Spontaneous Giving Is A Key To Your Breakthrough

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

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 dictionary.com the word spontaneous is defined as:

The Day Everything Changed Forever

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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.

Experiencing God's Best. . .Now

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

My plan tonight was to teach on COVID-19 otherwise known as (Christ Overcomes Virus & Infectious Diseases) Joshua 1:9 but God directed me to teach this message instead.) Maybe, it's for you.

Over the years, I’ve counseled so many partners to wait for the Isaac God promised because they don’t need to impatiently substitute an Ishmael in their lives.

It’s always best to wait for God’s best. . .because life is too short to do anything without God's best.

Recently, I came across a quote which not only fired my imagination but confirmed the advice I’d given over the years.

“It's best to wait for the one you want than settle for one that's available. Best to wait for the one you love than one who is around.”

As I was meditating on waiting for God’s best. . .I began to type the “Experiencing God’s Best.NOW.”

1.         20/20 Vision

I’m a great driver. . .probably have driven close to if not over, a million miles.

7 Practical Ways of Changing Your Destiny

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

For most of my life I was taught that talents were gifts of abilities and had nothing to do with financial gifts.

Sometimes people can teach things that are sincere but sincerely wrong. The word translated as talents as discussed in Matthew 25 is clearly defined as money.

If you have any doubt about the accuracy of what I’m saying… consider Matthew 25:16 in the New English Translation Bible:

“The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work and gained five more.”

Next, take a look at Matthew 25:18-19 also in the New English Translation Bible which says:

“But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money in it.”

I realize some people might say, “Well, yes but you’re just quoting those new-fangled translations. What does the King James Version say?”

Glad you asked.

Matthew 25:18 in the King James Version says:

Winning Every Battle

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

There is a powerful passage of scripture in Ephesians 6:13-18 which reveals how you’re equipped to win every battle. . .the enemy wages against you.

A real understanding of spiritual armor will reveal how you can win every battle and not just one here and there.

Ephesians 6:13-18 in the Message Bible opens the door to winning every battle you face. It says:

"Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. (1) Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. (2) Truth, righteousness, peace, faith and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. (3) God's Word is an indispensable weapon. (4) In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. (5) Keep your eyes open. (6) Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.(7)"

From this powerful scriptural passage God showed me seven facts you should know in order to defeat the enemy in every attack he launches against you.

1.      Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own.

The World English Dictionary defines preparation as:

“the act or process of preparing and the state of being prepared; readiness”

Preparation is a mental decision because it becomes a practical reality.

Don't Be A Closet Heathen

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

I suppose the first time I ever heard the word heathen other than church was when Aunt Esther on the hit television show Sanford and Son called Fred Sanford one. It seems I even remember her calling Fred a “heathen reprobate.”

In the scripture, the Greek word for heathen appears in the scriptures 164 times in 152 verses. . .and in 157 of those occasions the word appears as gentiles or nations.

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for heathen means:

“a multitude (whether of men or of beasts) associated or living together; a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus.”

According to the Random House Dictionary the word heathen means:

“an unconverted individual of a people that do not acknowledge the God of the Bible; a pagan; an irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized person.”

The word irreligious is defined by dictionary.com as:

“showing indifference or hostility to religion.”

Showing indifference to the Word of God. . .could also be interpreted as not caring to obey His instructions.

7 Things Philippians 2:3 Says Not To Do

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

I have a dear friend. . .a brilliant man. . .who is, in fact, a member of the Mensa Society, with an IQ of over 120.

In the midst of any conversation. . .whether about politics, people or ideas. . .he is prone to say. . . “Let’s get this conversation back where it belongs. . .on me.”

For my friend, the statement is just a way of having fun. . .or re-directing the conversation but it doesn’t have to be on him. . .he isn’t self-centered in the least.

However, we do live in a “me” society.

“What’s in it for me?”

“What difference does this matter to me?”

“How will this benefit me?”

How To Be A Perfect 10

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Success is an attitude.  Success is a habit.  Success is a lifestyle.  Success is easily available to anyone who wants it...believes they can have it...works for it...never gives up and always... trusts God...through thick and thin.

Remember, faith is personified by being faithful.

Success happens inside you before it ever happens around you.  There is a defining moment when you decide to take control of your own life and embrace the success God wants you to achieve.

Age, education, money, background and childhood experiences do not matter in the face of these principles.

Joshua spent twenty years preparing for his divine destiny…his success as a leader for the Children of Israel. In the life and book of Joshua there are ten success secrets that Joshua found were critical to his future and they are critical to your future too.

1st Step—See your goal

Make Today And Tomorrow...Your Best Days Ever

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

One of my favorite signs says:

“Good morning! I’ll be handling all your problems today. So relax and enjoy your day. Love, God. P.S. I love you.”

Someone once said:

“Do not face the day, until you have faced God in prayer.”

When you woke up this morning. . .did you expect this to be your best day ever?

What is your expectation for the day? Is it different than yesterday or the day before?

Do you have any expectation for today or are you just glad that you made it through another night?

Do you expect to feel better today than you did yesterday? And, more importantly, did you expect to feel better today?

Do you expect God to move in the lives of your loved ones?

Do you see it as a day filled with previously unknown opportunities where you can tap into previously unused potential?

If You Fight. . .You'll Win

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Would it surprise you to know that there is a difference between winning and being a winner?

You can win a contest. . .the lottery. . .an athletic event. . .a prize. . .but still not be a winner.

Winning is an occurrence. It’s something that happens today, this week, this year and then it’s gone.

In fact, if you study the history of people who won the lottery. . .you will discover few people were actually big winners in life. . .regardless of the mega millions they won by having a winning ticket.

Being a winner is a state of mind. . .regardless of what happens or the outcome of any particular contest or endeavor.

A winner is someone who recognizes they’re fighting for something noble. . . someone who refuses to quit. . . and who will never give up until they win or accomplish their goal or calling.

You and I were created to be winners in the game of life. Yet, we face an adversary who is dedicated to our defeat. However, God instructs us to fight the good fight of faith. . .because we’re more than conquerors. . .who can overcome every attack of the enemy.

As I was pondering this. . .I went to www.biblegateway.com and looked up “good fight” and the first reference that pulled up was 1 Timothy 1:18 in the New International Version of the Bible:

“Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight.”

The word good is the Greek word kalos (G2570) which means: