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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (Day 189)

Written by: LaVonda McCullough

Guiding Scripture: Romans 8:26, “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” 

 

🔴 What Holds Us Back?

One of the biggest things holding us back from praying is not knowing where to start. Isn’t that always the most challenging part? Just starting?

What’s holding you back?

~ Are you worried about not having the “right” words to say and that you will mess it up and turn God off forever?

~ Do you nervously wonder if your words will align with God’s desire for you?

~ Perhaps you’re waiting for some clear guidance and a nudge to point you in the right direction?

Whatever it is,

NOW is the time to connect with God and start communicating with Him. If you are overwhelmed with this idea and not clear on what to pray, you can rest in the promise from Romans 8. He wants you to set aside intentional time to talk about what’s on your mind. He desires an intimate relationship with you. And God has provided a way for you, so you don’t have to worry about having the right words.

The Holy Spirit lives in us, and He knows the will of God, so He cries out with that knowledge for us when we are unsure of ourselves.

We can find rest in the silence as we invite the Holy Spirit to pray through us and intercede on our behalf.

The Message version says “in our wait” instead of “in our weakness.” Are words hard to come by right now? In this season? Well, friend, my heart has been heavy and overcome with grief, and there were no words of what to say; I am grateful for the presence of the Holy Spirit, who is a Comforter.

-Or maybe you asked and prayed the same prayer so many times that you just don’t know what else to say. Persevere.

Don’t stop.

Allow those days of no words to become the days of persevering in silence and letting the Holy Spirit intercede for you. The time is now to welcome the Holy Spirit to pray on your behalf and bring peace like never before.

 

 


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 Day 189

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Chronicles 5:18-6:81, Acts 26:1-32, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 18:20-21

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 95:1-11

🔺 A Gleaming Rock

by Irvine Saint-Vilus

 

When I was a little girl and did not know any better, I thought that every piece of jewelry that shined or sparkled was genuine and valuable. I was especially taken with rings and would feel overjoyed whenever I received the hard, plastic shiny jewels as gifts; or feel victorious whenever I retrieved them from toy vending machines.

It was not until I grew up that I realized a considerable difference between an authentic diamond and a fake, like cubic zirconia. Although they are both glassy stones that gleam in the sun, the diamond is the true gem that is worthy of admiration and esteem.

In the same way, there are many “cubic zirconia” in this world.

We can give our worship to a person(s) who captures the imagination, an object (like a car or a house), or money in the bank. These people or things may “sparkle” for a time, but they are fleeting and will not last.

Importantly, Psalm 95 points us to the “Diamond” of all time that will last forever! The Lord, God Almighty, is the One deserving of our worship.

Why is this the case?

Like an appraised diamond that proves true, this great passage of Scripture demonstrates that God is the Real Deal! He is the Rock of our salvation, our security, and safety (Psalm 95:1); the great King above all gods (other gods are artificial images or objects) (Psalm 95:3). God is the Creator who made the deep things of the earth, the hills, the sea, and who created us, His people (Psalm 95:5-7).

Through our relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we can experience the greatness of our God and be confident that He is truly the only One worthy to be praised and worshiped.

 

 


 

Irvine Saint-Vilus: Is a published author with a Masters of Divinity living in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To purchase your copies visit www.amazon.com

 

 

 

 

This devotional was written by Irvine Saint-Vilus a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

 

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, June 4, 2021

2 Samuel 22:1-23:23, Acts 2:1-47, Psalm 122:1-9 , Proverbs 16:19-20

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (with audio)

 

By Detria Moore

🔴 Faith, Courage, and Honor: The Daughters of Zelophehad

Tradition is a beautiful way of recognizing time-honored customs, cultural beliefs, and practices. But tradition is sometimes meant to be broken, and it takes courage to go against societal norms, even when it’s done for the right reasons and with the best of intentions.

 Are you willing to go against culture to get what God has for you?

Five courageous women were willing to do just that.  

In Numbers 26, the people of Israel undergo a critical second census to establish the size of each tribe. The allocation of their portion in the promised land of Canaan depended on it. While women were not included in the census numbers, the five daughters of Zelophehad are mentioned individually by name (Numbers 26:33) to establish that they were from the tribe of Manasseh.  

