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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 66

Written By Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Thought: “Lead me guide me along the way. For if you lead me, I cannot stray. Lord, let me walk each day with Thee. Lead me O’ Lord, lead me.” 

~Lyrics By Doris Akers

 

🔴 Follow the Leader

Have you ever felt like you’ve overstayed your welcome? Perhaps you were visiting friends, and they became weary. All the clues came:

  • the long stretches, 
  • exaggerated yawns, 
  • and mentions of the next day’s early activities. 

But you ignored the host’s hints until someone finally says, “Thank you for visiting; we look forward to seeing you another time!”

I’ve been on both sides. UGH! I missed the hints, and I’ve politely urged visitors to leave. While we may not see a pillar of cloud or fire hovering over the current residence. (Numbers 9:15) Still, the Holy Spirit orders our steps if we are prayerfully attentive.

Praise Break:

We ought to pause and meditate on the tremendous sovereign power of our almighty God! What a sight to behold! Our majestic Abba Father led the Hebrew children through the Sinai wilderness into the promised land. Yahweh was visible in a cloud. 

A Sense of Urgency

God gently reminds us by giving subtle hints. We can choose to follow His Divine Spirit where He leads or feel lost. I urge you to pay attention to the tension. If you’ve overstayed your welcome, get up and run after God. His footprints are visible. Psalm 85:13 “Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.” The Lord enables faithfulness while not defiling His character of Holiness. The Mediator purposes our way so we can delight in the Lord and He in us. 

Temporary 

When “camped” at a particular institution, business, or visiting others, we can willingly follow the signals sent through the Holy Spirit. God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) The Israelites didn’t know the exact length of their stay, they obeyed the command spoken through Moses (God’s partner and messenger). They trusted God. 

Prayer

My hope for us is that no matter the length of time you reside in an area, you will be strengthened by God and have courage when it’s time to move. Our Lord will not lead you astray; follow Him faithfully!

 

Point to Ponder

The Lord knows how we suffer from lapse of memory. The daily dealings with the world can cloud the vision of His Holy presence. Be still and ask God to help you gain clarity in your wilderness. Ask Him to guide you to your proper destination. Remember, our Leader wanted to change the hearts of the Israelite people. The rituals and idolatry they became accustomed to while living in Egypt needed deliverance. Apostasy was prevalent, and God had to teach them His ways. Hebrews 13:7, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”  We can emulate the faith and not the strange teachings. Go with God and serve Him with gladness. 

Word Study:

Theophany a visible manifestation to humankind of God or a god. The mark of biblical theophanies is the temporariness and suddenness of God’s appearance, which is here not an enduring presence in a specific place or object.  (*Source Britannica Academic)

Leaders are self-aware and prioritize personal development while focusing on developing others. Leaders encourage strategic thinking, innovation, and action. Being ethical and civic-minded, they practice effective cross-cultural communication. (* Source Northeastern University Graduate Program Blog)

Camp a place with temporary accommodations of huts, tents, or other structures, typically used by soldiers, refugees, or travelers.

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


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

 


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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Numbers 8:1-9:23, Mark 13:14-37, Psalm 50:1-23, Proverbs 10:29-30

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 62

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴 The Fig Trees

Guiding Scripture: Mark 11:12-14

In Genesis 3:7-8 we read how Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover their bodies once their “eyes” were opened. They also hid from God. Their rebellion was known. Adam and Eve desired to cover themselves even more because they knew they had sinned.

When we sin, our first reaction is to cover it up.

We may keep layering on “clothes” until we no longer know the truth. We give excuses, blame others, and do not hold ourselves accountable. But is that the way God intended us to deal with sin? Of course not! Satan will have us hiding and keeping ourselves out of sight. But, God forgives even when we have to deal with the consequences of our actions. 

We Have A Choice:

Who fertilizes us and what nutrients we absorb? While we could easily blame our lack of growth on our living conditions, exposure to opportunities, or economic status, we are responsible for what we produce. Feeling like a useless waste of space is a scheme of the enemy, and he will keep us from repenting if we allow him to use our insecurities.

 Moving our minds from self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness is the goal of transformation. The positive side of repentance is conversion, the real turning to God for grace. We can turn away from sin and become fruit-bearing, purposeful servants of God.

In every season of our lives, we can be of service to our Lord and Savior. The years we spent on this earth toiling for riches, being self-centered, and not producing any fruit will have us cut out of God’s glorious kingdom. 

Mark 11:14- Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

The imagery of fruitless trees echoes throughout the Old Testament as a metaphor for Israel’s unrepentant heart. God calls us to bear fruit in season and out. (Mark 11:13) We are His image-bearers which means we bring life to this world through God’s grace. Any area of our lives that is not glorifying God should be destroyed to make room for the beneficial fruit that will bless others. 

What do we entertain that is just taking up space? What is keeping us from producing ‘fruit’? These barriers may also keep us from repenting because it is easier to blame than to own our faults.

May we resolve to not stand in an untruth attempting to conceal our inappropriate behavior. Our lives need not be complicated with emotionally draining tirades while hiding the truth. Let us repent and stand in the grace of God’s forgiveness and consistently applying His Word to our lives.

~ Torrie Slaughter

Journal Prompts:

  1. What do you believe you should be producing?
  2. Are you planted in good soil?
  3. Is it time to weed your garden?

 




 

 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54, Mark 11:1-26, Psalm 46:1-11, Proverbs 10:23

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