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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 200

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Romans 5:6-7 (emphasis added)At just the right time, Christ died for ungodly people. He died for us when we had no power of our own. It is unusual for anyone to die for a godly person. Maybe someone would be willing to die for a good person.

 

🔴Unusual 

As the Apostle Paul goes into a deeper discussion about atonement, his statements to the Jews and Gentiles reflect God’s great mercy.

“While we were yet, sinners.” (Romans 5:8) In our state of complete powerlessness, God sent His Son Jesus as the unblemished Lamb to die for the world’s sins. 

His Jewish audience would thoroughly understand God’s sacrificial system of the Old Testament. Their practice of sacrifice-(placing their sins on a flawless animal) was for reconciliation. The Pagans also practice a version of this to their deities (1 Kings 4:4-11). 

To understand Christ’s transcendent atoning for our sins is incomprehensible. As finite beings, that type of love for His image-bearers is the tension with which we struggle. 

John 15:13, No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends. 

And we know Jesus consistently prayed for those who “knew not what they did” (Luke 23:34) and reminds us to forgive one another. To love is an unusual sacrifice when we’ve experienced abuse, trauma, and rejection. Loving those who do not love us back is the thread of being blameless before God.

As you read today, think about why the Old Testament sacrificial system was necessary. How did it prepare the hearts of God’s chosen people to comprehend the transcendent nature of Jesus’ work on the cross? While ethically we deserve death (Romans 1:32), God proves He so loved the world that He provided divine reconciliation. 

What will motivate you to be prosperous? Your sin debt paid, the victory you can walk in, or the justice you receive? God wants to restore us to a right relationship. Faith covered by grace declares we are not guilty.  Isn’t that unusual?

Prayer: Lord, because of your sacrifice, we can break free of the bondage of sin. That includes the way we think, act, and behave. Would you please help us understand the importance of your habits to acknowledge our unbeneficial actions? Please be with us as we wrestle with arrogance, pride, and vanity so we can humble ourselves before You. We want the ‘hell’ in our ways to be removed. You are our Redeemer, and without you, we can do nothing. We submit to your will Lord. Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, July 19, 2021

1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30, Romans 5:6-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 19:18-19

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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 199

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Romans 5:2-4, “‘through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. ‘ 

🔴Mature in Christ

Paul continues to teach and clarify how Abraham being the appointed father of many nations, was righteous because of his faith. The Apostle Paul urged his audience and us to understand the access we have to grace through Jesus Christ.

Not only can we stand firm in God’s favor, but we can also rejoice and be full of joy right now.

Brothers and Sisters, I don’t know what you are going through right now but tell Satan to stop controlling your thoughts. He is here to kill, steal, and destroy. Are you allowing him to scheme and cause division?

As you read today’s passages and pray about your relationship with Jesus, and think about your communication skills. For Jesus to work miracles in our lives, we must completely surrender to Him. That means we let God be God. Jesus can develop our character and help us produce habits that create joy through patient endurance.

Endurance is the ability given to us through God to exert ourselves and remain active. Through the Holy Spirit, we can resist, withstand, and recover from different traumas or fatigue. It is time to access the various tools God gives and mature in Christ.

 


Let’s Pray Romans 5:2-4 together.


Lord, we give you praise! Thank you for your patient mercy and grace; we love you, Lord. Help us delight in our hope of experiencing the Glory of God. We know that there will be trouble, sufferings, hardship, and affliction, but our trials can produce endurance with your guidance. Help us to communicate with you, Lord, so that we can be beneficial to one another. We want to be wise stewards of our time. Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Sunday, July 18, 2021

1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34, Romans 4:13-5:5, Psalm 14:1-7, Proverbs 19:17

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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 196

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Romans 3:4, ‘Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” ‘

🔴Faithful & Just

We often use the call and response, ‘God is good, all the time. And all the time God is good.’ as a unifying reminder. We worship a just God. He is faithful, and we need not wonder if what He says is true.

In Romans 3, the Apostle Paul continues to mediate between the Jews and the Gentiles. Their arguments are similar to ours. We want to maintain a level of superiority, not humility. Paul admonishes both Jews and Gentiles and tells us we all fall short of the glory of God.

While we argue over trivial things about who is right or wrong, God remains faithful. He is the only one we sin against and do evil in His sight (Psalm 51:4). The way we overcome evil and stop the thoughts Satan plants is through confessing our sins.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Humility

Asking God to forgive our sins and help us live righteous lives means we have work to do. It’s easier to go into our prayer closets or kneel quietly at the altar but seek forgiveness and admit our errors before people?! That is how the Holy Spirit matures and develops our spiritual strength.

As you read today’s passages, think about the criteria you impose on those seeking to worship the Lord with you. Do they need to wear certain clothes or sit in specific places? We deviate from loving our neighbor when we decide to judge by our unjust scales.

 

Prayer:  Lord, help us to be peacemakers and follow your ways. We do not want to assist the enemy in dividing your kingdom. Show us our errors. Be a guard over our mouths that we may speak and do your will. Keep our hearts pure, so bitterness does not have a chance to fester. Lord, we want to shine your light by sharing our conversion story with the world. May we do our part to glorify your great name. Amen

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, July 15, 2021

1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30, Romans 2:25-3:8, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 19:10-12

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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 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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Friday, July 9, 2021

1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40, Acts 27:1-20, Psalm 7:1-17, Proverbs 18:22

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 187

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 18:17 ‘ He who states his case first seems right until his rival comes and cross-examines him.’

 

🔴He Said, She Said, They Said

The whole truth can cause division in unstable environments. If the leader(s) succumb to insecurity, laziness, indifference, or fear, truth is held captive. Honoring God becomes a grey area with specks of light attempting to escape. 

 If you wonder if we have an example of Proverbs 18:17 in the Bible, please be reminded of Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant. 

In 2 Samuel 16:1-3, Ziba meets King David as he leaves the Royal city to ‘escape’ Absolam. Ziba takes advantage of an opportunity to slander the crippled Mephibosheth and gains material wealth. Ziba stated his case first.

Later…

In 2 Samuel 19:24-30, King David returns, and at the crossing of the Jordan river, Mephibosheth comes to him. Mephibosheth did not care for his feet, bathed, or groomed himself as he waited to cross-examine Ziba’s statements. In the end, King David offered to divide the land between Mephibosheth and Ziba. However, Mephibosheth refused and was content that King David returned home safely. 

Is It Well?

Motivated by power, selfish ambition, or greed develops a lustful heart. It isn’t easy to read the intentions of others if private conversations are preferred. Many of the things we take for granted should become things we thank the Lord. Having a quorum and making decisions to carry out the Lord’s work shows us as friendly. 

Open Court

Working as a team with a common goal ends the bickering while facilitating a harmonious environment. We can all say the same thing differently as we are living expressions of Jesus’ story.

 

 

 

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, July 6, 2021

1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4, Acts 24:1-27, Psalm 4:1-8, Proverbs 18:16-18

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