Deeper Day 339: Weary

Weary: Feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep.

I don’t know about you, but I sure have begun to feel weary. Life has been a constant battle for our family, since way before Covid. Then, adding the Covid nonsense has simply escalated all the warring that must be done.

I keep hearing the phrase, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” And as I hear that, I know we are about to see the light. We are coming through this. There is an end in sight and it’s not death and destruction, it’s the deliverance of the Lord. I release that word here and now. Our Deliverer is coming.

But the real question is, what do we do in our weariness?

Have you ever seen runners in a marathon? You  know, the ones who have never done it before, or who gave more than their all and are losing control of their bodies as they try to make it across the finish line?

When I begin to feel like the weariness has reached it’s point of exhaustion, I MUST find a way to rest.

Rest: 1. Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.

That sounds truly relevant, doesn’t it? We must find ways to recover our strength because this battle isn’t over yet. But God knows exactly how much each of us has to offer. He knows how far each of us can go before we are required to find rest. Unfortunately, I know many people who have so lost sight of rest, that their whole lives look like they are flailing around with little control of their faculties because they have needed a rest season for years, but are unwilling to take one.

We MUST learn how to rest.

If we are going to do truly valuable work for the kingdom, then we have to find rest. I don’t know about you, but often when I have a time to rest, my insides are still so amped up that it’s difficult to calm myself into a restful place. It’s hard to lay down a to do list. It’s difficult to stop the spinning of the mind. We have mistakenly found so much value in busyness that, for many, it can feel invalidating and scary to have a respite. But it IS necessary. We must have rest.

Let’s look at the rest of the rest definitions…

Rest: 2. Be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position. 3. Be based or grounded in; depend on. 4. Conclude the case for the prosecution or the defense in a law case.

These are all such relevant definitions for our time now, aren’t they? Seek rest today. It will be worth it.

Prayer Moment: God, I need some rest. Lead me toward the rest that is beneficial. Stop the swirling of my mind and help me to live life from a place of rest. I want to be grounded upon rest. I long to be solid and unshakeable. Lord, help me to not get caught in the swirl of life. Rather, help me to be tethered to Your solid ground. I am Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Psalm 62:1

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Deeper Day 338: Smolder

Smolder: Burn slowly with smoke but no flame. Smoke coming from a fire that is burning slowly without a flame.

As I process the world around me right now, it’s sometimes hard to not feel anxious. It’s hard to hold onto hope when ALL the media around keeps speaking death to the word of God.

This is a HARD season. It feels like labor. Specifically, it feels like those moments when I had been in labor for many, many hours and I literally felt like maybe the baby would never come. That, however, was nonsense because…one way or another the baby had to come out of me. It would be impossible for the baby to be in my belly forever, but it DID feel like that was an option during those long and exhausting hours.

Friends, this is an hour just like that. God has promised us certain things. All the prophetic voices have been in alignment and my heart and spirit feel the promise. But labor is hard and as days pass, it’s hard to fight discouragement.

While contemplating all this today, I saw smoke all around me. I saw the way you put out a fire is to smother it. You have to cut off the air supply, and that my friends, is exactly what the media and corrupt politicians are attempting to do while we fight. They are trying to smother our hope.

Then I heard the word, “smolder”.

Then I realized that we, the church, have been smoldering. We are a fire that has been burning slow and steady. We haven’t always had a large flame, but we are always burning. But it’s time for us to fan that flame. It’s time to call out to the All-Consuming Fire. It’s time to ask Him to come and set into a wildfire, the smoldering fire of the church. The time is now.

This is also relevant to the dreams and promises we have for our own lives. When they are delayed for any reason, it can feel so discouraging. It can be hard to keep our fire smoldering as we wait. But we MUST take heart. God’s timing is sovereign. He knows what’s best and He knows what all is happening. He sees all the things we cannot see. We must trust Him. Don’t give up!

