“Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.  But the Lord said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for My name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart:  notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for My name.” II Chronicles 6:7-9

Many times in the past couple of months, I’ve been told that God does not give us desires (righteous ones) that He does not intend to fulfill.  He is not cruel and He does not want us to suffer in misery.  I’ve heard this because, to this day, I do not like to be alone.  I desire the companionship of a Godly woman.  While I know He is not cruel and does not want us to suffer in our own misery, I also know that God has plans for me and His plans outweigh my desires (unless, in fact, my desires are His plans).  To that end, He works within me to change my desires to align with His desires.  Which brings up this scripture:

“Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.” Jeremiah 16:2

It’s been a while since I’ve actually read the book of Jeremiah.  I’ll never forget the way this verse really hit me.  I closed my Bible and cried.  I really knew He was speaking to me.  Now, I knew the historical context and purpose.  The next few verses explain it.  But, I knew that verse was for me.

Questions ensued.

Is this forever?  Is it just while I am in Vegas?  If so, does this mean I will eventually leave Vegas?  Is it a state of mind from which I must move and not a physical place?  Am I going crazy?  LOL

I still do not know the answers to any of those questions, except being crazy (of course, there is a fine line between insanity and genius, but that is anther subject).  What I do know is that the women to whom I find myself attracted are either not attracted to me or are nowhere near me or are married.  And so, here I am, years later, still searching.

But, maybe God wants to change my idea of attractiveness, you say?  Maybe.  But, why then are there Godly women who easily fit within my idea of attractive?  I see them everywhere.  God does not save only the homely.  There are some smoking hot, Holy Ghost filled ladies throughout the church.  There are probably as many as are not.     Let me tell you, just because someone is a spiritual powerhouse, that does not mean they are attractive to everyone, hot or not.  They are attractive to someone, just not me.

But there it is.  So, the real question is, do I have a desire for a wife, which is a good thing, when God is asking me to leave that all behind?  I am not entirely sure.  But, that is a possibility, which David knew all too well.

He had blood on his hands.  God knew his desires to build Him a house, but God could not allow the blood stained hands of the warrior king to do the building.  All of the preparations were made, but David could not build it.  If he were to have built it, God would not have blessed the work and likely not have moved in.  It was within David’s heart and God saw that.  God even acknowledged that the desires were good.  He just couldn’t allow it.

Knowing who I was and with whom I still battle within, I’m beginning to think God is saying the same to me.  Perhaps, I cannot have a blessed marriage.  I’m 45 years old with two divorces under my belt.  My track record stinks.  Maybe He knows it might not go well, even though I’m now saved.  Maybe I’m too far gone and unable to have a healthy relationship.  Who knows better than He?

I suppose time will tell.

Regardless, I can tell you this morning that not all of our desires will be fulfilled.  God will fulfill the desires of our heart, but that is when we chase after Him, get closer to Him, know Him better, and allow Him to change our hearts so that our desires align with His.

There are some desires which must be surrendered.


God’s Prophet

Hey, gang. I haven’t written in quite a while, but I’m still reading. THIS post is a great read. Truth!


My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus our glorious Lord and Savior, in these days of rampant deception we must guard our hearts and minds against the wiles of the enemy who seeks to deceive us not only by appearing as an angel of light but also through sending forth his ministers who appear to be ministers of righteousness.  These wicked workers will always present the world’s ways as legitimate avenues for knowing and pleasing our God.  They will attempt to turn our hearts away from the only source of God given revelatory truth which is the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, and turn our hearts to the devious demonic devices of fallen man masquerading as theology, exposition, prophesy, and personal revelation.  Throughout the ages there has always been the threat of missing God’s way by embracing man’s way.  So God has always warned His beloved children of these dangers…

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“Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.  Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord.  So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.”

Jeremiah 28:15-17

There is a storm coming.  It is darkening the skies around us this very moment, threatening with flashes of light and rolling thunder.  It was once in the distance but, today, it has rolled upon us.  The time remaining is short before the full fury of this storm is released.  However, all things being considered, that day is not today (at least not the day I am writing this).

The signs are beginning to declare what He has already told us, but there is one thing that Jesus said which gives us hope for the present in awaiting that future.  That hope is not for us who are saved, but for those who are yet to be saved.  Jesus told us that all these things: wars, threatening of wars, famines, floods, earthquakes, and the like would be worse than the world has ever seen prior.  Even then, it would only be the beginning of sorrows.

We are not, as yet, living in that time.  What we see today appears bad, really bad, especially with instantaneous worldwide media coverage of everything happening.  But, times have been worse.

