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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 59

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴 Unwanted Offerings

Guiding Scripture: Leviticus 22:22  Do not offer to the Lord the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord. 

The Lord would not accept an offering of something they bid riddance. He required an authentic, wholehearted sacrifice. We learn to offer what we would desire (love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and neighbor as yourself). Like Cain became jealous of Abel because his offering pleased God, we live in a society that does not celebrate the best offerings. You may not have received thanks for minor details or flaws were brought to your attention as a way of discouraging your progress. God wants our best it is essential to please him.

“The key to missions is not work but prayer. Too often, work is used as a substitute for or a by-pass to fervent prayer.” Oswald Chambers

Words to Ponder

  • Insight- the capacity to gain an unbiased and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
  • Discretion-the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.

Let’s briefly address the problematic verses of taking away the stumbling blocks. Did Jesus mean for us to amputate ourselves? The short answer no, of course not. The language dates back to the garden of Eden. Hand, foot, eye.

Eve saw(eye) the fruit was good in her eyes for making one wise. She gave(hand) it to her husband. They hid(foot) themselves when they heard God in the garden. Whatever means that you take that would cause you to sin is best avoided. Castaway.

Proverbs 10:19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. 

  1. Do my possessions make me feel complete, accomplished, or loved?
  2. What is my ambition?

 


 

 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Leviticus 22:17-23:44, Mark 9:3-10:12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 10:19

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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

🟥 Proverbs 3:5ESV “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

 

🔴Unknown Plans

My cousin was turning 14, and we wanted to surprise her! We decided not to tell my siblings, because as you know, children can handle surprises like you can carry water in a net. My mom had it all mapped out. I would take the kids out of the house, and she would arrange the surprise party. I would return the kids home to a celebration they would enjoy!

That was the plan. But…

My younger sister, age 12, had an opportunity to join friends for a youth church event. She was thrilled and asked our mother for permission to attend. Not wanting to ruin the surprise, my mother tenderly replied, “I need you at the house with me that day. You won’t be able to go.” (Col.4:6)

My sister didn’t understand why mom replied that way, and she walked away, shocked at the denial, almost in tears.

Later that night, I went to mom’s house, and we carried through with our plan. The surprise turned out magnificent! Our cousin was amazed, as were my siblings. We had a fun party, ate great food, laughed, and savored the moment!

Only then, at the party, did everything make sense to my sister.

Our mom ever so kindly asked, “Now do you understand why I needed you here? We wanted you to be part of the celebration.”

My sister, grinning from ear to ear, replied, “WOW! It makes so much sense now! I’m so glad you didn’t let me go to the event. This is way better!”

My mom, with a little smirk on her face, asked, “Weren’t you pleasantly surprised?”


I sat back and listened. Then I immediately got a revelation: this exact scenario is carried out in Christians’ lives each day. (Proverbs 4:7)

  • We ask God for something.
  • He answers, “Not right now.”
  • We get upset, throw a tantrum, ‘vent’ to others. 

In our limited understanding, we don’t realize God has a grander plan in progress. He has surprises lined up that are better than we can imagine.

Will you trust God’s plans?

God does a lot of work behind the scene. We only see our current circumstances. If my sister had decided to rebel against our mother and go to the youth group event instead of staying at home, she would have missed out on the celebration.

What will you never get to experience because you choose disobedience?


The Lord wanted me to leave you with this. These are the words that He spoke to me for this devotional:

“The plans that I have for you, saith the Lord. I will uphold you with my right hand. I will lead, guide, care, and have your best interest at heart.
Confide in Me. Trust in Me. I will never leave you alone. I will never forsake you. You are my beloved. You can trust in Me.”

Jesus loves you so much. He’s working on your behalf. Even when you can’t see it, He’s working. Trust His unknown plans.

~Stephanie Bright

 

Stephanie Bright CEO of Christian Girls P.O.P

 

 

 

 

 


This devotional was written by Stephanie Bright a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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

 

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Guiding Scripture: “The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)

 

🔴 Is God Your 911 Operator?

