Category Archives: Issues Of Grace & Legalism

Dealing with topics that have to do with Grace, Legalism or the Grace vs Legalism debate.

Does Prosperity Come Without Work?

This can be a bit tricky because of the variety of understandings in regards to “work.”

God’s grace has provided us everything. Including financial riches (Second Corinthians 8:9). It’s a done deal. Jesus took the curses for us and left us with the good words of God. Ephesians 1:3 says that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings. A spiritual blessing is literally the “spiritual good words of God.” Jesus said in John 6:63 that His words are spirit. And “blessings” there is the Greek word “eulogia” (eu = good and logos = words). All the good words of God are yours. Now you can look all through the word of God and find that you are rich. Proverbs 10:22 says that God’s blessing makes you rich. And it doesn’t come by toil.

I guess what we need to ask is, “if we are restored to a perfect and pre-fallen condition with God by Grace (Jesus), then are we exempt from work?” Was Adam exempt from work? Nope.

Work used to mean something entirely different than it does now. The good news is, we don’t have to work like the world does. We don’t have to toil and stress. We don’t have to overextend ourselves and sacrifice our health and our families. That’s fear-based work. The good part is that God has put great wealth in you. I mean something valuable. I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about something that is very valuable.

But how do you translate that into money? After all, you do need money to pay bills and so forth. You take that wealth, those ideas, those unique things about yourself and you mix them with faith based on this knowledge (that God wants you rich and has made you rich). With the persuasion that these gifts, talents and desires are valuable in that God has created a need for them in the earth. Now, you seek him on how to market these things in the earth and get paid for them. You need to generate money in the earth.

First Thessalonians 4:11 – 12 tells us that God wants us all gainfully employed in a high-paying work. He wants us to be completely independent financially. He also wants you to have more than what you need so that you can meet the needs of others and help them get established and become independent and givers. God does not want us creating dependents! He has called us to abound to every good work (second Corinthians 9:8).

Faith is a noun. Believing is a verb. We need to be in a state of faith, but to get the manifestation into the earth we need an action. If you notice, Jesus always had an action for people’s faith. Whether it was “get up and walk” or “go home your child is well” or “stretch out your hand”, He always had an action. Believing is action. It’s the same thing with supernatural, spiritual prosperity. You need to be in faith that God has made you rich, and we need to seek him on how to act that out.

Some people have thought that money is evil, and I guess they can just keep on thinking that, but you have a call and a purpose. If you are serious about doing what God has called you to do, it’s going to take money. I encourage you to look into the Scriptures on this and start persuading yourself of them. God has made you rich. Maybe it’s the idea that you never really thought you could do? Maybe you need supernatural revelation as to what your gifts are? Prosperity is going to come out of a close personal relationship with your Father.

It can be a process. I think it is supposed to be. I’ve learned so much walking this out and studying this with my Father. I’ve learned more about faith, and how to work it. Just remember, Wisdom is the principal thing: Knowing Jesus and His Words (Proverbs 16:16). And in her left hand is riches (Proverbs 3:16). Seek God’s Word – it will make you rich, but understand: you’re going to put action with your faith to see it appear.

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How Could A Loving God Send People To Hell? (Audio)

Join us Wednesday nights at 6:30pm for Wednesday Night Church! Let’s take a look at the answer to the question, “How Could A Loving God Send People To Hell?” We’ll look at Hell, redemption and associated questions. Thank you Jesus for rescuing us from such a terrible state!

You Need A Rescue: Righteousness Is A Gift

Righteousness. The state of being right: both with God and being as I ought to be. Stop. Wash your mind of the limiting thoughts that this is simply about being bad or good. Doing the right things and the wrong things. That is little kid stuff. Righteousness is so much more than that.

Why was it such a big deal to receive it as a gift? (Romans 3:21-25) Because the world prides itself in being able. What is so wrong with the world trying? Because the world must relinquish this pride and die. A man must die. When man ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he died. He lost his ability to live. Period. We must come to that place.

God doesn’t bring you there to keep you there. Too much religion stops right there. “You’re a sinner.” And thats it. No, that’s not it. God brought you there to save you, but you must first come there. Bypass years of struggle, questions, self-help and vain turmoil by accepting that you need a rescue. Pride will destroy you, but humility in reaching out to the Savior, Jesus, will lift you up.