Next, in Numbers 27:1-11, we read more about the five daughters of Zelophehad and how they courageously went against cultural norms. 

Tradition stated that if a man had no sons, his inheritance went to his nearest male relative, but NOT to his daughters. Rather than receiving an inheritance, daughters were given a dowry upon marriage. Well, Zelophehad died having no sons. And because the Children of Israel had an extended wilderness experience, it was challenging to find his nearest male relative. Having land solidified a leader’s legacy, no male heirs, meant no record of Zelophehad. 

Realizing that their silence could mean the extinction of their father’s name, these sisters operated in faith, courage, and honor. Their actions eventually changed the course of tradition!  

First, these daughters operated in FAITH by believing that Israel’s children would inherit and possess the promised land. Earlier, in Numbers 13, Moses sent 12 spies to scout out the land. Ten of these spies pronounce doubt and defeat at the very prospect of trying to conquer the people. But these five sisters, while still in the wilderness, had faith that they would walk in God’s already stated promises and possess what He’d already said they would have. What faith! 

Like Caleb and Joshua, the daughters of Zelophehad knew it was a matter of WHEN and not IF God would fulfill his promise. That is faith! These five sisters had faith enough to ask for an inheritance while they were still in the wilderness!  

Next, they COURAGEOUSLY approached Moses and Eleazor, right at the tent of meeting. In front of Moses, the high priest, the chiefs, and the congregation, they boldly requested their inheritance, completely ignoring tradition, which said they could not. 

Let’s think through this. 

At that time, women weren’t allowed to inherit property, and as they were unwed at that time, their status was not very high. It would have been easy to say nothing. It’s not like when moving day came, they would have been left on the outskirts of Canaan and not allowed to enter. They could have easily crossed into the promised land, set up their tents within Manasseh’s territory, and lived happily ever after, not worrying about anything or anyone past their generation. 

But that wasn’t enough for them. 

With courage, they went to the male leaders in front of all the congregation and made their requests known. It wasn’t just about securing their futures; they wanted to HONOR their father and make sure his legacy remained. Understand this was revolutionary in many ways. 

We must have faith that will move beyond the here and now. Faith that will set in motion blessings for future generations. And sometimes, this will take a measure of courage.  

Because these women had faith to request their father’s inheritance and honor his legacy courageously, they not only received it but a new statute and rule are declared, allowing future daughters to receive their father’s inheritance.

If you’re following the one-year Bible plan, you’ve read these incredible chapters. The Bible is a deep well of wisdom- take a moment and read Numbers 27 and 36 and see how faith and courage changed generations.

Ask yourself the following questions for personal application:

  1. Am I operating in faith?
  2. Do I think about how my actions might affect my legacy? Both in the good and the bad?
  3. Are there areas of my life where I need to ask for courage?
  4. What am I doing that’s going to set in motion change for generations to come?

 


Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails. 


This devotional was submitted by Detria Moore, 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

Saturday, May 29, 2021

2 Samuel 14:1-15:22, John 18:1-24, Psalm 119:113-128, Proverbs 16:8-9

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Faith, Courage, and Honor: The Daughters of Zelophehad By: Detria Moore

A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11

🔺 A Sure Foundation

by Irvine Saint-Vilus


A funny theme in the animated world is walking along and finding oneself slip on a banana peel. That is the stuff of great comedy! Yet, in real life, it is hardly funny when we lose our balance.


There are many in the hospital today whose lives were turned upside down by sickness or disease. For a time, the familiar routines of life get interrupted, and they cannot function at their usual level; for some, they never will again.
Removed are the very things they had been pinning their hopes on (e.g.., health, employment, social involvements), and often, they are left physically, emotionally, and spiritually broken, grasping for answers to the question, “Why?”

The stark reality-

Is that hardship is familiar to us all, and without a sure foundation, it can become too much to bear. In Psalm 46, we learn that even if the things we generally rely on should falter (such as the earth and mountains), we do not need to fear. We can place our trust in God, who is our very present Help in times of trouble.

