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Bible Study & Devotional Day 38

🔴 A Wise Choice 

 Guiding Scripture: Matthew 25:14-29

Unexpected chaos filled the week. No matter how much distance we put between things, it will pour over into other areas if something is left unresolved. I am grateful for God’s wisdom to control one crucial element: me. I thank Him for the knowledge to remain prepared. We have an opportunity to strengthen relationships with our sisters and brothers. We can achieve this by listening, praying, and following God’s will.

In today’s reading 

Exodus 27:20-21, God commanded Israel’s people to bring pure olive oil for the lamps to burn continually. It represented the presence of the Lord set before the inner curtain that stood before the Ark of the Covenant. What a powerful reminder to do the necessary things to keep the oil of ‘faithfulness’ burning brightly.

I am excited to include a portion of Pastor Reason A. Chandler’s Sunday message. As God divinely orchestrated this sermon with our One Year Bible reading, I had to be obedient. Our Lord brings His children together to glorify Him in a mighty way. I am blessed to work with some incredible servants of God. 

Pastor Chandler graciously permitted me to share a portion of ‘Faithfulness- Take the Risk’ along with this devotional ahead of its original air time of 11:00 AM. Please tune in and watch in its entirety. I pray it will bless you and lead you to continue reading the word of God. Links to Jackson Street United Methodist Church are below, and I encourage you to follow and subscribe.

 

 ~Torrie Slaughter


 

 

 


This devotional was 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 7, 2021

Exodus 26:1-27:21, Matthew 25:1-30, Psalm 31:1-8, Proverbs 8:1-11

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Faithfulness: Take the Risk by Pastor Reason A. Chandler

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

 

🔺 One Day

by Irvine Saint-Vilus

One day, while visiting a sickly man in the hospital, he turned to me with weepy eyes and said, “I will not make it out of here alive.” He went on to say that he was reaping the consequences of his bad decisions. As I observed his fragile and bruised frame, my heart dropped like lead to the pit of my stomach. I could not conjure up the right words to provide him any comfort. 

Trust God!

Silently, I prayed, “Lord, what should I say to this man to bring him hope or peace?”

The Holy Spirit deposited a Word in my spirit, and I said to him, “You are still alive, I would encourage you to make the most of your time.”

How fitting is this Word, especially for believers!

Have Faith!

Are we taking every opportunity to share the gospel with those who do not know our Savior Jesus Christ? In John 9:4, Jesus tells His disciples, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

While we are given the precious gift of time, we must tell people about the saving grace of Christ before it is too late. By using every occasion, platform, and venue we have, we can live out our God-given purpose! Proclaim His Word of love. We will win souls for His kingdom and make the most of our lives. Then on that glorious day, when we see our Lord face-to-face in the heavenly place, with joy and gladness in our hearts, we will hear Him say the sweetest words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 2:23).   

~ Irvine Saint-Vilus


This devotional was written by Irvine Saint-Vilus 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.

 

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Stay Home A 7 Day Devotional by Casey Alexis

In this devotional, we take a tour of what it means to stay home, using the words of Jesus himself from the Gospel of John 14:1-31, as our guide.

 

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” JOHN 14:11 NIV

 

🔴 Day 4 Seeing Is Believing

The challenge of staying home is trusting that God will meet our needs. When you think about it, most of us leave home to provide financial stability and fulfill our passions. Jesus was an excellent example of what it meant to live in the world and yet trust God to provide—trusting that He will protect and provide for those that He loves.

In moments of doubt, review the evidence?

Jesus challenged His disciple, Phillip, who, like most of us, was having a difficult time following Jesus’ words. Jesus reminded Him, it’s okay to have moments when you question or doubt, but go back to the proof to confirm that I am who I say I am.

We all have evidence in our lives that proves that God is who He proclaims. The problem is we tend to forget, especially when things get tough. We forget the facts of His protection, the evidence of His provision, and the realities of His Love. I challenge you in those moments to recognize the truths. Remember that the same God that rescued you is the same God that will deliver you. The God that changed you is the God that will provide for you. The God that forgave you once will forgive you again.

Dear God,

You are an amazing Father. In moments where life gets complicated, and I may forget, remind me of you are. Specify all the evidence I have in my life that proves your words to be true. I thank you for all the things you have done for me, both seen and unseen. Please help me to hold on to you, especially when my circumstances try to pull me away from your guiding light. In Jesus name, Amen

 ~Casey Alexis


This 7 Day Stay Home devotional was submitted by Casey Alexis, 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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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Suggested Bible Reading: Nahum 1:7, Psalm 9:9

🔴 INTENSIVE CARE

Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him

Receiving word that a loved one has been in an accident and is in intensive care is alarming. But right behind that call, you receive notice that a different loved one is also in intensive care because of kidney failure. Add to that the need to get death notifications and cards of condolences out to other family members would be unbearable without God.
 

I can’t imagine how anyone can continually hear of devastations without God in his or her life. That is what has happened with me in the last two days, and I know that I would not be able to handle any of this without God.

Psalm 9:9 reminds us that the Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Christ gave us the gift of His Holy Spirit to guide us.

We can turn to His unchanging character for the strength we need. God is the ultimate intensive caregiver. His Truth is absolute, and He is sovereign. The next time you feel overwhelmed by death, disease, or trauma, remember that Christ knows and understands. Go to Him in prayer and let Him care for you.

 
 
Let us pray: Jesus, we believe that there is a balm in Gilead. We believe that you are the great physician who has the power to heal your people’s wounds. Lord, we need your guidance and your strength for our frames. Please help us to come forth like a well-watered garden and like a spring whose waters never fail while we give you all the praise and all the glory. Thank you, Jesus. 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

Psalm 37:32-33 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death; 33, but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

🔴 DON’T FRET THE ELECTION

Why are you as a believer fretting about an election? Don’t you realize that things in this world are only temporary? Yes! It is our civic duty to vote, and we should take this right to vote in all elections as a privilege and with gratitude for those who fought, bleed, and died for us to be able to vote.
 

God is the ultimate authority!

 
Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
 

Since humans decided that they wanted judges, then kings, instead of God, no one has or will be satisfied with the outcome. Some leaders follow God, while others have sought to do evil. The only true and just ruler is God. Because this world is not the eternal home for believers, we are settling for less than the best regardless of who leads here on earth.

Once you have voted, trust God’s control for the results and His plan to live your best life for Him. God knows your heart, desires, and needs, and He is quite capable of fulfilling them all.

 

Let’s pray: Lord help us to be still before you and to wait patiently for you; keep us from fretting when people succeed in their ways as they carry out their wicked schemes. Please help us refrain from anger and lead us from the wrath not to worry because it only leads to evil. Continue our hope in you, Lord, so that we will inherit the land and so that the enemy will not destroy us. Increase our faith and wisdom as we give our total control to you. We worship and praise you, Lord. 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®