So, I am righteous now and should never sin again? Wrong. It is so much more than that. When you hear this Truth and you take it to heart, you speak it out “Jesus, I agree. I need you.” It is simple at first, you don’t need a huge understanding up front. You need the simple Truth. But righteousness, enters you and is put to your account. Without your works. You cannot earn it.

Righteousness is the condition man had in the Garden of Eden. You’re back there. Why does it seem like that is not the case? Because the world around you didn’t change, and it happens from inside your spirit outward. It doesn’t happen from your body inward like lots of people want it to. It happens from a place that you cannot feel, see, smell, touch or hear (with your physical ears). It happens in the spirit where you must utilize faith to contact and connect.

Weird, yes. Only at first. Everything you aren’t used to is weird. When you were a baby, it was weird to eat with a fork. When you first started driving, it was weird to drive. It’s okay that it is weird, but it is a better way. Just like (most of the time) it’s better to eat with a fork, or its better to drive a car (such as up a mountain).

Righteousness was  put to your account and it brought you back into a state of being that is right. This happened in your spirit, but your spirit is the very source of your life. As your mind (soul) lines up with this knowledge of the Truth regarding your spirit, you are having faith. As you have faith, you begin to act on that (this is called believing).

For example, you are no longer a lover of evil. You may still feel cravings and strong desires (lusts) towards sexual sin or other bad things – but it is simply a glitch, a fake ghost, lingering for a moment in an unrenewed portion of your mind. As you learn from what God tells you about who you are these glitches are corrected. It is absolutely possible for a drunkard to put faith in Jesus as his Savior and crave alcohol and drunkenness. Until the drunkard hears and believes that he is no longer a drunkard.

Rightousness is a gift that we cannot earn and that we should not try to earn. Righteousness means we are corrected. It means we are how we should be. It means that in your spirit, when you put faith in Jesus, you were made a brand new creation. You became something you were not and that something is perfect. That something does not lack anything in any area. Righteous means that you are not sick, that there is no disease, that there is no lack, that you are not in bondage to anyone or anything and it means that each and every one of your sins are gone completely. It means that the ones you committ during your time of learning who you are are not put to your account either. (Romans 4:8)

This place of righteousness is so much more than being good. It is a totally new way of being. You have become a totally new creation. You don’t lack anything, including goodness. It’s in your spirit first, but as you study the Words of God to you, He tells you about it. You hear it and you believe and this changes your life. This brings that spiritual truth into the physical world.

The Kingdom of God enters the earth, people begin to perceive it and many are called – and many join in. One by one the earth is infiltrated by believers. By people who receive this gift of righteousness. Their joy becomes apparent as they relax and enjoy friendship with the Creator. They come to understand things the world searches for in vanity. They become lights in a dark world. They become preservers of goodness. They become revealers of life.

You are the righteousness of God in Jesus. It is a gift that comes from believing God. A place of hearing, being persuaded of the Truth and acting on God’s Word.

Say it now: Jesus, I believe. You came and bore all my sin and made me righteous. You enabled me to be as I was created to be.

If you said that (aka prayed that prayer) please do contact me or a local Church and let them know you made the decision to make Jesus your Savior. Welcome to the Kingdom of God and a life that is real.

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Understanding Psalm 91: Finally Promoting After 1 Year? Why?

Understanding Psalm 91 by Bryan MaplesAbout a year ago I published my book Understanding Psalm 91: The Secret Place Revealed. I did very little promoting it. I don’t know if it was the fact that I was done with it and wanted a break or what, but it wasn’t in my heart to promote it.

The few people who read it really gave me great compliments, but I just wasn’t really interested. So, I let the book sit on Amazon.com and Kindle and didn’t really do much. I had the sales from Kindle going into a particular account which I never checked. I didn’t know anyone was buying it. Well, some people were. I glanced at that account not to long ago and saw that it was actually selling – sweet! During this time it would come to mind, and my Pastor also would ask about it, when I was going to have a book signing, etc.

Well, I thought about it and I told him that I just didn’t feel like it was complete. I realized in saying that that I probably never would, but still – maybe God was wanting me to hold off? I don’t know exactly. But, I got a copy out a week or so ago and started to read…

My criticism vanished as I read it. Did I really write this? This stuff was great! I was being reminded of Truth! I realized I had not really even looked at this book in over a year. Wow! I flipped through pages and I know that it is something God would want the Church to have.

