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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

 

Guiding Scripture:1 Samuel 17:23, ‘As he was talking with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words again; and David heard him . ‘

 

🔴 A Different Perspective

For forty days, the Israelite and Philistine armies stood opposite one another with a valley between them. It may seem unusual for two armies to resist attacking in favor of one on one combat. In this case, a brave warrior was to fight Goliath, the champion from Gath. If the Israelites succeeded, the Philistines would be their servants; if not, the reverse would hold.

Every day the armies assembled in battle formation and waited. The Israelites were terrified. No one wanted to bear the burden of losing against the Philistine army and cause the entire nation to be their slaves. Perhaps a few warriors thought they could claim victory, but fear and doubt seized their hearts.

And then David…

David had not heard the constant taunting; he was not part of the daily conversations and wavering opinions. David had a fresh perspective and bold faith. He knew God had delivered him from the claws of lions and bears, so what made the Philistine any different?

We can claim victory in many situations if we trust God. He uses our developed talents to glorify His great Name. The next time you feel burdened by fear or the terror of failure hinders you from trying- take it to the Lord in prayer.

Identify the ruminations of your thoughts by talking to the Lord through prayer. Ask God to help you strategically plan a course of action. In this way, you remove yourself from the current surroundings and enter into a healthy meditation with our Abba Father. God becomes our source of strength and power when we trust His purpose for our lives.

Has God called you to give a fresh perspective?

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. 

 


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Saturday, May 15, 2021

1 Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalm 111:1-10, Proverbs 15:11

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

By: Lisa C. Gant

 

🔴 There’s Wisdom For That!

Guiding Scripture: “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6 NLT).

As an older millennial who grew up without cell phones, it never ceases to amaze me how many products, services, and resources are now available to us through devices that fit in the palm of our hands. Want food on your doorstep in 30 minutes or less? There’s an app for that. Want some soothing background noise to help you sleep at night? There’s an app for that, too. There are literally thousands of apps for just about anything your mind can dream up, with new ones being created all the time.
And yet, as sophisticated as our technology has become, there are still certain things it can’t provide. Things like peace, hope, and a sense of purpose. You can’t download those, no matter how hard you look and how many buttons you press. There are plenty of wealthy and famous people who will admit they’ve tried and failed to do it.

Wisdom is one of those things you can’t download or buy. Of course, many people believe they can. Maybe that’s because we’re surrounded by more information than ever before. Data, however, is different from wisdom. While data can come from almost anywhere, the Bible clarifies that we as Christians should seek wisdom from God.

God’s wisdom is vastly different from ours.

The Bible tells us that the wisdom which comes from heaven is pure, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17). It is more priceless than gold (Proverbs 17:17). Not only that, but God promises to give it to us freely if we ask Him (James 1:5).
Just think about that for a moment. The God of all creation—who has existed for untold years before any of us came into being—that same God is willing to pour out as much of His infinite wisdom as we need, whenever we need it. How many of us really slow down long enough to take advantage of that generous offer?

Let’s go back to the phone idea for a moment.

Imagine that someone had downloaded dozens of the most sophisticated apps in existence onto your phone, all designed to help you live your life with more focus and efficiency…and the only one you wanted to use was the calculator. How effective would you be in your daily routine? How limited would you be in terms of the tasks you needed to complete?

It’s time for us to stop operating in a limited capacity when we serve an unlimited God.

He has made all of His knowledge and understanding available to us, and all we need to do is seek Him for it. Are you willing to do that today? When will you look at your problems and circumstances and say, “There’s wisdom for that,” and ask God to supply it?

~Lisa C. Gant


LISA C. GANT: CEO & Founder of Purpose Without Apology, the Podcast. Tune in for weekly podcasts and connect with Lisa on Instagram. Visit www.lisacgant.com for more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

This devotional was submitted by Lisa C. Gant, 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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Thursdayday, April 29, 2021

Judges 9:22-10:18, Luke 24:13-53, Psalm 100:1-5, Proverbs 14:11-12

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 111

Written By Torrie Slaughter

 

🔴 Order in the Court!

If you have ever set the record straight to clarify your intentions, then today’s reading of Joshua 22 felt euphoric. The Reubenites, Gadites, and half-tribe of Manassah wanted to honor God with a physical symbol. They wanted to create a legacy and illuminate the promise of Yahweh’s blessing extending across the Jordan River.

BUT…

Israel assembled an army to fight against a perceived rebellion. (Joshua 22:11-12)

However, before declaring war in a land that God proclaimed peace, they held a conference. If the tribes could gather in an orderly fashion to discuss conflict, how much more responsible are we?

Acknowledge the Root:

There is a divide in many families, businesses, churches, and organizations because they lack honest communication. Following God is the only way we can obediently live a life of service. It is in the court of our minds, relationships, and actions that we bring glory to His name. 

The word ‘court’ is a verb and is defined as seeking to gain or achieve and have an alliance. A noteworthy synonym of court is a palace. Isn’t that interesting?

As you study today’s scriptures, I would like to provide affirming passages that remind us of God’s order:

God knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust, for He pities those who fear Him. Psalm 103:14

To remember God’s commandments and to do them. Psalm 103:18

Do not eat the bread of a stingy man, do not desire his delicacies. (Proverbs 23:6)

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words. (Proverbs 23:9)

Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. (Proverbs 23:12)

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. (Proverbs 4:7)

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord. Psalm 104:34

While we wait on the Lord, do not allow the enemy to create chaos in your life. Planning your day with God will lead to discipline in many areas. Structure, order, and lovely behavior propels the message of Christ. What will others see if they want to be part of your inner circle? Is it time to talk to the Lord and bring order to your court?

 

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. 

 


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Joshua 22:21-23:16, Luke 20:27-47, Psalm 89:14-37, Proverbs 13:17-19

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 106

Written By Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture:Joshua 13:1 ‘When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over. ‘  

Luke 18:4 ‘And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, ‘ 

🔴 Work With the Lord

When we ask God to reveal all we need to do, to some, it is frightening. What if the ‘elders’ or religious system don’t approve? Examining our faith may be the only solution. Victory comes through confidence in God and obedience to His Word.
God told Joshua there were still large areas of land to be taken over. (Joshua 13:1). Joshua was over one hundred years old, and yet God was giving him instructions. That should be encouraging to us as we age; our Lord will never stop partnering with us. We can enjoy the process of His teaching and grow in wisdom. There are times I don’t feel helpful in God’s kingdom or that I’m not doing enough. But God reminds me of what He did through me and where my persistence will lead.

While you are reading today’s passages, remember you will be among those who do not fear the Lord. God can use every situation to bring Him glory. While you pray, submit to obedience and align your desires with our Heavenly Father’s. It may not seem as though the work is never completed, but we have a mission until the day the Lord returns.

 

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional.

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, April 16, 2021

Joshua 13:1-14-15, Luke 18:1-17, Psalm 85:1-13, Proverbs 13:7-8

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 99

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴A New Attitude? 

Before we dive into the Bible reading, let’s define a few words we will come across: 

  1. Shame a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
  2. Suffering, in a broad sense, may be an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of damage in an individual.
  3. Repentance is the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs, accompanied by a commitment to and actual actions that show and prove a change for the better.
  4. Obedience is generally distinguished from compliance, which is behavior influenced by peers, and from conformity, which is behavior intended to match that of the majority.
  5. Fruit the effect or consequence of an action or operation.

With those definitions in mind, let’s review the steps of repentance. This list represents a general approach; however, if you meditate on Psalm 51:1-17, King David’s example of seeking God’s forgiveness shows us how to repent without being defensive. That helps us authentically turn to our Lord and not repeat sinfulness.  

Steps of Repentance:

  • Acknowledging the sin.
  • Confessing the sin.
  • Asking forgiveness.
  • Turning away from the sin.
  • Restoring the wrong done.

God gives us repeated opportunities to correct our behavior. Over the last few weeks, I am in awe of just how patient my Abba Father is. However, that does not free me from the consequences of my actions. When we carry ourselves with an attitude of humility, God’s Word teaches that we will hold ourselves accountable, take responsibility, and remember our posture. 

As you read today’s scriptures, think about how you’ve changed: 

  • Has the Lord transformed your heart? 
  • Have you corrected behaviors and set boundaries within relationships and work environments? 
  • Are you seeking revenge or feeling stuck in shame?

Pay close attention to Luke 13:1-10 and ask God to reveal times you doubted Him. The fear of letting go of anger, frustration, guilt, and shame are characteristics that keep us from embracing our purpose. God is calling you to do great work! Learn to trust in Him and not lean to your understanding. Remember, for every cause; there is an effect. What do you want your actions to reveal?

God sees through to the heart no matter the status of our faith. 

Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Take off the mourning clothes and rejoice in this new day. It is a gift because God has allowed you to see the present. You are loved. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional.

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, April 9, 2021

Deuteronomy 33:1-29, Luke 13:1-21, Psalm 78:65-72, Proverbs 12:25

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