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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 2, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: Luke 2:11 “Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” 

Suggested Additional Reading: Luke 2:1-51, John 3:1-36

🔴 KNOW THE HISTORY BEHIND THE CELEBRATION!

In December, we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
It was not until the fourth century that Christians decided to celebrate the birth of Christ to replace the Roman Saturnalia with a Christian holiday. Use of the date of December 25 was chosen by Pope Julius. On December 21, 2020, Pagans celebrated the winter solstice. This is not new information and is available to read with a quick Google search. 
 
  • What is the true meaning of Christmas for you?
  • How do you celebrate the birth of Christ?
 
While you are checking out additional information on-line, take the time to read Luke chapter two. For further insight, read John chapter three and look in the concordance and explore other passages concerning Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection!
Both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa have also pulled from the winter holiday luster even though having different sustainable reasons and goals celebrate a new birth.

 

 

 

 

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, your love for us in the expression of your willingness to leave heaven and to be born on sinful earth is unimaginable, yet you did! Thank you. We pray that we will willingly seek your love. Increase our obedience, prayers, study, and closer relationship with you and give ourselves in service and to your glory and honor. Amen


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.


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Genesis 3:1-4:26, Matthew 2:13-3:6, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 1:7-9

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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® 

 

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Suggested Bible Reading: Proverbs 17:22, Proverbs 12:25, Proverbs 15:13, Psalm 38:8

Heart- the central or innermost part of something.

Crush– bring about a feeling of overwhelming disappointment or embarrassment in (someone).

🔴 LAUGH OFTEN 

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

It is easy to spot a happy person who loves to smile even when wearing a mask during this Corona Virus pandemic. You can see their smile through their eyes, and as you watch, their cheeks rise. There is just something special about people who laugh, express joy, and warmth.

Having a relationship with Jesus gives us reason to smile. It should also give us an attitude of gratitude for all that He has done for us. As believers, we have a reason to rejoice and be happy. We know that we have the hope of living with God forever! No matter how dark and dismal the day, the week, month, or year 2020 is, we can live a life of expectancy and share the love of Christ and His message of salvation with a smile joyfully.

Psalm 126:2 “Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy, Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”


Let’s pray: Thank you, Jesus, that you have given us such joy that you alone can turn our frowns upside down. We can take delight in you and your promises.  You are always with us throughout the rest of this earthly journey into eternity. We love you, Lord, and we are grateful. 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

Matthew 25:45  “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” 

 

🔴 Aborting God!

I genuinely do not understand why believers fully support leaders who have shown the world they are liars, cheaters, lack empathy, and degrade women. What’s even less understandable is how we embrace these persons based on the economy’s wealth primarily because they claim pro-life.
We determine to oppose abortion and will not support those who believe in a woman’s right to choose. It becomes the litmus test for Christ-followers.

We wave, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13) as a banner of honor and self-righteousness. At the same time, we are proud registered members of the National Rifle Association, making us legally licensed to carry a gun. After all, doesn’t God want us to protect the borders of this nation? Taking children and babies before they are weaned from their mothers’ breasts and thrown into cages are probably better off! Right?!

Perhaps this will keep others from coming to America identified (not proven) as rapists and murderers who steal jobs, welfare, and asking for health care!

The seven things that the Lord hates and detests found in Proverbs 6:17-19:
 
There are six things that the Lord hates, 
seven that are an abomination to him: 
 17  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, 
and hands that shed innocent blood, 
 18  a heart that devises wicked plans, 
feet that make haste to run to evil, 
 19  a false witness who breathes out lies, 
and one who sows discord among brother  
Sin is sin! To abandon one commandment is to cancel, abort, quit, halt, and stop obeying all ten of them. As believers, we must be extra careful how and what we choose from God’s Word to justify our hypocrisy.
  
 
 

 

Let’s pray: Loving Father in your Word, you have urged us to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in our way that are contrary to your teaching and told us to keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their appetites. By smooth talk and flattery, they deceive the minds of naive people. We want to be in obedience with you and be wise about what is true and innocent about evil. You are The God of peace and will soon crush Satan under your feet. Please help us to be better and more loving in obedience to your Word. Amen

~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®