So I ordered some copies. Then things started rolling and all of a sudden I am preaching on it this Sunday and doing a book signing.

I think it is time now. I don’t know why I waited. I do what’s in my heart for the most part and that is God leading me. But, I think it is time now.

I think this timely teaching is going to take root in the Body of Christ and we are going to be safe, really safe. We are going to delve deeper into the salvation that Jesus has provided us. We are going to begin to interpret scripture more accurately as our minds are cleansed from these sickening thoughts that mute believers. I believe that as the world gets darker, the Church will get brighter. We will be safer. We will be more prosperous. As time draws towards its end and the world plunges into chaos and darkness, the Church will be stability. She will be a Light. She will be Truth. I believe Psalm 91 is a part of this. If you can’t make it out to my book signing tomorrow morning at 10:30 at Grace and Faith Bible Church of West Colorado Springsplease jump on Amazon.com here and order a copy – let me know what you think. Unless it’s bad. Then keep it to yourself haha. Thanks everyone!

Get your copy today and start renewing your mind to this beautiful revelation of safety in Jesus!
Get your copy today and start renewing your mind to this beautiful revelation of safety in Jesus!

Do Sinful Actions and Behaviors Matter Today?

When my daughter starts to pitch a fit, I look her right in her beautiful little eyes, without a bit of disgust for her, and I speak life into her with these words, “You do not throw fits. You are just great and this isn’t who you are.” I tell her who she is and I believe in who she is, regardless of her actions.

I was studying healing and I’ve had this sin idea in the back of my head during the study. I know God was linking sickness and sin somehow and in my study I began to see that both sickness and sinful behaviors are a product of the spiritual death that occurred in mankind at the time Adam committed high treason.

This isn’t so much an article on a nature of sin vs. sinful actions. We are going to talk to those who are actually born again and no longer have a sin nature in their spirit, but who do sometimes commit sinful actions.

What constitutes a “sinful action?” It is whatever violates your conscience. How is it that something is sin to some folks but not to others? Well Paul addresses this in Romans 14:1 and basically we get this idea that “sinful actions” are whatever violates your faith. When you do something that violates your conscience. Some folks are more secure in their faith than others when it comes to something like having a beer, or being around witches… for example. Some folks just can’t be around witches and some people absolutely cannot have a beer. No problem.

Anyway, I don’t want to get too involved in what constitutes a sin because I will say that God has put a lot of value and consideration on the fact that we are new creations. God isn’t worried about us thinking something like raping people isn’t a sin. God isn’t worried about us wondering if swinging as Christians is a sin. “But Bryan, there are Christians who think that is okay!” No. No they don’t.

Paul goes over some universal perversions of nature that all new creations agree on in their spirit. Homosexuality is a hot topic at the moment. I don’t believe for a moment any new creation really believes it is okay. Am I saying they don’t have those desires? No. Am I saying they aren’t trying to convince themselves? No. But I am saying it is a violation of their conscience.

I’ve violated my conscience numerous times. However, each time it wasn’t right. No, you aren’t hearing me there yet. Listen, I’m not talking about “right and wrong.” I’m saying it wasn’t right. It wasn’t who I am. It is an alien environment for a new creation. It’s like trying to live on the moon.

There is still no condemnation, and God doesn’t pull your sins back up from their grave in hell. I’m just saying it’s not how you are and you won’t be able to live out the Kingdom of God while you’re in sin.

It’s not that God is punishing your sins or that there must be consequences, I really don’t believe God sees them, but it isn’t right, it isn’t as it should be and it keeps you from receiving life to the fullest.

It is a little difficult to properly address the subject because religion has polluted so many things. Making people feel bad for going to a Journey concert or having a couple of beers with some friends. We must discern between what is religious and what is a really not who we are. The Word of God, as always, is the answer.

Have you ever read through those sins Paul lists in Galatians or in other letters about liars, homosexuals, fornicators, murderers and such. That’s a list of things that we are not. It is wrong to interpret that as a list of commandments. It’s not. It is a list of what we are not and if we are performing those actions, we ought to stop. We aren’t murderers, liars, fornicators, homosexuals and so forth. That you can be sure of.

