(Following is mysermonettewhich every Kenneth Copeland Bible College [KCBC] student was required to present/speak.)

I’m on the Love Train where JESUS is the Engineer or Motorman or Driver and the Holy Spirit is the Conductor. Sometime in or around 2009, as I woke-up in the middle of the night, I received a specific Scripture from the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned several things via the writings of Kenneth E. Hagin, one thing is to keep a pen and paper near my bed; another thing is to personalize Scripture. So, at 2:00 a.m. I scratched out chapter and verse as best I could. Several hours later, as I prepared to enter into my quality time with the LORD, I began by searching this particular Scripture . . . it was Philippians 1:9-11 which is specific to the God kind of love, and I pray it as follows:

“Father, may my love abound more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that my love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment]. So that I may surely grasp what is vital and of real value; that I may be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ Jesus’ return [neither stumbling nor causing others to stumble]. And that as a branch in the Vine who is Jesus, I bear much fruit to the honor, praise and glory of You with thanksgiving, in Jesus’ Name.”

For a long time I was a little baffled about why the LORD would deem it necessary for me to read, study, meditate, mutter, and pray Scripture about love (because surely you all deem me as sweet and kind person but) He who is Omniscient knew all about what I considered to be my theme song at that time which was all about revenge . . .

(play 40 seconds of The Big Payback by James Brown)

Nevertheless, the primary reason that the Holy Spirit gave me that specific Scripture has more to do with Galatians 5:6 which tells us that faith is powered or operated by love. In other words, there can be no manifestation(s) of faith without love because a grudge will block the flow of THE BLESSING. A grudge is tantamount to debris, and every time another bit of debris is added (because the evil one has watched you long enough to know exactly what type of “stuff” will set you off) its purpose is to block the flow of THE BLESSING.

BUT GOD . . . it is His power that will make it easy to release whatever stupid idea the devil sends his cohorts to convince you and I that we’re perfectly within reason to hold a grudge. The Lord Jesus told us that any advice from the father of lies has but one purpose which is to “steal, kill , and destroy” (John 10:10a). Now, if you think you know better than JESUS, guess who gave you THAT idea. “A grudge is poison that you drink under the false premise that you’re hurting the other person.” Now that I take my cues from the leading of the Holy Spirit, God gave me a song to replace that initial theme song. Like to hear it? Here it goes . . .

(play Love Train by the Ojays)