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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 201

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

 

🔴Prevail 

I was curious today. I read the assigned reading in reverse order. So, I started with Proverbs and the word ‘prevail’ became anchored in my mind. Each verse became a statement of God’s Sovereignty.

2 Chronicles retells the history of Israel, and we watch God’s purpose prevail. In Romans 6:1-23, the Apostle Paul reveals the error of becoming more sinful to gain more grace. Because Jesus triumphed over sin and death by victoriously rising from the grave, the idea was to keep on sinning. Paul objected to that philosophy by reiterating that the Jews and Gentiles can live life under grace as transformed beings in Christ.

In Psalm 16, the psalmist confidently praises God (Yahweh)- in Him, he is content, and joy prevails in his heart. The psalmist blesses Yahweh and celebrates the safety and security of the Lord.

Proverbs 19:21 AMP Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the LORD’S purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).

How do we honor God with our thoughts and plan with Him? By remembering Who He IS.

While our imaginations, egos, and social influences keep us attempting to outdo the competition, God will always prevail. God’s unchanging nature is explicit and guaranteed. (Hebrews 6:17)

We have a choice: to pray and seek His will for our lives or waste precious time planting ideas in dubious environments. I urge you to take your plans before the Lord, and He will help you carry out His purpose.

Prayer: Lord, let us follow Your ways and plan our endeavors with you. Keep us focused on the goal of filling the empty seats so that those who need your healing transformation may come to know Your will for their lives. We want to honor you with our whole body and mind. Let all our activities in business, home, education, and recreation reflect maturity and love. Amen

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17, Romans 6:1-23, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 19:20-21

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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 Day 180

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Acts 19:15 ‘One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?”  

🔴Belonging

Clearing out the clutter helps us gain clarity. We see a more comprehensive, more pronounced picture of who we are in Christ. What we say versus what we do is the manifestation of our belief in Jesus.

If we belong to God through His Son Jesus, even the evil spirits will know it. These demons who roam the earth to carry out their father’s work, Satan, have one job-kill, steal, destroy! It is wise for us not to ignore them, but it can become unhealthy to make spiritual warfare a primary duty. God is in control and rules over the heavens and earth.


What can we do?

Putting on the divine armor of God, we can wage battle against the excuses we make when we sin. It begins with the WHO we belong. Jesus is the unblemished Lamb of God who died for our sins. But repentance is not enough, we must receive the Holy Spirit and faithfully follow Christ and His forgiveness.

As you read today take a personal inventory. Read with Christ at the center and ask yourself if you’ve made Him your Savior.

I want to close this devotional with two quotes and implore you to think about your thoughts, actions, and deeds throughout this day. Are you focused on eternal things?

J.M. Boice wrote, “No human birth can compare to the supernatural birth of a child of God.”
Dwight Ozard, “The greatest mission field we face is not some faraway land. It’s barely across the street. The culture most lost to the gospel is our own-our children and neighbors.”
 

Prayer: Lord, let us know You and hear Your voice above all. 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. 

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

2 Kings 15:1-16, Acts 19:13-41, Psalm 147:1-20, Proverbs 18:4-5

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 152

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: : 2 Samuel 18:29, ‘The king asked, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” Ahimaaz answered, “I saw great confusion just as Joab was about to send the king’s servant and me, your servant, but I don’t know what it was.” 

🔴The Truth In Layers?

2 Samuel 18 tells the story of Absolom’s death. In many ways, we are reading the consequences of things left undone. (Joshua 11:15)

It is challenging not to compare ourselves in these narratives as it feels so modern. We may ask: what has changed? Well, the truth is God created humans in His image. He gave us a choice in the garden of Eden, to trust entirely in Him or seize autonomy. The battle with the truth began, as did blame, excuses, and death. Some theologians have argued that perhaps men would have been better off alone and often attempt to silence women. Is that an excuse?

Each of us can influence change in our ecosystem. We choose the layers to fortify and equip the people God has entrusted to us. In reading 2 Samuel 13, David continues to live under the rebuke of the prophet Nathan (to offer more grace to others); he did not punish his son Amnon. 

Fast-forward to 2 Samuel 18, and we wonder if earlier discipline would have rendered a different result. 