Prayer Moment: God, thank You for being the One we call Faithful. Right now, I ask for an infusion in my spirit. Another infusion of hope and promise. I know I can trust You. Remove all my fear. Keep me focused on what You ARE doing, not what I want to see you doing. I trust You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for out “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29

Because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5b-6

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead, our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

Deeper Day 337: Fire in my belly

God, enough is enough. This trick and deception of the enemy to steal America from her way of life is over, in Jesus’ name. Where are all the warriors? Where is the church? We should be crying out the loudest and standing firmest. We should be having prayer sessions and be fasting and crying out for justice. We are not fighting a political party. We are fighting the anti-Christ spirit.

God, open the eyes of Americans while we still have time to stand up and fight. Embolden the hearts that can fight for us. Give wisdom to those who are making decisions. Stir up the remnant. Give Republicans and Democrats the backbone to stand up for our Constitutional Republic, not against it.

I rebuke the anti-Christ spirit that is bullying those who can stand for wisdom and justice. I am not praying against people I am praying against a spirit. We must open our eyes and move forward in unity. This is our moment. This is our hour.

America!! Arise and shine for the light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

This is still the hour of America. We must stand.

Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  Ephesians 6:13-18

Wake up sleeping giant! Wake up church! This is the battle cry of the Republic on which we stand as one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Prayer Moment: God, stir my heart to pray Your prayers. Lead me to go Your way. Open my eyes to see You. Clear my mind so I can focus on the truth. Guard my heart so I’m not led astray. Reinforce my spirit so I can have the boldness that this hour requires. Help me to fear no man or principality. You have created me for this moment. Let me see the fullness of that which You created me to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Deeper Day 336: This is our battle

While listening to a short sermon recently I was reminded again of Caleb and Joshua and their report of what they found in the promised land. Do you remember? They went to scout out the land along with a few others, and while the others were focused on the giants in the land, Caleb and Joshua were confident that God would give them what they needed to conquer them.

One group focused on the problem. Two men focused on the answer.

We all know how this ended…the only two from that whole group to enter into the promised land were Caleb and Joshua. That was a steep price to pay for having an incorrect focus.

Today, as we see things unfolding that we never imagined, let us remain fully focused on the God of the universe. He is in all of this. Every time I feel fear or discouragement try to rise up and cast a shadow upon my hope, I stop and remind myself and re-affirm my trust in God. I will say, “God, I see ____, but I know You can fix anything. So, do whatever it is You are going to do.”

God doesn’t need my instruction. God desires to have my trust.

When I see the “giants” in the land, I don’t need to figure it all out. I don’t need to even see the solution. I simply need to trust God, remember His promises and rest.

This is our battle. We were made to be alive during this time. We are not in the wrong place, we are in the right place. We should not stop pressing forward because it seems the problem is too large. We should not relent because we fear backlash. We must keep moving forward.

There is a lot that needs to be exposed, and this is the season God has chosen to do so. We can rest in that. We can move forward boldly and with confidence because God did not mistakenly place us in this season. This is an intentional move of God. The world needs this to be made right. No matter what anyone else says, America is a beacon of hope to all. We are a republic, on purpose. We are one of a few places with religious freedom. We will stand.

When all of this is over and the dust settles, will you be found hiding or cleaning the blood of the enemy off of your sword? I know which one I will be.

Prayer Moment: God, thank You for creating me for such a time as this. I thank You for placing me where I am on purpose. Help me to always know my season. Teach me how to always be battle ready. Never let fear guide me. Hold me in Your peace. Give me fierceness. I know I am created to conquer. Thank You for making me strong in You. I am Yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.

But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in and take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’” Joshua 1:10-11

Deeper Day 335: He knows my voice

As a counterpart to yesterday’s devotional, I wanted to also remind you that He knows your voice too.

In the vision I described yesterday, I was also reminded of how well He knows our voices. I saw a parent and a crowd of people, when their child called for them, they heard it above all the other noise. Parent’s ears are tuned to their children’s sounds.

I know that no matter how many people I’m around and how much noise they are making, I will hear my children call for me. Each of them has a unique sound and each of them is connected to my heart, so not only do I respond to their sounds, I can also feel when something is wrong or if I am needed.

It’s a connection of the heart.

In the same way, our Creator knows each of our voices. Our Heavenly Father, Who crafted each of us in the secret place, knows and responds to our sounds. Our joys, cries for help, calls for mercy, etc. He knows each voice and in a way that only God could, He can distinguish every single voice on earth from one another. Oh, the wonder of an infinite God! Isn’t He amazing?!

