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A Firm G.R.I.P

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20


G.R.I.P

God’s

Resources

Impacts me

Personally

 

Hello People of Purpose!

  God is impacting how I am being used. Yesterday, on the Our Given Purpose YouTube channel (Talking on Purpose, with Torrie) I discussed emotions and how they play out on social media. God also led me to go through my Facebook friends list and say each name aloud in pray. Those two events impacted my attitude. My world became even bigger than the scope I was gazing through. The Lord helped me get a firm grip on my purpose. He can help you too. 

~Torrie

5 ways we can get a firm G.R.I.P

  1. Keep evaluating our purpose.
  2. Be honest with ourselves.
  3. Speak truth always.
  4. Be an example.
  5. Pray without ceasing.

 


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Foundation of Our Temple

Welcome Friends,

I hope you have read Cleansing Our Temple  AND  What is Building Our Temple? as they serve as limbs to this devotion and prayerfully guide our actions going forward. 

Foundation of Our Temple

REVERENCE- honor or deep respect felt or shown for someone or something.

1. Our reverence to God will be shown through how we treat ourselves and others. As we become more intentional about using reverence or love as a frame for everything we say and do we can begin the cleansing process. Matthew 21:12

2. Once we acknowledge that we are in fact selling distractions via attitudes and broken emotional states we can seek the help (prayer, meditation, or licensed therapist) we need to stop reselling our woes.

3. Our circle of confidants may change as a result of seeking to be healed. 

The blind beggar, Bartimaeus, cried out to be healed by Jesus, but he was told to be quiet: to stop yelling. Jesus had already performed many miracles; His character, mercy, love, and grace were known. The “people” standing closest to Bartimaeus told him to hush. Bartimaeus cried out even louder and Jesus the Son of God healed him because of his faith and belief. (Mark 10:46-52)

Our family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones should respect, not discourage our desire for change. This is the application of reverence; those closest to us honoring our right to be healed and renewed. People rarely notice what we do all-the-time because it’s our routine. They as well as ourselves are habitual beings. The desire for change, I believe, is born out of our mustard seed faith. It is persistent and something that we can not let go of. Faith becomes the thing we feel is missing from our lives or the basis for wanting to learn more about the Higher Being that created the universe. How ever we look at it until we fill this void or grow in faith we will always feel incomplete. This -is- brokenness. Our lives without God, ignoring the Holy Spirit within us that is craving to be nourished. We are the temple surrounding the soul that is inside us. It is the foundation we live through.

1.What do you acknowledge you’re selling? A.Vanity B. Attitude/Mindset C. Arrogant intelligence D. Other_______

2.How will you begin to change? A.Repentance B.Prayer C. Fasting D.Therapy E._____

3.What needs to be cleared out so this change can take effect? A.Circle of friends B. Social Media usage C. Entertainment D. Food/Alcohol/Medicine

*Having a plan in place will keep you accountable.

As always thank you for reading and engaging in the content God allows me to write. I pray this is a helpful beginning.

~Torrie

 

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Indifferent to Persistence

Bible Reading: Luke 18:1-8

Indifference- the lack of interest, concern, or sympathy: apathy.


What are we indifferent to? Is it homelessness, hunger, child abuse, drug trafficking, money… perhaps our spiritual or academic lives? Are we indifferent to our social media presence, the forms of entertainment we enjoy, gossip we engage in? What are the things we don’t give a second thought of?


 The judge in Luke 18:1-8 showed no concern or sympathy to the widow’s need. He did not fear God nor respect his fellow man. (Luke 18:2) Through the widow’s persistence, he finally relented and gave her the justice she sought. (Luke 18:4-5) 

Applying the timeless lessons of God’s Word, we see ourselves in these parables. Every day we are given an opportunity to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8) How can we do that if we are so consumed with our selfish desires? We miss the sacrifices of those wanting to help us through their persistence. The widow was the one in need but, her persistence helped the judge and us see how we can serve God by serving each other. God is in control. (Luke 18:6-8)


I am struck by how many times I’ve had to learn the same lessons over again. The times I have let go of God’s hand and sought my own fleshly desires instead of His divine will; the feeling becomes uncomfortable. It’s as though I’m standing naked in the middle of a busy intersection allowing everyone to gawk at me. Although that feeling of utter embarrassment is overwhelming, I thank God through the Holy Spirit that I feel embarrassed rather than indifferent. It ushers in a fresh remorse and repentance for the things He has warned me against.


If we find ourselves feeling ashamed, embarrassed, or even humiliated we should quickly turn to God and thank Him for the awareness. The gentle discipline that comes from our emotions are far easier to grow and learn from than the complete destruction of judgement that awaits us for not heeding His warnings. Let us all have repenting hearts eager to act justly, and show kindness, because of His mercy.

Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

~ Torrie

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Justified Fraud?..

Bible Reading: Jonah 1:1-17

Flesh verses spirit! As a photographer and writer, I want to claim ownership of my “intellectual property”… when someone used one of my photos without my permission or giving me credit I felt robbed. However, after a few moments and some deep breaths, I took another look at what had happened. God’s word had been placed over the image. It was a beautiful scripture and what the person did was crop my tagline off. Hmmm… lesson to learn here? Yes, I think so. How often do we take credit for something only God could have done? How often do we “crop” His name off in order to glorify ourselves? How often do we think that what God gives us isn’t enough so we don’t cultivate our own talents but desire an easier route by taking from one of His children? God allows me to capture His beautiful nature, that we see every day, and I share it on social media.


Jonah 1:3  The flesh part of me wanted to RUN AWAY: on emotions – from how this could help me grow in humility – from being an obedient servant – from how I could glorify and honor God through my response. Thanks are to God that I stood STILL! (Jonah 1:17)  The Holy Spirit intervened and not only was I able to calmly approach the “thief” I was able to open a dialog that will hopefully prevent her from doing it again. A seed was sown.

The lesson in this case was difficult for me to understand at first but, God softened my heart, gave me clarity, and allowed me to see the bigger picture. (Jonah 1:12) By not focusing on feeling violated and instead how I (we) do this everyday. Nothing belongs to me. I am covered by grace and mercy I don’t always deserve but, God freely gives to me, to all of us. How I and how we react in our fleeting emotional states will affect the outcome.

Going forward I pray we can approach all things through the eyes of God and ask ourselves:

  1. Is God being glorified?
  2. Am I pointing towards God or desiring people to settle for me?
  3. Am I acting out with my flesh or reacting through the spirit?

I pray discernment is quickened and clarity is readily available for all of us, so that we may not end up in a storm we could have avoided. Jonah 1:3-4

~Torrie

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A Mountain of Change

With each passing drop, the pressure is applied…..we see and feel it. Another bill to pay, crying toddlers screaming for attention, crying teenagers just being overly emotional about e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, another traffic jam, or my personal favorite spilling hot coffee on yourself (because who doesn’t love when that happens?). Whether it’s a choice to start something new, move in a different direction, or forge ahead without knowing anything for certain; that decision will inevitably weigh on our hearts and minds. Only when we trust God completely can we allow the individual pressures to pool together and fall away. We take a few deep breaths, pray our sincere thanks in advance for holding our tempers in check, not overreact, and continue on with our lives.

Unless we stop the cycle making a change and holding our subconscious accountable.

What if we lived on purpose through our talent? What if we worked with God and His goals became ours? Nature gives us great examples of how animals and even plants unite in pursuit of a shared objective. The leaves in this picture (see top) share a common vein. When the leaves work together to push the weight down their shared lifeline the burden rolls away. God is our common vein. He is the creator of all we see and know. Through Him we can maintain balance and steer the pressure of our mounting worries to Him. We will still feel this weight but we don’t have to endure it alone. Our actions dictate where the bulk of the load lands. The question is: are we aware enough to see it?….

Read: Mark 4:10-20

Jesus was addressing His disciples explaining the purpose of teaching in parables. God revealed a little more to me as I studied this. The seeds we sow fall either along a path and take no root or fall into good soil and flourish. We are what we plant. If we are constantly worried, not caring for ourselves, idol worshiping, we are planting burdens!!! WE are planting burdens!! Don’t miss this!!! IF we are intentional and focus on our purpose and God’s command of love we will know how to act and react in any situation. It’s time to weed out our garden and fine tune our attitudes. Our perspective, if we look through God’s eyes, will shift and the impossible now possible with God.

 

~Torrie

 

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