• The Crusades and the events leading into them.
• The bubonic plague.
• The flood, with only 8 surviving!
• The enslavement and deaths of millions to build empires.
• World Wars I & II

These are but a few examples, but history is filled with more that make this world we live in tame by comparison.  Please, don’t misunderstand, there are many atrocities today.  By no means are today’s troubles to be minimized.  They are serious and prayers should be lifted up to God for change, but they are no worse than we’ve already seen throughout history.  Because of this simple truth, we should identify with Jeremiah.

There are those out there, professing Christians, who claim to be prophets.  That is what they call themselves.  To be certain, there is no disputing their salvation.  If they are the Lord’s then they are His, and no other.  However, the message they (collectively) present is based on judgement.  They see the things happening in this world and they take upon themselves the role of judge to the world.  The problem is, judgement of the world is reserved for One and He has decided to reserve His judgement in favor of grace until such time as only He knows.

Yes, believers are to judge one another by each other’s fruit, but not so the world.  We are called to bring the gospel to the lost and the dying.  We are to exhibit the grace given to us by giving it to others.  Even in our judgement and correction of one another, brothers and sisters, we are to do so in truth and in love, because that is how we will be recognized as Christians by the world.

So, with a humble spirit, following the conviction in my heart to correct, and the love I have for my Christian siblings and the world around us, I offer this morning some truth:

God has placed us on this earth right where we are in this very moment to be the salt and the light, not to rub into wounds, stinging and not to blind, turning away.  We are to bring the sweet savor of Christ and the warm glow of His Love to the lost and the dying.

The time may be short, and we are to always look to the Heavens, being ready, but we are to stay put until then.  We cannot cause our own rapture by proclaiming a date.  We cannot leave when we choose.  Why then are we seeking to do so?  Our focus should be solely upon the relationship we already have with God the Father through Christ Jesus.  If our focus stays upon Him, He will, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, bring about opportunities to speak to the lost and reach those whom He desires.

There is truly never a need for us to preach doom and gloom.  Repentance and change, yes.  The End Times, no.  No one will ever come to Jesus because of the fear of eternal Hellfire.

They are coming to Him because they were drawn by the Father for their need of Him.  There is no other way it is done.  When they seek, following that draw, we are here for clarity in pointing them to Jesus Christ and Him crucified, because they must go through Jesus to reach their drawing Father.  That’s how we each got where we are.  That’s how everyone who will be saved will come.

Furthermore, every believer has the feeling that tonight will be the night we are called home.  This sense is given to our spirit man upon his birth that we may fear the Lord and desire to obey Him.  This feeling should never fade because it’s purpose remains.  (Sadly, it does over time, but only because we become familiar with it).  This does not mean the rapture really is tonight, or tomorrow night, or Sep 23, or any other specific date.

If you think God has revealed to you a specific date/time/holiday that His plans will come to fruition, I’m asking you to re-evaluate using discernment and the Word; because, if you hold to it, you are doing so in pride.  Let it go and come back into the fold.  God loves you.  The church loves you.  I love you.  You are my brother/sister/friend.  There is no more condemnation.

Like Paul, I want to be raptured today, too, but also like Paul, I want to stay and see all my family and those around me saved.  I know this is the heart of God on the matter, therefore, I extend grace to all who have prophesied falsely but I admonish you that we are to persevere right where we are.

Jeremiah knew Judah would remain captive serving Nebuchadnezzar for the span of 70 years, even when Hananiah prophesied otherwise.  Jeremiah told Hananiah that he was wrong.  Hananiah died believing his own prophesy.

When we attempt to get someone to see Christ in fear, because of our own pride, we work against God’s salvation plan.  When our predictions prove wrong once the time has passed, those who thought they believed through fear, if not truly, will doubt again and walk away in unbelief.  They will die.  Christ came to bring life and life more abundant, not death.  So, persevere in the gospel of Truth, Christ Jesus crucified, right where you are and do not seek to flee this world.  Keep your mind on Heavenly things, but remain here abiding in Christ’s Love, persevering until the time actually comes to go Home.


No Fear

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

It is right for us to fear God, but the way in which we fear Him is out of respect for Who He is.  He is our Creator, after all; and what He has created, He could choose to destroy.  Yet, He does not.

Time and time again, He has shown us in the Old Testament record that bringing fear of death and destruction to the people does not work.  The people will continue to sin.  They will walk away as soon as the fear has passed and go right back to what it was they were doing that brought them into that position in the first place.  This is why it is wrong of us to utilize fear tactics in our attempts at getting people to accept Jesus.

