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Bible Study & Devotional Day 39

🔴 Community Involvement

The clothing for the priests reflected the exceptional work they were engaged. God ordered everything with the intent to set His servants apart to minister in His Holy presence. The priest served as a representation of God’s desire to dwell among them. 

Exodus 28:3 tells us God endowed skilled workers with a spirit of wisdom to carry out His plans. Our Lord created an atmosphere of community within the foundation of the church. He wanted these blessed people called together. WOW!

“If worship does not emphasize God’s holiness, there is something awry.”

In the New Testament

As we move into Matthew 26:1-13, we read the familiar story of the woman anointing Christ’s head with oil. She brought all she had to the Savior to display her devotion as onlookers  sneered (Matthew 26:8). Yet, Jesus reinterprets her act (Matthew 26:10). Women who serve in churches, corporations, lead ministries, and community leaders face offense from those who will misinterpret their actions.

I want to encourage women especially, not to let the ‘offended’ become a snare. (I am preaching to myself first.)

The close-minded people will reveal themselves, but God will prevail. Allow Him to vindicate you. Give your all until it is clear your skills will better serve another area. Wait on the Lord to answer your cries for help.

Psalm 31 is a well-versed lamentation prayer and celebrates the blessings of the Lord. When your body is worn, and your clouded mind is anxious with thoughts, use Psalm 31:18-20 to vent your rage and praise God for all He is doing for the good of those who love Him. 

Prayer: Oh Lord, let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt. Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear and worked for those who take refuge in you. I express my trust in you; Lord, have mercy upon me. We are mindful of your remarkable deliverances in the past, and we know we serve an all-mighty living God. Thy will be done. Amen

 ~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, February 8, 2021

Exodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalm31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 28

🔴  Forgive is a Verb 

Forgive, to stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.


I have struggled to forgive and still have moments when I need to ask God to help me. In those times, the reminder is quick and subtle. I need forgiveness.

The Lord Speaks through His Word:


Ephesians 4:22 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. 

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Peter asks a question I’m sure many of us have wondered. How much is enough? Is it ok to stop excusing the trespass against us? That was my “AHA” moment. I encourage you to ask God to reveal the people you believe have sinned against you. While you’re praying, plead with our Lord to soften your heart. We are to let go of anger and remove bitterness.

Our Debt is Paid:

Christ settled our accounts on the cross when He shed blood for our sins. When we ask if it’s possible for God to love someone we don’t approve of, we trade places with our Savior. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus submitted to death on the cross for all of humankind?! Not just the ones who ‘act’ like they have it all together?
Christ knew we were incapable of judging righteously, which is why we need His grace and mercy.

Matthew 18:22 Jesus answered him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven.”

Training our Minds:

It takes discipline to heed the warnings of Christ. Remembering what happened to Pharoah and the Pharisees for their lack of humility helps us walk the straight path. However, before we condemn those who were unrighteous and questioned God’s authority, we can learn a powerful lesson.

  • Have you ever been mistreated?
  • How did you deal with it?
  • Did you immediately start gossip about the person and situation? 

When we are mad, offended, or feel betrayed, we want everyone to stand with us in those emotions. Our revenge is making as many people dislike the actions and the other person as much as we do….but we forget that our feelings are temporary.
The one thing I cling to is the hope in Christ that not only have my sins been forgiven, but He erases them. I continue to pray that the words I used that may have hurt or caused someone pain would forgive me. And I pray for their walk with God to be strengthened because if not for God’s grace and mercy, where would any of us be?

A Softened Heart:

Sin creates a barrier between our Holy God and us. He forgives a remorseful, repentant heart. When I became ashamed, God healed me.
Oh, the benefits of being restored! That renewed transformation is also available to you! God removes transgression from us as far as the east is from the west.

 

Forgiveness:

Matthew 6:14-15  For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 

 


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

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Exodus 5:22-7:25, Matthew 18:21-19:12, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 5:22-23

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Bible Study & Devotional (January 16, 2021)

🔴 Worthy is the Lamb! 

I have tried my best to write something directly related to today’s assigned reading…but my spirit is heavy with the words from Revelation 5:8-14. (If you hover over the passage, you can read the scripture.) The ‘Revelation Song‘ written from chapter 5, comforts our soul. They serve as a reminder that our mighty God is worthy to be praised. These lyrics profoundly echo God’s amazing sacrifice.

