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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 217

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:20, ‘Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe (the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown up the nonsense and the folly of this world’s wisdom?’ 

 

 

🔴 Restore-Rebuild-Repeat?


The book of Ezra-Nehemiah is one disappointment after another. Each section takes us on an emotional roller coaster. We are filled with hope as the children of Israel return from Babylonian captivity. They are supplied with resources and spiritual wisdom to rebuild their community. (Hallelujah!) The list of the exiles returning to reclaim their land gives us a reason for belief. A heartfelt joy that the world would see God magnified.

And Then…

I don’t want to ruin the ‘ending’ of these books, but even the leaders got caught up in their plight to right the wrongs without God’s permission. Have you ever tried to do something outside of the God’s will? 

Repeat Behavior


Ezra-Nehemiah took place about 458 years before Christ. And as we turn the page to the letter written to the Corinthians around 51 AD, 20 years after Christ’s resurrection-thoughts of disappointment invade our minds.
If ever there was a pause to think about how slowly things change or how existing without God is unbeneficial. This is another example.

As you read today, think about Christ’s crucifixion and why it continues to be a stumbling block for believers and unbelievers. Add to that; the Roman Empire’s political advancements with its sights on wealth and prosperity. In contrast, we have Jesus, who came to be a servant. He is the Treasure and exceeds anything humans could seek to gain.

Where do you place your faith? In the power of man or the Eternal Wisdom of God?

 

John Tillotson wrote, ” Next to the wicked lives of men, nothing is so great a disparagement and weakening to religion as the division of Christians.”

 

Through Christ, we are restored and made new.

We are meant to be instruments that God uses to bring knowledge. His trust in us as His image-bearers requires a foundation built on His loving Truth.

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Ezra 1:1-2:70, 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 20:22-23

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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 215

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Romans 16:16 ‘Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.’ 

 

 

🔴Greetings

If we think about how we value one another, it begins with hello. Most often, we can sense if a person is happy to see us. Body language, tone of voice, and character traits help us discern if we are ‘welcome.’ 

How you greet your sisters and brothers in Christ is the tip of the iceberg. It introduces what you think and feel about the person in your presence. 

The Apostle Paul delivers a spirit-filled character summary of some incredible workers, beloveds, brethren, and Holy ones to the church and us. (Romans 16:1-16,21-23)

What an incredible example of what we ought to say about one another!

The Apostle Paul urges us to accept the diverse culture we live in by holding one another in high esteem, and it will change our attitude. We will want to give ourselves over to the work God purposes for each individual. 

Leaders are to encourage harmony and specific duties to uncomplicate transitions. 

Workers should speak with authority and voice their needs and concerns to enhance fellowship within the body of Christ.

The Benefit

The unchurched will become part of a system that regards one another with love and respect. It’s no secret that men and women are alike in many ways. No matter what the organization is (family, business, or church), successes and failures are linked to how we make each other feel. 

Are you an accepting servant, demonstrating love and cultivating an environment of appreciation?

Treating everyone like a VIP is a mark of spiritual maturity and wholeness in Christ. As you read today’s passages, think about your family, church, or business role.

  • Do you appreciate the gifts and contributions of others?
  • Do you greet sisters and brothers with admiration? 

If not, practice thinking good thoughts about those who are different and greet them as the image-bearers of God. 

Prayer: Lord, please help us watch out for those who create divisions and obstacles contrary to Your Word. Fill us with your Holiness that we may discern those who selfishly seek glory for themselves. Let not our hearts be deceived or turn from Your will Abba Father. Encourage us to nourish the souls of those entrusted to our community that we may unite to honor You. Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33, Romans 16:10-27, Psalm 26:1-12, Proverbs 20:19

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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 214

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Romans 16:1-2, ‘I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.’ 

 

🔴Christian Interaction

As the Apostle Paul concludes his letter to the church at Rome, he makes recommendations. He introduces several women and men with the expectation that the church will welcome them in a way worthy of Christian love.

What an excellent viewpoint? 

Paul’s first-hand experience with these outstanding servants of Christ enhanced their credentials. Many of those traveling with Paul made sacrifices and worked hard to spread the message of the Gospel. They were trusted individuals who faithfully completed their tasks. 

The Darkside

I could point out the many times we as Christ-followers do not exhibit this type of gracious love. Or how some churches do not value those God sends to help spread the Good News of Jesus. However, like Paul, I want to encourage you to change your perspective. 

