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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 181

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: 2 Kings 17:40-41, ‘They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day, their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.’

🔴Introduction to Idolatry

As we read how the kings did evil in the Lord’s sight, we are also aware of the idolatry introduced and established. Each king had the opportunity to develop something as part of their reign. But, unfortunately, most continued with the idolatrous worship of lesser gods. 

What’s even more problematic is the statement in 2 Kings 17:41b, which says: ‘to this day, their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.’ Most of us take that as at the time of the writing. But truthfully, we are still following the idolatrous ways of our ancestors and mentors. 

The Serpent (cunning, crafty, animal) introduced humanity to rebellion in the Garden of Eden. While the Lord walked in the cool of the day, the hearts of man and woman were seduced by power. The power to have something they believed was not accessible. 

Obedience and reverence didn’t appear as luxurious. 

Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a remarkably talented young lady. She was at the beginning of her entrepreneurial journey and was trying to balance her past and her present. She shared that she was exhausted with the life coach/counselor search. All of them wanted to know about her familial history. 

My question to her: What is the secret worth keeping?

By breaking the chains of once-taboo topics opens the path to love, understanding, and acceptance. But, if we cannot face the reality of the hand-me-down idolatry, we will continue to introduce it to the next generation.  

As you read today’s passages, think about what you inject into your family and neighbors. Are you passing down idolatry?

Prayer: Lord, let us know You and hear Your voice above all. 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, June 30, 2021

2 Kings 17:1-18:12, Acts 20:1-38, Psalm 148:1-14, Proverbs 18:6-7

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 72

Written By Torrie Slaughter

(With an excerpt from The Gospel of Luke 24-Day Devotional ©2018)

Guiding Scripture: Luke 1:16  And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,

🔴 Silence and Reflection

We begin the Gospel According to Luke; we journey to learn more about God through the reading of His Word. It is helpful for us to start with the basics and give some background. Luke is a Gentile physician and historian that occasionally traveled with the Apostle Paul. The purpose of Luke’s story is to provide an orderly account of the fulfilled things. The belief that Jesus is the accomplishment of God and Israel’s covenant story serves as a valuable faith lesson to us now. The Gospel According to Luke and its sequel, Acts of the Apostles, gives us a richer understanding. Luke’s attention to detail and desire to get many eye witness statements reached audiences beyond the immediate Gentile and Israelite community.


We know Zechariah and Elizabeth were God-fearing people and were both in the priestly line of Aaron. The exciting fact about serving in the Temple is the order by which one can offer prayers. Some priests only experienced standing in the Holy of holies once in a lifetime, if at all. God’s timing is always perfect.

Luke 1:20 “And behold, you will be silent and not able to speak until the day these things take place because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”

Not so long ago…

I saved a turtle’s life. No, I didn’t give it mouth to mouth, but I saw it on the road, picked it up, and placed it in a safer area. He looked back at me, and I felt his gratitude. With a smile on my face and warmth in my heart, I walked away… SMACK!!! I killed the gnat that was flying around my face. Yep, I saved the turtle and “silenced” the gnat. Why??? Well, the apparent reason; gnats get into places they shouldn’t!! Buzzing around eyes and ears, they are annoying little… buzzers.

Are You Easily Annoyed?

I shocked myself with my thoughts. I reacted with compassion for the turtle and annoyance to the gnat. (Insert the people in your life.)
We don’t always understand the bigger picture, so we question and react poorly. I recognized my need to be mindful of my impulses, and even though it was a gnat, it showed me how quickly emotions change.

God Shows Mercy

In Luke 1:13-17, The angel Gabriel came to give Zechariah good news. An answer to his prayers! Not only was he going to have a son, but this child would announce the coming of the long-awaited Savior of the world. But, Zechariah smacked down this excellent news with his questions and doubts. Through the angel Gabriel, God responded to Zechariah by silencing him. Zechariah’s posture needed to change. God’s divine timing was at hand, and Zechariah was unaware of the glorious miracle that was about to take place.

Zechariah’s doubt demoted him. He was part of an intricately woven master plan but questioned the authority and ability of God. Zechariah underwent a divine season of reflection while learning new ways to communicate more effectively. WOW! That made the wonder of this miraculous event even more powerful and historic. God’s arrival in human form was something to behold, a prophecy fulfilled. But He had to work around His created humans.