I remind you of this so that you never fear Him not hearing you. Does He always respond in the way you think He will? No. But He does always hear. Sometimes His responses are so different from what we expect that we don’t realize it is Him. That’s something to always remember. Don’t let God get a bad reputation in your heart because you don’t always recognize His way of responding. Instead, when you ask Him something, next ask Him to help you recognize when He responds to you. Thank Him in advance, as an act of trust, for responding.

Our God hears us. He loves to interact with each one of us. We simply need to trust that He hears every word we speak to Him.

Prayer Moment: God, thank You for always listening to me. I am so grateful that You never grow weary of me. In this world where friends come and go, I am so grateful that You are my constant Companion. Help me to always recognize Your voice above all the other noise. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears. Psalm 18:6

Deeper Day 334: I know His voice

As I was out walking and spending time with God yesterday, I was contemplating how it is that I know His voice so well. Then I had this thought/vision.

Suddenly, God came as my Teacher, once again and reminded me of this…when I was woven together in my mother’s womb, I learned His voice. In the same way that parents talk to the mom’s belly when the baby is still inside of it, God speaks to His creations as they are being formed. I am fully convinced of this fact. I often imagine Him with His hands that hold the whole world, yet are still the right size to knit in every mother’s womb, delicately and meticulously knitting together His newest creation.

Just imagine the overflow of love He must feel inside as He pours His spirit into us! Oh, the wonder of Him speaking our purpose and original design to our little forms. His fingerprints are all over us, whether we believe in Him or not. It’s all far too wonderful to comprehend.

Every time I was pregnant, I felt a deeper connection with God. It was as if I could feel His hands working inside of me. I always felt the deepest centering of my spirit when I walked out those months. At the same time as He was speaking over the creation in my womb, He was whispering to me about who that child would be. I would see small glimpses of their future, their personality, etc. The joy and wonder would bubble up from within me.

At the end of Him showing me this yesterday, He reminded me of the wonder that occurs when a baby is born. Isn’t it so fun how you can watch the baby turn its head in the direction of the familiar voices in his/her life? The father who spoke over the belly will say something and the infant, with closed eyes will turn its head because it is a familiar voice. The mama will speak, and the baby will grow calm and still because the voice of comfort is already established before the baby is even born.

In this same way, we are born knowing God’s voice. Unfortunately, through time and a series of other factors, sometimes we can forget we know it. But that doesn’t mean He has stopped speaking. If we lean in and listen, we can discover it again. That familiar comforting voice that we knew so well when we were being formed in the secret place. That’s the same voice that can lead you through this day, this season, this time in history.

Still comforting. Still affirming. Still loving. Still God.

Today, I encourage you to lean in and listen for that still small voice again. Ask God to remind your spirit what the sound of His voice is like. Just because everything in the world feels so off and out of balance doesn’t mean God’s voice has changed. It is the calm that you need. He has the direction you are searching for. He is speaking, will you listen?

Prayer Moment: God, come speak to me today. I need to hear Your voice. Continue to draw me ever closer to Your heart. I never want to lose sight of You. Lead me in peace. Wrap me in Your love. Speak, Your servant is listening. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27

Deeper Day 333: I will heal your land

It’s the middle of the night, 3:36 a.m., to be exact. I’m up and alert and decided it was time to do some writing. I don’t often just flip open my Bible, but tonight I did and this is literally the first thing I flipped to…

The Lord appeared to him that night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a temple for sacrifices. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people. If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My Name may be there forever. My eyes and My heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:12-16

I am aware that some of the words of this verse may feel like a platitude, as we discussed yesterday. But it doesn’t take away the awesome weight that they do carry.

Right now, I wanted to draw your attention to the first part…Did you notice that it states as a fact that God, Himself would cause it not to rain and He would command locusts to devour the land. I just wanted to remind you of two things: God tells us repeatedly through scripture that bad things will happen while we live on this earth and He is always somewhere in the mix of it.

He uses these things for His purposes, remember?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

What if we’ve been allowed to come to this very season, so that the church would wake up from its slumber? What if God wanted to remind the church that they are not called to be weak and passive, but more than conquerors?

