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Encouragement: Big Waves Create Lingering Ripples

👋 Hey Purpose Talkers,
 
This week we focus on encouragement! However, this isn’t an ordinary session.
 

Points to Ponder:

 
We have control over our feelings, and with minor adjustments, we can transition into healthy mindsets.You can break the chains of Adam and Eve. You can become more like Christ and cover one another with love.
 

In this Mentoring Session

 
Notable Quotable “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S Lewis
 

Journal and Self-examination Prompts to Clarify, Organize, and Prepare

 
Admit your failure and apologize. Ask if it is something the other party can overlook? If not, apologize again and give it a little time. Don’t be afraid to dig deeper through discussion. Imagine how much closer you would be in a relationship if you chose to clarify, organize, and mentally prepare for attacks with the truth.
 
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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 271

Guiding Scripture: Ephesians 6:7, ‘Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.’

 

 

🔴 A Responsible Christ-Follower, Part 4

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

As the Apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesian church, the instructions are clear. 

  1. Be obedient and kind towards one another.
  2. Serve God alone and prepare for enemies.
  3. God is our protection and provides us with spiritual armor.
  4. Pray without ceasing.

We have strong references to King Hezekiah from 2 Chronicles 31:21. In everything he undertook, he sought God and worked wholeheartedly, and prospered. Hezekiah destroyed idols and organized the priests to restore corporate worship. 

The mind of Christ was not divided, and we should not waver in loyalty but stand firm. So Paul advised the Ephesians to embrace the likeness of Jesus by submitting to God’s will. By recognizing the enemies of our souls, everyone can obey, fight, and win because of God’s armor (Ephesians 6:10).

Posture

It begins with our attitude—a mentality to work for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 echos that very thought, and Paul tells us to work willingly at whatever we do. As our responsibilities increase and our duties become more evident, our Heavenly Father equips us with knowledge. 

How do we work willingly for the Lord rather than for people?

  • By enthusiastically seeking God’s will
  • Practicing obedience
  • Becoming kinder
  • Prioritizing love
  • Memorizing and applying scripture
  • Understanding who the enemy is and why he wants to destroy relationships.

We can come against the principalities because God gives us the armor, and we have victory in Christ. By starting with His command to love, we can successfully endure the battles.

Prayer: Dear Lord, may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” (Psalm 70:4)  Amen.

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Isaiah 54:1-57:14, Ephesians 6:1-24, Psalm 70:1-5, Proverbs 24:8

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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. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 268

Guiding Scripture:  Ephesians 4:16 ‘From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.’ 

 

 

🔴 A Responsible Christ-Follower, Part 1

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

Today’s assigned passages include the first half of Ephesians 4. The Apostle Paul spells out the duties and practices of faithful Christians. In verses 1-16, Paul writes about life, work, education, and the church body. What we do every day is a reflection of spiritual maturity. 

How should a Christ-follower live, and what are the expectations?

To promote unity, mutual love, and proper motivation to exhort the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God gives us abundant gifts, and He helps us develop and cultivate them. This letter urges us to practice drawing near to the Lord faithfully. We are united in Christ and are part of a larger body, a system that works together through graceful love. 

Paul’s straightforward method helps us remember our identity in Christ and that the Kingdom of God is near. 

Ephesians 4:1-16 points out key examples.

  • Vocation: The work we engage in should support us financially and spiritually. While the Lord provides for our needs, our responsibility is to seek opportunities to employ ourselves in worthy endeavors. Because we live as Christ ambassadors, peace and unity are our goals. (Ephesians 4:1-6)
  • Variety: Our spiritual maturity grows as we begin to value the distinct characteristics absent of uniformity within the body of Christ. The incredible beauty of virtuous people uniting for one purpose is exhilarating! No wonder Jesus left the Holy Spirit to guide us into truth and understanding (1 Corinthians 12:13)?! 

