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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 125   

Written By: Magan Martin

Guiding Scripture: Ruth 1:4 “After they had lived there about ten years. . .”
Ruth 1:6 “When Naomi heard in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there.” 


🔴 It’s Not Too Late

 Turning Away

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve taken a short walk away from the Lord. In my most recent experience, I allowed myself to be ruled by my feelings. Anger. Pride. Hurt. So much hurt.
See, back in 2011, my now ex-husband and I divorced. Wait, don’t jump to conclusions. While that impacted my relationship with God, it was something else that caused me to step away.

 When the church I was attending at the time found out that we were divorcing, they quietly pulled me aside one morning after church and asked me not to return. They publicly proclaimed a target audience: men, ages 18-35. And while I certainly didn’t meet those criteria, my soon-to-be ex-husband did, and the church had concluded that if I were to continue to attend there, he would not likely feel comfortable being there.

So I left.

With all my hurt bottling up inside of me and displaying itself through my anger. I didn’t just leave that church; I left the church. I still spent many hours clinging to God through His Word, but I did “give up meeting together,” even with the warning of Hebrews 10:25.

The Repercussions

I firmly believe that God gives us rules and direction for our good. As you can probably imagine, it eventually affected my daily walk with God when I left the church. I ultimately stopped reading my Bible every day, stopped praying daily, stopped singing worship songs to Him. I stopped talking about Him. It’s not like I suddenly went out and lost all moral control of myself, but I was not connected with Him like my soul wanted to be.

Have you ever experienced the kind of yearning that comes from disconnection with God?


It’s so hard to explain, but it’s like your literal soul is crying out for something, and nothing quenches the thirst until you’ve drawn near to the Lord again. For me, it affects my mood, my sleep, everything. And what’s so sad about it is that I know what the problem is—I need to reconnect with my Savior!

He’s Always Waiting

The thing about God is that He is always ready and willing to bring you back into the fold—praise the Lord! When I was prepared to come to Him again, the moment I turned back towards Him, He was there.

Just like He was for Naomi. See, Naomi’s family left the Promised Land when a famine came, and things got hard. Let me put this in perspective:

Naomi and her family walked out of the Promised Land back into the desert. The same area the Israelites had wandered for 40 years. Naomi’s family settled into a pagan nation. Naomi and her husband had great intentions—to protect and provide for their kids—but it was the wrong thing to do. They showed no faith in God to provide for them.

They paid for that dearly.

Naomi lost her husband and both her sons. But when Naomi heard about what the Lord was doing for the Israelites back in Judah, I can only imagine the yearning within her soul. She must have longed for the comfort of the Lord’s arms. Naomi set aside her guilt and the shame she must’ve felt, and she turned back to the Lord. And guess what. He was there waiting. Over ten years later, He was still there waiting for her.

It’s not too late!

Whatever you’ve been holding on to or keeping you from entirely relying on God, let it go! He’s waiting with open arms just for you. You take that first step, and He will meet you and walk the path with You.

You can join me to learn more about Naomi’s story on Wrong Kind of Christian Podcast, A Study of Ruth series.

~Magan Martin

 

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This devotional was submitted by Magan Martin, 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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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22, John 4:4-42, Psalm 105:16-36, Proverbs 14:26-27 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Written By: Magan Martin

Guiding Scripture: Judges 8:27: “Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.”


🔴 When the Battle is Over

Sometimes in life, we are knowingly fighting spiritual battles. These battles come in so many different forms, don’t they? Sometimes it’s in addictions, abuse, anger, relationships, hardships. . . truly, the list can go on and on. I won’t spend too much time talking about these battles because that’s not the focus for us today, but the truth is, as Christ-followers, we know how to combat those battles, don’t we? I’m not saying they’re easy fights, but we learn to pull out Ephesians 6:11-17, the whole armor of God. We know that our battle is lost without God, so we fight fervently, clinging to the Lord—and we’re victorious in Him.

We’re like Gideon in those moments.

Gideon, though he wasn’t perfect, excelled in the moments of spiritual battle. He listened to God and fought, standing in the faith that God was with him, and because of that faith, he witnessed astonishing God moments.
But after the victory, after the celebrations and congratulations, Gideon struggled after returning to everyday life. See, Gideon was an awesome God-follower in the heat of the moment, at the points of “faith highs,” but he struggled in the day-to-day living of a godly life. He didn’t know how to handle the mundane, and he became complacent.


Christ-follower, are you complacent in your life? Are you struggling to stay on fire for God?


My prayer for you today is that you will never be less faithful in the daily grind than you are in the times when your spiritual sword is flying.