Don’t worry you fun seekers, there are many fun things to do aside from being homosexuals, sex-a-holics, and liars.

So anyway, I hope you get what I am saying that its not a “do this or get a God sized spanking” but instead it is God telling you who you are. You will have a much fuller, better life by acting out who you are – not who you aren’t. Oh, by the way, that includes healing. Who you are is not sick, who you are is well. I know, it’s a crazy great faith life.

When my daughter starts to pitch a fit, I look her right in her beautiful little eyes, without a bit of disgust for her, and I speak life into her with these words, “You do not throw fits. You are just great and this isn’t who you are.” I tell her who she is and I believe in who she is, regardless of her actions.

That’s what our Father is doing for us and I hope now we can hear Him not in condemnation, but in life “You are the righteousness of God in Christ.”

What Was Judas Problem? Could We Have The Same Problem?

The son of perdition. The son of damnation. One of the original twelve disciples who spent three years living at Jesus’ side. They were friends… they knew each other. It was a beautiful time with these twelve going around and ministering to Israel. They were friends. They were co-workers. They were a team. How many evening walks did Jesus take with Judas? How many times did the twelve enjoy that cool evening breeze together? I think just as many as Adam enjoyed. Yet they didn’t know God…

Judas and Adam, what was it about these two? I’m not saying it was the exact same thing, but what was a common denominator?

This is hard to say. They both looked inward and at what they lacked. Adam was not deceived, he was focused on a lack he thought he had. Judas allowed the very spirit of Satan to enter himself because he was focused on his immediate condition. Neither one of them actually lacked anything, but they thought they did.

Now, God help me because I get caught up in my work. We get caught up in what we can see, hear, taste, feel and smell. That doesn’t mean I’m possessed or I am going to deny Christ does it?

No, but why? Because I believe God has given me everything. I believe in the goodness of God. I believe God has put everything good in me when I put faith in Him as my Savior. I don’t look inward at lack… I look inward at plenteousness. I look at a Savior who lives in me, and who has made me right.

See, that makes it impossible to be selfish. If Jesus is the source of my everything, then how could I ever be self-centered? Self-centeredness is only possible without Jesus. A Christian might get selfish when it comes to other people, but on that deep level of temptation in the heart… if they really know the Truth, then they can’t be selfish. Jesus and ourselves have become one.

Did you ever know that Judas and Adam got caught up in religion? Yep. That’s what created the atmosphere for their fall.

I knew a man who left the ministry because he wanted good sex and good money. Just imagine the mans ministry if he had known that God too wanted him to have good sex and good money?

At the heart of religion and self-denial is self-centeredness. It is all about you. Self denial makes you feel good. Self abasement makes you feel righteous. It is feeling-based. It is not based on the true accuracy of God’s Word. What’s the problem with that? Sin is emotional. Sin always happens in the realm of feelings.

Judas and Adam were not rooted in God’s Word, but had become rooted in their immediate emotions. They were religious. They were self-centered.

What determines your reality? What you feel? What you see? What it seems like? Your circumstances? Or… God’s Word? If God said it, it’s Truth. John 17:17 “…Thy Word is Truth!”

Judas and Adam didn’t know God, and they became caught up in their now, because something – called religion today – called Satan then – convinced them that they didn’t have it. That there was something better. You know what that’s called? Riches. The love of money is the root of all evil. The love of money is trust in something other than God.

When Adam put trust in something other than God, he died. When Judas put trust in that silver over his Savior, he died. Adam and Judas… I don’t believe they were the same, but I believe they were tricked the same. Trust in anything else besides God – including your own self efforts.

Let’s have faith in our Savior, Jesus – He accomplished it all and gave us everything good. Now that… that isn’t selfish.

Have You Made A Big Mistake?

PAINFUL to the religious, and freeing to mistake makers: When you were straight up evil, dead, and hopeless (a very child of evil), God, was wealthy in kindness, and because of His great love with which He LOVED us… He made us alive together in Jesus, and made us sit in the place of highest honor in Jesus. This is while you were completely separated from him (before you put faith in Jesus, you were not alive to God but dead). (Reference Ephesians 2:3-4) What does this mean for a believer who makes a mistake? It means God’s kindness will never leave you, and you could never be more evil than before you were His… but that’s when He loved you and showed you great kindness. Do not be afraid of God, and know that He isn’t angry.