One of the most shocking things of this hour, for me, has been the fact that much of the church has no backbone and definitely lacks in having faith for an extended amount of time.

Come on church! Let’s get into shape!! God has blessed us abundantly, especially if you live in America. The freedoms which we have grown up with are abundant! We have had so much opportunity. Wake up before it’s too late! It’s time to fight. Fight for the promise. Fight against the anti-Christ agenda. Fight for freedom!

It’s not always a season of peace. There is a time for war. This is that time. We are in a war, whether we acknowledge it or not. It’s come to our doorstep. This is the time. Stand upon God’s promises for America. Pray without ceasing. Repent for the sins of our people. Believe for miracles. We WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Prayer Moment: God, I stand in the gap for all Americans and I ask Your forgiveness. God, we have shed innocent blood. We have worshiped other gods. We have mocked You and allowed You to be mocked. Please forgive us. Forgive us for allowing the enemy to come among us. You are our only hope. We turn our eyes toward heaven and cry out, “Abba!!”. Come and rescue us from those who seek to destroy us from within. We are Your people. Your remnant is here. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Deeper Day 332: Platitude

Platitude: A remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.

This word kept ringing through my mind for several days. When I researched the meaning, I was still wondering what God was wanting to say. Then I thought, “Wow, the world is full of people making platitudes.”

Oftentimes it feels like our words don’t even hold weight anymore. So many people making platitudes about so many things. For instance, the words, “That’s racist.” This should be reserved for serious moments when racist events are actually occurring, unfortunately it’s become a catch phrase used by those who don’t want to be questioned about their motives or for those who want sympathy. Does racism exist? Yes, in many different directions and forms. Do people take these words as seriously anymore? No, because it’s been over-used as a tactic of manipulation.

I remember when I was in my late teens and early twenties, there was an explosion of women crying, “Rape!”. This too, should be a word only used when it means something. Rape is a terrible thing. Why would people lie about it? I don’t know, but I remember it happening a lot during a certain time, and when that happened the word lost its weight.

How about, “I’m a Christian.” It’s sad but true that this statement has been so used by people that don’t mean it, that it doesn’t hold sway the way it should. Being a Christian, or Christ-follower, is my life. But many people just use the words to indicate their trust worthiness or to keep evangelists at bay. Not to show devotion to the Father.

Being a Christian indicates an action should follow. What action? You may be asking…well, living a Christ-focused life. It’s not enough to simply say, “I’m a Christian.” You must have actually asked Jesus into you heart for those words to bear any meaning.

I didn’t become a Christian because my parents dedicated me when I was a baby. I wouldn’t have become a Christian if my parents baptized me as a baby. I don’t become a Christian because I go to church and read my Bible. I don’t become a Christian just because all of my family and friends are Christians. I don’t become a Christian simply because I’m a good person (whatever that is, lol). I don’t become a Christian because I am pro-life.

The ONLY thing that makes me a true Christian is for me to believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord.

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Everything has always been about Jesus.

You may be wondering, “Why is she writing this salvation message when most people who read this are probably saved already.” The answer is simple, the world is constantly trying to reinvent and pervert the holy things, and I want to make it abundantly clear and to remind you that there is only ONE WAY to heaven. That will never change. We will never “evolve” to a place where Jesus is no longer necessary. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. The end.

Prayer Moment: God, I am so thankful for Jesus. Thank You, Jesus for coming and dying on the cross for my sins. I could never repay You for what You’ve done. But I do pray that I live a life that makes You glad that You did. Help me to walk out a life that points the world to You. Help my relationship with You to always be authentic. Draw me closer. Teach me more. Come and know me, as I know You more. I am Yours completely. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Deeper Day 331: Firewall

I keep hearing the word, “Firewall”.

Firewall: A wall or partition designed to inhibit or prevent the spread of fire.

Years ago, when we had a particularly unpleasant president, I had a very clear vision from God. I saw God’s hand positioned on the earth, and that president kept running forward and trying to push through the hand, but it was impossible. God was frustrating his plans. In other words, God would only allow him to reach a certain point, like a firewall. It brought me a lot of peace as we walked through his second term. Even though he did a lot of evil things, I knew God would only allow a certain amount of forward motion in his term.