Whether we meet turtles crossing the road or gnats that fly around us, we are responsible for what we feel, say, or do. Will we react in understanding, doubt, or annoyance? Let’s be careful not to quickly dismiss the events in our lives simply because we can not see the immediate usefulness. God’s plan defines us; we all serve a purpose in His WILL. How much involvement we have may depend on God being able to trust us.

Points to Ponder

  • For what am I idly praying?
  • Am I living out my purpose in God’s plan, or have I given myself “busy” work?
  • Has God rendered me silent in an area I wanted to celebrate because I doubted Him?

~Torrie Slaughter





This devotional was written and submitted by Torrie Slaughter (with a portion from The Gospel of Luke Devotional Save the Turtles, Silence the Gnats) the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8

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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

🔴What Are You Missing?

Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:1-40

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” 


🔴 Understanding– the power of abstract thought; intellect


🔴 Are you seeking deeper faith? 

Sunday mornings feel different. For some, it’s an opportunity to sleep a little longer. Rest is vital for our health and to be clear-minded. Taking a day to focus on God and lay aside tasks is a great way to gain perspective. Being part of organizations that embrace the benefit stillness provides, lifts a burden of work. Everyone operates differently, and we may never know how overwhelmed someone feels at any time. Don’t fear you will miss out if everything isn’t the same. Be willing to unplug even if it’s only for a few hours. Turn off the phones, step away from the news, and enjoy the company of the Lord.


Being connected to everything has disconnected us from ourselves and the preciousness of this present moment.” L.M. Browning



Disconnect to reconnect with God! Is it time to digitally detox your life?


~Torrie Slaughter, CEO & Founder Our Given Purpose®


This devotional was written, researched, produced, and 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

🔴What Are You Missing?

Bible Reading Provers 15:1-33


“Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.” Proverbs 15:32

🔴 Instruction- detailed information telling how something should be done, operated or assembled.


The book of Proverbs is a source of great wisdom and instruction. King Solomon’s truthful sayings are simple common sense approaches that stand the test of time. If you are curious, self-examination and reflection is the immediate reaction after reading a chapter or verse of Proverbs. One may point out a neighbor’s errors or be prompted to seek council from the Holy Spirit to navigate life strategically. No matter how one enters into studying, the outcome is usually a mind shift. The fear of missing something useful is a desire humans have. We learned it long ago when the first people rebelled against God. Adam and Eve ignored instruction; they despised the abundance and focused on the scarcity. 

Are you in danger of doing the same? 

As you read Proverbs 15 circle, the behaviors that stand out to you. For example, hot-tempered, glad heart, and ears that listen. While you meditate, ask God to reveal your errors. Acknowledging your shortcomings is a step towards righteous behavior.

The wise take responsibility for missing the abundance of God’s blessings; the foolish continue to blame the world. ~Torrie Slaughter



Be still and know that the Lord is with you. He will guide you into a more profound understanding. You need not be afraid to humble yourself before Him. Take action today!




~Torrie Slaughter, CEO & Founder Our Given Purpose®


This devotional was written, researched, produced, and 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

🔴 Plant Good Seeds

Bible Reading: Mark 4:3-9, Luke 8:5-8, and Matthew 13:1-9

Mark 4:14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others.



The seeds are being sprinkled ya’ll where are they falling? By the road, in shallow soil, in the thickets, or will they find a home in fertile soil unobstructed by anger, arrogance, pride, or fear.” ~Torrie Slaughter

I end every episode of Our Given Purpose® the Podcast with these words. If you are familiar with the Parable of the Sower found in Mark 4:3-9, Luke 8:5-8, and Matthew 13:1-9, you should feel a call to action. 🟢 Mark 4:14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. What is stopping every person from proclaiming the message of our Most High God? The obvious answer is Christ has not returned, and that revelatory prophecy has not been fulfilled. However, I often wonder why Christ-followers rebel against the purpose of our existence. I’m not perfect; I am a sinner and seek forgiveness.

As you go through your day, think about the many ways you are planting seeds. What is planted in you will be manifested by the choices you make. Are you leading, teaching, guiding, or dictating, harassing, and belittling? Lack of emotional intelligence stunts our growth spiritually. Check your soil and identify who or what is growing without your knowledge.


~Torrie Slaughter, CEO & Founder Our Given Purpose®


This devotional was written, researched, produced, and edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose ®, 2020.