Yes, Hell is just as real as Heaven, but we need to notice that Jesus was never focused on Hell.  He spoke of it matter of factly, but His focus was always on Heaven.  He remained steadfastly attentive to the Will of the Father operating in the Love of God and the Truth of the Spirit.  He showed us in what He spoke and in what He did.  In fact, Jesus said something that gives us a very quantitative measurement of what the Love of God entails.

Though we understand that God’s Love is limitless, we do not truly understand what limitless means.  Our omnipotent Lord knows this, so there is a measurement we can obtain mathematically, that we can identify with in a very real way.  So, let’s break it down.

On the night before His death, Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, and was about to be hauled off to face His destiny.  Peter had just cut off the ear of one of the guards who came for Jesus with a sword, when Jesus says:

“Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:53

That is significant!  Here’s why:

A legion in the Roman Army (knowledge with which Peter would have been familiar) could contain up to 6,000 soldiers.  Historians debate the actual numbers, but the fact that they could have had up to this many speaks more of what God could have done anyway.  Therefore, we shall use this figure.  Now, Jesus said He could pray for and receive more than this total, but, whether He meant more whole legions or some sum less than one more legion, we cannot say.  So, let’s just start with a base of 12 legions.

6,000 soldiers multiplied by 12 (legions) gives us 72,000 soldiers.

Except, Jesus didn’t say soldiers.  He said angels.  These were angelic soldiers which is significantly different.  Beside the fact that angels are spiritual beings and men are fleshly, angels are much more powerful.  In the Old Testament, we are given another quantitative number, showing their might, which is quite precise.  One angel, and only one, killed 5,180 Assyrian soldiers in a single night. (2 Kings 19:35, Isaiah 37:36) Presuming, then, that the angels of whom Jesus spoke were of the same sort as this one, then we have the following scenario which could have played out, had Jesus prayed His way out of being brought to trial.

72,000 angelic soldiers multiplied by 5,180 kills gives a total of 372,960,000 deaths.

Considering estimates for the timeframe in which Jesus spoke these words as to the world population, it appears that most experts would say it was somewhere between 170M and 400M people.  Since, our total falls right inside these parameters and that to add only 5,221 (less than a whole legion) more angels brings the total just above the upper limit estimate, one can easily conclude that Christ may have been saying to Peter that, if He really wanted to, He could have called for the destruction of the human race (not just the men, but women and children, too) right then and there.  Yet, He did not.  He chose to love us instead by going to the Cross.  This is probably the best quantitative way to try and see how great is God’s Love for us.

I’m sure there are enough angels to do the job even today, yet He does not.  He loves us too much.  He loves every man, every woman, and every child.  Yes, that day will come.  The rapture will come.  The Great Tribulation will come.  But, for now, He continues to extend grace and Love, because fear didn’t work.  Love did.

The Love of God, which is far greater than our mathematical calculating, is the only way anyone will ever truly come to Christ and have changed lives.  Fear mongering by pointing to dates and times causes reactionary, almost reflexive, responses made solely out of self preservation.  When the fear passes as the dates and times come and go, those people will return to their sins, as people always do, most likely never having truly accepted Christ.

Christ never possessed a spirit of fear, and He certainly never gave us one.  He gave us the Spirit of God, Who resides within us and works in power, in love, and in truth.

Don’t spread fear.  Share the gospel.  Show them some love.  Abide in Christ and let Him have His way in you and watch those around you begin to see Him loving them through you.

No fear.


The New Cart

The New Cart

From worship to discernment of the Word, through and through, the modern American church has taken God’s perfectly designed plan and exchanged it for its own. We have exchanged Abel’s good sacrifice for Cain’s. We are in the process of giving our birthright away for a bowl of stew. Our spirits starve while we feed our bellies and we are dying inside and most of us don’t even know it. God is about to change all of this by shaking us awake. I don’t know how He is going to wake us up, but I know that He is working on us this very hour to get us to open our eyes. Behold, the modern church as portrayed by none other than the man after God’s own heart and the nation which followed him, King David:

“And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us: and let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul. And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.” 1 Chronicles 13:1-4

A leader who follows Jesus Christ will indeed seek guidance and counsel from elders of the church and there is nothing wrong with that. God places us amidst those whom He so chooses and sometimes their purpose is to provide needed course adjustment in our lives. However, God does not want to be left out of the picture. He may choose to use those nearest to us, but He will never place their relationship with us over His own. He wants to be our dearest and closest friend and confidant. He is our Creator God, Who created us to praise Him, to worship Him, to honor Him, and to fellowship with Him.

He is very much so a jealous God, and His greatest desire for each of us, after salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, is that we will speak with Him and listen to His still small Voice. We must, through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, come to the Lord with all of our requests even how we do church. (Philippians 4:6-7). Though David acknowledged things should be of God, he did not enquire God directly to ask if whether this endeavor was of Him.