He believes in you, that you are more than your mistakes. He knows you, better than you know yourself. You are a new creation, even if you have acted like an old, evil person you used to be. Actions do not define you. Christ defines you in His Words about you. God doesn’t call you righteous because of your acts, He calls you righteous because Jesus’ works are imputed to you.

You can live every blessing of a good man, and better, a righteous man. The establishment of the life in Jesus has made us free from the establishment of sin and death. (Reference Romans 8:2)

There is rich kindness, and love to you. You can rejoice, yes, even if you don’t feel like it – you can shout for joy! Because God has forgiven you forever. Your sins could never reappear. The fear of “something happening” and sin returning has been made eternally impossible. 

Remember, it isn’t who you are. Remember, God is kind to you. You can accept both, and if you’ve made a mistake – you don’t need to make penance. You don’t need to make payment. You just need to walk out of it, telling yourself that it’s not who you are. All your punishments were laid upon Jesus.

Thank God for Jesus…. Thank You Jesus… Thank You Father… Without you, I was hopeless and dead. With you… I am a beloved child of God who lives now and forever.

Sex Culture; Women’s Dress; Our Children; Lust – What’s Behind It?

“Something about that girl makes me want to go freaking wild!”

It’s a little discomforting to deal with the reality of the amount of men like myself who have had that thought, both when single and when married. The harsh reality of our culture and our world is that “open sexuality is on the rise.” and… it’s sexy.

It’s time to come to terms and deal with this cultural reality. If men were unable to lie, I cannot imagine the amount of men who would have to admit struggling with strong sexual attraction. From pastors to plumbers, from the rich to the raunchy – sexual attraction seems to come up. (You who have mastered this, read on, there’s more.) We’ve attempted to address it by becoming morons, by becoming ugly, by dressing nasty, and by pretending it doesn’t exist around us. However, at some point in a person’s life it seems to pop up (for most people).

I’ve seen many of the super moral exist in that capacity until certain ages, then drop it. I’ve seen those faithful until marriage, get divorced, and go crazy. I’m just telling you – I’ve noticed a problem. I’ve experienced the problem.

The kind of healthy sexual desire Paul talked about when he said, “It is better to get married than to burn with sexual desire.” is a different kind than what we see in culture. How do I know this? Because married men are “burning with this sexual desire” still. What is going on in our culture is not cured by marriage. Sorry.

So what is going on? There are two distinct, influential, communicative ideas that have been used interchangeably but shouldn’t be. This has created confusion, and it has fostered sexual culture. They are mixed in here: “That girl is hot, sexy, beautiful, attractive, good looking, a fox… etc.”

Let’s simplify: Culture tries to make being beautiful and attractive the same thing. One is who you were created to be, the other is manipulation and witchcraft. Yet, cultural ideology has confused them as the same thing.

Designers, hair styles, nerd glasses, clothing styles, hair colors, verbiage, music… are pressing harder into making people more attractive… not necessarily more beautiful. No, I’m not against fashion, styles, nerd glasses and what not – but I am telling you that you need to be aware of the difference.

So, are you going to say how women should dress? No, but I will tell you what should motivate a woman to wear what she does. This has nothing to do with showing skin, tights, etc. This has everything to do with, “Why are you dressing the way you do? Are you dressing this way because you know who you are as a beautiful woman? Are you dressing this way because you want to be found attractive?” Immensely different. Same thing for guys: “Are you dressing that way because you’re handsome? Or are you dressing that way because you want girls attracted to you?”

The spirit and mentality behind why you dress how you do plays just as much a part of other people’s reactions. If we think about it… I bet we have seen beautiful men or women that we weren’t sexually attracted to? I also bet we have been sexually attracted to men or women who weren’t all that beautiful?

Our daughters must be taught to be beautiful. Women were created to be beautiful. It is absolutely possible to perceive the beauty of a woman without strongly desiring her sexually (lust). People are beautiful.

What’s that you said about witchcraft? The manipulation to arouse sexual attraction so you can feel pretty. This may not even be a fully conscious action. Most don’t realize all of the psychology involved in marketing from colors, to smells, to placement, to all kinds of things. Marketing is calculated… The design of our culture is calculated… I’m fine with you being innocent, but you need to know what you are “communicating.”

