Daily Devotions

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God desires to communicate with you everyday. He wants to encourage you, strengthen you, and keep you Kingdom-minded throughout the course of your busy day. We invite you to start your day off right with a life-changing daily devotion from the Kingdom Voice – Dr. Dana Carson. These daily devotions will help you jump start your day with a Kingdom mentality and give you tools to fight the enemy throughout the day!

 


 

 

Faith Towards God – Out Of His Faithfulness

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Today’s Scripture:

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits. – Hebrews 5:12-6:3


“FAITH TOWARDS GOD – OUT OF HIS FAITHFULNESS”

Doctrine is important. The Greek word for “doctrine” is didaskalia, which means “teaching.” However, doctrine is also a set of prescribed teachings, interpreted by the apostles, inspired by God.  At the beginning of the New Testament Church in Acts 2:42, the Bible tells us, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Above, we see the elementary doctrines of the Christian faith set forth in Hebrews Chapters 5 and 6. This is a regimented and set order of teachings that God expects us to be proficient enough to, at some point in our walk, teach others (For though by this time you ought to be teachers…- v.12).God expects His Kingdom citizens to be skilled in the Word and to have the ability to live out doctrine and teach others.

“Faith toward God” is the second of what I term “the foundational principles,” about which I have written extensively in my book, “The Apostle’s Doctrine.” You have to know what it means to “have faith”; faith is one of those subjects that can get you really tripped up.  You can live your whole life and feel like you have biblical faith—and you don’t. Everybody feels like “my faith is strong,” but they know not one Bible verse, they don’t have an intimate relationship with God as defined by the Bible, and most importantly, they could not stand and teach the doctrine of “faith towards God” from the scripture.  What they may have is subjectivity, optimism, and positivity, but none of these is biblical faith.One thing we do not want is to miscalculate or misunderstand is biblical faith because the consequences are ETERNAL (Matthew 7:21-23).

Everything we do as a Kingdom citizen is and must be done by faith (Galatians 5:6) The Bible tells us, “We walk by faith and not by sight,” (2 Corinthians 5:7) and, “The just shall live (exist) by faith.” (Hebrews 10:38A) Your walk and life with God is by faith; not by works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Living the Kingdom life is not based on your moral discipline or spiritual duty; it is predicated upon your faith alone.

On the surface, this seems like a vacation from responsibility—until you really understand what the Bible is saying.  Since faith is the actual substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1), that does not mean we walk by optimism.  Biblical faith is more complex than that. An examination of Romans 1:16-17 will assist us in unlocking some of the keys to Biblical faith.  This passage reads:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

We see that the gospel—God’s good news to humankind—is the POWER of God unto salvation to them that believe. Everything that God wants to do in your life flows out of the gospel.  It is the POWER! But this POWER is only released when you believe it. That’s why the Bible says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come,” (Matthew 24:14). There is no liberation without the gospel, and there is no experiencing the POWER until you BELIEVE the message.

In the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed from “faith to faith.” In the Greek, this is ek pisteōs eis pistis —“out of faithfulness into faith.”  Paul is actually reaching back and quoting Habakkuk 2:4, “But the just shall live by his faith.” (Habukkuk 2:4B). So, Paul is recording that out of God’s faithfulness we get faith.  We could not trust God until He first did something; thus, God is not asking us to blindly trust Him. When you look at what God first did for you (made you righteous through your belief in the gospel), you should declare, “Now THAT’S a God I can BELIEVE!” Think about it. God always gives us His history and shows us how He has been faithful to others. He was faithful to David against a 9-foot tall giant named Goliath. He was faithful to Israel before the Red Sea and a raging army closing in behind them. He was faithful to Joshua in the Battle for Jericho, and He was faithful to Joseph who had to go from his brother’s betrayal to prison to the palace (Genesis 37: 39-46).

God is faithful and has a track record of being faithful.

Some of you should not even be here to read this right now because you have come through situations that many have died in. If it had not been for the King of kings on your side, you would not be here. You don’t need to look far or long and wide to see where God has brought you from. The Word says that, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13).  If you are going to have and exercise biblical Kingdom faith, Paul clearly directs us first to God’s faithfulness. Because out of the King’s faithfulness proceeds our faith.

Beloved, over the next week, make a list of at least 10 occurrences in your life where God has shown His faithfulness to you, apart from and in addition to your salvation.

A Prayer for Today:

I praise and thank you King Jesus for giving me a measure of faith and for the Word of life that You so carefully crafted and inspired over the centuries.  I rejoice in the fact that Your divine power has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness, by which we may become partakers of the divine nature, possessing your very DNA and becoming fully equipped to expand this gospel of the Kingdom all over the world.  Please increase my faith and make me ready to complete Your Kingdom mission through me and for Your glory. Amen.


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When we come to God for salvation, the part that we play is an exercise in faith. All of our deeds or “our works” are as filthy rags, and in order to be declared righteous, we had to place our faith in Jesus. In this powerful message, “Faith Towards God”, Dr. Dana Carson teaches us that faith is an unseen reality, faith is necessary, and that faith grows. Order your copy of this dynamic and life-changing message today!

