Replacing Our Thoughts With The Thoughts Of God (Isaiah 55:8-9)

For my thougths are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)

One of the most important things for us to do is to replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God. The reason is that God has clearly stated that His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways. We may know the thoughts of God through His Word, and so our task becomes to get our thinking lined up with the truth of God’s Word. This is a continual process; and the more that we devote ourselves to it, the more will we see our lives changed to reflect more fully who we are in Christ.

Weekly Grace: Exercising Our Muscle Of Faith

Scripture tells us that the Gospel reveals the righteousness of God “from faith to faith” and that “the just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) And so it follows then that nothing is of greater importance for us than to exercise and thereby strengthen our spiritual muscle of faith.

Let us examine now for a moment why faith is so crucial in our Christian walk, and how we might go about strengthening it. Notice that “the just shall live by faith.” Faith is not something that we are to resort to every now and then when faced with a particularly challenging situation, but much rather does the Word command us to live by faith.

It is certainly encouraging to know that faith is like a spiritual muscle that can be strengthened and developed. And let us also be very clear that faith, as all things in our walk with the Lord, is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8) When we realize that our faith is not our own, but that it has come to us from our heavenly Father as one of the many sweet gifts of His precious love, it takes the pressure off. God has already equipped us and empowered us with all of the faith we will ever need. The Bible says that God has dealt to everyone the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) If you have received Jesus as Lord, you have received with Him all of the faith you will ever need. And so your task, my friend, is not to try and get more faith, but to simply and consistently develop the faith you already have.

Consider that when you go to the gym for physical exercise your body is not suddenly growing new muscles. You are simply strengthening the muscles you already had all along. The same applies to our spiritual muscle of faith!

And so what does this look like? How do we strengthen our muscle of faith? The answer is found in Romans 10:17: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” If we want to work out physically, we go to the gym. If we want to work out spiritually, we go to the Word of God.

Each of us are called to continuously immerse ourselves in His Word. One of the greatest lies the devil is attempting to sell Christians on these days is that it is possible to live a victorious Christian life without being regularly filled up with the Word of God. In addition to hearing faith-filled and life-giving sermons where the Word is preached, we must each take responsiblity to renew our minds daily in God’s Word. (Romans 12:2 & Ephesians 4:23) The more that we fill our hearts and minds with the promises of God’s Word, the more will we strengthen our spiritual muscle of faith.

I will oftentimes describe the Word of God as the fuel for our born-again spirit. The more that we feed our spirit with God’s Word, the stronger our spirit becomes. And the stronger our spirit, the more receptive it is to the promptings of the Holy Spirit which ever so gently bears witness with our spirit that we are a precious child of God. (Romans 8:16) “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;” (Romans 8:17)

Brothers and sisters, I encourage you today to be diligent in your daily spiritual exercise by immersing yourself in God’s Word. There is a reason why the Word of God is referred to as the sword of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:17) When we begin to stand firm upon the Word, and use it to counter attacks of fear, doubt, worry, guilt, or any type of insecurity, we will bear witness to the supernatural ability of the Word of cutting straight through the lies and deceptions of the enemy, and awakening within us a revelation of who we are in Christ.

And so let us set time aside every day to consider His Word, and let us meditate on all that our heavenly Father has so freely provided for us. The Word can also be referred to as a spiritual mirror. (see James 1:23-25) The more that we feed our born-again spirit with the Word, the more will we see in the Word a reflection of who we are in Christ as we live the victorious and overcoming lives He has called us to live.

