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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (Day 211)

By Detria Moore

Guiding Scripture: Isaiah 54:2-3, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. 

 

 

🔴 Be Planted Where You’re Called, Not Where You Are

Growing up, my father had a garden. I never took much interest in it. But as I got older, I suddenly wanted to start one. We have a small backyard, so I started container gardening on my deck. And boy, God has used this growing season to reveal so much to me!

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One of the first lessons I learned was about spacing. I tended to overcrowd my seedlings in small containers. That hindered their growth and kept them from reaching their full, maximum potential. They would start to grow, but soon their growth was stunted. It did not produce the bountiful harvest I was anticipating. I needed to enlarge their container so the roots had room.

Guidance

A gardener I follow on YouTube said, you never plant seedlings according to their current size; you have to establish them according to the dimension they’re going to be!”

That resonated in my spirit so deeply. How long have we been told, “Grow where you’re planted?!”

Well, what God showed me knocked this idea on its head. I get the sentiment. That no matter where God plants us, we should make the most of it and grow. And sure, growing in your current space may work for a season, but the truth is things grow best in the proper soil, environment, and container size.

How can you develop if you’re not in an environment that will allow you to reach maximum productivity?


The little four-inch seedling I planted in this small pot was destined to grow into a two-foot-tall stalk. I needed a bigger pot!  But by the time I realized and tried transplanting it, the plant had become rootbound. The roots had taken up all the space within that small pot and circulation was poor. It couldn’t properly take in water and nutrients causing a slow death. 

Stretch Out


I discovered I could root prune the plant and keep it in the same small pot, or if I wanted it to grow larger, I could try to transplant it into a bigger pot. Knowing that it would cause shock to the plant system but prayerful that it would once again flourish and thrive, I chose the latter.

Friends, where is God calling you? Where is your destination?

It’s crucial that you don’t look at your current surroundings but consider your final destination. How big is the dream and calling God has given you? You can’t prepare for that calling by looking at the size of your current reality. Your roots need room to grow. And if they don’t, you’ll become rootbound and start taking on the shape of where you currently are, and you’ll never grow into the fruit producer God wants you to be.

 

Don’t Hold Back!


Begin by planting yourself in an environment that matches your dream and calling, not your current reality. If you don’t, you’re likely to take on the shape of your current surroundings and starve yourself of the things needed to grow properly. Improve circulation, increase your nourishment and have faith. God needs you to listen so that your environment will increase your productivity. Get ready for others to enjoy the fruit of your obedience and give God all the glory.  

 


Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails. 


This devotional was submitted by Detria Moore, 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

Friday, July 30, 2021

2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27, Romans 13:1-14, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 20:11

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (with audio)

 

By Detria Moore

🔴 Faith, Courage, and Honor: The Daughters of Zelophehad

Tradition is a beautiful way of recognizing time-honored customs, cultural beliefs, and practices. But tradition is sometimes meant to be broken, and it takes courage to go against societal norms, even when it’s done for the right reasons and with the best of intentions.

 Are you willing to go against culture to get what God has for you?

Five courageous women were willing to do just that.  

In Numbers 26, the people of Israel undergo a critical second census to establish the size of each tribe. The allocation of their portion in the promised land of Canaan depended on it. While women were not included in the census numbers, the five daughters of Zelophehad are mentioned individually by name (Numbers 26:33) to establish that they were from the tribe of Manasseh.  

Next, in Numbers 27:1-11, we read more about the five daughters of Zelophehad and how they courageously went against cultural norms. 

Tradition stated that if a man had no sons, his inheritance went to his nearest male relative, but NOT to his daughters. Rather than receiving an inheritance, daughters were given a dowry upon marriage. Well, Zelophehad died having no sons. And because the Children of Israel had an extended wilderness experience, it was challenging to find his nearest male relative. Having land solidified a leader’s legacy, no male heirs, meant no record of Zelophehad. 

Realizing that their silence could mean the extinction of their father’s name, these sisters operated in faith, courage, and honor. Their actions eventually changed the course of tradition!  

