Overcoming Troubled Times

Written by Harold Herring.

If it isn’t obvious that we’re living in the end-times. . .just read the headlines in your local newspaper or on your favorite internet news source.

There’s an old Ray Charles song entitled “Born to Lose.”  One refrain of the song says:  Born to lose, I've lived my life in vain; every dream has only brought me pain.”

The news media has adopted that philosophy and terminology that bad news sells a lot more than good news. The worse the news … the better in their opinion.  They produce a constant stream of bad news for you to wallow in.

We’re not minimizing the troubles in the world. . .they are plentiful. . .but we don’t need to get caught in despair over what’s happening around us or even to us.

There’s still a lot to be thankful for … and a lot of very good people doing miraculous things to change people’s lives for the better. No doubt you are included.

Here are seven ways to overcome troubled times. It may take some doing … but the end result is worth all the effort.

1.         Don’t RSVP to the Pity Party

7 Keys To God's Plans For You

Written by Harold Herring.

Have you ever been late to an appointment or perhaps you overlooked one altogether?

I know people who have lost their jobs. . .or didn’t get a new job because they were late to an appointment.

When you’re going to meet your children or grandchildren’s teacher for the first time . . . that’s not a good time to be late for an appointment.

Of every appointment you’ve ever had. . .there is one appointment you are not going to want to miss.

God scheduled this appointment for you before you were ever born. It’s a part of your destiny. . .His purpose and plans for your life.

Let’s talk about two scriptures in Jeremiah as we begin to understand God’s plans for our lives.

First, Jeremiah 1:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

7 Keys To Being Blessed. . .Or Not

Written by Harold Herring.

If I were to ask. . .how many of you reading this want to be blessed?  I'm sure everyone would enthusiastically say Yes!  And some would even say. . .I'm already blessed.

Here are seven keys to being blessed. . .or not.  We decide.

1.         Learn to receive.

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.

Building A Strong Leadership Team

Written by Harold Herring.

You would be amazed at how many times I’ve heard someone say:

"If I could just meet the right people."

"I don't even know where to look for someone who knows how to help me."

"Maybe, I just need to give up."

I have a revelation for you. . .unless you step out of your comfort zone. . .you’re never going to meet the right person.

Here are seven keys to building a strong leadership team.

1.       Expect to build strong friendships.

Everywhere you go. . .you need to expect to make new friends.

As we’ve taught for years. . .expectation always leads to manifestation.

Hebrews 13:2 in the Amplified Bible says:

Are You The Man With The Pitcher?

Written by Harold Herring.

How do you want to be known?

Saved. . .successful. . .effective steward. . .great spouse. . .visionary. . .excellent parent. . .wonderful son or daughter. . .the list could go on.

Frankly, I’d like to be known as all those things. . .but I’d also like to be known as the man with the pitcher.

The key to your success in the remaining six months of 2017 is to become: the man/woman with the pitcher.

Mark 14:12 in the Amplified Bible says:

“On the first day [of the Feast] of Unleavened Bread, when [as was customary] they killed the Passover lamb, [Jesus’] disciples said to Him, Where do You wish us to go [and] prepare the Passover [supper] for You to eat?”

This was a significant day in the life of Jesus. . .it was the last time that He would share a meal with His disciples before his arrest, persecution and crucifixion.

Mark 14:13-16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“13 And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, Go into the city, and a man carrying an [earthen] jar or pitcher of water will meet you; follow him.

7 Things That Should Matter To Every Man

Written by Harold Herring.

We can’t control the global monetary system and economic policies of foreign capitals.

We can’t control the lunacy of terrorists or anyone who will randomly take the lives of innocent people.

We can’t control what happens on Wall Street but we can control what happens on our street.

We can’t control what happens in the White House but we can control what happens in our houses.

John 16:33 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]!  For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] 

In school, whether it was high school or college, I must confess I always liked multiple choice questions the best.

Door # 1. . .has perfect peace and confidence.

Door # 2. . .has tribulations, trials, distress and frustration.