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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 208

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 20:5 ‘The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.’ 

 

🔴Profound

There is a reason Proverbs 20:5 is my scriptural vision statement. God is our source of wisdom, and we can continue to seek His guidance to grow in understanding.

Before we draw anything out, we must acknowledge any errors in our thinking or behavior: Proverbs 20:1-4 layout warnings and things we should avoid.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine causes you to make fun of others, and beer causes you to start fights. Anyone who is led down the wrong path by them is not wise.

Being drunk with alcohol doesn’t leave space for the Holy Spirit. We are choosing comfort and foolishness over sacrifice. 

Proverbs 20:2 A king’s anger is like a lion’s roar. Anyone who makes him angry may lose his life.

We cannot fully comprehend the wrath of God. King Solomon warns us not to provoke God’s divine anger so we will not lose our life. 

Proverbs 20:3 Avoiding a fight brings honor to a man. But every foolish person is quick to argue.

A hostile person has a shallow heart; anger is a defense. If you notice how these proverbs direct us towards becoming more intellectually mature.

Proverbs 20:4 Anyone who refuses to work doesn’t plow in the right season. When he looks for a crop at harvest time, he doesn’t find it.

Seeking wisdom is work, as is physical labor. Being idle and thinking we have more time to do the will of the Lord is flirting with disaster. The harvest is always plentiful because our God is the Gardener. If we do not cultivate what He has given, we are rebelling against our Lord. 

Proverbs 20:5 begs us to become more curious about our destiny. What is God’s will for our lives? How can we use reverse engineering to apply His Truth to our current circumstances? 

As you read today’s passages, think about how God’s Word is relevant. Invite the Holy Spirit to help you dive deeper into Truth.

Prayer: Lord, we humbly come before you. Please help us to seek your guidance that we may navigate this life as an expression of Christ Jesus. 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

2 Chronicles 19:1-20:37, Romans 10:14-11:12, Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 20:4-6

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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 207

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Romans 10:3 ‘For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.’  

 

🔴Willful Ignorance

 

The Word of God warns against foolishness. Because God is the Creator of knowledge, we honor and respect Him when we seek His wisdom.

To be ignorant takes shape in two ways:

  1. We don’t realize there was something to learn—
  2. The desire to practice unawareness in general.

There is an art to ‘not knowing’. If one is uneducated and remains uneducated, then they cannot be responsible for their actions. 

Romans 10:3 is one place where the Word of God through Paul speaks to the fleshly urge to do things our way. Willful ignorance allows one to establish a comfortable methodology. They are stubborn and determined to do as they want regardless of the consequences or effects. 

As Seen on Social Media

There was a video of a three-year-old boy. His mother filmed him as he repeatedly and with determined authority exclaimed that the item he held was an apple. However, his mother zooms in on the object, and it is, in fact, an onion. Her son is about to take a bite, and again she warns him that it’s an onion, not an apple. The child takes a bite, makes a face, and continues to eat the onion slowly in his willful ignorance. 

Apples & Onions

Sometimes I have trouble surrendering to God’s will. Especially if He sends a person to correct or teach me. I can be like an onion peeling back the layers of pride, shame, or guilt. But, once the hard, inedible stem is revealed, I have a choice: 

  1. Suffer the consequences of the bitter bite. 
  2. Or acknowledge my fault and take it to the Lord in prayer. 

Habbakuk 2:4 reminds us that the one who is right with God will live by faith. The Apostle Paul challenges his fellow Jewish brothers and sisters to pursue a relationship with God through faith in Christ Jesus. We, too, can stop practicing manufactured laws and be made righteous through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. 

Deliberation

Knowing why God sent His sinless Son to earth and accepting through faith His grace and mercy makes us right with God. Remaining willfully ignorant is a tactic of the enemy. The effects of his schemes lead to death, destruction, and grief. Let’s place our complete confidence in Jesus and boldly proclaim that He is the way, the truth, and the life. Through Him, we have gained access by faith into the grace in which we stand. Rejoice in the hope and glory of God!

