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Bible Study & Devotional Day 30

🔴  What We Deserve 

 If you ask Finance Advisor Dave Ramsey, “how are you today?” He responds, “Better than I deserve.” 

Interestingly it is a very Biblical response. Matthew 20:14-15 Jesus’ parables about the Kingdom of heaven, He repeatedly uses everyday situations to help us understand. Heaven is not like this world. It isn’t every human out for themselves. We will receive more than we deserve for the work we have completed no matter the length of time we’ve committed to it. 

Jesus further stipulates that we are not to lord over one another. He came to serve, and that is the definition of greatness within the Kingdom. Matthew 20:25-28

Christ gave His life as a ransom for all who believe in Him.

Psalm 25 keeps us looking toward the achievement of purposing toward the Kingdom. I thank God for His words and the healing hope we receive. I think about the many arguments, conflicts, and temporary setbacks we encounter, and I am amazed at our Lord’s patience.

Points to Ponder:
  • What needs to be removed or released for us to fulfill our God-given purpose? 
  • Who do we need to un-follow, so we’re not tempted by jealousy, envy, or rage? 
  • Is our heart open to learning, or are we focused on adding more filth to an unsavory situation?

 

Exercising Faith

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

James 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Romans 3:20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.”

 

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 

 


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

 


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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Exodus 10:1-12:13, Matthew 20:1-28, Psalm 25:1-15, Proverbs 6:6-11

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Bible Study & Devotional Day 27

🔴  Trustworthy  

Trust is assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something in which one places confidence. Trust is the dependence on something future or contingent.

Exodus 5:9 “Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to [their God’s] lying words.”

Isn’t that just like the enemy? Whew! Take your attention off of God’s truth and focus on the worldly wealth of the world. How can we trust a system that will increase the burden to satisfy its ego?

The Offense:


If you have ever felt personally attacked, can you trust who will answer your cry for comfort? In Psalm 22, King David is lamenting and cries out to God for comfort as he flees from his son Absolom. David’s dependence on God for his survival both mentally and physically is a lesson for us.

The Takeaways:

Throughout today’s assigned reading, we watch varying degrees of trust. First, Moses, in Exodus 4:10 he argues with God about His decision. We realize that Moses is insecure and does not feel equipped to lead. However, Yahweh, our God, continues to speak life over Moses and provides him with a helper. Someone to proclaim God’s command while giving Moses the encouragement he needs to complete his purpose.
In Matthew 18:3, Jesus teaches His disciples to trust and be vulnerable like children. We are to lead by Christ’s example and not become stumbling blocks to those who want to grow in understanding.
We can trust God to find the lost (one who veered off the path)and bring him safely home.

Who will you trust?

Trust in Review! Here are some verses we have read:

Psalm 4:5 Offer right sacrifices and put your trust in the Lord.

Psalm 9:10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Psalm 22:4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.

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

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 

 


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

 


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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Exodus 4:1-5:21, Matthew 18:1-20, Psalm 22:19-31, Proverbs 5:15-21

 

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Bible Study & Devotional Day 26

🔴  Common-Law  

James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is a sin.”

The book of Proverbs speaks of wisdom as a woman and condemns adultery. I want to take an opportunity to talk about the infidelity we practice being married to the world.

Are we practicing a common-law marriage with God?

Proverbs 5:8 Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house.


Common-law marriage is also known as a non-ceremonial marriage (divided loyalty). A couple may be considered married without formally registering their relation as a civil marriage.

Are you a believer who hasn’t fully committed to a relationship with Christ?

2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

To have a relationship with our Lord is to bond to Him with authentic intentions. It requires full transparency and trust. Just like any relationship, we need to spend time getting to know our Abba Father. (Exodus 3:12) How do we do that? By reading His Holy Word, praying, and actively going after His presence. The bond we form is everlasting; it is not something to enter into without considering the cost. 

Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There is nothing we need to do that will enhance God’s love. We shouldn’t become competitive or dwell on issues that will cause division. Unity in Christ means we hate what He hates and love what He loves. In doing so, we must be careful not to judge our brothers and sisters. If we are unsure of what to do, the best option is to ‘love anyhow’. Find the redeeming qualities and focus on developing our resolve not to have things our way.

Christ-Alone is Sufficient

We need not conform to this world through performing rituals that appear like love for our Lord. Our wholehearted yearning is the indwelling spirit seeking God’s affection. We accomplish that by submitting to the will of our Lord(Exodus 3:3). Enter into a formal agreement and become united with Christ. You will distinctly hear the voice of God, and His instructions will add value to your earthly life (Exodus 3:4). He is the wisdom to combat the common-law (relationships) of the land. (Exodus 3:5)

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 

 


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


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Exodus 2:11-3:22, Matthew 17:10-27, Psalm 22:1-18, Proverbs 5:7-14

 

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Bible Study & Devotional Day 25

🔴  Who Knows Better?

I can be stubborn. My dogged determination not to change my attitude or position despite good arguments or reasons to do such can cause friction.

In Matthew 16:16, Peter spiritually declares that Jesus is the Son of God and immediately follows with human logic in Matthew 16:22. I have defended Peter’s stance on occasion believing that he only wanted to protect his Rabbi from harm. However, to remain unchanged in attitude would decrease the ability to proclaim the Gospel. 

Satan is never right, and he does not know better than God.

The tension we feel for wanting to be a “protector” has adverse results -this places the cross in state of complacency, not purpose. Jesus asks us to change our attitude.

Matthew 16:24 ‘Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Jesus gives His disciples a choice. If we desire to develop godly characteristics, we must refuse Satan’s temptation of worldly wisdom and prioritize the Kingdom’s business. In doing so, we support the great commission as we take action on our belief in Christ Jesus. While, Peter gave in to his human nature to protect life, Jesus openly rebuked the scheme of the adversary.

What can we learn from Peter in Matthew 16:16? Well, if we get caught in the endless spiral of human ability versus divine appointment, we can ask ourselves:

  1. Am I glorifying God with my attitude, opinions, or behavior?
  2. By what am I motivated into action?
  3. How is God’s truth prevailing?
  4. What mistakes have I made that no longer feel like mistakes?
  5. Am I able to receive righteous correction to grow spiritually? 

Who knows better you, or God? 

~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

Monday, January 25, 2021

Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10, Matthew 16:13-17:9, Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 5:1-6

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Bible Study & Devotional (January 24, 2021)

🔴 Blessings and Curses

Today’s reading revealed intriguing family dynamics and foreshadowing of things to come. The blessings of the younger over, the older sibling continued in Genesis, and Jacob delivers curses as well. While on his death bed, Jacob’s prophetic words alert us to God’s plan.

Genesis 48:1-49:33, Matthew 15:29-16:12, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 4:20-27
Be Blessed or Accursed:

A blessing is the infusion of God’s favor and protection. Our Lord brings happiness to those He blesses. In contrast, a curse is a pronouncement of ill-fortune because one opposes God’s plans. God may curse a person or a whole nation because of their opposition to His will.

Those in opposition to the will of God may carry a curse.

The Pharisees and Sadducees were searching for reasons to discredit Jesus. The disciples got caught up in the literal meaning of ‘leaven’ but, our Lord wanted them to take it further. May we understand the profound wisdom our God gives through His Holy Spirit.

Matthew 16 continues to show how the religious leaders behaved and their misunderstanding of the Laws. The rage these leaders must have felt by having their sin pointed out.


The Leaven:


As believers, we sometimes have our sinful nature put on display, and everyone sees our real character. The Pharisees were so caught up in their ‘logic’ that they failed to see the Law’s compassion; they missed love. We prove how unenlightened we are by dismissing feelings, danger, or what is happening. Envy, excuses, and arrogance will have us sitting on the sidelines because we fouled out.

Jesus teaches us that if we love Him, love ourselves; we will naturally love others. The chaos and stress of life is the enemy’s way to control our thoughts. It becomes a burdensome narrative to always think of the dark side. God wants us to train our minds to obey Christ.

Nothing is hidden that will not be made known. We can cover up how we feel only for so long before our truth will rise. Jesus is the calm in our mental, physical, and spiritual storms. Let’s trust the Creator with our entire being.


The Master has prepared a Great Feast for us. His bread is the way, the Truth and the Life.

 

~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, January 24, 2021

Genesis 48:1-49:33, Matthew 15:29-16:12, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 4:20-27

 

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