 

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Purpose – It’s All In Him

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Today’s Scripture:

“just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1:4—14


“PURPOSE – IT’S ALL IN HIM”

This life, your life, our lives were created NOT for our purpose, but HIS purpose. The Bible declares “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Kingdom citizens don’t have individual purposes – we all have one purpose – His – fashioned for each one of us uniquely and individually. So, let’s examine purpose from a Christological perspective.

When we broach the subject matter of purpose, we must scale the lofty heights of eternal thought. Eternal thought resides in the eternal God. When we read the epistles of Paul on these matters, it is clear that Paul is being inspired by God and that he is revealing eternal thoughts and wisdom. What Paul shares with us proceeds from special revelation, as opposed to natural revelation. For example, one of the crucial concepts present in the above Ephesians passage is the issue of time and eternity. Many of us get ‘spooked out’ and become uncomfortable with discussions about eternity, because it is outside the realm of time and what is visible. Our finite knowledge doesn’t really want to deal with such things. However, we know as Kingdom citizens that it is the things that we cannot see that are more real than what we can see. Paul writes “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Things “seen” are in the realm of time; things “unseen” are in the realm of eternity. Beloved, this is where you get messed up in life! You somehow believe time is greater than eternity, because time is something you can see, whereas eternity is something you have to sense. Thus, eternal thought can be very weighty and extremely perplexing without the guidance of the Holy Spirit and time. The discussion of time in light of eternity is a necessary discussion for those who desire to live a Kingdom life for God. You will never understand your relationship with God until you understand the dichotomy between eternity and time.

In Ephesians 1:10, Paul makes a very powerful statement in saying, “ … in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.”God determines His divine purpose in Himself, and He then administers the purpose over time. For example, Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8) but was manifested in the last days or times, for you. Thus, Paul provides us insight into how we understand the eternal mind of God: God ‘does,’ God ‘decides,’ and God ‘destines’ all in eternity. But He reveals in time.

In this text, the “fullness of times” refers to kairos. Kairos is the “fitting season, opportunity or time.” It is God’s timing, season of divinely convenient opportunity. It is not merely the succession of minutes, or chronos (Galatians 4:4). Paul is trying to help us understand that time is measured by chronos(quantity and the succession of minutes) until we get to kairos (the season of divinely convenient opportunity). Think of childbirth.  After 9 months or so ofchronos, the succession of minutes, a baby will be born (kairos) – ready or not!

Saints, this means that when it comes to how God works His purpose in you, the most difficult time to deal with for us is chronos.  That’s because God is always moving you towards kairos, when He is definitely going to do something, which is unknown to you in chronos.  That is a spiritual reality from the eternal, unseen world—no matter how your life looks in time, you will reach your kairos…in God’s time! Kairos has the implication that God will deliver once you get there! In order to walk in God’s Kingdom purpose for your life, you have to trust that God ‘knows what He knows,’ and that you cannot know what He knows because His infinite mind will blow your finite mind! If you can just endure your time and trust His Word and His sovereignty, you will make it to your season of divinely convenient opportunity—in Him.

A Prayer for Today:

Father, we recognize you as the true Sovereign of our evolutionary existence on this earth, and trust the purpose You crafted for us in eternity to be fulfilled in time.  We submit to You and give you permission to dominate and direct our time, talents, treasures, temple, temperament, and ties for Your redemptive and spiritual Kingdom purposes. We ask for Your help to stay focused on what You are doing – that which You are blessing, rather than expecting You to bless what we are doing.  We love, praise, and exalt the name of King Jesus. All glory, honor, and dominion to You forever.  Amen.   


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A man once said, “When you don’t know the purpose of a thing, abuse of it is inevitable.” How do we as believers know whether or not we are abusing the purpose of our lives? In the insightful series, The Purpose of God, Dr. Carson will teach you that your ONLY purpose is God’s purpose and how to ensure you don’t abuse the life God has given you while you’re here on earth. This series is a must for those who want to know and understand God’s purpose and plan for their lives. Order this life-changing series today!

 

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Nothing Too Hard For God

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Today’s Scripture:

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
– Jeremiah 32:27


Nothing Too Hard For God

Beloved, what is “that thing” that prevents you from moving forward in God? What is “that thing” that causes you to question all God has ever told you, all you have ever dreamed of, and all that you desire to accomplish in Him?  Are you too old or too young? Do you need more education? Maybe you think you lack the personal connections necessary to take you to your next place in God. Maybe your finances are non-existent and your credit rating is atrocious. Or maybe, because of past mistakes, poor decisions, and failure, you feel like you’ve disqualified yourself for what God promised you. Beloved, I’m here to tell you that whatever the case may be and regardless of the obstacle standing in your way, there is NOTHING too hard for God!

Repeatedly throughout the Bible, the scriptures remind us of God’s awesome ability to bring the impossible to pass! In Genesis 18:14, of Himself, God asks Abraham “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” In Jeremiah 32:17, the prophet declares “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too difficult or too wonderful for You!” And in Luke, the archangel Gabriel boldly proclaims “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God(Luke 18:27)!