 

Prayer: Lord helps us to remember to trust in You. Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, July 26, 2021

2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34, Romans 9:25-10:13, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 20:2-3

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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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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Guiding Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:32

🔴 TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

How many times in a day have you heard that you only have a few more hours to make a purchase? Last chance to order! Act quickly! Or you will miss out on this opportunity because when it’s gone, it’s gone! Retailers invite you to promptly respond to their ads but not always with your best interests at heart. They make this urgent appeal for their bottom line of the high end of the year sales income.

There is an invitation with the same amount of urgency that God is asking of you that benefits you! His paid in full invitation to you has no hidden charges, and there is no hidden agenda! All God wants from you is the belief in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Through God’s Son, Jesus, we are extended the best invitational gift anyone can receive. God did this for us because our Holy God cannot look on sin. Those who refuse to believe it means eternal separation from God and going to the other prepared place we refer to as Hell! Yes, two prepared places, one with God in heaven throughout eternity or the other with Satan in Hell for eternity! God allows us to choose!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 
Let’s pray: Father, we thank you for sending your one and only Son to earth to die for our sins so that now when we pray and ask you for forgiveness, you do not look on us but see us through your Son Jesus. Thank you, Jesus, for being the only permanent sacrifice for our sins. We love you. Amen
 
~Diana L.W. Coleman
 
 
 

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

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

 

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Guiding Scripture: James 3:10-12

🔴 IN WHAT TONGUES DO YOU SPEAK?

 
Is your tongue controlled? Having a
1) Controlled Tongue means that we think before we speak and the first thought that comes to our mind does not immediately fly out of our mouth? Once we have learned how to control our tongue wisely – Our tongue knows when not to speak? When to keep silent? It knows how to be sensible and turn off the flow of words. It speaks wisdom and truth.
Have you mastered self-control over your tongue and what it says? James 3 tells us that the tongue is a small member, but it can do severe damage when not mastered. Indeed, if you can’t control this small member of your body, there will be little else you can control!
 

Do you have a 2) Caring Tongue?

Having a caring tongue means that we do so with compassion and encouragement to help foster change as we tell the truth. We do not slice and dice people with our tongue but try to bring healing and help to cheer them and express a better way? A caring tongue knows that “Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24


These are the two tongues everyone should strive to speak in and exercise control with God’s Holy Spirit’s help to be in obedience with God.

The other two tongues are demonic by nature and are against God, and we should want no part of either:
3) The Conniving Tongue spews gossip, slander, falsehoods/lies, wrong motives, and cruel intentions.
4) The Careless Tongue is no better because of its lies, mutinous and hot-blooded words of devastation that only serve to annihilate and demolish relationships.

Seek God’s Word as you examine the thoughts and use it for the correction! You are not alone as you continue to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
 
~Diana L.W. Coleman
 
 
 

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

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

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Guiding Scripture Luke 14:18-20
 

🔴 Useless Excuses?

Let’s face it when we are not willing to work at something, we can find a million excuses to avoid accomplishing anything! How often(for those who before Covid -19 worked outside of the home) are not bothering to get dressed but rather lounge around in sweatpants with no attention to skincare, makeup, or hairstyling? We won’t bother to mention those who have worked from home all along and do the arm test before even taking a shower! 
 
God’s Word tells us that laziness is more dangerous than a prowling lion!  
 
Oh, No, I’m not lazy; I’m just practical! Why bother? No one will see me. Why should I create additional laundry? Mmm, sounds like excuses to me! The less you do then becomes, the less you want to do!

We can’t control the Covid-19 Virus, but we can control how we respond to it.


With compassion, we wear our facial masks when venturing out for supplies, and we can still look as if we are going somewhere with a purpose! No one gets a second chance to make a first impression. To overcome our laziness, all we need to do is remember we are ambassadors of Christ.

Our goals should be a reflection of God. Our lifestyles show how we honor Him. Our love for God should reflect in every area of our life. If God can’t trust us to be faithful over small things, how can we expect Him to trust us with much?

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21

 

~Diana L.W. Coleman


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

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