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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 114

Written By Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture: Judges 2:9-10 ‘After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 10 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. ‘ 

🔴 Consequences of Ignored Warnings

Plans change, perspectives shift, and life is stressful. Our circle of influence shapes our thinking. We can be easily manipulated into a rebellious path if we do not heed the warnings. (Joshua 24:14)

Yesterday we reviewed the benefits of prayer, praise, and meditation to strengthen our spirits. As God speaks through his people in time of apostasy, we can learn to adjust accordingly. We live in a time that requires us to be still and know that the Lord He is God. He will never leave, nor will He forsake us. Understanding who we are in Christ is the filter through which we, as humans, can decide to be kind, show mercy, and not be oppressive. (Judges 2:18) 

Training our minds to be anchored in the Lord is a step towards the righteousness he calls us to. We have mental triggers that cause us to react in unholy ways oppressing the fatherless, the sojourner, the poor, the women, and children. (or people who are ‘unsophisticated‘)

Do you believe your purpose is to delay that of others? 

Resistance to God’s love, teachings, and commands builds over time. We have to look for the warning signs. It may start as ungratefulness to kindness or being resistant to learning and deliberately forgetting all the blessings God gives. (No knowledge of facts.)

‘The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands, the foolish one tears hers down. ‘ Proverbs 14:1 

God gives us the ability to see the warning signs and prepare accordingly. That allows God to give us rest from our anxious thoughts and focus our attention on Him. 

Eventually, we will have to face the consequence of failing to learn from the crimes we committed. We do not want God to turn us away because of our hardened hearts. Sin is the chain choking our heart; let’s not allow the elements of this world to infuse us with its corrosive idols. Ask God to break your chains.

Points to Ponder

  • Are you ungrateful because you have built your life around your wealth? 
  • Do you rebel, blaming everyone and God for the circumstances of your emotionally, physically, and spiritual state of mind?
  •  Are you ignoring God by rejecting His gift of wisdom?

 

 


 

 

 


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, April 24, 2021

Judges 2:10-3:31, Luke 22:14-34, Psalm 92:1-93:5, Proverbs 14:1-2

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 113

Written By Torrie Slaughter

 

🔴 The Struggle Continues

 A brief overview:

We’ve closed the book of Joshua and head into Judges. A work that focuses on the military leaders and the ongoing struggle to control the promised land. The Israelites deviated from being a united people worshipping Yahweh and continued a cycle of rebellion, oppression, salvation, and peace. 

Influence:

It is the capacity to affect the character, development, or behavior of someone or something. 

As you read today’s passages, the striking repetitive nature of the Israelites is hard to miss. Their desire to follow God was tainted by the idol worshippers living alongside them. Each time the Canaanites oppressed the Israelites, they cried out to God, and He answered by raising up a judge. A military leader who would slay the enemy and bring peace to the land. The Israelites failed to do their part in pushing out the Canaanites and suffered the consequences of their disobedience. 

Joshua 11:15 “As the LORD commanded his servant, Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.”

The book of Judges tells how God used Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, and Samson to deliver His people. 

We know God did not endorse their human choices; however, He used His Spirit to deliver the Israelites. The heartbreak then is the same as it is now. The corruption was so bad that there was little difference between the Israelites and Canaanites. 

As we move through the book of Judges, I want to stress the importance of three things: 
  1. A prayer journal! Write your thoughts down and use a Bible concordance to discover Biblical examples as well as solutions.  
  2. Prayer changes you before it changes anyone else. 
  3. God supplies our needs!

With those three points in mind, I would like you to appreciate the importance of chronicling your daily activities and interactions. 

We sin. We stray. I sin. I stray.  

Because we deviate from God’s path from His plan for us, we must continually go back to His Word for direction. We also need to chart our course. 

How will we know where we have been if we don’t track our route? 

Retracing our footsteps makes it easier to understand our behavior, how we deal with others, and how to move forward accurately.  

We also must be in prayer because we deceive ourselves and attempt to fool God with our actions. Talking to the One Who knows all is a great comfort. We need not feel insecure, defensive, or blame ourselves for not getting it right. God will supply our needs, physically, mentally, and spiritually! Learn from your mistakes and seek God’s wisdom by trusting His way. 

 


 

 

 


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

 


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Friday, April 23, 2021

Judges 1:1-2:9, Luke 21:29-22:13, Psalm 90:1-91:16, Proverbs 13:24-25

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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 102

Written By Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scripture:Luke 15:6 And when he returns home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost!’

🔴Found in Christ

What is a parable? According to Google it is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.

Scripture Says: 

Jesus told the disciples that the mysteries of the kingdom of God are unlocked for them to understand. However, those who were offended or repelled by His Words would not comprehend. (Luke 8:10)

Today’s Reading:

In Luke chapter 15 he presents three different parables all about the lost being found: the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7), the Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10), and the Parable of the Lost or Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).
The sheep, perhaps led astray, was separated from the rest. The owner couldn’t remember where they placed the coin, and the son chose to be independent and lost his way.

We learn more in Matthew 25:32 which tells us that the Lord will separate the sheep from the goats as a shepherd does. Why? Sheep are more comfortable in a flock grazing on grass; they run if spooked or approached by ‘strangers’. Goats, however, are independent and often wander off to graze on anything they can.

The Conflict:

Jesus is a stark contrast to the (spiritually lost) Pharisees and other religious leaders because of His actions. He receives sinners, He invites them to listen to His words, He teaches them and rejoices when their lights shine with understanding. Jesus often offends the religious elite because their concern is the appearance of holiness.

Luke 12:47 The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss:

Our choices matter now! We can make decisions about how we press forward within the kingdom of God. When the Lord returns, only His opinion will matter. Unless we judge ourselves daily while in the situations, pointing out our sins and repenting, are we excluded from His harsh judgment. (1 Corinthians 11:31-32) However, this isn’t just lip service but a move into action. If the Divine Holy Spirit is urging you to return to God, seek Him through prayer. He will come near to those who draw near to Him. (Hebrews 7:25)

 


 

 

 


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

 


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Monday, April 12, 2021

Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 100

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴Be Encouraged!

God sees both sides, humanity’s wickedness through the hypocrisy and the good of those striving to follow His commandment. Our faith reminds us that truth will be revealed, and all things come under God’s authority in eternity.

Joshua 1:11 “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

The people were ready! They had mourned Moses’s death and prepared to cross the Jordan River to enter the promised land. The wait was over, but there was still work to do. We can pause, reflect, ask, and yield while celebrating all the great things our Lord has brought us through.


On this one-hundredth day of continuous reading:
Pause to give thanks to the Lord.
Reflect on all the notes you’ve taken and how you’ve applied God’s Word to your life.
Ask the Holy Spirit how you can improve.
Yield to the response our Lord gives and ponder those things in your heart.
Be encouraged to continue fighting and trust God’s guidance as you take action.

Boldly walk in your purpose!

 


 

 

 


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

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24, Luke 13:22-14:6, Psalm 79:1-13, Proverbs 12:26

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