Answering The Call:- Part 3- Desert Crossroads

Answering The Call:- Part 3- Desert Crossroads

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jer 6:16

Within the wilderness, the Lord creates paths for us. At some point on these paths, He will divinely lead us to places of crossroads. Congratulations. Sincerely. This means you have walked far enough in the wilderness with Him that His Spirit has prepared and equipped you for your second crossroad (the first was actually saying “yes” to entering the wilderness with Him). We will look at:

  1. What is a crossroad?
  2. What is the purpose?
  3. Repeated Crossroads explained

What is a Crossroad?

Simply put, the Lord will lead us to a place where we will be faced with a decision. We will have the opportunity to tear down an area of lies and carnal-minded beliefs and replace them with the truths of God’s word in an area of our thinking. (2 Cor 10:5, Prov 23:7, Gal 6:8, Heb 12:11 ) 

Said another way:

“Crossroads” are decisions, and those decisions come down to the motives of our heart. Motives stem from beliefs.

It is our belief system that our Lord is after.

Remember our thinking will directly affect our walk. We worship and commune only to the degree we are walking in His truth. (John 4:24, 1 Cor 2:10-16, 2 Cor 13:8)

Again. A crossroad is a decision. We choose to relate to the Lord, ourselves and others either through the dead, carnal minded man, or the mind of Christ which is in alignment with the Word of God. Which path will we choose?

We don’t find these paths. They come upon us. As we spend time with our Lord, quietly drawing to Him and enjoying the season of aloneness with our Dad, Savior and Comforter, God Himself leads us down a journey with Him that will eventually have a fork in the road.

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them…” Isaiah 42:16

These new intersections are most often come upon through the reality of a trial. 

Trials are the doorways to crossroads.

What is the purpose of Crossroads?

The purpose of the crossroad is to release the power of the Resurrected life within us in the arena that that particular trial is meant to bring into the light.  This is true rest. It is His Sabbath rest manifest within us. It is to enter us into deeper communion. Let’s look at the second half of Isaiah 42:16  

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do…”

Did we catch that? Our Lord Himself will sovereignly walk us down unknown paths that will remove our spiritual blindness and ignorance of His nature and kingdom. Jesus Christ is the source of all Light.  It is through the continual greater revelation of Him that enters us into continual deeper fellowship. This is where trials come in to play.

A “trial” may be defined a couple of ways, but is basically any event that brings our belief system to the forefront.

It either brings to the surface a way of thinking that is contrary to the word of God, or makes it challenging to stand on our Godly beliefs (which in reality is exposing a more hidden area of personal false thinking). It is most often through such calamity, uncertainty, unknowing, or fearful expectation of what might occur, that the Lord shows up and says:

“David, will you look at these pains, fears and hurts squarely in the face with me? Will you walk down this path with me and trust me to reveal to you a part of who I AM you do not yet truly know?”

Trials are not about what we decide. It is about what motivates our decision. The crossroad path is not about us being provided for, cared for, protected or vindicated. No. Not at all.  The crossroad is about being willing to be crucified. No compromise. No conditions. No terms of surrender. No quarter asked…and none given.

The crossroad is about only one thing: Resurrected life. 
The method is also about only one thing: dying.

Positionally, we already died to the carnal man (see related study “We Died to the Carnal Man”).  Relationally however is another story. This is where our decisions come into play, and whether our soul chooses to pick up the life and mind of Christ within our spirit man, or continue to carry around a corpse and stubbornly refuse to renew our minds. As painful as this may be, the answer always comes down to a decision. Ergo, the need for crossroads.

On every one of these pathways, when we practice this blind obedience to choose Him, we relationally enter into His death and burial. We move from positional partakers of His righteousness to experientially partaking of the crucifixion, tomb, and resurrection life of Jesus Christ.

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24

“Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Rom 6:11

Resurrected life is what will result in every area that we chose to reckon the carnal man as dead 


choose to pick up the life of Christ.

These crossroads are not orchestrated by the enemy. These are hand picked by our Heavenly- Dad. Far too many erroneous teachings on “trials” has surfaced as a result of lopsided American church theology. If we study the lives of those who walked in deep union with God, it was the Lord who was most often created the crossroad trials. The same holds true today.

