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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Suggested Bible Reading: Genesis 2:15-18  Genesis 3:1-6, Ephesians 6:12, John 10:10

Gaslight– to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their memory or sanity.
Deceiver -a person who causes (someone) to believe something that is not true, typically to gain some personal advantage.

🔴 Master Manipulation 

Who wants to be scammed? No one wants to lose out on luxury or have it swapped for something less glorious; however, it happens every day and more quickly since the invention of the internet. We are all susceptible to manipulation and deception.

The Thief can concentrate on our doubts, fears, desires, hopes, and dreams. That gives the Thief access into our minds. When we talk about how scared we are or how badly we desire something, eventually, the opportunity to overcome it or acquire it becomes obvious. The Thief may use this tactic to coerce us out of our regular routines and onto his playing field. By manipulating us psychologically, the Thief will steal time. The time God desires us to have to develop a relationship with Him.

There was one rule in the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 2:16-17 By obeying this rule, everything would be kept in order. The Thief sought to destroy this order. The serpent disguised himself as a fictitious friend and had Eve question the sanity of God’s one rule and manipulated her desires by giving her false hope. Genesis 3:1-5. The serpent was a master manipulator; unfortunately, we have many “people” here on earth that do just that; they manipulate, befriend, and make us question our sanity.

They believe they are working on their behalf, but they are just underlings fulfilling an evil agenda orchestrated by Satan.


Ephesians 6:12 When we take control and give our minds over to God, He will help maneuver us through the schemes we may not recognize. We are not to let one or even several catastrophic events land us in mental turmoil. Take heed and pay attention to the patterns of the enemy. What has he killed, stolen, or destroyed in your life?

 

~Torrie Slaughter

 


This devotional was written and 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® 

 

Catfished??…

Bible Reading: Genesis 2:15-18ESV & Genesis 3:1-6ESV

Gaslighted!! Catfished!! Oh my! Both these terms essentially mean the same thing.

Gaslight- to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

Catfish- to lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.

No one wants to be scammed. No one wants to lose out on a luxury, or have it swapped for something less glorious; however, it happens every day, and more easily since the invention of the internet. We have all been catfished or gaslighted at some point.

The thief is able to hone in on our insecurities, fears, desires, hopes, and dreams. This gives the thief a way into our minds. When we talk about how scared we are or how badly we desire something, eventually we will be met with the opportunity to overcome it or acquire it. The thief may use this tactic in order to coerce us out of our normal routines and onto his playing field. By manipulating us psychologically the thief will take away time. The time God desires us to have in order to fully develop a relationship with Him and to learn about ourselves. The thief will have us rushing to make decisions; not pausing to consult with the Holy Spirit. Genesis 3:6  **Do you want to get married, have a family, become rich…famous? Is your house big enough, your car new enough, does your body need an overhaul? **  These are just a few questions we will begin to ask ourselves constantly, letting go of our original God focus. It’s how we may be manipulated into doing unthinkable and questionable things. The false hope we are given drives our “new” focus making us willing participants in the insane confusion the Thief wants us in.

There was one rule in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:16-17 By obeying this rule everything would be kept in order. The thief sought to destroy this order. (CATFISH—–GASLIGHT)  The serpent disguised himself as a fictitious friend and had Eve question the sanity of God’s one rule and manipulated her desires by giving her false hope. Genesis 3:1-5. The serpent was a master manipulator; unfortunately, we have many “people” here on earth that do just that; they manipulate, befriend, and make us question our sanity. They believe they are working on their own behalf but in truth, they are just underlings fulfilling an evil agenda orchestrated by Satan. Ephesians 6:12

When we take control and give our minds over to God, He will help maneuver us through the schemes we may not be discerning enough to see at first. We are not to let one or even several catastrophic events land us in mental turmoil. By the grace of God we can see the Light and be redeemed…nursed back to mental and spiritual health. Of course, this takes time. When we get to the root of our problems or emotional triggers we can lift up our heads and say “not today Satan, I see your schemes coming and I am prepared!”

~Torrie

 

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Prospect of Recovery

Bible Reading: Luke 15

Have you ever looked for something only to notice you were holding it in your hand? Or perhaps turned your car upside down looking for eyeglasses only to catch a glimpse of yourself in the rear view mirror and see them resting on top of your head?… I’ve actually looked for my cell phone then realized I was talking on it. (LOL!)

We lose things all the time.

There is a popular piece of text circulating on social media; which reads:

“I don’t always lose stuff, but when I do it’s because my wife moved it.”

My husband and I found this hysterically funny and for those of you in relationships, I’m sure you can relate. We often go to those we live with when something isn’t in its usual place. Living in a household with other people (or pets) we learn that items aren’t lost they have actually been moved.

We should ask ourselves:

What moves us to think or understand things differently? (Is it a person, a life event, or a desire for change?)

What moves us emotionally? (Is it a person, a life event, or desire for change?)

