Daily Devotions

Start Your Day Off RIGHT!

 

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!

 


 

 

I Need An Extreme Makeover

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Today’s Scripture:

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24


“I NEED AN EXTREME MAKEOVER”

Spiritual resolutions for the new year, if made, tend to be given even less weight than the dietary, career, business, and other various new year resolutions that many people traditionally make. However, as a believer and Kingdom citizen, we would be remiss if we don’t make spiritual resolutions;our spiritual life IS our life.  The Bible says, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). At the beginning of every new year, it is so important to recalibrate and realign ourselves in the spirit back with God.

One of the weekly teachings that I encouraged partners in my ministry to focus on during our annual 21-day consecration is my KIA (Kingdom in Action) Guide on “Extreme Makeover.” In it, I explore 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, where Paul writes, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. This is part of Paul’s benediction in his letter to the church at Thessalonica, and he was praying a blessing on the saints there.  In saying “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely…,” Paul was saying “May the Lord set you aside and use you for His Kingdom purposes.”  Beloved, my hope is that this year one of your resolutions is to be used by God like you’ve never been used before. I hope that you seek with your whole heart to be enriched, enhanced, and empowered in Kingdom knowledge such that God uses you to change lives and touch worlds with Kingdom impact.  You see, one of the challenges in walking with God is that in your flesh/physical being, you have to maintain your passion and spirituality.  However, if we are not intentional, our spiritual lives will wane rather than increase.  In essence, Paul’s prayer here is that God would increase your total being.

The scripture teaches that our outward man is perishing day-by-day:“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). In our physicality, we are aging and wearing out; our inward man, however, is being renewed day-by-day.  So when we refer to an “Extreme Makeover,” we are talking about a spiritual renewal.  A Kingdom citizen does not want his or her spiritual life to operate on the same plane or sphere as their older man. That old man is aging with all of the increasing limitations and restrictions that come with a deteriorating physicality. But spiritually, opportunities to become greater are constantly appearing as you are renewed and enriched by the Holy Spirit. In fact, every year spiritually, you are supposed to do more than you have ever done before!  So, every year in the spirit, we need an Extreme Makeover!

We do “grow up” in the spirit, and in our growing up in Christ, we should be increasing in maturity, walking in more power, and becoming better equipped to do greater works for God’s Kingdom! Paul says in order to do that, you’ve got to pay attention to and be intentional regarding your spirit, soul, and body.

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV)

The only way to do this is to intentionally put God first (Matthew 6:33). Matthew suggests that if we put God and His Kingdom first, He will take care of all of the other important issues in our lives.  And to put God first, you have to put your spirit-man first.

So, what plans and goals do you have for yourself this year?  Most importantly, are they reflective of you seeking first God and His Kingdom?  Did you make a vague and blanket statement like, “I want to do God better than I have before,” but then have these copiously detailed plans regarding your intellectual and career development or other things that you defacto prioritize over your spirit-man? Maybe you have outlined diets or workouts you want to execute, and that’s great.  But, the question I have is – Have you given that same level of specification to your plan for your spirit-man’s renewal? If not, you are setting your spirit-man up for failure!

It is your passion for God and intentionality in seeking Him first that will enable your spirit-man to be renewed day-by-day.  God is a gentleman God and will not ‘force-feed’ Himself onto anybody. He will not violate your free will.  So without passion for God, you will not be able to stay spiritual while your flesh is perishing day-by-day.  Why?  Because the increasing limitations of our physicality will overpower a weak spiritual life that is not infused with passion regularly and consistently. You need an Extreme Makeover; we need an Extreme Makeover!

A Prayer for Today:

King of kings and Lord of lords, I commit to my own spiritual renewal by intentionally seeking You and Your Kingdom above all else in my life.  That means the most pressing, urgent, and prominent thing in my existence is the spiritual reality of the world I see with eyes of faith—the unseen things. Please enhance, enrich, and empower me with Your Holy Spirit to passionately follow You in new ways for Your purpose – more souls, more miracles, more faith, more manifestations of your Kingdom!  I willingly submit to YOUR Dominance, King Jesus, and choose to totally trust you. All praises, honor, and glory to your Name.


Live Victoriously in 2018 


At the beginning of every year, we tend to
make resolutions – this is the year that we’ll become healthy and fit or we’ll perform well in our careers, and countless other new year’s resolutions that many people traditionally make. Spiritual resolutions for the new year, if made, tend to be given even less weight. However, as a Kingdom citizen, we must make spiritual resolutions. In this powerful home Bible study guide, you will put into action the steps that will change your entire outlook on life and move your spiritual life to the next level. Order your copy today!

