Get Active Instead Of Distracted

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

James 2:17 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).”

Now listen to the words of James 2:17 this time in God’s Word Translation which says the verse this way:

“In the same way, faith by itself is dead if it doesn’t cause you to do any good things.”

Faith destroys fear. . .crushes doubt. . .conquers the unknown. . .inspires others. . .and makes us victorious in all our hands find to do.

If we want to do more than we’ve done. . .be more than we’ve been. . .then we need to step out in faith … as long as it lines up with His Word.

God’s Word tells us what to do. . .if we take a calculated risk and fail to succeed.

Proverbs 24:16 in the New Living Translation says:

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.  But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”

I’ve found that scripturally-directed action. . .even though it appears risky in the natural. . .produces successful results.  Sometimes those results are immediate other times they’re progressive . . .as a result of the actions taken.

7 Things To Never Misplace

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Have you ever misplaced something you not only wanted to find. . .but you had to find.

Perhaps, it was your car or house keys. . .an important document for work or some back-up files for your taxes.

After some time passed and more mental anguish than you care to admit … you finally found the misplaced items.

Recently, a precious, close friend of ours, Pastor Malc Burton, sent me the following text.

“Good morning, Pastor.  Read Psalm 62:5 when you get a moment.  God stirred me this morning about misplaced expectation and misplaced trust.  Love you.”

Pastor Malc is full of revelatory insight.  He has ghost written over 100 books for many well-known Christian leaders. . .names you would immediately recognize.

As I read Pastor Malc’s text I was stirred as well.  Even before reading his scripture. . .I felt impressed to write seven things never to misplace.

1.     Misplaced expectation.

Psalm 62:5 in the Amplified Bible says it this way:

7 Things To Do To Finish 2017 Strong

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

It was early morning when the Lord began this rapid fire succession of the seven things we should do if we want to finish 2017 strong. 

As He was revealing these seven things. . .it was clear that our success for the remainder of 2017 depended on not growing weary or give up doing certain things ...if we wanted to finish this year strong.

# 1       Don’t Stop … believing

Sometimes you can get weary in the battle...but we must keep believing and we must keep walking it out in faith

There is an old saying. . .if you don’t believe in something you’ll fall for anything.

More properly said, if you don’t continue to believe that the Word of God is true for you… then you’re more likely fall for the tricks, traps, lies, deceptions and wiles the enemy throws your way.

The word believe is found in 131 verses in the King James Bible.  However, I feel led to share with you seven things you must believe.

First, You must believe He is a miracle working savior.

Matthew 9:28 says:

“And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.”

Second, He wants you and your family saved.

Turning Every Crisis Into An Opportunity

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

If you’ve been trying to stay afloat in the storms of life. . .if you need encouragement for the battles you’re in. . .then. . .this teaching is just for you.

Mark 4:35-40 in the Amplified Bible says:

“35 On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake].

36 And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him.

37 And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.

38 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?

39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).

40 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?”

No matter how spiritual you are or aren’t. . .there will come a time in your life when the storm clouds will fill your horizon, darkening the view of your destination, beating up your ship of state. . .making you wonder whether you will survive the howling winds and blowing rain of adversity.

If you draw a breath. . .you’re considered dangerous to the devil. . .you will face a crisis in life from time to time.

The question is not whether or not you will face a crisis but rather how you will respond to it.

Increasing Your Capacity For Success

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Sunday morning during our 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.

Overcoming Troubled Times

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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.