“Some time later God tested Abraham…” Gen 22:1

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions or no..” Exo 16:4

“I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.”  Jdg 2:21-22

The crossroads are designed to shake us free from our carnal-minded thinking, and are invitations to enter us into deeper union with Him. Only obedience allows us to partake of this new aspect of Him He is desiring to impart to us. Each crossroads is designed to take us to greater rivers of His life. This comes down to the decisions we make in our heart… not our hands. It is our heart, our will, that decides which path we take. 

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deut 30:19

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:14

The only way we can become familiar with His ways and His paths and His nature is to reject the thinking and lies we have clung to as truth. This is the carnal-minded man that scriptures tell us we actually already died to when the Spirit of the living God entered into our spirit at salvation. (Rom 6:2-4, Rom 8:6-9, 2 Cor 5:16, Eph 1:14, 2 Cor 1:22)

This only comes by putting into practice 2 Cor 10:5

“We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

This is truly learned in the desert. If…. we allow it.  It is vital to understand the heart of our Father is reconciliation and intimacy. Mankind’s first crossroad took place ironically enough, not in a desert, but in Paradise. A desert wasteland, much more than simply physical, but also spiritual, emotional and relational resulted from the decision that was chosen at that crossroad.  Death was sowed. Alienation in our spirit and also in our thinking resulted. It is now in those very places of our heart, that we once again are faced with the choice of either Life… or death. We get to say “yes” to His heart and despise the shame of the world and its satanic, false belief system.

Know this: the Lord will never allow us to face a decision where we are not capable of choosing life. He leads us slowly and methodically, through the desert paths and into His resurrected life with and in Him.

“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exod 13:17

He is our great Shepherd. The purpose of every trial is to allow us, by the grace available to us through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit within our spirit man, to choose life. He knows what we can handle, and when we can handle it. He refines us into His image and His nature.

The purpose of this is communion and greater intimacy. He loves His children. He loves you.

Repeated Crossroads Explained

Ever wonder why it seems at times you have gone through repeated experiences where, though the situation may be different, the same fears always seem to arise? The same pain or shame or hurt?

A glimpse of the reason may be found here:

“Not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times- not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.” Numb 14:23

“where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did.” Psalm 95:9

When we chose to reject the word of the Lord for ourselves, and instead continue to relate to Him in the same manner as we did before the trial, we are in essence  contending with the Word of God, and rejecting His invitation to come deeper. Additionally, whether we  care to admit it or not, we are saying we will choose to related to God, ourselves, and others according the god of this world’s thinking. Any area we choose to reject God’s word for our walk means we are in unbelief, and to that degree, rebellion.  (2 Cor 4:4, Matt 13:18, Jam 1:6-8 James 2:14, Gal 6:8)

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

He is always there. The Spirit of the Lord is inside us. When we go through a trial, the Word tells us that our Lord will always be faithful. In that faithfulness and in that fiery challenge we will hear the Holy Spirit calling to us “this is the path of life. Walk in it.” This decision of choice is now our crossroad. What I find amazing in the scriptures is that God never stops attempting to draw us out of our dead thinking and relating. He will always look to break through. He will… In His immense love… repeat the scenario in some form or another in order to bring us back to the valley of decision… to that same crossroad. Just read through the book of Judges. Read Kings and Chronicles and you will see this theme repeated endlessly.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jer 31:3

Our Dad, in His love, will never stop orchestrating events in order to give us yet another opportunity to choose the path of life. The crossroads lead to the thorough separation of that dead, carnal mind, so that the resurrected life may be lived out relationally with Him. He will never cease to draw us, call to us, or cease in His everlasting and unfailing love, to try to set us free.

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jer 6:16

I just love this verse… so I am going to close with it as we opened with it. Every decision we  make to pick up His life, His truth, His Word, His promise, His nature, His holiness, His heart… whatever that particular crossroad path is… know this: the other path is death. We either sow to death.. or we die to it, so that Christ might reign within us and through us and above all… commune with those He died for.

The Ancient Paths will be brought to you. The word of God assures us of this. Walk in the “good way.” Enjoy His rest. Seek deep intimacy. This is what He longs for.

