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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 213

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 25:2 ‘I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.’

 

🔴Validated Trust

“Packed with peanuts, Snickers® really satisfies!”

When I was a child, my favorite treat was a Snickers®: a yummy nougat, peanut, and caramel-covered bar with delicious chocolate. It was a perfect balance of sweetness and crunch. 

Trickery

I believed the commercial actors who could take a fist full of peanuts close their hands and upon opening a Snickers candy bar appeared. I spent countless hours taking my fist full of peanuts and hoping for my favorite candy. Needless to say, it never happened. 

Enemies

I placed my trust in an idol and created golden calves. My enemies were: Greed. Hunger. Lust. It was unfathomable that something shown to millions of people was a lie. I trusted the campaign of the successful Mars, Incorporated candy company over the adults in my life.   

Satisfy

 I couldn’t let go of the betrayal. I thought everyone who loved me was lying. No explanation was enough, and that left me with more questions than answers. But God truly satisfies. He helped me see past my arrogance and give thought to other things I’d seen on television. God gave me perspective. His evidence rang true, and I could finally let go, apologize to my family, and move on. Why? Because I was satisfied with the truth.

Confidence

When God purposes us to follow His path, we can trust His guidance. He will not lead us astray. God will show us His way; all we need to do is ask. Everyone has the opportunity to become His child because of the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. 

Let’s build a relationship with the One who knows our innermost parts. God is authentic, a very real, and living Most High God who cares about us.

You will not be disappointed when your eyes are opened to the wonderous working power of God.  

 

Prayer: Lord, ‘Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ‘ Psalms 25:5, Amen

 

 

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21, Romans 15:1-22, Psalm 25:1-15, Proverbs 20:13-15

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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 (Day 190)

By: Lisa C. Gant

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” 

 

🔴 It Starts with Trust: Winning the Battle Against Fear

When we’re small children, fear is easy enough to identify, often taking the form of invisible monsters who lurk under the bed or hide in dark closets. Over time, however, we learn that those fears usually aren’t based on reality. The monsters that we imagined with sharp claws, shaggy fur, and vicious fangs aren’t real, and nothing is waiting in the dark to grab us while we sleep.

But what do we do when our fears are real, terrible things that can happen?

As adults, fear becomes menacing in a different way. Instead of ghosts, monsters, or werewolves that fill our nightmares, our fears take the form of a cancer diagnosis, a sudden job loss, or the death of a loved one. Each day, we battle these larger-than-life fears that seek to rob us of peace. At the same time, we also face a myriad of little fears that swarm in our minds like gnats: Will I be able to meet my sales quota at work this quarter? Is my spouse satisfied with our marriage? What should I do about my child who’s struggling in school? And don’t even get me started on fears triggered by our modern, toxic, ever-present news cycle.

Over the past several months, I’ve fought my own battle with fear as my life has gone through an intense period of transition. Not only is my family in the process of moving to a new home, but like many of you, we are finding a new normal as society opens up after enduring a pandemic for the past year. None of these things is easy to navigate on their own, let alone all at once.

Fortunately, we serve a God who reigns over fear and has given us the tools we need to fight back. Psalm 56:3 is a simple verse that shows us where to start: “When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.” (Amplified Version) Trust is a powerful thing, especially in the hands of a child. Childlike trust is firm and unyielding; it does not waver. It is pure and undiluted by doubt. That’s what Jesus meant when he said that anyone who wants to enter the kingdom of heaven must become like a child (Matthew 18:3).
And that’s the kind of trust that we need to place in God. Trust is a choice, one that is separate from our feelings.

We may feel discouraged, overwhelmed, and confused, but we can choose to place our trust in God despite those feelings. We can choose to acknowledge that God knows the plans He has for us and that they are good plans that will give us a future filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Finally, we can choose to cast all of our fear and anxiety on Him, knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Trusting God can be challenging, especially if we’re used to figuring everything out for ourselves. However, if we want to have any hope of winning the battle against fear, we have to start by putting our trust in the Lord. It’s the safest place in the world for our confidence to be.


LISA C. GANT: CEO & Founder of Purpose Without Apology, the Podcast. She is a writer and book editor working with others to publish their stories. Tune in for uplifting Bible teaching podcasts and connect with Lisa on Instagram. Visit www.lisacgant.com for more information and how you can work with Lisa.  

 

 

 

This devotional was submitted by Lisa C. Gant, 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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Friday, July 9, 2021

1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40, Acts 27:1-20, Psalm 7:1-17, Proverbs 18:22

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (Day 189)

Written by: LaVonda McCullough

Guiding Scripture: Romans 8:26, “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” 

 

🔴 What Holds Us Back?

One of the biggest things holding us back from praying is not knowing where to start. Isn’t that always the most challenging part? Just starting?

What’s holding you back?

~ Are you worried about not having the “right” words to say and that you will mess it up and turn God off forever?