In fact, just as He is in control of everything that takes place in creation, for the earth melts at the lifting of His voice (Psalm46:6), He also has complete control over what happens in our lives.

The real question is not why, but upon what is our foundation built?

If it is on Christ Jesus, we stand on solid ground because He is our Source and Strength. Our comfort in our pain! The promise in seasons of doubt and our peace in sufferings. If you are looking for a solid footing in life, call out to Jesus today, and He will not let your foot slip.  

 


 

Irvine Saint-Vilus: Is a published author with a Masters of Divinity living in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To purchase your copies visit www.amazon.com

 

 

 

 

This devotional was written by Irvine Saint-Vilus a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

 

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, May 27, 2021

2 Samuel 12:1-31, John 16:1-33, Psalm 119:65-80 , Proverbs 16:4-5

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 125   

Written By: Magan Martin

Guiding Scripture: Ruth 1:4 “After they had lived there about ten years. . .”
Ruth 1:6 “When Naomi heard in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there.” 


🔴 It’s Not Too Late

 Turning Away

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve taken a short walk away from the Lord. In my most recent experience, I allowed myself to be ruled by my feelings. Anger. Pride. Hurt. So much hurt.
See, back in 2011, my now ex-husband and I divorced. Wait, don’t jump to conclusions. While that impacted my relationship with God, it was something else that caused me to step away.

 When the church I was attending at the time found out that we were divorcing, they quietly pulled me aside one morning after church and asked me not to return. They publicly proclaimed a target audience: men, ages 18-35. And while I certainly didn’t meet those criteria, my soon-to-be ex-husband did, and the church had concluded that if I were to continue to attend there, he would not likely feel comfortable being there.

So I left.

With all my hurt bottling up inside of me and displaying itself through my anger. I didn’t just leave that church; I left the church. I still spent many hours clinging to God through His Word, but I did “give up meeting together,” even with the warning of Hebrews 10:25.

The Repercussions

I firmly believe that God gives us rules and direction for our good. As you can probably imagine, it eventually affected my daily walk with God when I left the church. I ultimately stopped reading my Bible every day, stopped praying daily, stopped singing worship songs to Him. I stopped talking about Him. It’s not like I suddenly went out and lost all moral control of myself, but I was not connected with Him like my soul wanted to be.

Have you ever experienced the kind of yearning that comes from disconnection with God?


It’s so hard to explain, but it’s like your literal soul is crying out for something, and nothing quenches the thirst until you’ve drawn near to the Lord again. For me, it affects my mood, my sleep, everything. And what’s so sad about it is that I know what the problem is—I need to reconnect with my Savior!

He’s Always Waiting

The thing about God is that He is always ready and willing to bring you back into the fold—praise the Lord! When I was prepared to come to Him again, the moment I turned back towards Him, He was there.

Just like He was for Naomi. See, Naomi’s family left the Promised Land when a famine came, and things got hard. Let me put this in perspective:

Naomi and her family walked out of the Promised Land back into the desert. The same area the Israelites had wandered for 40 years. Naomi’s family settled into a pagan nation. Naomi and her husband had great intentions—to protect and provide for their kids—but it was the wrong thing to do. They showed no faith in God to provide for them.

They paid for that dearly.

Naomi lost her husband and both her sons. But when Naomi heard about what the Lord was doing for the Israelites back in Judah, I can only imagine the yearning within her soul. She must have longed for the comfort of the Lord’s arms. Naomi set aside her guilt and the shame she must’ve felt, and she turned back to the Lord. And guess what. He was there waiting. Over ten years later, He was still there waiting for her.

It’s not too late!

Whatever you’ve been holding on to or keeping you from entirely relying on God, let it go! He’s waiting with open arms just for you. You take that first step, and He will meet you and walk the path with You.

You can join me to learn more about Naomi’s story on Wrong Kind of Christian Podcast, A Study of Ruth series.

~Magan Martin

 

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This devotional was submitted by Magan Martin, 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

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22, John 4:4-42, Psalm 105:16-36, Proverbs 14:26-27 

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