We’ve limited that to not wearing low cut shirts and stuff. Sure, that’s a good start, because typically when a man sees boobs, it’s pretty attractive to him. I’m zeroing in though on a deeper issue: why you put on what you’re wearing today?

I have put on my great looking grey shirt, black pants, belt, shined shoes and gone out because I liked watching the ladies turn to check me out.

I have put on that same grey shirt, black pants, belt, shined shoes and gone out because I am a successful professional.

Guess what… it was perceived even if it was subconscious. Why I did what I did created an environment. This is the spiritual side.

Over spiritualize? Everything is spiritual. Just, be aware. I don’t care what you wear, but I’ll know why you’re wearing it. It’ll be obvious.

Lastly, to my fellow men… When we realize the spiritual side, the marketing, the influence of some designs… It’s much easier to deal with when we experience that “Who. Is. That.” we can immediately realize, look past the influences, and deal with sexually attractive women as… fellow human beings.

Fact: I have seen the pattern in the porn industry that when something is located that is particularly sexually attractive to men, it mysteriously becomes a mainstream item… People drink coffee to wake up, and people buy clothing to be attractive… but they are confusing it with beauty. Be aware. Thanks for reading.

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How Am I Not A Sinner When I Like Sin?

There is this principle in the Word of God I use a lot when speaking on healing. I constantly encourage people to believe God’s Word over what they are feeling. I push and repeat that God’s Word is reality… this physical world is an option of reality but Jesus wants us separate from the world. Jesus declared clearly in John 17:17 that God’s Word is Truth. Truth is what is real, or actual…. Truth is reality.

I push this hard because it is our way of walking in health and life. Many think miracles happen and then people could get up… No, people believe God, then they push themselves up and a miracle has happened. The physical senses of man do not lead Him to God’s Kingdom. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God” as we find in 1 Corinthians 15:50. Healing provided for men does not come through our senses it comes through our faith. Uncomfortable, yes, I know, but it’s how we are made and it will become not only comfortable but great!

So anyway, it is the same thing with righteousness.

How many times have you done something rotten and felt like garbage? I mean you just sit there, usually after a big spiritual time, or maybe you raised a person from the dead or commanded a demon out, and you were floating on the clouds and then some earthly lust comes and you just cave to it. You do that …thing… whatever it is. Ugh, for the… I don’t even know how many times. You DESPISE it though.

How come you keep freaking sinning?

You’ve got to operate on the same principle I zoomed through above. God declares you righteous. 1 Corinthians 5:21 makes this declaration, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (Also consider Romans 4:22-24)

So you see it plainly written that you are made righteous. God’s Word is Truth. It is reality. You can simply act on and step into God’s reality. This physical world’s reality does not change God’s reality. God accomplished these things by Jesus that must be accepted or… entered into… by faith. Just like someone who is manifesting symptoms of some serious disease – those symptoms do not make them sick, their belief regarding them does.

What I’m trying to say is, just like a person in a wheel chair can sit through a sermon of someone preaching 1 Peter 2:24 that “…by Jesus stripes you were healed…”, so also can someone sin who is actually righteous. Your actions do not determine your righteous condition anymore than sickness determines your health. We don’t have power over the Word of God! The world doesn’t have power over the Word of God! We can yield ourselves to either one.

Simply put: The Bible is True over any other communication, including the communications our senses provide.

So, who the heck would want to stay sick when we can stay well? Another question, who the heck would want to stay trapped in sin when we’ve been made righteous? In the title I said “…like to sin…” and that is another lie you’re believing. When you put faith in Jesus you were born again and your sin nature was removed – you actually don’t “like” to sin. It’s not who you are. We can now stop being deceived and ACT on our righteousness.

Jesus accomplished. He didn’t leave anything undone… we are the ones with things undone, and we are the ones that are supposed to ACT on what Jesus has provided. We are the ones to step into the Kingdom.

No, your sin didn’t change anything with God. No, your sin isn’t even your reality…you slipped back into the world’s thinking… you weren’t convinced (faith) that you have been made righteous. You let what you did convince you… but the way to repentance is letting God’s Word convince you.

By Bryan Maples