Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 9:23-24 (NKJV)
Whenever we are struggling with having faith in a certain area of our life, let us remember that we are not left to ourselves, but that we may simply pray for more faith. Our faith, as all things, is not our own, but a gift from God. Anytime unbelief tries to sneak in, let us be quick to turn to the Lord with a sincere and honest heart; let us be reminded of what His Word has declared over us, and be strengthened in His presence. God supplies our every need, and this includes our need for faith.
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:3-4 (KJV)
One of the ways by which we can know that our faith is steadfast is by whether or not it is accompanied by patience. The Bible tells us that it is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God. And so when our faith is being tried by the circumstances and conditions of day to day life, by the grace of God our faith will produce patience. Patience means that we trust in God’s perfect timing; it means we know that all is well, that we can be perfect and entire, regardless of current circumstances and conditions. And it is exactly this combination of faith and patience—the essence of trusting God—which enables God to manifest His glory in our lives.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (KJV)
As we present the temple of our body a living sacrifice unto God, may we remember continually that our purpose here on this earth is to be the very vessels and instruments through which Jesus may unfold His ministry. Presenting our bodies a living sacrifice means that we understand we are literally being called to be the hands and the feet of Jesus. We recognize the beauty of committing all our activities unto Him, of making everything we do in word and deed an offering unto our Lord. Today, may we have the grace to be more mindful of this; and in so doing, let us rejoice that we have been called to live lives of such joyous service unto a glorious and magnificent God.
May Theme: The Kingdom Is At Hand—Will You Receive It?
Today’s Topic: The Process Of Becoming
Foundational Text: 1 John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
1 John 3:1-3 (KJV)
If 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,
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.
This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.
1 John 5:14 (KJV)
The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. As we look at Scripture through the lens of the new covenant and the finished works of Jesus, we know that God’s will is for His kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. This includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and everything that is necessary for us to fulfill our calling and our purpose in Christ. And so when we pray, let us approach God with the confidence that as we pray according to His glorious will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. And may our hearts be set upon the truth that God is looking for each of us to be the very instruments and vessels through which His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mark 11:24 (KJV)
Grace-based prayer begins with gratitude that the very thing we are praying for has already been made available through the finished works of Jesus. And so we believe that we receive, knowing that our God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. And to walk uprightly simply means that we put all our faith, trust and reliance in what Jesus has already done for us, rather than in what we can accomplish through our own works or efforts. The more we can rest in this assurance, the more we will see the goodness of God manifesting in our lives.