First, these daughters operated in FAITH by believing that Israel’s children would inherit and possess the promised land. Earlier, in Numbers 13, Moses sent 12 spies to scout out the land. Ten of these spies pronounce doubt and defeat at the very prospect of trying to conquer the people. But these five sisters, while still in the wilderness, had faith that they would walk in God’s already stated promises and possess what He’d already said they would have. What faith! 

Like Caleb and Joshua, the daughters of Zelophehad knew it was a matter of WHEN and not IF God would fulfill his promise. That is faith! These five sisters had faith enough to ask for an inheritance while they were still in the wilderness!  

Next, they COURAGEOUSLY approached Moses and Eleazor, right at the tent of meeting. In front of Moses, the high priest, the chiefs, and the congregation, they boldly requested their inheritance, completely ignoring tradition, which said they could not. 

Let’s think through this. 

At that time, women weren’t allowed to inherit property, and as they were unwed at that time, their status was not very high. It would have been easy to say nothing. It’s not like when moving day came, they would have been left on the outskirts of Canaan and not allowed to enter. They could have easily crossed into the promised land, set up their tents within Manasseh’s territory, and lived happily ever after, not worrying about anything or anyone past their generation. 

But that wasn’t enough for them. 

With courage, they went to the male leaders in front of all the congregation and made their requests known. It wasn’t just about securing their futures; they wanted to HONOR their father and make sure his legacy remained. Understand this was revolutionary in many ways. 

We must have faith that will move beyond the here and now. Faith that will set in motion blessings for future generations. And sometimes, this will take a measure of courage.  

Because these women had faith to request their father’s inheritance and honor his legacy courageously, they not only received it but a new statute and rule are declared, allowing future daughters to receive their father’s inheritance.

If you’re following the one-year Bible plan, you’ve read these incredible chapters. The Bible is a deep well of wisdom- take a moment and read Numbers 27 and 36 and see how faith and courage changed generations.

Ask yourself the following questions for personal application:

  1. Am I operating in faith?
  2. Do I think about how my actions might affect my legacy? Both in the good and the bad?
  3. Are there areas of my life where I need to ask for courage?
  4. What am I doing that’s going to set in motion change for generations to come?

 


Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails. 


This devotional was submitted by Detria Moore, 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, May 29, 2021

2 Samuel 14:1-15:22, John 18:1-24, Psalm 119:113-128, Proverbs 16:8-9

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Faith, Courage, and Honor: The Daughters of Zelophehad By: Detria Moore

A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (with audio)

By Detria Moore

🔴 Hope During Seasons of Uncertainty

Guiding Scripture: “ Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20: 29

Six years after landing my first job after college, the company gossip mill worked overtime that layoffs would be imminent. It wasn’t the first time. The company had previously downsized, and I was spared. This time was different, however. I was now married, with an infant son in daycare, and pregnant with my daughter- Not to mention that everyone was on my insurance! For two weeks, I anxiously went to work, unsure if that day would be my last.

Finally, on a Wednesday, I pulled into the parking lot in time to see my coworker heading to her car with the infamous box of her accumulated items. I had just settled into my cubicle when my manager’s supervisor asked me into his office. All suspicions were finally laid to rest when I, too, prepared my box.

Suddenly, my thoughts raced.

How on earth are we going to survive? Should a six-month pregnant woman look for work? There’s no way we can afford Cobra’s health insurance. I had a lot of questions and felt I deserved an answer. But then I was comforted by an old song. You Don’t Have to Know Why by Tata Vega encouraged me as we were waiting for God to bless us with children after suffering child loss.

Friends, the truth is we’re not always afforded, nor are we entitled to know with certainty what God plans for us. But one of the most important things we can do during uncertain times is asking God to help us believe and stand firm on the promises He’s given in His word. Even if we don’t know what God is doing at the moment, His word gives us promises. In John 20:28, Jesus tells Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believed.” Though Jesus was talking about himself, the same can be true of our uncertainties. Blessed are we when we take God at his word and believe, even when we don’t yet see the outcome.