At some point in their walk with God, most Christians have felt like their prayers are just hitting the ceiling. We’ve all been there. Despite your best efforts, it can feel like no one is listening or cares about your struggle. In your darkest moments, you might wonder: is God even real?

Why is it so hard for me to hear Him?


The answer to this question is surprisingly simple: God’s voice isn’t hard to hear at all. It’s just that sometimes we don’t know how to listen. As any mature Christian will tell you, the voice of God becomes more evident, the more you spend time with Him.


Think about your mother’s voice. You can probably imagine how she sounds even when she’s not with you. Why? Because you spent the first seventeen or eighteen years of your life speaking with her—and hearing from her— every day. Consistently.


However, when it comes to their relationship with God, many people relate to Him like a 911 operator, only reaching out in times of emergency or crisis. How well do you know your local 911 operator? Do you know their name? Anything about their lives or families? Of course not. You only speak to them when you need help immediately, and you go back to your life as usual (hopefully) once you’ve gotten the help you need.


If you treat God this way, as someone you approach only in times of desperation or significant pain, don’t be surprised if it seems like He doesn’t answer. Let me be clear: He is still speaking because God always answers His children. However, if your relationship with Him is weak, you are the one who can’t hear what He has to say.


God isn’t a 911 operator.

He’s your father, and He loves you deeply. If you relate to Him like the good father He is, you won’t have to look very far for answers to your prayers. As Jeremiah 29:13 says, “If you look for me, wholeheartedly, you will find me.” God is eager to speak to you and eager to respond to your cries. Talk to Him today.

~Lisa C. Gant

 

LISA C. GANT: CEO & Founder of Purpose Without Apology, the Podcast. Tune in for weekly podcasts and connect with Lisa on Instagram. Visit www.lisacgant.com for more information. 

 

 

 

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

John 8:12, Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 

🔴 LIGHTS OUT

Incarceration means being told what to do and when to do it. All freedom is taken. The fresh outdoor air is allowed at specific times. Whether the prisoner is awaiting trial or has been sentenced, a guard dictates your every move.  
 
Sin is also a Warden over your life and will control you. You might think that you have the freedom to exercise whatever you want, but it is just the opposite. Satan will trick you into believing that you are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul. He will tell you that you have the sufficiency of having a successful purpose-driven life. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will fall for Satan’s lies and deceit.
 
 
 

The only way to control sin is to believe and to receive Jesus Christ into your life. It is through His Holy Spirit that you will be able to confront sin head-on and choose right over evil, love over hate, and eternal life over separation from God and death.

 
Choose this day whom you will serve! Prayerfully, for your soul’s sake, you will choose God! Where do you want to spend eternity? Your heart and whom you live for are where you will spend your time, gifts, and energy.  
 

Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” 

 
As believers made in God’s image, we should want to be more like Him and take on His attributes and His character.

~Diana L.W. Coleman

 

This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

🔴 Stuck on Stupid

 
Perhaps this could best be titled For a Lack of Wisdom. Sounds better! Is there any difference other than being a bit gentler? What if I had said Stuck on Satan?! All titles show that Jesus is not the Author or the Director. 
 
Sheep aren’t the brightest of animals! The only exception that makes them different is who their Shepherd is! Are they following Satan’s dark futility or God’s wise Light? A higher power guides all sheep. The foolish darkness will devour them, and we know the Enemy is here but to kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10)
 
Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and only He can lead you into the salvation of His Kingdom of eternal life with God in His prepared place we call heaven. For sure, Satan has a set place too – it’s called Hell!  
 
If you are feeling stuck, I urge you to ask Jesus, “Will You Shepherd me?”
 
Read and meditate on His Word. If you have wandered away from the Light, there is a way and He is near.
 

John 10:6-13

Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

~ A devotional written by Diana L.W. Coleman


Journal Prompts

  • Think about your mission in life. Do your current choices lead you closer to your goal?

  • How can I get more stillness, solitude and peace in my life?

  • What tensions are stressing me now?
  • How do I control rather than trust? 

 

This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose ®, 2020.