Father, I thank You for Your precious Word. I ask, Lord, that You would awaken in me a continual desire and hunger for Your Word. May it speak to me, and may it remind me of all that You have done for me and all that You are calling me to be. I thank You, Lord, that even now Your Word is working in me to dissolve and eliminate every wrong thought or false perception I may have inherited from the world, and it is shaping in me a heart of righteousness, a heart that is pleasing to You. Thank You that Your Word is casting out all doubt as it brings my every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. I praise You for this, Lord, and I give You all of the glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

SCRIPTURES:

Romans 1:17, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:17, Romans 12:2-3, Ephesians 4:22-24, Romans 8:16-17, Ephesians 6:17, James 1:23-25, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Contemplate Heavenly Realities (Colossians 3:2-3)

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:2-3 (NKJV)

The moment we gave our life to Jesus we have died to our old self, and as born again followers of Christ we have received a new identity, a new life that is now hidden in Him. In order for us to live out of who we are in Christ, we are called to set our thoughts on the things above. We are called to contemplate heavenly realities by filling our hearts and minds with the Word of God. It is this daily renewing of the mind in the Word that makes us open, receptive and available to everything that has become true about us in Christ. It enables the wholeness, the peace of mind, the joy, fulfillment and provision that is hidden in Him to become manifest as the day to day realities of our life.

Casting Down Wrong Thinking (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)

Each day we are called to get our thoughts aligned with God’s thoughts. Rather than accepting whatever thought comes to us, let us be quick to check it against the Word of God. If it does not line up with what God has to say, our task becomes to cast it down and replace it with the truth of God’s Word. As we consistently cast down wrong thinking, changing our perceptions to see more as God sees, we are opening ourselves to a greater inflow of God’s peace and wisdom in our lives.

Replacing Our Thoughts With The Thoughts Of God (Isaiah 55:8-9)

For my thougths are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)

One of the most important things for us to do is to replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God. The reason is that God has clearly stated that His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways. We may know the thoughts of God through His Word, and so our task becomes to get our thinking lined up with the truth of God’s Word. This is a continual process; and the more that we devote ourselves to it, the more will we see our lives changed to reflect more fully who we are in Christ.

Abiding In The Vine (John 15:3)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 15:4 (KJV)

Abiding in our union with Jesus is crucial to our daily success. We abide in Jesus through abiding in His Word. As we mediate on the Word of God and what it says about us in Christ, old strongholds are broken, worldly beliefs and perceptions are dissolved, and we become more fully receptive to all that God is seeking to do in and through our lives. Each of us are called to bear much fruit in His name; let us be sure to abide in the vine.

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

Our Old Self Crucified With Christ (Romans 6:6)

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Romans 6:6 (KJV)

Every believer who receives the Lord Jesus into their hearts is spiritually united with Him. It is for this reason that the Word of God can say that our old man, our old self, is crucified with Him. Union with Christ is at the very heart of salvation. Today, realize that when Jesus died on the cross, your old self has died with Him. Old hurts, regrets and past mistakes have died; everything that was fleshly and contrary to the things of God has died. Though this may not yet be evident, nevertheless through being united with Jesus you have already been set free; He has already made you a brand new creation! Now in order to take what has been established about us in Christ and make it our day to day experience, we must be faithful in renewing our minds. The more that we meditate on and confess who we already are in Christ, the more are we making a way for the incredible fruits of salvation to be shown forth in our lives.

Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone (Matthew 4:4)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:4 (KJV)

We do not live by bread alone because we are not only physical beings. Just as our physical body requires physical food, so too our born again spirit—the innermost part of who we are—requires spiritual food in order for us to reach our full potential in Christ. We are being spiritually fed anytime we receive the Word of God; anytime we consider it, meditate on it, and take it into our hearts. The more that our spirit is fed, the stronger our inner person becomes. And when our spirit is strong, our ability to be victorious over the flesh increases.

Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind (Romans 12:2)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2 (KJV)

God’s will for us is good, acceptable, and perfect. No matter where we may find ourselves or where we have come from, God has a glorious plan and purpose for our lives. The Bible tells us that we may prove God’s will by renewing our minds, and we renew our minds through meditating on the Word of God. The more our hearts and minds are filled with God’s Word, the more available we are for the Holy Spirit to change us from the inside out. The more we are changed, the more we will prove God’s will. And proving God’s will means to show it forth, to see it made manifest in our everyday lives.