How useful is the source we gravitate towards when we feel lost? (Do we seek a person, the Bible, or other outlets such as television, social media, alcohol, shopping, or other addictions? What is our identity found in?)


 Luke 15:11-32

In the parable of the lost son, Jesus spoke of a father and his two sons. The younger was ready to go out on his own and take his inheritance. The older son stayed with the family. After a series of bad decisions and losing all of his money, the younger son decided to sell himself by working in a foreign country. However, once he came to his senses he realized he had sinned against Heaven and his father. He made the decision to go back to work for his family, to his father, but not as a son, as a servant. What happened next can only be described as mercy. Not only did his father welcome him with open arms he celebrated his return! Exclaiming that his son was no longer dead in sin!!

Just like the father in the parable, Jesus wants our souls to be united to Him. He is merciful to us when we are sincere and comes humbly to Him. We are owned by Christ, we are bought and paid for by the shedding of His blood. When we acknowledge His great love for us we will never be completely cut off from Him.

No matter how broken we are physically and emotionally God embraces us. It is time to put our trust in the one and true living God. His mercy and grace are everlasting and unconditional.

~Torrie

© Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose trademark pending), 2018-2048. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

 

 

 

Flesh versus Spirit

The flesh is defined as the physical nature of human beings; it also refers to the unaided human effort, the decisions and actions that originate from it. Without realizing it we are making life more difficult. We are striving to maintain all the desires of our flesh by putting idols before God.

Now let’s pause for a moment and think about the spirit that dwells within us.


Our spirit will have a final resting place somewhere. What we do in this life will determine how we are judged by God. The next time the little voice in our head is warning us to: stay away, pray harder, not to participate in an activity, we should listen. After all, it is the only way to guarantee its survival and ultimate goal to ascend to Heaven.  The spirit is the nonmaterial part of our human self. The flesh is the covering and the means by which we perform various duties and serve God in this world.


Paul wrote in Romans 8:5-8 BSB: “Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s Law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the flesh cannot please God.


Where we set our minds defines the life we lead and also our purpose. We will be able to perform good enough and make people think we have it all together, but when we are honest with ourselves and God we know we are settling. When the good enough fleshly desires leave us tired, broken, depressed, overweight, underweight, stressed, and miserable perhaps then we will listen to the Holy Spirit Jesus left to guide us (John 14:17). Or maybe we are overly concerned about appearances; putting on a show for the world to see but secretly our spirits are crying out to be released from the chains of being forced to “act”? To act like we are perfect, act like we are financially stable, act like our family is the best thing ever given to us, and act like…..Christians. Being a follower of Christ means that our sin nature may be put on display so that we can grow and learn from it. If we feel like the same things keep repeating, perhaps God is showing us grace and giving us multiple chances to see the mistakes we are making that are likely obvious to everyone else.


I remember watching an episode of a show that I cannot recall the name of. The scene was of three women; one(“Patty”) was lying in a hospital bed and the other two(“Sandy & Sally”) were standing at her bedside. The three looked like longtime friends and what was so sweet was that they were comforting each other even though only one was going to have a “procedure” done. (Ok, so now I’m sucked in.) As the story unfolds I learn that “Patty” could possibly lose her voice rendering her speechless. This frightened her because communication was her job and she loved it. The three women continued their cheerful banter, gushing love and admiration of one another until….. The surgeon came to do a final check and to let “Patty” know that she may in fact not be able to speak and that the procedure had 50/50 odds of success. The room was gravely silent for several moments and then it happened. “Patty” began telling her friends of 30 years how she really felt and she pulled no punches. She went as far as to tell “Sally” that her breath smelled like raw onions all the time and she should go to the dentist. I mean WOW. The honesty continued to flow and with each word the women grew more hostile and petty with their observations of one another. The two friends left in a huff.

“Patty” now alone to face her surgery regretted being so honest and thought she had just thrown away decades worth of love and friendship in a matter 5 minutes. But then grace. Once “Patty” returned from surgery to her empty room she was left not knowing if she could speak or if her friends would forgive her. “Patty” was awake, alert, and alone. Tears streamed down her face as she began to ‘ugly cry’ and I held back a stray tear as well. A moment later the same two women that she had called horrible names bounded into the room with flowers and gifts eager to know how she was. Patty could speak! The three women vowed to be more open and honest with each other going forward because there was a genuine love shared between them. Amazing.

The 20 minutes I spent watching that story made me ponder several things. The biggest was who was I lying to? How was I lying to myself? How was I lying to God? Sometimes TV episodes can bring us to an awareness that even if we had read or seen them before it brings all of the scripture studies to the forefront. Being reflective and honest about every aspect of our lives is not only cleansing but telling. The people who are meant to be in our inner circle can handle the honesty. God is Truth and Light; we should stand under it as often as we humanly can. Let our spirit speak from within.

~Torrie

 

 

© Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose trademark pending), 2018-2048. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.