Now, I feel that hand again, that Godly firewall.

As I see the mounting evidence of voter fraud and even voting machines designed to cheat, (this isn’t new news by the way, we’ve known for years, but have had no recourse.) I see God has put a cap on how far the anti-Christ agenda will proceed.

I hear God saying this is a “This far and no further” moment.

What’s our role then? Stay strong. God is doing something, but we must stay the course and allow Him the space and time to complete this good work. We didn’t simply need Trump to win a second term, we also needed our voting process to become safe again. It’s a “two for the price of one” moment. In one election we are receiving Trump’s second term and cleaning house in preparation for the next election.

There are many reasons that God chose a man like Trump. Very few people have the confidence and fortitude to withstand the amount of attacks that he and his family has suffered. We must be praying for him and his family to be protected and that they will remain strong.

No, I’m not saying Trump is our salvation, but I am saying that he is an instrument of God for this specific time. God is the one holding back the anti-Christ spirit on earth, and He is choosing to use Trump for this purpose. For such a time as this we were all created. We need to acknowledge this and not act like victims of the times. We were CREATED to live and battle during this time.

Prayer Moment: God bless America. Fill our country with holiness and justice…true justice, not a perversion of truth. God, please continue to protect us from the anti-Christ agenda. You are our only hope. We put our trust in You alone. Help us to recognize those You are using according to Your purposes in this season and show us how to partner with them. Keep us diligent and watchful so we are constantly aware of the time and season. Deliver us from the evil one. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s always remember Who this is all about and where we are headed….

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7

Deeper Day 330: A Form Of Godliness

For the last few days, I have continually heard these words in my head, “Having a form of godliness”. I knew it was in scripture, but I couldn’t remember where. This morning as I prepared to write, those words came to me yet again, and I found their origin…

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Such powerful words. I encourage you to read those verses more than once. Let it soak into your heart. Is this not what we are now seeing?

No, I’m not one of those end times doomsday people, but I do recognize that this list is very real for today. And our instruction on how to deal with those people is very clear, have nothing to do with them. This isn’t a very popular thought nowadays, is it? Our all-inclusive, I’m ok and you’re ok culture would lead many to not see the need to separate from those with a form of godliness. I have to be honest, there have been multiple times when God has instructed me to have nothing to do with certain people. It’s not a common thing with Him, but when He tells me that, I listen. In the past I didn’t always listen to Him and when I didn’t, every single time I would end up dealing with a lot of unnecessary trouble and heart ache. When I reflect on the past, the people who created the greatest sources of pain in my life were those that God had told me to avoid, but I didn’t because I felt guilty. 

As the saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” And so it goes, I felt bad cutting people out of my life and my “good intentions” ended up causing me hell on earth.

Life is so much simpler and far less painful when we simply listen to and obey Holy Spirit. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll never be completely without any trouble or pain on this side of heaven, but we can at least avoid a measure of excess trouble when we obey Him.

When choosing to walk this way, it’s also important to learn to discern my own opinions from God’s direction. I’ll be honest, sometimes certain people just get on my nerves, but that’s not always an indicator that I don’t need them in my life. On the contrary, some of the most grating people are the ones that He has chosen to use in my life. To help me get rid of some pride, or to discover that they act how they do because they are hurting, and He wants me to help walk them toward healing. Sometimes challenging people are placed in our lives to cause us to grow. We shouldn’t avoid them.

But there’s a very deep and different feeling inside my heart when God is warning me about a person, and I refuse to ignore that.

Look at the verses that follow the ones above…

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth-men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. 2 Timothy 3:6-9

The part that strikes me most is… always learning but never able to acknowledge truth…wow! I see a lot of that too. There is so much information to be found these days, but very little truth/wisdom.

Prayer Moment: God, I pray that you would guard my heart and mind. Let me never have a form of godliness. Let me always walk in the power and authority of the true Lord Jesus. Let me not only gain knowledge, but also wisdom. Help me to know the truth. Lord, don’t let me be led astray or even influenced by any form of evil. Place a steady guard around me and my family. Let us always walk in truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.