He is worthy of having all our heart anyway…


Understanding The Times- Part 9: The Fractured Church

Something on our Lord’s Heart…

Hello family.

There is so much confusion in our Land in this hour. 

I will share some limited insights the Lord has quietly shown me while I have silently travailed for the body of Christ as well as this nation these past 25 years. Never before is the hour so great for a turn of heart within His Church here in America.


We have rejected our First Love. The Church in America seeks “forms” of Godliness and not Him alone.

The church in America has also rejected her Commission as a result of our spiritual condition. The Kingdom call that is upon this nation is at risk as a result of the backslidden American church.

One of the main reasons there is so much confusion in the body of Christ is that the American Church as a whole, has lost the ability to walk in the heart, mind, and intention of the Lord.


  • We either speak of an angry God and His un-reconcilable judgement upon this nation…or
  • We preach a message of excessive grace and spiritual & national pride from the false notion a loving Father would not humble this nation (perhaps we have forgotten this country is not our home) … or
  • We speak of some twisted old covenant form or “revival” as if the Holy Spirit is not already inside us ( WE are the revival- it is the Church that needs to be revived; the Spirit of the Living God works within and through our hearts and spirits to the degree we allow it)

A vital component is missing from these camps in the form of the heart and mind of God. Because of this, the messages are lacking His vision. 

The heart of God is to restore fellowhip, build intimacy, and rescue His lost sheep. This is the Fulfillment of the Great Commission which was never rescinded. We are not called to curse one another and we are not called to dismiss sin and worldliness. Above all, we are not called to ignore His lost children who need to see and touch and taste His goodness through the Church.

  • The Church is called to holiness.
  • The Church is called to love.
  • The Church is called to purity.
  • The Church is called to walk in HIS righteousness... (not our own smug self-centered and self-righteous acts of piety)

From this position of walking In Him and with Him the Church is then called to:

  • Fulfill the Great Commission up until we are taken away.

The Church is called to share the Gospel message with our dying breath if need be, to those who hate us.. in love and power.

We, the Church, are meant to proclaim the gospel to all the world…. just as someone once did for us while we were dead to Jesus.

The fractured, broken, divided camps of the American church are not walking in the ways of Jesus Christ from His heart. We have turned aside to the things that please our own carnal desires. 

God is calling the Church in America to repent and return to Him with all our heart and soul and mind and strength.

It is the Church that follows and oversees and stewards the heart of God and the mind and will of God over any land, region, area or country. The Church is the peculiar people, the royal priesthood, the holy nation and the ambassadors of Heaven sent to bring the lost to repentance by releasing the goodness of God to a lost and dying world.

We are now either looking to save our own lives in fear and self-preservation.. or… looking to the Holy Spirit to initiate some “movement” forgetting that in the New Covenant He now lives IN us. God is waiting for us.. the church, to repent and return to all His heart… and we will lead this nation back to truth by the power of the Living Witness inside us… the Church. Holiness and Love are what usher the Church to walk in the ways of God. This is how the Church leads this nation back to its biblical foundations.

The Lord’s burden that He placed within my own heart is the spiritual condition of the church in America. We have turned from seeking our First Love. We have sought programs and statistics and doctrines that are fun and exciting. The Church is supposed to be the light and truth and the Love of the Cross. His redeemed children are supposed to reveal His Love and redemptive plan to a dead people who need salvation.

His redeemed children are meant to get His lost children. 

Now about Donald Trump… The Lord did not speak to me about who will win the election. No… the Lord did not tell me who would be the next president. I will tell you this though: Trump is a voice speaking out where the Church is supposed to be, but is either too afraid of the consequences, or too distracted from the heart of our Lord to do so.  Please hear me… this is to be spiritually discerned.. not carnally. I am not saying that what Trump is “saying” is coming from God.. not at all.

God will use the “lost” to shake foundations that are supposed to be shaken through the LOVING but UNCOMPROMISING voice of the Church.

In the end, the future of this nation will be determined by what the body of Christ does. It is not who sits in the White House who will determine our future. It is the Church. Will the camps and fellowships that are afraid, or bitter, or asleep or compromised  begin to change and seek the heart of God?

