaching to myself first.)

The close-minded people will reveal themselves, but God will prevail. Allow Him to vindicate you. Give your all until it is clear your skills will better serve another area. Wait on the Lord to answer your cries for help.

Psalm 31 is a well-versed lamentation prayer and celebrates the blessings of the Lord. When your body is worn, and your clouded mind is anxious with thoughts, use Psalm 31:18-20 to vent your rage and praise God for all He is doing for the good of those who love Him. 

Prayer: Oh Lord, let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt. Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear and worked for those who take refuge in you. I express my trust in you; Lord, have mercy upon me. We are mindful of your remarkable deliverances in the past, and we know we serve an all-mighty living God. Thy will be done. Amen

 ~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, February 8, 2021

Exodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalm31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13

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🟥The Message:

What Are You Practicing:

What are you practicing? Is it an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat? Ahhh, that doesn’t sound like anything I want to immerse myself in…do you?

Meditate plan mentally; consider: to think carefully about something.
Think carefully and consider God’s Word every moment of every day. He does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control. To be transformed by the renewing of our minds means we must do our work. Clarifying, organizing, and preparing to do our assignment each day takes strategic planning with God. 

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What Are You Practicing? Part 2 the Podcast uses Bible scripture to refocus and realign. 

 

Step One Clarify
Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.

Practice praying to be free of confusion. Do not allow the enemy to steal the extensive and perfect gifts God has deposited in you.

 

 

Step Two Organize

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.




Practice unity! Be united with our Abba Father and develop a systematic approach to how you process your thoughts.

 

Step Three Prepare

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 

Practice the strategies God gives you through prayer to navigate your day. Our thoughts become habits to focus on the truth our Lord provides. 

Timothy 4:15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them so that all may see your progress. 


~Torrie Slaughter


Scripture to Study:🔻 Matthew 25:14-30, Proverbs 23:12,1 Peter 5:6-7, 1 John 4:18-19,  

 


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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Colossians 3: 23-25 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord, you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
 

🔴 A Job Well Done

How do you go about your work? Do you take pride in doing the best job you can as if you are doing work for the Lord Himself? Do you go that extra mile?  Are you a “go-getter”? The answers that you give significantly define your character and attribute of who you are!  
 
Don’t lazily try to get by with the bare minimum or approach tasks with a failure mentality. How does that honor God, who has given you the ability, and then for selfish reasons, you choose not to do your very best? It could be thoroughly reading instructions or receiving knowledge with an open mind.
 

Is your attitude pleasing to God? 

 
We have a responsibility to focus on things eternal and not on the temporary. The frustration of life and the attitude we stubbornly adhere to will not serve the body of Christ well. If we are mature in spirit, we ought to encourage mental balance and promote unity, not division with aggression. We can ask ourselves: What separates us from godly thoughts, and what are we anxiously observing? 
 

God sees everything.

We bring honor and glory to God when we do our very best. Like Able (Genesis 4:1-7) brought a more pleasing offering to our Lord, it was done under clear direction. We must remember as we serve to reflect on how our attitudes hinder service. Philippians 4:6 prompts us not to be anxious about anything, including work, education, business, and relationships. We can practice meditating on the commendable things while working wholeheartedly for our Abba Father.
 
 
 
 
 
Let us pray: Lord, as we serve others, please instill in us a desire to do so for your approval. Give us the heart to go beyond the call of duty and to do our tasks well. We love and thank you, God, for all your blessings. 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.

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC; Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose® 

 

 

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

🔴 MAINTAINING YOUR SANITY

 First, as a disclaimer, In no way is this message to downplay the real disease of Mental Illness. Mental illness is a valid concern among many of the world’s population and does not respect wealth, poverty, race, or gender. 

 
We need the Holy Spirit’s power to keep calm during trials and tribulations. 

Maintaining sanity means that we would have soundness, lucidity, stability, and rationality. How can that be possible in this world? What is sound about our political scene? Is it rational how a country with this much wealth can treat its inhabitants so poorly? Where is the logic in our justice system?

While Satan is busy doing his job, we would be sane to remember God’s truth. Our Lord gave us a spirit of power, love, and self-control. His future for those who oppose Him is exact. We have a choice to fight against God or with Him to conquer our daily demons.

 
 
Let us pray: Lord, in reading your word, we know that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. We are more than conquerors because of your presence within us by your Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, please teach us to live obedient and Holy lives for your glory with no condemnation. Thank 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.

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC; Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose® 

 

 

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

 

🔴 FEELING OVERWHELMED!

Breathe! Pray! Be still! Sing! Hum! Allow tranquillity to have an opportunity to fill you. It is also a good time to recite the verses of God’s Word or a good time to go to “the rock.” God’s Word is a two-edged sword; if you are in the state of being overwhelmed seems like it would be a good time to slay something!  
 
Settle down! Think about this what can you do about feeling inundated, besieged, overpowered, speechless,  incredulous, or just plain flabbergasted? Do you have a solution, or are you contributing to the problem? If you can help, then help! 
 
If you find yourself being overwhelmed more often than not, ask yourself:
  •  Am I putting my trust in the Lord with all of my heart?
  • Can I submit all my ways to Him and trust God’s plan?
  • Will God make my path straight if I stop blocking those He uses to bring me through situations? 
 
 
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, as we think about everything that you have done for us and gone through please forgive us. Overwhelming is what you did. Teach us to turn our anxiety to worship and praise for you. Thank you, God. 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.

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC; Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose®