I Can Only Imagine...How About You?

Written by Harold Herring.

Several months ago, we went to see an amazing, emotional and powerful movie entitled “I Can Only Imagine.”

It’s the story of Bart Millard of the Mercy Me musical group. The movie tells the story of a young man verbally and physically abused by his father. . .and their journey to a restoration that only God could cause to happen.

I won’t take the time to tell you more about the movie. . .I’ll just say. . .go see it or buy the DVD when it comes out on June 12th, Father’s Day.

The highlight of the movie is when Bart moved by emotion over his father who had just passed and gone to heaven. . .wrote the song “I Can Only Imagine.”

Here are the first two verses of the song.

Why God Wants You Successful

Written by Harold Herring.

There is absolutely, no doubt that God wants you manifesting biblical success in your life.

It’s important to understand the significance of biblical success. . .that’s where you and everyone around you. . .recognizes that God makes you successful.

Deuteronomy 30:9 in the New Century Version says:

The Lord your God will make you successful in everything you do. You will have many children, your cattle will have many calves, and your fields will produce good crops, because the Lord will again be happy with you, just as he was with your ancestors.”

Did you notice that first sentence in this passage of scripture says: “The Lord your God will make you successful in everything you do. . .”

First off, He’s not just any God. He’s your God. . .your personal God, the one who has your picture on His refrigerator. Yes, He loves you that much!

Second, He will make you successful in EVERYTHING you do. Not just some things. Or the most pressing or important things. No, He, the Lord God Almighty, is going to make you successful in ALL you do.

The key to our biblical success is our obedience to His instructions.

Joshua 1:7 in the New Century Version says:

Follow The Red Dot To Your Future

Written by Harold Herring.

I’ve been to a dozen county fairs, 3 state fairs, 2 World’s fairs, a White House state dinner and more shopping malls than I can count.

In traveling over six and a half million miles with just American Airlines. . .I quite often found myself in a strange and sometimes very large mall looking for a particular store.

The first thing I look for is the big board which displays all the stores and gives their particular number so customers can more easily find them.

Next, I look for the big red dot on the board so I can know where I am. Hopefully, the red dot will provide a clear route of travel to my desired destination. Sadly, sometimes things didn’t work quite that easily.

What about the red dot in your life? Do you know where you are or more importantly where you’re going?

Here are seven ways to find the red dot.

1.         You’ve Got To Know Where You’re At.

As I’ve shared before. . .I never read Alice In Wonderland until I was an adult. It’s not that I had a deprived childhood . . .but the book didn’t float my boat as a young boy.

You Are Strong, Important And Necessary

Written by Harold Herring.

This morning on Rich Thoughts For Breakfast I referred to 1 Corinthians 12:22 without quoting it. After the call. . .that verse kept stirring in my spirit.

I vividly remember the first time I heard 1 Corinthians 12:22 in the New Living Translation. I immediately knew it was a verse that should be taught and/or quoted on a regular basis.

I knew God would use this verse to touch and change people’s lives who feel they are weaker or less important to Him as others.

The entire verse of 1 Corinthians 12:22 in the New Living Translation says:

“In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.”

As I was re-reading that verse God immediately gave me seven reasons why you and every other believer are strong, important and necessary to the Body of Christ.

Before getting to the seven reasons you are necessary I want to share 1 Corinthians 12:22 in two other translations.

First, the Contemporary English Version of 1 Corinthians 12:22, says:

"In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest."

Second, the New International Reader’s Version of 1 Corinthians 12:22, says:

Fear Is A Hindrance To Success And Surplus

Written by Harold Herring.

Several days ago during a Rich Thoughts For Breakfast call. . .we posed a question.

Here it is.

If it’s God’s will to give us the kingdom, then why are so many people struggling?

During the call we taught five hindrances to your surplus of prosperity.

Fear. . .of the unknown. Fear of failure.

Doubt. . .that God will do what He says He will do in His word.

Anxiety. . .over the current economic and political landscape.

Hesitation. . .to give what God says to give because of our perceived limitations and lack.

Disbelief. . .over whether everything promised in the Bible applies to “me.”

Notice the progression of the five hindrances. . .one builds upon the next one.

Today, I was going to teach in depth on the five tricks of the devil. However, I received a clear word to teach on them individually

I was further directed to teach them as He directed and when He directed.

Tonight, I felt directed that we should teach first on fear.

As we said recently and taught for years. . .Fear is the devil’s anointing.

We want you to write in the following statement where you can see it…remember it…believe it…confess it…until it’s manifested in your life.

“Fear is the devil’s anointing but I rebuke it because it has no place in my life.”Make no mistake about it. . .the enemy will continually try to bring fear into your mental thought process.

Have you ever known anyone who was a prisoner of war?

Keys To Handling Difficult People

Written by Harold Herring.

There’s no doubt that from time to time we’ll have to deal with difficult people.

There’s no need for us to identify them. . .you know who they are.

Number One: get rid of your difficult attitude. . .first.

“Yes, but Brother Harold, it’s not my attitude that’s the problem. . .it’s them.”

The object of your attention may have the worst attitude of anybody you’ve ever meet BUT you can’t move anyone else until you move yourself. It’s just the way God works (Matthew 5:23-24; 18:15-16)

You must get rid of any vindictiveness or offense. . .that’s occupying space in your mental hard drive.

You’ll never be able to break through the wall surrounding difficult people as long as you have the wrong kind of attitude.

What kind of attitude should you have?

Philippians 2:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility].”