Will words like repentance, holiness, joy and peace ever be used in the same sentence again? Will “The Great Commission” be on our hearts once more?  Will the word “hell” ever be spoken of again… anywhere?

Will we ever begin to see His desire for purification inside us as a sign of His longing and affection for deep intimacy? 

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Luke 12:49

Will we ever begin to realize this verse is speaking of Love and restoration?

Fire refines.

Will the other divided camps in the body of Christ stop spitting and cursing our sleeping brothers and sisters – not to mention the lost in this nation? Will we repent of this hatred? Will we finally at long last, from the love of Father’s heart,  “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you”? 

Will the Church purify herself, seek her Groom first in ALL areas, and begin to seek to fulfill the Great Commission from a pure heart and purified mind?

Where this nation ends up is up to how the church responds. The Lord has spoken to me about a number of different “futures” for the United States. That is because there are a number of ways the body can respond.

Discipline begins with the household of God FIRST- it is the church that is being refined in this hour. This is birthed from His heart of Love, not anger. 

The nation is experiencing the natural/spiritual fallout that occurs when the born-again Christians in America stop leading the nation by example, holiness, prayer and obedience to God.

The Church is meant to lead this nation under the power and direction of the Lord Jesus Christ. This comes only through deep communion with Him.

It is the condition of the church and how we chose to respond in this hour that will determine what the future holds for this nation.

I beg you all… pray for those hidden ones who are called to bring forth the full counsel of the Lord in this hour; that they may come forth. We all have a part to play and we do not all have the same part… there are those who are called to share His heart. Pray for them… this is what is needed more than ever in this hour.  We need clear voices that are seeing what God wants to do in the American church in this hour and are willing to share it without compromise, and without hatred in their heart, but rather speaking the counsel of the Lord in love.

Ever so humbly, and in His love-



To my family abroad:

To those of you who have been asking me how long until America is refined and partakes of the suffering that many of you have partaken: How long until America stops squandering the freedom we have been given to openly commune in spirit and in truth and share His goodness to those dying around us every moment?

My brothers and sisters that I have come to love as my own… I ask for your forgiveness and above all, your prayers for us here in the United States of America… even as I pray for you.

Forgive me, my beloved family. Stay steadfast. Your redemption draws nigh.

Topical Scriptures: The Power Of The Holy Spirit Is Within You

To His Beloved Church:

The anointing of the Holy Spirit Lives INSIDE every New Covenant Saint

His presence, His Love, His nature, His power, His holiness, His righteousness, His glory, His equipping, His giftings… He is within you already.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Pet 1:3

The body of Christ can only accept His invitation to enter into deep, intimate union with Him to the degree we agree with His word. True worship, communion, interaction, dialogue, ministering to one another, and receiving true revelation is done only by and through His Spirit.

It is time we begin to partner with the One who dwells inside us.

I am not talking about self-righteous “works.” I am referring to a life that flows through communion. Communion can only be had in the areas we are walking in agreement with His heart and Living Word. The Godhead of the Holy Spirit lives inside our spirit-man. The Lord Jesus Christ is calling us forth to stop relating to Him and to the body of Christ through the lesser, Old Covenant mindset.  

Expressions such as having the Holy Spirit “come down” or to “touch not my anointed” are not found in the New Testament church.  Anywhere…

If we are quoting Old Testament verses MORE than New Testament scripture in regard to our walk with God; either individually or as a church, there may be a serious problem with our New Covenant mindset.

Since the day of Pentecost every single Child of God:

  • Has been given the power of the Holy Spirit at salvation (Eph 1:6, 2 Cor 1:22)
  • Is God’s “anointed” (this Hebrew/Greek word anointed means “set apart” by the way-  2 Cor 1:21, 1 Peter 2:9, Heb 1:9)
  • Has an “anointing” that remains within them always  ( This Greek word means an unction- 1 John 2:20, 1 John 2:27 )
  • Has a “special calling” (1 Pet 4:10, 1 Cor 7:7, Rom 12:6, Eph 4:7)
  • Has a function and “ministry ” (1 Cor 12:4-7 , 2 Cor 5:11-21, Mark 16:17-18)
  • Is called to mature to the point of serving the body as an “elder” and raise up the next generation of believers to do the same  (Heb 5:12, Eph 4:13, Matt 28:19, Col 1:9-10, Col 2:2, Col 2:6-7, Rom 15:14, 1 Cor 14:20, 2 Cor 7:1,  Phil 1:9-11)

There is no such thing as “clergy” and “laity” found in the New Testament. These are doctrines of men and not found in NT scripture anywhere.  Anywhere…

If the bride of Christ is to answer her high calling to be walking intimately with Christ as pure and spotless, displaying the love and power to win the lost,  we need to begin to accept what He says He has already done on our behalf and given us freely.