 

Prayer: Father God in heaven, may we always love and live for you with zeal. I pray that I will use all the armor You’ve given me to stand victorious in You, and I pray that I will keep that same tenacity when my life is calm. Lord, may I live for you just the same in my everyday life as I do during the battles. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

~Magan Martin

 

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This devotional was submitted by Magan Martin, 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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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Judges 8:18-9:21,Luke 23:44-24:12 , Psalm 99:1-9 , Proverbs 14:9-10 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Guiding Scripture: Matthew 12:34: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”


🔴 Passion Revealed

#NoFilter


Have you ever been around someone that we might say has no filter? Someone who says whatever they are thinking, no matter the consequence or opinions of others? We often say there’s a direct connection between their brains and their mouths, but the truth is that direct link is between their hearts and mouths. Usually, we think of someone with a negative light when talking about a person with no filter, but isn’t it really true of all of us? We talk about our passions; if you love music, you likely talk music. If you love a particular tv show, you likely talk about that tv show. (Anyone else gets sucked into cooking competition shows?!)

Your Words Reveal Your Heart

So, here’s the question. How much do you talk about Jesus? How much do you share what He’s doing in your life with those around you? See, because here’s the problem. If He isn’t what we’re talking about most, then He isn’t what is most in our hearts. I love the translation of Matthew 12:34 that says, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Out of the overflow, meaning there’s so much of it in your heart that can no longer contain it. It has to come out. I imagine it like a fountain bubbling up inside my heart, shooting straight through my mouth and out through my words. What is it—who is it—that’s overflowing your heart?

Prayer


Heavenly Father, thank you for filling up my heart with you. In Jesus’ name, I pray today that I will speak boldly from the overflow of my heart. I pray that others will see you in me and see the works you’ve done in my life and that they will be open to hearing about you when I talk. Let my words reflect You always. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

 

~Magan Martin

 

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Numbers 14:1-15:16, Mark 14:53-72, Psalm 53:1-6, Proverbs 11:4

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

🎧 (Why Did Jesus Have to Die?: Hebrews 9 & 10)

Guiding Scripture: Hebrews 10:17-18: “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”


🔴 The Weight of Guilt

I’m about to share something with all of you that is going to blow your minds. Ready? Here it goes. I’m not perfect. Yep. It’s true. In fact, I’ll go even further with that. I mess up often. We’re talking daily. Sometimes those mess-ups don’t even register in my mind as I’m doing them. But some of them…weigh on my mind and my heart for years to follow. Sometimes the weight of the guilt can be overwhelming and joy stealing.

Can you relate?

In Leviticus 6, the priest intervened on behalf of those who acknowledged their guilt. And the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord, and (God shall forgive him)for any of the things that one may do and thereby become guilty.” These covered deliberate offenses, not just accidental errors. There was restitution involved, and the offender repaid the value of the property plus one-fifth.

An Absolved Sentence

The good news is that if you’ve accepted the Lord Jesus as your Savior, and you believe that His sacrifice on the cross has covered your sins, then your judgment has been not only forgiven but forgotten. If God doesn’t remember your sins anymore, you certainly don’t need to hang on to them! You’ve been washed by the blood of the Lamb, and whose sins are no longer staining you. Hallelujah, Amen!

Prayer:


Father God in Heaven, thank You for the sacrifice of Your perfect Lamb. Thank you for saving me, for forgiving me, and for wiping my slate clean. When the guilt of my sins weighs down on me, I pray that I can move forward with peace in my heart, knowing You’ve forgiven me already. Please help me to forgive myself when I need to. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

~Magan Martin

 

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Leviticus 6:1-7:27, Mark 3:7-30, Psalm 37:1-11, Proverbs 10:3-4

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

🎧 (Christianity Can Be Intellectually Challenging: Hebrews 7)

Guiding Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:11 “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”


Faith can stretch our mental muscles.


Have you ever struggled with the idea of faith? Let’s be completely honest; we can sound crazy when we’re talking to unbelievers about the miracles that happened for us to be saved. Sometimes even I can get lost in the intellectual aspects of all that faith requires. Exactly how did the resurrection happen? How is that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross became the atonement for me?

God has a plan for everything.


Thankfully, we’re not alone with this intellectual struggle! In the book of Hebrews, the Hebrew Christians also had to overcome some challenges that kept them from living in the fullness of Christ. That wasn’t a surprise to God, and He had prepared for this conversation well in advance.

Way back in Genesis 14:17-24, Melchizedek enters the scene. He only gets a couple of verses in the Genesis scriptures. Still, his role on this earth not only had a significant impact on the time he was living (he blessed Abram, which caused the first tithe to happen!), but he also had a huge impact on the future of Christianity. Because his life helped explain how Jesus could be our Great High Priest, even though he didn’t fit the Jewish Law requirements.

You may never know the impact your walk with Christ will have on the coming generations. Live boldly for Christ, knowing He has a purpose for you.

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for the examples of faith You have given us in Your Word. Thank you for knowing all of my needs and meeting them, even when I’m not aware. I pray that I will walk by faith, even when it’s not easy. And I pray that You will use me to further Your kingdom here on earth. In the name of Jesus, I pray this, Amen.

~Magan Martin

 

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This devotional was submitted by Magan Martin, 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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Genesis 26:17-27:46, Matthew 9:1-17, Psalm 10:16-18, Proverbs 3:9-10

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