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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 91

Written By Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture:Luke 9:46-48

🔴 Above You But, Under God (From the Gospel of Luke 24 Day Devotional)

  • Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism. (Mayo Clinic)

In today’s reading, we observe a few different personalities. At the forefront is a desire to be first. The above definition of a narcissistic personality is there to help frame our Bible study. We hurt others when we don’t hold ourselves accountable. As you read, think about the ways you have impacted the environment of your home, office, organization, or church. God is our ultimate healer, but it begins with telling the truth.

 

Luke 9:25 Insecurity in Christ breeds arguments, discord, jealousy, and envy. It brings out the competitive sin nature, an elitist attitude- being “seen” as better than everyone else. The loads we carry, the amount of effort we put into our projects, and how we live our lives should all come from a place of love. 

When we want better, we should encourage everyone around us to do so—not seen as the motivator but as disciples of Christ. (read John 13:14-15) 

Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. He left the example of how we are to treat each other no matter our perceived status. Who is the greatest among us?…No one if we are all clamoring to lord over one another. (Matthew 20:25) 

As we read Luke 9:48

the argument between the disciples appears not to have ended with Jesus’ teaching about humility. Matthew 20:20-24 and Mark 10:35-41 tell us that Salome, James and John’s mother, went to Jesus to request her sons be placed at His right and left hand in His Kingdom. (Matthew 20:20)

Our motivation for asking or suggesting how someone should live, equip, or direct as Christ-followers need to be motivated by the Holy Spirit. Salome’s request caused further tension among the disciples. Matthew 20:24

We may see ourselves in these accounts. Salome wanted the best for her children and was looking towards their earthly future. James and John wanted to be viewed as the greatest among the disciples. 

However, 

The Son of God was about to die for our sins and wanted the disciples to humble themselves like children to teach and shepherd His flock. We are reading about Christ-followers that did not have a clear understanding of what Jesus was doing. Luke 9:45 Jesus, the Son of God, continued to teach, up to His last breath. 

How much more compassion and understanding do you think He has for us?

~Torrie

Points to Ponder:

  1. Who is your competition?
  2. Do you take advantage of others to get what you want?
  3. Is having the best of everything your priority?
  4. Do you easily become impatient or angry if you don’t receive special treatment? 

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter with an excerpt from her Gospel of Luke 24 Day Devotional. Torrie is  the founder of Our Given Purpose®.

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Deuteronomy 18:1-20:20, Luke 9:28-50, Psalm 73:1-28, Proverbs 12:10

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🎧 Executive Skills: Steps to Improve Your Organization. Season 7 Episode 12

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🔴This Mentoring Session:

 
We discuss ways to improve your organization.
 
To build your team and ultimately trust through leadership, we must have a clear purpose, rely on facts, focus on the correct issues, and designate roles to individuals capable of carrying out the long-term vision for your organization. It starts with you. How will you successfully lead your church, business, or family? What is your strategy to increase the investment Christ gave for your life?
 
 
Scripture Mentioned
 
Philippians 2:4, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 7:5
 
 

 


 
 

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 63

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴 The Face of Money

Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 10:24 What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted. 

 

Up For Debate

Jesus remains ready, and we read how He continued to frustrate the religious teachers. Their desire to kill, steal and destroy because they lacked faith is evident. The spiritual teachers attempted to provoke Jesus to blaspheme, to trap Him in front of His followers. (Mark 12:14) Sarcastic compliments aside, Jesus knew their hearts.

For Profit

Mark 12:15-17 Jesus asked those trying to trap Him, whose image was on the denarius. The duality and depth of this question lead to a more profound understanding. If Caesar’s image was on the money, it belonged to him, and the people were to give the government what it was due through taxes. As believers, we accept that God created everything, and we as humans are made in His image. Genesis 1:27

Inheritance

We belong to God and give Him what He is due: reverence, devotion, worship, adoration, and obedient living. Jesus left the spiritual teachers confused because they could not argue with His point. Even though they failed to see His answer’s essence, we as His disciples understand the truth Jesus left for us.

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


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

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Numbers 2:1-3:51, Mark 11:27-12:17, Psalm 47:1-9, Proverbs 10:24-25

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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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🎧 30 Days in Review Part 2. Season 7 Episode 8

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Prayer is the solution for everything. The peace and joy come from the internal knowledge that this life is temporary. Perhaps in our work environment, the bullies we experience online, in business, and in ministry are afraid because your character and excellence speak louder than their title.

When divided in any area of our life, we need to invest in prayer. Take everything to the Lord and ask Him what we are blocking because of fear.
While we wait on the Lord for His answer, remember the truth of His Word. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

What new habits or systems have you created? Check over your notes and look back in those journals. You may not be aware of the incredible ways God has transformed areas of your life to align with His divine plan.


 
 
 
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🔴 Scriptures to Study: Colossians 3:23, Proverbs 19:2, Hebrews 11:6, Habakkuk 1:1-4, Matthew 19:16-22,


 
Be curious about your environment to increase your productivity and spend less time focusing inwardly. Look for opportunities to expand the Kingdom of God.
 
 
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🔴 In Case You Missed It!

February 2021, Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast Episodes for Review

 

🔴 Invest In You: Ways to Increase Productivity

 

🔴 How to Air Your Grievance with Biblical Wisdom

 

🔴 Who Is Speaking For You? Steps to Change the Voice



 
 
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This episode was written, researched, produced, and edited by Torrie Slaughter as part of Our Given Purpose®  the ministry in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose ®, 2020.