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
– Job 112:13

God’s ability to bring His purpose for your life to pass is not hindered by your age! His ability to take you to your next level in Him does not depend upon your finances! His ability to use you to do great things in the Kingdom is not dictated by your personal connections!  He is El Elyon – the Most High God! He is El Shaddai – God Almighty! And there is no failure in Him!

So don’t give up when facing what may seem impossible to you. God is made strong in your weakness! Fight the enemy when he attempts to cause you to doubt the promises of God hovering over your life!  Resist the temptation to succumb to fear and doubt and give up on what God showed you! Instead, rehearse this reassuring refrain, “My God is the God of the impossible and there is nothing too hard for Him!” Be encouraged! Your challenge does not challenge Him. Your obstacles do not block Him and your mistakes do not discourage Him!  He is God Almighty who rules with wisdom and power who SHALL bring your purpose to pass!

A Prayer for Today:

Heavenly Father, who can be likened unto You – God Most High?  I bind the enemies of worry and doubt, and praise You for bringing Your power to bear in my life to bring Your purpose for me to pass! Hallelujah to You, Great God, and thank You for doing the impossible for me!  In Jesus’ name I pray – amen.


Live Victoriously in 2017 


A man once said, “When you don’t know the purpose of a thing, abuse of it is inevitable.” How do we as believers know whether or not we are abusing the purpose of our lives? In the insightful series, The Purpose of God, Dr. Carson will teach you that your ONLY purpose is God’s purpose and how to ensure you don’t abuse the life God has given you while you’re here on earth. This series is a must for those who want to know and understand God’s purpose and plan for their lives. Order this life-changing series today!

 

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How do we as believers know whether or not we are abusing the purpose of our lives? In the second volume of this insightful series, Dr. Carson will teach you the difference between careers, talents, gifts, and callings, the three atmospheres through which God manifests His purpose, and more. This series is a must for those who want to know and understand God’s purpose and plan for their lives. Order your copy of this home Bible study guide today!

Kingdom ‘Grit’- Fighting The Good Fight

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Today’s Scripture:

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. 21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. – Matthew 10:16-22 NKJV

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:6-8 NKJV


Kingdom ‘Grit’- Fighting the Good Fight

When we examine Jesus’ admonishments in the above Matthew passage, one of the first things He says is, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”  The word “wise” in the Greek is phronimos (practically wise, sensible).  This is an adjective for the root word phren and means “to exercise the mind.”  It means to “have understanding” and to “think.”  So, when the word commands us to be wise, it means to direct your mind towards a thing and be practicably sensible toward that thing. We are to be cautious and thoughtful; to have mental discernment about life. Satan’s machinations and schemes are directed toward driving us back to him – in a worse state than when we left him for Christ (Matthew 12:44-45). Thus, we’ve got to be mentally discerning if we are going to live the Christian life.

This is why Jesus is advising us to be wise as serpents. Jesus is not saying to be cunning, crafty, and sneaky like a serpent, but to be aware. The serpent was described as more ‘crafty’ than any of the animals in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1), but we are not to be crafty in this evil way.  We are to be wise according to the Word of God—which means you have to study and know the Word of God.  On the other hand, He tells us to be like a dove. A dove is harmless, innocent and gentle. This is the dichotomy we must have when we take the gospel of the Kingdom into the world. With wisdom, we avoid the snares set up for us; but as innocents, we are to serve the Lord with all that is within us. We must also deny ourselves so that Christ can shine through us.You have to be careful about your walk so that God will be glorified in YOU! Serpent-wise and Dove-harmless.

 

Knowing the enemy is cunning and he’s coming, in order to endure to the end, we’ve got to have Kingdom Grit. Kingdom Grit means since you made a decision for Christ as Lord, you must stick with that decision for the rest of your life. Kingdom endurance will prevent you from backsliding and beingdeceived by Satan because you see him coming before he gets you!Kingdom endurance means you got to have passion, perseverance, and a ‘never-say-die’ spirit. If heaven is your goal, you’ve got to have some ‘grit’!

Remember that with Kingdom Grit, there is no need to fear failure because failure is not a permanent condition. The Bible says that the gifts and callings of God cannot be revoked (Romans 11:29). So if heaven is your goal, you will WIN as long as stay in the race and don’t quit!  As long as you can keep your Kingdom Grit, you will endure to the end and make it! If you want to know what Kingdom Grit looks like, you can take a look at my favorite: Paul.  In his own words, here is a vivid picture of Kingdom Grit:

“24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.” – 2 Corinthians 11:24-28

And after all of that, Paul could declare that he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision (Acts 26:19), and declare what he wrote in the 2 Timothy 4 passage above [“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.]. That’s what Kingdom Grit looks like.

A Prayer for Today:

Lord God, I pledge unwavering fidelity to You, our King, and I rejoice in who You are and in who You declare me to be.  You have boldly declared that we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Your own special people that we may proclaim your praises, You who called us out of darkness into Your marvelous light.  I praise and thank you for bringing me back into Your Kingdom through my faith in your Son and King, Jesus the Messiah. Please grant me the grace to endure, persevere, and to exercise the kind of GRIT that will NEVER allow me to turn away from the path of purpose on which You have set me – in Jesus name, amen.


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