 

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Faith Towards God – God’s got you and He’s good for it

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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 – GOD’S GOT YOU AND HE’S GOOD FOR IT”

The essence of your faith is your belief, attitude, and corresponding action that God is good for it! Whatever His promise is, and your faith manifests in hope because you know God’s got you.  When you have hope, you RELAX in faith knowing He’s good for it. Beloved, are you relaxing in faith concerning that matter that God has promised to you? People who are always running around, panicked—exclaiming, “Oh, things are going wrong” and full of anxiety and worry—have no faith.  But still they will dare put on the end of all of that, “But I’m still trusting God…” A believer is not demonstrating trust in God like that. Recall that faith is the substance of the things hoped for, based on a promise from God.  That means you have hope in your future.  Until God becomes good for His promise in your mind, attitude, and corresponding action—you DO NOT have faith.

For example, God may promise you, “You are going to administrate a Kingdom-minded school” or “You will preach and teach the gospel to young women in the Houston area” or whatever it is He has told you. Because God told you, you don’t ‘trip.’ Anything that you are ‘tripping’ about is because God did not tell you.  So often, we are trying to force something on to God that has everything to do with our heart’s desire vs. His heart’s desire.

Faith counteracts anxiety, stress, and worry.  If you lived in hope, hope alone would have you in constant worry. Every day it would be, “Is it here yet; is it here yet? Did I get the job, yet?  Did anybody call me from that company yet?” You see, that is what hope [alone] does.  The Bible did not instruct us to live in hope—God told us to walk by faith (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11)! When you have faith, you can start acting like it’s already here; over time, your faith in God grows. The just actually live by the “past” faithfulness of God.  It doesn’t matter what the circumstances may say, you know God’s good for it. God made me a promise and that gives me hope; and because I have faith, faith becomes the substance of what I am hoping for.  My faith becomes the evidence of what I have yet to visibly see.

You might be reading this and thinking to yourself, “Well, you don’t understand Dr. Carson: faith is hard!” Yes, it is; Paul told Timothy you must fight the good fight (of faith). When the other trained warriors of Israel had refused to fight Goliath, do you think it was easy for David to go out there with no armor when he battled Goliath?  David only had five smooth stones while Goliath had a huge sword and his helmet weighed more than David. But David also had the presence of God in his life. He had an abiding faith in the living God of Israel who had delivered him from “the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear,” and he declared, “He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17: 33-37).

Beloved, you are cut from that same cloth but have even more than David!God refers to you as a “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people that you may proclaim the praises of Him who call you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). As Kingdom citizens, we walk in, are filled with, and guided and empowered by the Spirit of the living God (Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18, John 16:13]. Our very citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) by virtue of our new birth (John 3:1-8). We are His, those whom he has delivered “from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13). We possess much more than David! “The relationship we have with God is a covenant of faith, and faith is the thing that pleases God to no end:without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him”(Hebrews 11:6).

Biblical faith is not a one-time act done at salvation, but a way of life. In the Kingdom, a true citizen must persevere to the end in faith – a lifestyle of consistent and persistent faith (Colossians 1:22-23, Hebrew 3:12-14; 10:38-39). God’s got you!

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 to give me even more faith.  I rejoice in the fact that my citizenship is in heaven, and since I have been raised with Christ, I will seek those things which are above.  I will delight myself in You, my King, so that the desires of Your heart and Your Kingdom become the desires of my heart. I will know that I exist for Your purpose, and nothing can thwart the plans and purposes of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power of faith at work within us, let Your Kingdom be expanded through me. Amen.


Live Victoriously in 2018 


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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The book Apostles’ Doctrine focuses upon the fundamental doctrine of the Kingdom of God.  Apostle, Dr. Dana Carson has written this book to expound on the seven foundational tenets of the faith, recorded in Hebrews 6, from a Kingdom perspective. Everyone who is serious about studying the scriptures, and desires to become strong in the faith and not able to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, must read the Apostles’ Doctrine.

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.


Live Victoriously in 2018 


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!

 

Complimentary Product


The book Apostles’ Doctrine focuses upon the fundamental doctrine of the Kingdom of God.  Apostle, Dr. Dana Carson has written this book to expound on the seven foundational tenets of the faith, recorded in Hebrews 6, from a Kingdom perspective. Everyone who is serious about studying the scriptures, and desires to become strong in the faith and not able to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, must read the Apostles’ Doctrine.

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.   


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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