~ Do you nervously wonder if your words will align with God’s desire for you?

~ Perhaps you’re waiting for some clear guidance and a nudge to point you in the right direction?

Whatever it is,

NOW is the time to connect with God and start communicating with Him. If you are overwhelmed with this idea and not clear on what to pray, you can rest in the promise from Romans 8. He wants you to set aside intentional time to talk about what’s on your mind. He desires an intimate relationship with you. And God has provided a way for you, so you don’t have to worry about having the right words.

The Holy Spirit lives in us, and He knows the will of God, so He cries out with that knowledge for us when we are unsure of ourselves.

We can find rest in the silence as we invite the Holy Spirit to pray through us and intercede on our behalf.

The Message version says “in our wait” instead of “in our weakness.” Are words hard to come by right now? In this season? Well, friend, my heart has been heavy and overcome with grief, and there were no words of what to say; I am grateful for the presence of the Holy Spirit, who is a Comforter.

-Or maybe you asked and prayed the same prayer so many times that you just don’t know what else to say. Persevere.

Don’t stop.

Allow those days of no words to become the days of persevering in silence and letting the Holy Spirit intercede for you. The time is now to welcome the Holy Spirit to pray on your behalf and bring peace like never before.

 

 


LaVonda McCullough: CEO & Founder of Joyful Journey, she is a Biblical Life Coach, Author, Speaker and Co-Pastor specializing in women empowerment. We invite you to connect with LaVonda on Facebook & Instagram. Visit www.lavondamccullough.com for more information. 

 

This devotional was submitted by LaVonda McCullough, 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 Day 189

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Chronicles 5:18-6:81, Acts 26:1-32, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 18:20-21

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 188

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 18:19 ‘A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: And their contentions are like the bars of a castle.’

🔴Offended

Have you ever been offended? Hurt? Mistreated? How did you deal with it? Did you immediately start gossipping about the person and situation? Because let’s be honest, when we are mad, offended, or feel betrayed, we want everyone to stand with us in those emotions.

Vendetta

Our revenge is making as many people dislike the actions and the other person as much as we do. But, we forget that our feelings are temporary. And we can do severe damage not only to the reputation of others but also to our own. The enemy, Satan, doesn’t want you to notice that.

Hebrews 10:17 reads, ‘He also says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will never remember again.” – God puts His laws in the hearts and minds of His people. We are empowered to obey Him. What strikes me about the verses that talk about God’s forgiveness is that it is followed by His wiping our sins away. God sees past our iniquity and into our hearts that long for Him. 

If we are offended or hurt by someone, we have the power at that moment to decide who we will follow.  -God’s command of love or Satan’s command to destroy, kill, and steal. Our words have power as well as our actions. We can allow someone to see Christ or the enemy.

Prayer: Great are You, my heavenly Father. Great is your mighty Name in all the world. You are my joy. In you, I seek comfort. Father, allow your sons and daughters to be slow to speak and slow to anger that we may learn our lessons directly from your Word. Let us sit at your feet and ponder the wonders of your extraordinary character. Let us aspire to be closer to you. Thank your loving-kindness, Amen.

 

 

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. 

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17, Acts 25:1-27, Psalm 5:1-12, Proverbs 18:19

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 185

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Acts 22:19-21, ” ‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ “

 

🔴But, Not Yet

Have you ever felt you deserved something right away? Most of us think of good stuff that will enhance our quality of life. It is rare to desire punishment.

Acts 22:19-20 reflects Paul’s comprehension of the Kingdom of God. He acknowledges that he knows he must endure the consequences of his rebellion. Those who trusted and believed in Jesus Christ, Paul sought out and condemned to death. Even while preaching and teaching, he knew how his previous actions hurt his testimony.

Our God is merciful and works out everything for the good of those who love Him. Just as Shimei cursed David (2 Samuel 16:12)while he and his household were fleeing to Jerusalem to escape Absolam, Paul justified his attackers’ actions.

As you read today, think about the times you’ve stood idly by perhaps protecting your reputation or finances. What do you deserve for guarding your idols?

Do not fret or be dismayed because Satan wants us to believe that our God will not forgive our trespasses. The guilt and shame can either improve or weaken our Christian testimony. When people notice how we deal with conflict and the measures used to resolve it may increase the division. Only God can unify and bring about peace. However, be warned. If the hearts of those surrounding us do not align with Jesus, be prepared to endure a bit longer.

God will send you to other places to further the Gospel. All you need to do is submit to His will and listen to His voice. Never tire of telling your personal conversion story.

Oswald Chambers wrote, “If my testimony makes anyone wish to emulate me, it is a mistaken testimony; it is not a witness to Jesus.”

 

 

 

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. 

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Sunday, July 4, 2021

2 Kings 23:31-25:30, Acts 22:17-23:10, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 18:13

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