Regardless of the circumstances, we can take comfort in: 

  1. Romans 8:28,31 knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Then, we can boldly tell our uncertainties, if God be for us, who can be against us?
  2. 1 Peter 5:7, and cast all of our cares on Him. Why? Because He cares for us. 
  3. Jeremiah 29:11, believing that His plans for us are all good. He has a wonderful future for us! Even if we don’t know what it is yet. 
  4. Hebrews 10:23, Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Take heart! Whatever the future holds, you can be encouraged to know that nothing we can ever face in this world will be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18).  

As we continue to see so many dark and ugly things play out in this world, it might seem easy to feel restless in these uncertain times. Who knows what this world will look like, or what our lives will look like in five to ten years. But greater is HE that is in you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4, KJV).

 

 


Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails. 


This devotional was submitted by Detria Moore, 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, May 1, 2021

Judges 13:1-14:20, John 1:29-51, Psalm 102:1-28, Proverbs 14:15-16

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Hope During Seasons of Uncertainty by Detria Moore

A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Guiding Scripture: Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:22-26

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By Detria Moore

🔴 In the Waiting

A few weeks ago, I was troubled by a situation. I desperately wanted to hear from the Lord about the matter, and soon after, I read this scripture in a prayer journal. I was encouraged. First, to know that God cared enough to answer me and speak to me when I needed to hear from Him. Second, that he would encourage me with just the right words, I needed to read. God is so compassionate towards us. Can you fathom that every morning new mercies are awaiting you?  

I was further encouraged to read that the Lord is my portion.

He is everything that I need. Take heart that whatever you require, the Lord is your portion! He is more than enough. It wasn’t for naught that He instructed Moses to tell the Israelites, “I am that I am” had sent him. God knew what was to lie ahead for the children of Israel, and He knew what they would face. They needed to know that no matter the circumstances, I AM was with them.  

Reading on, I almost came to an abrupt halt because of the next phrase, “Therefore, I will wait for him.” To wait? Oh, friends! I did NOT want to read that. Here I was, all encouraged, reminded of his faithfulness, his new merceries, his never-failing compassions. Surely God’s next steps would be just as exciting. But the next line told me to wait. Wait?!?!? And then to say, “it is good to wait quietly…?”

I felt slightly deflated. I wanted to see God move. Seriously, cue the clapboard. Yell action. Let’s get this moving. But after all this encouragement and build-up, the Lord wanted me to wait. How was this supposed to make me feel better? Sitting and waiting did not seem appealing. But dear friends, waiting is not passive. It’s more than merely letting time pass.

Growth and activity happen in the waiting!    

  1. First, waiting increases our faith. Just like exercising builds muscles, our faith is strengthened when we exercise it. Speaking to and telling our circumstances that we believe what God says and not what we see with our natural eyes increases our faith. If God instantly answered everything we asked all the time, when would we be able to exercise our faith?
  2. Second, we learn more about Christ’s character. When the children of Israel were waiting to be delivered from Pharaoh’s control and were waiting to enter the promised land, they learned more about God’s character. They learned that he was willing to perform miracle after miracle for their benefit and for His glory. They knew He was Holy; that He wanted to be their ONLY source of provision and worship.  
  3. Finally, we grow and learn more about ourselves. Once you get to the point of having no choice but to wait on God, you renew your strength. Your character molds into being more like Him. You become more reliant upon Him and the Holy Spirit.  

 

Yes, waiting is active.

And though it can be so frustrating to wait, focus on Psalm 46: 10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” It’s essential we not grow weary in our waiting. Be anxious for nothing friends, cast all your cares on Him. Stand still and see that He will answer in His timing. But in the waiting, find joy and be content knowing the Lord is working on your behalf.  


Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails. 


This devotional was submitted by Detria Moore, 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

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Numbers 21:1-22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalm 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

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In the Waiting By Detria Moore