It Is Finished! (John 19:30)

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

John 19:30 (KJV)

The greek word for salvation is sozo. The meaning of sozo includes healing, soundness, deliverance, to be brought into safety, to be set free from the powers of darkness. Jesus, speaking of salvation, said that it is finished. This should be the starting point for every Christian then: that it is finished. Healing is finished and available, deliverance is finished and available, wholeness is finished and available. And so today, whatever the need may be in your life, realize that Jesus said it is finished. May you receive this good news by faith, and thereby see it become the reality of your day to day life!

Video Sermon: “Agree with God and Shine: Your Purpose & Mission in Christ”

The-Churchs-Call-to-Strong-and-Serious-Christian-LivingIf you have been following this website, you may have been wondering, what exactly is Graceway. Are we a church? An online ministry? Or something else all together?

And the answer is this: the vision behind Graceway is for us to become a church!

I do not know the exact time frame for this, yet God has most clearly put it on my heart that this is what His vision is for this ministry, and furthermore He is now leading me to begin to share this, to speak life into the vision.

Currently, we are in very early stages, with “Graceway Fellowship Gatherings” about to start in Los Angeles this summer. And in addition to that, you can expect regular video sermons such as this one today. Also, look out for downloadable audio versions of our messages to be made available shortly.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out this website, and I pray—whoever you are, and wherever you may find yourself—that this video message will inspire you, encourage you, challenge you, and invite you to grow in your walk with the Lord. It is my heart for us to realize that God is inviting us all to continuously go deeper in our walk and in our fellowship with Him, yet to never forget that, no matter how deep we go, it is always about serving the people He is leading into our paths every single day. It is about understanding that we, as the Church, are all being called to shine the light of Christ in this world that is in such need of healing and salvation.

So with that said, may you shine your light for Jesus, and may you catch a revelation that He is calling you to fulfill both your purpose and your mission in Him.

Much love and many blessings,

Alex

Return Unto Thy Rest (Psalm 116:7)

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

Psalm 116:7 (KJV)

Our soul returning to its rest means that we are confident that God has already supplied our every need. This confidence has nothing to do with circumstances or conditions, nor is it dependent upon how we may feel emotionally; much rather is it the outworking of what we know to be true! We find rest for our souls when we stand confidently upon the Word of God, when we know that God truly has dealt bountifully with us. It is out of this place of rest, out of this quiet assurance, that we will see the goodness of God showing up in our lives.  

Trusting God (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

In times of difficulty, when things don’t make sense, the most powerful thing we can do is to simply purpose in our hearts that we will trust God no matter what. When we know that His plans for us are for good, and that in fact all things work together for good for those who love God, we can then acknowledge that in each and every moment, the Lord is guiding and directing our steps. We can rest assured that our challenges merely become stepping stones that are shaping us and preparing us for our magnificent destiny in the Lord.

Created In Christ Jesus Unto Good Works (Ephesians 2:10)

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

You are created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God has already ordained for you to walk in. This means that every single one of us—regardless of where we may have come from or what our background may have been—has a purpose and a calling in Christ. The good works that we are called to will reflect the very nature of God, which means that us fulfilling our calling in Christ will flow directly out of us becoming more Christ-like. This is something that we could never accomplish in our own strength! And so it requires a complete surrender, a complete reliance upon the grace of God, a continual seeking of His guidance in everything that we do. Look to the Lord today, ask Him to speak to you about what His plans for you are. Then thank Him in advance that He is calling you unto good works.

Weekly Grace: Resting In The Promises Of God

One of the most important things for us as believers to do is to rest in the promises of God. The ultimate demonstration of faith is not in our efforts, struggles or attempts to win God’s approval, but much rather in resting in the assurance that contained within the redemptive and finished works of Jesus is everything that we could ever need. God blesses us, not based on how well we have performed, but based on our spiritual position in Christ.

2 Peter 1:3 states that God has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Notice that this is past tense. God has already given us. This means that as far as God is concerned, He has already blessed us, healed us, delivered us—He has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.

Satan would love for us to question this, and he may even attempt to present us with a long list of why this cannot be so. This list will always have to do with what we are able to see with our physical senses, what we are able to feel in our bodies, and how we may currently feel in our emotions. Yet the Bible tells us that as followers of Christ we are to not to go by our physical senses or by how we feel. “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Friend, walking by faith means that we must learn to receive by faith what the grace of God has already made available. “It is by faith that it might be by grace.” (Romans 4:16)

And so resting in the promises of God means that rather than attempting to get God to do something for us, our task becomes to look to the Cross. We look to the Cross where Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) When He said it is finished, He was speaking of our salvation. Our salvation is finished! And salvation includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and anything we could ever need to fulfill our calling in Christ.

Now you may be wondering, how do we make this practical? How do we apply this when being confronted with the issues of day to day life? How do we apply this when dealing with a negative doctor’s report or when struggling with not having enough to pay the bills? Hebrews 4:11 gives us the answer:  “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.” Yes, we must labor to enter into rest. If this sounds like a paradox, it is. Yet what the Bible is talking about here is not a physical labor, but much rather a labor of the soul.

When dealing with the day to day challenges of life, we must labor in our soul—in our mind, in our will, and in our emotions—to get into agreement with what God’s Word is saying about us, rather than agreeing with circumstances and conditions. We must agree that, despite of the symptoms in our body, by the stripes of Jesus we have been healed! (1 Peter 2:24) We must agree that, despite of not knowing where the money will come from, our God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)

This is where the practice of meditating on the Word of God comes in. The more we meditate on God’s Word, the more we will get it down into our hearts. And once it is in our hearts, we will enter into rest. The key is to get the Word down into our hearts. The labor of the soul is to let the Word of God move from the head to the heart.

Throughout this week, begin to mediate on what God has said is true about you. Set some time aside every day to reflect upon specific promises of scripture, and even as you go about your day to day activities, keep them alive in your heart. Thank your heavenly Father that it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)

Father, I give You praise today. I choose to not look to my circumstances and conditions, but instead I look to You. I look to what Your Word says about me. I look to the Cross and to everything that the precious blood of Jesus has made available. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness! Thank You for Your love! Thank You for your grace! It is sufficient unto me. My confession is that I walk in the victory that has already been won for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scriptures To Meditate On This Week

2 Peter 1:3

Luke 12:32

Romans 8:32

Romans 8:37

Luke 10:19

Psalm 103:1-5

Ephesians 4:23-24