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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 58

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴 Separation Anxiety

Guiding ScriptureLeviticus 20:23 (AMPC) “You shall not walk in the customs of the nation which I am casting out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I was wearied and grieved by them.”

Words to Ponder:

  • Separate- forming or viewed as a unit apart or by itself.
  • Anxious– experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
  • Weary– calling for a significant amount of energy or endurance; tiring and tedious.
  • Grieve- cause great distress to (someone).
  • Abhor– To cause a sickening dread

What were the things that grieved our Lord? Idolatry, incest, uncleanliness. God will set His face against anyone who turns to familiar spirits (Lev 20:16). He wanted the nation of Israel to consecrate themselves and be made holy. 

How do we separate holiness and ungodliness today? 

Think about the ungodly people we look to for guidance but do not know our Lord’s ways. Unfortunately, we have religious leaders who do not comprehend the message of Christ. You will know them by their fruit, for they invite division, chaos, and disorder into their lives. No one can quench their perfection standard, which leaves others exhausted mentally, physically, and spiritually. 

How have we contributed to the confusion or turmoil inflicted in the lives of others?

We cannot be a victim unless we understand how we played the villain. By separating our hurt feelings and growing in a deeper understanding of spiritual warfare, we learn valuable godly behavior. 

In Mark 9:5-7

Peter didn’t understand what was happening when Jesus was transfigured. It is interesting to see how quickly we fall back to the reality of what we think we know. The Bible tells us a cloud came over them, and the voice of God was audible. “This is my Son, the Beloved One. Be constantly listening to and obeying Him!”

Don’t be afraid of the divine Holy wisdom God wants to give you. Our separation anxiety should happen when we feel far off from God, not the things of the world. Allow Wisdom to have His way.

Mark 9:8 And looking around, they suddenly no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus only.

JESUS ALONE

Belief is a spiritual connection we have through God’s divine Holy Spirit. Have faith that nothing can separate you from our Abba Father. We must learn to believe first before we can know God’s truth.  

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written and submitted by Torrie Slaughter, the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 


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Leviticus 20:22-22:16, Mark 9:1-29, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 10:18

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 23, 2021)

🔴 Famine & Reform

We are at the third famine recorded in Genesis. (1st Gen 10:12, 2nd Gen 26:1) Joseph reunites with his family and welcomes the opportunity to serve them in an elevated official position. God restored the love, and the covenant continues.

Chapter 47 of Genesis presents a complex contrast of events. While Joseph was gracious and lenient with his family, to the Egyptians, he was not. Perhaps the political reforms to sustain life were the priority allowing a fraction of the elite to enjoy measured comfort. 

What is a famine?

Famine is a widespread scarcity of food caused by war, inflation, crop failure, population imbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. (Google Definition)

What is reform?


To make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) to improve it. To amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses.

Famine-reform? To starve abusive policies by restricting access to its nutrition source to improve the practice of life.

Proverbs 4:14 “Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of the evil.”

In Matthew 15, Jesus teaches the Pharisees about inner purity. To starve out the old human traditions and follow God’s command. Barriers prevent access to more profound understanding. We, as Christ-followers, should consider how we are leading our lives.

  • Have we taken a parasitic approach to kindness (only doing for those who can return it)?
  • Which of your character traits need reforming?

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 

 


This devotional was submitted by Torrie Slaughter, the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Genesis 46:1-47:31, Matthew 15:1-28, Psalm 19:1-14, Proverbs 4:14-19

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