Making The Word Work For You

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Unfortunately, some believers don’t know how or don’t do what they know to do. . .in order to make the Word work for them.

As I was reading Isaiah 55:11 my spirit was stirred to write “Making The Word Work For You” based on that scripture in the Classic Amplified Bible.

“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

You can’t send forth what you don’t know.

Your mouth can’t speak and send forth what you heart doesn’t understand.

But you can better understand how it works when you look at the verse in greater detail.

# 1       “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth. . .”

The Word that goes forth. . .is not in written form. . .but the spoken Word.

And these are not just any words. . .they’re the words of God from the Word of God.

You're Royalty ... So Live A Life Of Significance

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

I want you to read and say the next sentence out loud.

God wants me to live a life of significance.

Now I want you to write that sentence down.

God wants me to live a life of significance.

To live a life of significance. . .does it mean you were one of the 600 guests invited to royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? NO! Does it mean you were one of the 2,500 people invited on the grounds of Windsor Castle? Absolutely not!

Before going any further. . .let us clear the air.

You are a royal. . .you’re the child of the King. . .not just any king but The King of Kings.

As it says in 1 Peter 2:9 you are a royal priesthood and you been called to show others the goodness of God. . .and that means you have royal blood flowing through your veins.

Can somebody says “Hallelujah.”

I Can Only Imagine...How About You?

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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. Posted in RichThoughts

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].”

Four Words To Change Your Life

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Resurrection Day was the day that changed everything.

Let me say it again. . .

Resurrection Day was the day that changed everything.

On that day. . .where we spend eternity. . .changed.

On that day. . .how we live our lives now. . .changed.

On that day. . .how we face adversity, tough times and attacks of the enemy. . .changed.

On that day. . .we gained the victory over sickness, disease, addiction, affliction and poverty.

But truthfully, our celebration should be daily and not just one Sunday a year.

Easter should be a time of shouting for Christians.  We have the same Resurrection Power that brought Jesus out of the tomb. . . loosed in our lives.  

Romans 8:11 NLT says:

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”

Not only is that promise real for us today … but the One Who promised has the power and authority to do so.

Do More Than Dream About Success

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

The Lord said to me. . .

“God wants us to dream bigger…speak boldly…think creatively…associate higher…do more…never give up … starting today.”

I thought that would make a great Facebook post and Tweet for Twitter. . .but the Lord decided it would make a great SUNDAY NITE LIVE teaching for His people.

Truthfully, my first thought was “Lord, I’ve already got something and I need a nap.”

Fortunately, I never spoke those words although I know He knows so I repented for even thinking them.

Here’s what I do know. . .this teaching is especially for some of God’s choice chosen vessels. . .like you.

# 1       Dream Bigger

In my mind. . .I was seeking to find some fresh revelation on dreams and I’m not talking about the nocturnal kind but then I realized the vast majority of us don’t perceive or fully receive the truth God wants us to get. . .with just hearing something once or twice.

You’ll never succeed in achieving your wildest dreams. . .unless you have some wild dreams.

John Barrymore, the actor, once said:

Miracles Manifest Through Points Of Contact

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

The first time I ever heard the term “point of contact” was while watching one of Oral Roberts old healing crusades when it played on our small black and white TV.

I remember Dr. Roberts stretching out his hands toward the TV camera and asking the viewers at home to extend their faith by touching his hand on the television screen as a point of contact.

Over the years I’ve heard some men and women of God talk about a point of contact when it comes to the prayer of agreement.

I believe a point of contact is anything God instructs us to do to help release our faith.

We can say it another way. . .a point of contact provides a way for us to act on what the Word says and when we do. . .we release our faith to move the hand of God.

Our point of contact could be the prayer of faith…the laying on of hands…an act of faith that causes you to move outside your comfort zone, Holy Communion, water…a prayer cloth or anything that requires a step of faith toward the previously unknown.

A point of contact is one method we use to reach God and obey His divine instructions.