I want to focus on the word slain used in its past tense in scripture and compare it to the world’s current “slaying” trend. 

Slay means to kill (a person or animal) in a violent way kill (a person or animal) in a forceful way.

Somehow the word slay has become basic or common. Humanity has watered down and yet elevated “slay” to take on a positive, complimentary tone. We no longer see Christ slain upon the cross, but the exquisitely cut crease of a beautified face complete with hair and wardrobe.

What happened to heaven’s mercy seat? 

Well, I’ll let you in on a secret, the world is what happened. (Matt11:25) Endless attempts to please humanity and seek compliments has driven the conversation away from the weighty truth. Christ won the victory by enduring immense torture physically and took our sins into battle, conquering the grave for our right to become His children.

And yet, armed with the truth, we can decide who we believe. 

Jesus, our Lord, implores us in Matthew 11:25-30 to come to Him. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. Like the Pharisees of the time, we also have those who will burden us with their works to gain salvation mentality. The Jesus plus culture that screams Christ alone is not enough. But worthy is the Lamb!

Jesus reminds us: 

  1. He hid the spiritual truths from the highly educated and given to those seeking God’s will and purpose.
  2. All things on heaven and earth are in Christ’s hands, and He will deliberately reveal Himself. 
  3. All who are burdened by practicing religion that provides no peace can come to God the Son Christ Jesus for rest.
  4. Jesus will gently renew our souls.

While you read and ponder Christ’s magnificent gift of salvation take notes and use the questions below to guide you into deeper study.

  • What was your ‘God shot’ from today’s reading? (Comment below)
  • Why is submission to Jesus such a vital factor in a believer’s life?
  • What happens when we respond to the trials of this world with prayer? 

~Torrie Slaughter


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


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, January 16, 2021

GENESIS 32:13-34:31, MATTHEW 11:7-30, PSALM 14:1-7,PROVERBS 3:19-20

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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

John 14:26, “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

Suggested Bible Reading: 1 John 4:1-21

🔴 THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the comforter, teacher, leader/guide Jesus promised to live inside believers when He returned to His/Our Father God, who is in heaven. The Holy Spirit is a person – the person of Jesus Christ! Because the Holy Spirit is the very being of Jesus Christ, we should never refer to the Holy Spirit as a thing.
 

We know by reading God’s Word what He likes. God tells us in His word to not believe every spirit but to test the spirits to see if they are from God or if from a false prophet.
Any spirit that does not recognize and acknowledge that Jesus Christ was born in the flesh and is from God is not from God and therefore is not the Holy Spirit but is the spirit of the antichrist of this world.

 

Let’s pray: Holy Spirit, we welcome you into our heart, and we thank God for His only Son Jesus Christ. Who gave us you to live within us to guide, lead, and keep us Holy. We are acceptable to you by His long-suffering, grace, and love. Thank You, Abba Father Amen 


~Diana L.W. Coleman

 


This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

🔺 Healed by Faith

by Irvine Saint-Vilus

It was a great privilege to sit down with a dear woman. We had just met and I listened to her story, including a troubling burden. During her account, she began to cry, and a torrent of tears streamed down her cheeks. “You see,” she said, “the days have turned into months, the months into years. I am dealing with the same problem with no end in sight.”

The possibility of an endless battle with the same condition was a source of torment to her. “I’m so tired,” she yelped like a wounded pup. I batted away my tears. I watched this woman, recalling a personal struggle with a joy-stealing, life-draining issue that had kept me bound and crippled for so many years.

Isn’t that the story for many of us?

The “thing” in our lives that will not go away?!- Whether it is a debilitating condition or an unmet need or desire. Regardless of our efforts, causing us to lose hope and to wonder, “Will things ever change for me?” As I continued to listen to the woman, the biblical image of another surfaced in my mind; a woman with an issue of blood that lasted for twelve long and painful years (Mark 5:34-35).

With each passing year, the prospect of her healing grew dim until she had exhausted all possibilities of being made well again. Then she heard about the Lord Jesus and believed that He could bring the healing she desperately needed. Like the woman with the issue of blood, we can submit our “thing” to the Lord and watch with wonder as He frees us from the perpetual burden that binds and replace it with an abundant life filled with joy and gladness.


Journal Prompts:

  1. Am I letting God into my life? 
  2. Where is acceptance needed?
  3. How can I give God praise while I wait? 

 


This devotional was written by Irvine Saint-Vilus a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

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