Notice with me in the passage so far two things.

1. King David consulted all of the leaders of Israel, but did not consult the priests and Levites while making this plan. They were sent for afterward.

2. To all those who were consulted, and including David himself, this decision was right in their own eyes.

Spiritually ignorant, they moved forward in what looked right to them. This is exactly what the majority of the American church is doing today. Most people are so Biblically unlearned that they have no idea that they are being misled in just about every aspect of their church experience. This is to include the “ordained of man” masses of leaders, pastors, preachers, and teachers who have learned from others who were misled how to grow their church and have made it a game of numbers and finance without discerning whether God is even in the building with them. They do right in their own eyes, which is to say, the eyes of the world, because they have exchanged the operation and movement of the Holy Spirit for business models and financial planning. The problem should be evident in that these churches actually do grow, and do so exponentially, but if we could see the spiritual side of things, we’d most likely see more tares than we would wheat among the members.

“So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath-jearim. And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjath-jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the Lord, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it. And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.” 1 Chronicles 13:5-7

The Levites should have known they were the ones responsible for carrying the ark. It did not belong on a cart, new or otherwise. It especially was not to be moved by mere animals. Man was created by a holy God Whose holiness demands our respect and honor. It is man who is responsible for carrying the ark, and moreso, those men ordained by the holy and righteous God, the Levites. Moses had given them this charge long before King David chose to move the ark, and they should have spoken up because to carry that ark was a reserved honor, just as teaching and preaching the Word is today. Man does not ordain, God does. Yet, we see two men, whom were are not told whether or not they are of the tribe of Levi, driving the cart, completely unaware of the grave seriousness involved, and the Levites remained silent. We know they are there, for the scripture reads, “And David went up and ALL ISRAEL.” So, they either lost the knowledge of who they were and what their responsibility was or they lost the fear of the Lord in taking it seriously.

“And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and He smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.” 1 Chronicles 13:8-10

King David led this assembly. Look at the entirety of what was going on. They were dancing and singing and playing music to the best of the ability. They gave it everything that was within them to give, playing before the Lord, as they were moving the ark. This is what our modern worship looks like within the church. We bring out everything that we currently know and we mix in the things of this world. It is a very worldly based worship, akin to a concert. In a lot of churches, modern music, the same music that is played over our airwaves, is being brought in. The church leaders claim they are trying to reach the youth by drawing them in with the type of music they are attracted to outside of the church. In reality, there is not much difference at all between the church and the world when it comes to music.

It’s no wonder people have become disenchanted with Christianity. They don’t see a difference, and this truth is displayed in statistics that show the same rate of divorce in the church which is outside of the church. Children are growing up in the church and, as they enter adulthood, abandoning her in droves. The world says to believe its science over God’s Word and those who teach it are very convincing because, though we have brought the kids up in church, we are failing to lead them in how to follow the Spirit. The truth of the matter is that most of us are not following the Spirit ourselves, because we haven’t been taught how to either. And how can we lead if we cannot follow? For that matter, how can we follow without a God ordained leader? (Romans 10:14-16)

When people are not properly led, or when they do not properly follow the Word of God, they die. They die in spirit, because they are not living in spirit nor in Truth. Look at poor Uzza. Uzza can be both the church pastor and the church goer in this scenario. In either case, what did he do wrong that upset God so much? He mishandled the Word of God. He did so out of ignorance of how to handle the Word of God.

Okay, I know you are looking at the scripture again. You are thinking, he placed his hand on the ark, where am I getting that he mishandled the Word? To see this, we must understand what the ark is.

The ark of the covenant is called the ark of the covenant because within the ark is the book of the law which Moses therein placed. There is also the staff of Aaron and manna from their time in the wilderness. Each has its own purpose and meaning, but it’s that book of the law which we must look upon to see the Word of God. The law was given by God to Moses. God spoke to Moses. Those laws were what God said. Secondarily, the Old Testament is also referred to as the Law by Jewish scholars and by Saint Paul in the New Testament. If there is within the ark a book of the law and the Old Testament is called the Law; then, within the ark is the Old Testament, or the Word of God.

The Word of God is so vitally important, so holy and perfect, that God Himself would allow, only once a year, the high priest to come before Him where He would be found between the golden cherubim upon the ark within the holy of holies, His very Presence standing upon His own Word. Only the Word of Almighty God could be the firm foundation upon which everything holy and righteous, namely the only One True God Himself, could stand. Yes, Uzza mishandled the Word of Almighty God, the price for which, apparently, is death.