Most of all…. He longs for intimacy with us, and we cannot enter into that desired intimacy if we are scorning and rejecting who we truly are as His beloved Child and His Righteousness.

It is my heart’s desire that this topical study help the body sort through the dead religion and tradition that has become commonplace in our thinking.

The time has come for all of us to repent from dead thinking and worldly mindsets. The time has come for the church to repent not just of the sin of living for our own desires but to also repent of the comforts and traditions of religion and do as the Holy Spirit exhorted us to do through the words of Paul:

“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Phil 3:12



The Promise

Prophecies of the New Covenant to come (written under the Old Covenant) were spoken through prophets, under the inspiration/anointing of the Holy Spirit, to believers who did not have the Holy Spirit in them. They were promises of a restored relationship that would be offered to those of us who would accept His righteousness as our own. A gift was coming…

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you..” Ezekiel 36:26-27

“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jer 31:33

“They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’ ” Jer 31:34

The New Covenant Is Better! 

The Day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of the Old Covenant prophecies. It is the Great Reconciliation. The temple shroud is forever torn away. Sin is removed through the Atonement of Jesus, now finally fulfilled at the cross. We are His Righteous,and all saints have the Holy Spirit inside them now.

The indwelling Holy Spirit gives us access to His heart.

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.” Heb 8:7

“But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises….(v16)

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Col 2:16-17

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth-” John 14:16

“He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Gal 3:14

(Greek word “might”  1096. Ginomai-  means:  I come into being, am born, become, come about, happen.”to become, and signifies a change of condition,) – it does NOT mean “maybe” or “perhaps”)

“Do you not know that you are the Temple of God, and that The Spirit of God dwells within you?” 1 Cor 3:16

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” 1 Cor 6:19

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Rom 5:5

“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Eph 4:30

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Eph 1:13-14

“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him.” 1 John 2:27

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 1 Cor 1:21-22

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” 1 John 2:20 

“Who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Pet 1:5

“But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Rom 8:10-11


Dare to embrace the truth that He loves you. Fully, intimately, unreservedly. Dare to think upon the fact it was the joy of relationship restored that gave Jesus the strength to endure the cross.

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:2

Think on that for a loooooong time. Really?  We simply chose not to believe it. The condition of the body of Christ, our lack of love, faith and power prove this out. As a whole we are insecure, lacking His love flowing through us, weak, timid in our walk, rude in our soulish boldness, and self-centered.. Without much power. This should not be. 

We are called to walk with Him and in Him. The things of His kingdom will flow freely out of us as a bi-product. We cannot make this occur. He changes us, from the inside out.

Stop allowing others to make you afraid of words like “holiness”, “repentance”,  and “sanctification.” as if these are things to avoid.

These qualities bring true life and union and peace. These are a part of  His heart and nature, and go hand in hand with “Joy,” “Peace” and “Love.” 

Saying or thinking  you are anything that differs from His Word is not honoring to Him and does not glorify Him. It’s offensive to the torture endured at the cross and scorns the imputed righteousness Jesus gave us at so high a cost.

“Pride” is seeking worth apart from His shed blood that clothes us in His righteousness.  

Whether its thinking we are special because of anything we may do,


choosing to cling to our inherent unworthiness  and ignoring the robe of righteousness He has placed upon us.

It’s all the same.

Both are different manifestations of us arrogantly choosing to dictate how we will chose to relate to ourselves, others and God. Both are from the same belief system that contends with His Truth. It is never about us. It is all about Him.. and His love for His creation.

Meditate on these truths. Let them re-define your thinking until you see yourself as He does. From there we can begin to live as He has called us to live… In Him.

He died so that you could have His Spirit within you. This… is love.