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May 21

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Instead of flowing through the pipe, however, the water was just hitting the end and splashing off. Clearly, the pipe was completely clogged. “LORD, what is that?” I asked. 'That pipe is your spirit,' He said. 'It’s gotten clogged up with little grains of unrepented unforgiveness you aren’t even aware of anymore.' I tried to think of someone I hadn’t forgiven, but I couldn’t. So I asked for an example. 'What about the man selling those cantaloupes down the street from your house?' The LORD asked. Oh, yes. I remember him. I thought. Gloria had bought a bag of a half-dozen cantaloupes from him one time, and the two at the top of the bag had looked really good. When she got home however, we found out the four cantaloupes at the bottom were spoiled. “Gloria, I’m not going to let anyone treat you like that,” I said. “That man knew what he was doing, giving you that rotten fruit. I’m going down there and let him have it!” “No, you’re not,” she said. So, I didn’t. But I was mad about it for a week, and never did repent of the resentment I had toward him. That kind of thing happens to all of us all the time. In stores, in restaurants, wherever you go, the devil will see to it that someone steps on your toes. If you don’t watch yourself, you’ll go off in a huff with another little grain of unforgiveness in your heart. The same week I had the vision of the pipe, I also saw why keeping it cleaned out is so vital. After one of the meetings, Pastor Roy came to me and said, “I think you need to call Gloria.” (She was at home at the time.) “I saw her this morning in the spirit, and she was in the garage with a paint spray gun in her hand. Brother Kenneth,” he said, “the hot water heater is in that garage, isn’t it?” “Yes,” I replied. “Well, I saw her painting out there with the garage door closed. When the water heater came on, the fumes ignited, and the garage blew up.” I ran to the telephone and told Gloria what he said. Sure enough, she’d been intending to paint in the garage that day. She had the spray gun all ready, but she’d sensed in her spirit that morning not to do it. So, she had decided to wait. Think what might have happened if Roy Sprague had been an unforgiving man? What if Gloria had been an unforgiving woman? That’s how people get killed. It’s how Christians can end up dying young. They get careless about their love walk and forgiveness and get themselves in a place where their faith and the gifts of the Spirit won’t work. But, praise God, we can keep that from happening to us. We can put love and forgiveness at the top of our list of spiritual priorities. We can keep the power of God flowing freely through us and confess over ourselves every day that what 1 Corinthians 13 says about love is true of us. Declare it right now: “I have and live in the love of God; therefore, I endure long, and am patient and kind. I’m never envious, nor do I boil over with jealousy. I’m not boastful, and I do not display myself haughtily. I’m not conceited or rude, nor do I act unbecomingly. By God’s grace, I never insist on my own rights or my own way. I’m not self-seeking. I’m not touchy or fretful or resentful. I take no account of the evil done to me and pay no attention to a suffered wrong. I do not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness. I rejoice when right and truth prevail. I bear up under anything and everything that comes. I am ever ready to believe the best of every person. My hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and because of it I endure everything without weakening. I never fail!” (verses 4-7, "Amplified Bible, Classic Edition"). V * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * POINTS TO GET YOU THERE: 1. According to Jesus, to receive what we believe for when we pray, if we have anything against anyone, we must forgive them. (Mark 11:25) 2. Forgiveness is an act of love, and apart from love faith won’t work. (Gal. 5:6) 3. Love is our New Testament commandment. (John 13:34) 4. You have the power to forgive anyone anytime of anything because you are born of God who is Love. (1 Jn. 4:16) 5. You don’t have to be afraid to forgive those who’ve done you wrong; you can just love them. (1 Jn. 4:18) ******************************************** ******************************************** ********** ADVERTISEMENTS ********** “Love one another” is a command from Jesus. As you experience God’s love, the faith and Anointing of Jesus will enable you to see others through His love, and respond to avoid strife and offense. "A Lifestyle of Love: Living Free From Strife and Offense" 3 messages by Kenneth Copeland 4 CDs $9.99 reg $15 #B210501 single DVD $12.99 reg $19.95 #B210502 FREE standard shipping included. Offer prices valid until May 31, 2021 1-800-600-7395 (U.S. only) ******************************************** ******************************************** 2021 Events ____________________________ For updated event information visit: KCM.ORG/EVENTS ____________________________ Sacramento Live Victory Campaign April 22-24 | Sacramento, Calif. Detroit Live Victory Campaign May 27-29 | Southfield, Mich. Southwest Believers’ Convention Aug. 2-7 | Fort Worth, Texas Word Explosion Military Salute Sept. 2-4 | Columbia, S.C. Omaha Live Victory Campaign Oct. 28-30 | Omaha, Neb. Washington, D.C. Live Victory Campaign Nov. 11-13 | Woodbridge, Va. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Schedule is subject to change without notice. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Kenneth Copeland is also speaking here: (Contact the host church for details.) 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