When the church and the church leaders are going down a good looking wrong road, they will ultimately come to a place where God will have had enough of trying to gently call His children back to the old paths. He will cause heavy trials of faith and tribulations in spirit to get His children to turn away from their wrong choices, and perhaps we will see more of the Body of Christ sick and dying physically. Look around. Don’t we already? How many of us have cancer? How many have addictions? How many struggle every day, without joy and victory in the small things? Where are the gifts of the Spirit in operation?

The leaders who are bringing the church down the wrong path seem oblivious to this truth. Their churches are filled with people who are struggling and starving in spirit but are too afraid to speak up and ask for help because everyone is wearing a mask to fit it. Ladies and gentlemen, the church is not for the perfect. There are none who are perfect anyway. (Rom 3:10 & 23)

The church is not a social club for the who’s who of Christianity. The church is a hospital for the sick. We all need healing. We all need help. We all are imperfect and in need of a righteous, holy Savior in our everyday lives, and though many have accepted Him for their salvation, most walk their own way and try to sanctify themselves apart from what God says and from what He, Jesus Christ, has already done.

Imagine the carnage that would have been left behind him, had David not stopped the parade to Jerusalem that day. When Uzza was struck down, imagine David ignoring it and continuing to dance down the lane, leading all Israel the wrong way. How many more would have touched the ark as the cart crossed the threshingfloor of Chidon and died? God takes very seriously the proper handling of His Word. Praise God that David saw his own error and knew he could no longer bring the ark in such a manner to Jerusalem!

“And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me? So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that he had.” 1 Chronicles 13:11-14

So many leaders are not following David’s example. They are not stopping to consider those whom they are leading, and many of us who are following blindly are falling by the wayside. The new cart upon which we’ve placed our faith to bring forth the Word to the church and the world is not a good cart. The way we’re going about it is all wrong. It’s not about the number of people in the seats every Sunday.

It’s about the number of people who are growing in their walk with God. It’s about their relationships with God and with those around them flourishing. God has a very specific plan. It is a very simple plan for us. Like sheep led to water, we are to go to the Cross for salvation. That same Cross brings us sanctification. It brings us blessing. It brings us victories over the world, the devil, and self. The Cross is the means by which God does everything. It always has been, since before the foundation of this world.

It is by grace we are saved, through faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Only grace can cover our mistakes and guide us to the right way, but we must come back to the Cross to continue to receive His grace. There is more than enough, but we must not forsake grace by the forsaking of the Cross.

We all should take a step back and sit down. We must rest from our own personal efforts and re-evaluate whether or not God is leading us in whatever we are doing or wherever we are going. We must ensure that wherever we walk, we are walking in the Spirit. If we are not, we must repent and turn back to God, to His Cross, and ask for new direction.

King David did this. The Bible says he went back and researched the right way to do things. He discovered that the Levites were the only ones charged with moving the ark. He discovered that even they were not to touch it, instead using staves to carry it upon their shoulders. David corrected the situation, and found favor once more with God. The ark was brought home, but it was handled with reverence in the process. Will we do the same?

May we humble ourselves this day, and truly seek the Lord. His will for us is plainly written in His Word for us to find. This is why He says, if we seek Him, we shall find Him. I pray we listen to Him and stop playing church in our own way, and go back to His Way.

It’s about Jesus Christ crucified and God’s mercy. It’s about our sin and our resulting need of His sacrifice because God is righteous and just, too. It’s about the Blood covering our sins and God’s grace to guide us, to strengthen us, and to move us in the direction He desires. It’s not about money or numbers. Jesus already told us that there would be few of us who would find the true Way. So, I pray, may we look upon our ways and consider whether they are of Him.

Heavenly Father, we thank you today for being righteous and holy, just and perfect, merciful and loving. In all of Who You are, we see Jesus. Thank You for sending Your Only Begotten Son to us to show us Your character displayed in human form that we may know You better and understand just what it means to be children of a living God. Praise be to Jesus for His perfect example and His perfect sacrifice on our behalf! Father God, may we seek Your Face and Your will for us in Your Word. Lord, may we follow in Your footsteps, in Your way, as difficult as it may be, and learn how to be more like You in all that we say and do. May we listen for Your still small Voice guiding us. May we follow the given Counselor’s urging to move toward You this day and each day hereafter. Give us ears to hear Your Spirit and eyes to see the path plainly before us. Wake us up from our deadened slumber and prod us once again to move toward the prize which is You. You Alone causes us to have faith, and You alone increases it within us. Thank You, Lord God, de Your mighty work within us. Thank you for the Cross. All the glory and honor and praise be Yours now and forever. Amen.