The ecosystem of King David’s kingdom is strained because of his emotional state and consequences of sinful behaviors. Although the Lord will work everything together for the good of those who love Him, King David is in a downward spiral. 

Take 2 Samuel 18:11-15, for example. Joab, the commander, and nephew of King David, willfully disobeyed a direct order. He even chastised his soldier.

And then we read in 2 Samuel 18:19-23 that Ahimaaz begs to deliver the news of Absolam’s death and Joab’s reluctance.  

Perhaps Ahimaaz thought he was softening the blow of truth that he knew the Egyptian(Cushite) would bring. No matter the reasoning, we still practice these same actions. Death and destruction have a way of complicating the most straightforward of circumstances. However, our God teaches that being spiritually sound and of a good mind helps us understand the truth (Proverbs 3:5). It is also beneficial to others in our midst. 

As you read today’s passages, think about your layers. Are your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors able to tell you the truth without fear? Are you able to handle the truth with wisdom and take action as the Lord directs?  

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. 

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

2 Samuel 18:1-19:10, John 20:1-31, Psalm 119:153-176, Proverbs 16:14-15

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 122

Written By: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scriptures: Psalm 103:2 ‘ Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, ‘ 

 🔴 The Word Became Flesh

The Gospel, According to John, is arguably a Bible within itself. It is introduced to new believers to deepen their understanding of Christ. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Our spiritual curiosity is piqued, and we want to know ‘Who is the Word?’ 

The answer: Jesus the Son of God! 

The Word became flesh, and all who believed and received Him had the right to become children of God.  

The Book of John is rich with imagery and detailed stories that bring to life the God we worship. In chapter two, we witness several different events as the story moves forward.

  1. Jesus performed the first miracle at the wedding in Cana. (John 2:1-5)
  2. The righteous anger of Jesus as He threw the merchants out of the Temple courts. (John 2:13-17)
  3. The continued signs and miracles Jesus performs do not validate Him. (John 2:23-25)

As you read today, think about why your deeds are significant. Ask yourself who will it glorify? Jesus shows us in verses that He did not believe those that followed Him because of His works. Christ continues to encourage believers not to be concerned about earthly approval. 

 


 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. 

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Judges 15:1-16:31, John 2:1-25, Psalm 103:1-22, Proverbs 14:17-19

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 109

Written By Torrie Slaughter

 

🔴 Candy Coated Cash (From Luke 24 Day Devotional)

Luke 19:28-40 Jesus our Lord and Savior, Provider, Prince of Peace, and Lord of Lords, rode through the streets of Jerusalem on a colt. Jesus embodies for us what it means to have a wealthy Spirit and not wealth in materials. Nearing the time of His death for our sins He rode the back of a donkey. How much more humble should we be? Jesus teaches in this one chapter how we can live a life redeemed by Him and be more prosperous than we could ever imagine. His provisions are more than enough. 

But when we get greedy…

Luke 19:45-48 We turn places of worship into storefronts, hiding what has been given to us through His grace because we are lazy or weaponize the Word of God. We take our talents for granted, and we become thieves. Jesus cleared the Temple again. He was furious at the religious teachers partnering with the day’s business leaders, politicians, and lawyers. The Temple was a sacred place. The Religious teachers were hindering true worship by not focusing on Scripture or God. They continued to rob people and mistreat them on what was considered Holy Ground. 

If people acted like this in the church, what would be the expectation when they were away? 

Jesus tossing over the money changers tables and driving out those selling animals for sacrifices was a clear answer of what they should not be doing.

Jesus is the Sabbath. He is our rest. His Word is what we meditate on, and we are to draw nearer to Him. Jesus is our refreshment in times of thirst and our spiritual food to replenish our starving souls.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you forgiven a debt owed or returned the favor to someone who went above and beyond for you? 
  2. Have you hidden any talents out of fear?
  3. Are you damaging God’s business by not sharing His Word with others?

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written and re-edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. The excerpt originally appeared in The Gospel of Luke 24 Day Devotional. 

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, April 19, 2021

Joshua 19:1-20:9, Luke 19:28-48, Psalm 88:1-18, Proverbs 13:12-14

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