Reflect Light

Welcome the strangers in your midst and recommend the dedicated servants to other places so that their work goes smoothly. We need not create jealousy, tension, or division while interacting with one another. Be a blessing and work in a manner worthy of the saints. 

Need A Boost?

Our Most High living God goes before us. He answers prayer and sends us individuals to help us in our work. If you haven’t acknowledged the incredible family, friends, and co-workers in faith, send them a letter of gratitude. It is in our reactions that we make significant changes to our social environments. 

 

Prayer: Lord, please keep us safe while we contribute our talents and gifts that come from You. Please help us to maintain joyful hearts and enter into new areas with refreshed spirits. May we all carry Your peace and show ourselves worthy of being called your servants. Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, August 2, 2021

2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13, Romans 15:23-16:9, Psalm 25:16-22, Proverbs 20:16-18

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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 212

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Romans 14:10 ‘You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.’

 

🔴Or the Highway…

Opinions. We all have them. Some people intently listen and try to find the middle ground, while others are more manipulative. They ‘know’ best, and their preferences deserve preferential treatment. 

In Romans 14, the Apostle Paul warns and guides the believers to be loving in all situations. Especially those that could create unnecessary division. 

Fruitless arguments and power struggles are not beneficial in Kingdom building. 

The Jews disagreed with Paul’s teaching of the Gospel and also disagreed with each other. Arguments over insignificant things like food and Sabbath day divided the community. Oddly enough, we still debate these issues today. 

The goal in this life is to behave like a member of God’s kingdom. As Christ-followers, we can ask ourselves: “what leads to peace?”

My way or the highway attitudes cause division and hostile heart conditions. For the weaker believers, it causes a stumbling block and teaches that preference trumps God’s love. Judgment belongs to God. For those in the body of Christ, it is our responsibility to cultivate peace and affection in the spirit of faith. 

Romans 14:7, ‘For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.

Are you living in unity with Him or carving out a different ‘direction’? 

Romans 14:10 ‘You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister ? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.’ 

We can trust God to water the seeds we plant of good leadership, teaching, and love. Faithfully guide those who struggle on the road of self-centeredness and ask God to soften your heart. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, encourage those under your care to seek harmony. God’s Truth is a healing balm when applied with His loving touch.  

Prayer: Lord, we want to bring You glory through our thoughts and deeds. Father, please help a renewed mind drive us and transformed worldview be active in our hearts. May we consistently demonstrate Christ’s love and be expressions of love for You and Your people. Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, July 31, 2021

2 Chronicles 29:1-36, Romans 14:1-23, Psalm 24:1-10, Proverbs 20:12

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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 209)

By: Lisa C. Gant

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 42:1-2 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” 

 

🔴Do You Know How Thirsty You Are?

When is the last time you’ve been thirsty?


Not just a little parched. I’m talking really, really thirsty for an ice-cold drink of water.
If you’re privileged enough to live in a developed nation where water is plentiful, you may have to think for a while. However, if you live in a developing country or one that’s facing a severe drought, that question takes on a lot more weight. Even in the United States where I live, many states are in the middle of the most intense droughts we’ve had in years, even decades.

It’s humbling how important water becomes when rivers start to dry up.
That extra bit of context puts the psalmist’s words in Psalm 42 in a different light.

  • How many of us long for the presence of God the way we do for the water that sustains us?
  • More importantly, how many of us are even aware of how much our souls need Him?

 

Water isn’t optional for any human being; it is essential. Short or tall, rich or poor, black or white, we each need water every day of our lives. It doesn’t matter how much we drank yesterday or the day before that.

Today, we still need water. The need never goes away.

How fitting, then, that the psalmist chooses to compare his spiritual need for God to his physical need for water. It’s even more interesting that he compares that longing to that of a deer, an animal who spends most of its life on the run from predators. Think about that for a second.
That’s a whole different level of thirst. It’s not casual; it’s desperate.

I have found that the more time I spend with God, the more I become aware of my need for Him. The demand itself never changes, but my awareness of it does. I’ve noticed how my mood is off when I haven’t been in His presence, how cranky and lethargic and unfocused I feel when I haven’t heard His voice.


Even when we don’t understand our need for God, our soul knows. It longs for Him and cries out for Him. And that part of us is never truly satisfied until we are in beautiful communion with Him.
May we never forget how much our soul thirsts for God’s presence.

May we never stop coming to Him to be refilled.

 


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.

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21, Romans 11:13-36, Psalm 22:1-18, Proverbs 20:7

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