Increasing Our Capacity For Success

Written by Harold Herring.

On a recent Rich Thoughts for Breakfast call the word increase was in the text four or five times and so was the word capacity.

Later, as I was meditating, the Lord led me to Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 in the Message Bible which says:

“After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.”

As I’ve read and re-read these verses. . .I was stirred by Ecclesiastes 5:19 which says:

Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it.”

The word capacity ignited in my spirit and God showed me seven ways to increase our capacity for success as we move in His blessing flow.

But first, let’s lay a foundation for this teaching.

I’ve read Isaiah 54 many times. . .generally focusing on verse 17 particularly in the Classic Amplified Bible which says:

7 Keys To Building Your Faith

Written by Harold Herring.

When I was dating my fine wife Bev. . .there was a popular song by Diana Ross entitled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

“If you need me, call me

No matter where you are

No matter how far

Just call my name

I'll be there in a hurry

On that you can depend and never worry”

The lyrics to the chorus are:

“Ain't no mountain high enough

Ain't no valley low enough

Ain't no river wild enough

To keep me from you”

You Want To Be What? . . . You're Just A Dreamer

Written by Harold Herring.

Was there a moment, a point in time when you wanted to be somebody special or to do something bold, daring or humanitarian. Maybe you want ed to go places where others could only wish about...and achieve your greatest dream.

What was it? What was your dream?

My first dream career was to be an archeologist. This was long before Indiana Jones (not too long, I’m not that old). . .though he would have been certainly more inspiring than the real source of my motivation.

The original source was “The Mummy” and I don’t mean the one of the past ten years.   During my childhood I watch the movie with Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff. It was a time when horror movies used real suspense and not that the gore of today. The idea of finding the tombs of hidden Pharaohs intrigued me.

But that dream so gave way, to my determination to be a professional baseball player. . .I was going to play first base for the New York Yankees. A back surgery ended that dream.

Next, it was to be the youngest United States Senator ever elected from North Carolina. . .when I was in high school, I made a list of the 19 steps it would take me to make that dream come true. I had completed 16 of them when things changed rather dramatically in my life.

Spontaneous Giving Is A Key To Your Breakthrough

Written by Harold Herring.

Recently. . .early one morning. . .the Lord gave me a very clear message for every believer.

He said:

“During this coronavirus many of my children are living in fear. Since most church services are online. . .many of my children are not doing the one thing that will protect them financially. . .no matter what’s going on around them. While some of my children are still tithing. . .many of them are not being spontaneous in Holy Spirit led giving.”

In fact, He directed me to share a teaching on spontaneous giving.

“Spontaneous giving” is much more than giving when it’s time to receive the offering. That’s not spontaneous.

A regularly scheduled offering is when you know ahead of time you’re going to give. . .you have prepared to give and you give into the offering. . .what God directed you to sow.

When I say spontaneous giving. . .I’m talk about Holy Spirit led giving in a spontaneous manner.

It might be helpful if we understood what the word spontaneous means.

According to the word spontaneous is defined as:

The Day Everything Changed Forever

Written by Harold Herring.

What a glorious Resurrection Sunday. That statement is not a reflection on the current weather conditions in your part of the world.

It’s not the sunshine. . .the rain or even snow or the lack thereof that make this a glorious Resurrection Day.

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 in the King James Bible says:

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

That’s what makes this day and every other day. . .a glorious Resurrection day.

On Easter Sunday several years. . .I sent a text to my spiritual father and mentor, Dr. John Avanzini wishing he and Sister Pat. . .a Happy Resurrection Sunday.

Almost immediately, I received a five-word return text that provoked my thinking.

The Difference Between Being Successful Or Not

Written by Harold Herring.

Have you ever read a scripture that just ignited a mental firestorm. . . stirring your spirit and energizing your fingers on a laptop keyboard?

Here’s the scripture that fired me up today.

Proverbs 12:24 in the New Living Translation says:

“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.”

As I read that scripture I began thinking about the differences between successful and unsuccessful people.

Brian Tracy, the noted author and success teacher, said:

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'”

Being successful is not necessarily the result of your education, experience, family background or luck. . .but neither is being unsuccessful the result of those same things.