When we hit the rewind button on a voice mail. . .it’s an effort to gain valuable information.

When you hit the rewind button in playing back our daily conference calls. . .it’s because there’s a word, phrase or thought that contains life-changing potential.

Typically, when we hit the rewind button. . .we’re looking for information, revelation or motivation.

2 Timothy 1:6 in the King James Version says:

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”

Have you ever been in a desperate situation which looked hopeless. . .until God’s amazing grace intervened and things are miraculously changed?

 “Stop It.”

When I heard those two words I was standing in a Half Price Book Store glancing through a book. . .I was about purchase.  I looked around to see if one of the other customers had spoken those words to me. . .they had not. . .there was no one near me.

I knew the spirit of the Lord was clearly speaking to me so I sat down at a table as I paused to hear His voice. . .He said to me:

"Tell my children to stop comparing themselves to others. My Word and their obedience to it...is the only measure of comparison my children should be concerned about."

I meditated on those words.  “Tell my children to stop comparing themselves to others.”

I realized that many people get themselves into financial trouble because they’re always comparing themselves to others and the things they have or don’t have.

I saw a recent survey that revealed that the average age children get a cell phone is eight years old.  Can you believe that?

Have your children or grandchildren ever asked you for a cell phone like “so and so” has?  Every new cell phone release. . .with the latest gadgets and widgets prompts the requests for a new phone.

By the way, it’s not just the children that want the latest and greatest.  It’s Moms and Dads as well.  Why this got to have IT attitude?  It’s simple, comparing what we have with what others have.

I could talk about this economic foolishness because it manifests on so many levels with all kinds of purchases. . .but I need to move on.

As I was reflecting on the Lord’s words to me. . .I felt stirred to write “seven reasons not to compare ourselves to others.”

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John 1:12 in the Amplified Bible says:

“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for receive is H2943 and it means:

“to take with the hand, lay hold of, any person or thing in order to use it; to take what is one's own, to take to one's self, to make one's own; to receive (what is given), to gain, get, obtain, to get back”

Salvation is a gift. . .but we must receive it.

Healing is a gift. . .but we must receive it.

God’s promises are a gift. . .but we must receive them.

Holy Ghost power is a gift. . .but we must receive it.

There are times when people won’t receive a gift, a blessing or a compliment because of some false sense of humility.

Words from Harold and Bev

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Harold Herring

Never let your circumstances define your destiny.  Rather create the circumstances that will assure your destiny.

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Bev Herring

Never allow anyone other than God to determine your worth and value.