He wanted us to experience an ounce of wisdom when it comes to seeing the heart of humanity. Through variety, we build up His Kingdom, the church, and one another. (Ephesians 4:7-13)

  • Awareness: In Ephesians 4:14-16, the Apostle Paul urges Christ-followers to be spiritually conscious. The ability to perceive, use feelings as a gauge, and understand events is practicing Divine wisdom. As we realize that our knowledge is not based on our limited human minds but, the mysteries God reveals helps us to engage in healthy doctrinal practices. Paul warns us about teaching as unbelievers who seek division. The more we abide in God, we increase steadfastness. 

 

Prayer:

 Father, we give praise to you! Thank you for joining us and all our various parts into one body. We know it is You who powers us and keeps all things working correctly. Please help us continue to grow in Divine maturity and build one another up in love. Amen

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Isaiah 45:11-48:11, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 24:3-4

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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. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 258

Guiding Scripture: Psalms 59:1 ‘Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me.’

 

 

🔴Not Guilty

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

A few months ago, I watched a video of a mother as she repeatedly told her toddler son that he was about to eat an onion. However, the very self-confident little boy argued that it was an apple. Well, they went back and forth until finally, he took a bite. His face frowned up but, he would not admit his mother was right. 

There is nothing more frustrating than telling the truth and then not being affirmed. (welcome to parenting? LOL)

Thankfully our Heavenly Father knows the truth and how to deal with our enemies. While many of us may not understand military attacks, we should be familiar with the opposition. At times pride can be our worst enemy. 

In Psalm 59, the current events grieve the author. While he speaks about his turmoil, he understands the entire city is under attack. The author declares his innocence and expresses hope that God will deliver him from the invasion.

Even when rivals or villains attack our character, business, or family, we can cry out to God. By placing our trust in the One who can deliver us from our enemies, we exercise wisdom.

We can also learn valuable lessons from this psalm as we navigate our days:

  1. The enemy waits for an opportune time.
  2. As Jesus-followers, we may request God’s protection.
  3. We may ask God to be just and fair.
  4. Praise God and wait expectantly.

As you read today’s passages, think about your guilt and innocence. Have you turned to the Lord for help? Remember, God is our defense, and He is merciful. 

 

Prayer: Father, help us to abide in you that we remain in your will. Please deliver us from our known and unknown enemies.  Amen

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Isaiah 19:1-21:17, Galatians 2:1-16, Psalm 59:1-17, Proverbs 23:13-14 

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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. 

 

 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 257

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 23:12 ‘Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.’

 

 

🔴Application

written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

How will you combat inertia? Google defines inertia as a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged- inactivity or passivity.

Our knowledge may be invisible, yet it affects every area of our lives. As a life coach, I help others gain clarity and solve problems. Believe it or not, some won’t accept their logic, while others remain fearfully complacent. So, unfortunately, I sometimes sit on the sidelines waiting for their courage to rise and faith restored before the next steps.


I understand how doubt takes over even the most established people.

 

For many of us, we make decisions that will influence a generation. We can change as others watch and learn from our actions (they speak louder than words).
The wisdom we can apply is to value the importance of knowledge.
Many of you reading this know I am a media ministry consultant. I advise churches, organizations, and business owners to identify tension and help them implement necessary changes. Together we plan and create systems depending on their needs. The beautiful process that God has allowed me to see is the transformation.


If you have ever helped someone solve a problem or participated in their advancement, then you know how rewarding it is. Applying practical wisdom with a spiritual vision is something to behold. That type of awakening opens communication, creates teams, and builds trust within a community.
We all have something to share, a gift from God that gives our lives meaning.

 

As you read today’s passages, I pray that you are encouraged by the ways God’s people apply wisdom. Hear God’s Word through the voice of His people and incline your heart to understand. We should remember that life is an experience of a vibrant, ever-evolving continuous sequence of events.


Why confirm failure if we have not tried?

Choose to be confident in how the Lord is leading and apply your ears to words of knowledge.

 

 


Prayer: Father, give us the wisdom to react according to You. Help us see our actions and correct us if they are not pleasing to you. Allow our eyes to be open and our hearts to be receptive. Let us find you in every detail of our lives. Amen

 

 

 

 

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Isaiah 15:1-18:7, Galatians 1:1-24, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 23:12 

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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. 

 

 

Please consider supporting Our Given Purpose® by becoming a monthly sponsor or leave a tip in the tip jar!