Why Giving Is Important To God

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Giving is important to God. . .that’s why it should be important to us.

In fact, God sets giving apart from going to church. . .praying. . .even living a righteous life.

Genesis 8:22 in the King James Version says:

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

As long as the earth exists there will be temperature changes. . .cold and heat which establish the seasons of the year.

God is clearly saying that day and night. . .a separation of time will exist as long as the earth remainsA time for working and a time for resting.

These are things that are so integral to our daily lives that to doubt their probability would be ridiculous. 

Yet, it is interesting to note that the very first thing listed in Genesis 8:22 is sowing and reaping.

Activating Our Spiritual Renovation

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Have you ever had a cell phone, iPad, computer or other electronic toy wear down or out?

When this occurs you can send the electronic gizmo back to the manufacturer where it will be refurbished according to the manufacturer’s specifications . . .making it as good as new. . .at least, according to them.

Sometimes we need to be mentally and spiritually refurbished. . .sending us back to our manufacturer. . .Creator. . .for a makeover. . .do over or get over. . .whichever is more appropriate and needed.

If you have renovated an older house…you know it’s a process of changing those things that need changing.

You replace the old flooring with a new, more updated look and style.

You replace the old electrical wiring with new. . .to eliminate static interference from your electronics and to prevent the cabling from overheating and creating a fire hazard.

You replace the outdated exterior and interior wall colors with new vibrant colors and textures.

You replace the old appliances and furniture with new. . .to reflect changes in time and your taste.

The same parallel is true when we renew our minds.

We've got to take out the old way of thinking and put in the new.  This is how we become successful and victorious in Christ.  We take out the old and bring in the new.

10 Commandments Of Success

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Several years ago I came across the 10 Commandments of Success written by Charles M. Schwab, the steel magnet of the late nineteenth and early 20th Century who founded Bethlehem Steel.

I taught his ten commandments on a Rich Thoughts For Breakfast teaching I did about three years ago.

As I read over what I had previously written. . .I was given a clear word from the Lord to expand this teaching and share it on SUNDAY NITE LIVE.

What you’re about to read is the 10 Commandments of Success greatly expanded with fresh Holy Spirit revelation.

Based on his lifestyle, I find it ironic that Schwab chose the term “commandments” to describe his success strategies.  His lifestyle was anything but that of a godly man.  Yet, back in that day, doing the godly thing was more the norm in American life than in today’s society.

Schwab was a brilliant businessman.  In 1908, he took a major risk and had Bethlehem Steel begin construction of the H-bean which revolutionized building construction and made possible the age of the skyscraper.

As I read Schwab’s 10 Commandments of Success. . .I was stirred to give them a scriptural foundation and commentary.

7 Keys To Keep On Keeping On

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

In order to be successful as an Olympic athlete. . .you must keep on keeping on.

In other words. . .you must be persistent in your daily routine everything from diet to exercise. . .to a constant vision of seeing yourself crossing the finish line in whatever category that might be … with your hands raised in victory.

Perseverance is in the New Testament 32 times and its most frequently translated as:

“patience; endurance; patient waiting”

The term literally means “remaining under” or standing firm despite opposition.

In life, we will face many challenges. . .and adversities.

Human nature will want you to rationalize that other people seem to have it easier than you. . .and in some cases, you may be right.

But the Bible says that joy is based not on an absence of difficulty but on discovering your gifts and using them for the benefit of the Kingdom of God.

Booker T. Washington said:

7 Things To Do When Facing The Storms Of Life

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Have you ever been in a serious thunderstorm. . .or maybe even a hurricane or tornado?

I’ve never been in a tornado but I have been through a couple of hurricanes and many serious thunderstorms.

During our time in Texas. . .it was not unusual to have thunderstorms with 60-70 mile an hour winds and frequent lightning strikes.  I remember one storm where there were over 1,000 lighting strikes in an hour.

When serious storms come up. . .we’re looking for a safe place. 

How would you react if you were in the middle of the sea when a violent storm arose?

Mark 4:37 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“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.”

The disciples and Jesus were crossing the Sea of Galilee when a violent storm began to rage.  The disciples were frightened, fearful and faithless in the midst of what they perceived to be a potentially, deadly situation.

A Confession Over The Seeds We Sow

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

“Father, in the name of Jesus, I command this Holy Spirit led-seed to go where I tell it to go. . .to do what I tell it to do. I speak that it will not return void.  In the strong name of Jesus, by the authority of the Word in Matthew 16:19 which says that whatever is bound on earth is bound in heaven. . .I bind any and every hindering spirit that would seek crop failure for the precious seed that I’m sowing.

 

"The Word says in John 16:23 that whatever I ask in your name. . .you will give it to me.  Father, just as a farmer expects a harvest from the seed he sows into the ground. . .I’m claiming my mega harvest over the seed that I’ve sown.  I’m standing in expectation for an immediate bumper crop harvest.  In the name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.”

It's Too Soon To Quit

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Are you discouraged today. . .for any reason?

Have you been fighting discouragement about your family, job, health or anything else?

If you have. . .take heart.

God is on your side even in your weakness.

He’s for you when you stumble.

He’s for you even when you grumble. . .though He doesn’t like that very much.

Are you so discouraged that it makes you want to quit?

The next two statements should make you shout and send glory bumps all over your body.

First, God not only loves you. . .but He wants to help you right now.

7 Keys To Release The Power In Your Hands

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Hold your hands up. . .what do you see?

Something to cover your mouth when you yawn. . .something to eat with. . .something to comb your hair with. . .something to help you work . . .something to help you play.

When God looks at your hands, He sees unlimited potential for blessings, miracles, and prosperity.  We already have that authority as believers!

John 3:35 says:

“The Father loved the son and placed everything in his hands.”

When the soldiers came to take Jesus captive in the Garden of Gethsemane, the first thing they did was to bind his hands.  Why?

. . .those hands had made mud, placed it on the eyes of a blind man that allowed him to see instantly.

. . .those hands took the five loaves and two fishes from a young man and fed thousands of people.

. . .those hands had been laid upon a great host of people who found His healing touch brought instant relief to their sick and suffering bodies.

. . .those hands  stopped a funeral procession. . .touched the body of a young boy and gave his mother great joy and him a new life.

. . .those hands had resurrection power -- but so do yours.

7 Keys To Becoming A Rich Thinker

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

If you want things to be different in your life. . .the number one thing you need to change is not your job, circumstances, environment, relationships or income. . .it’s you.

You must first change the way you think. . .which means changing your attitude. 

Romans 12:2 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”

Change is a door than can only be opened from the inside.

When you begin to feed on the Word of God on a regular basis. . .your thought processes begin to change. . .then your attitude begins to change.

Your attitude is determined by the collection of the dominant thoughts in your mind.  So in determining the proper kind of attitude for change. . .we must look at Philippians 2:5 in the New Living Translation which says:

Get Free From These 7 Things

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

July 4th is not just another holiday.

It's much more than a trip to the beach, lake or pool.  It's much more than a picnic in the park or backyard.  This holiday is more than oohing and awing at fireworks displays.

July 4th is about freedom and liberty won and maintained through great personal sacrifice, commitment and faith.

Our independence was won by those who were willing to pay the ultimate price so that you and I could enjoy a holiday such as this.

George Washington said:

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

The following is a great story about General Washington’s faith in God.

During the dark days of the American Revolution, when the Continental Army had experienced several setbacks, a farmer who lived near the battlefield approached Washington’s camp unheard.

Stretch Out Your Hand

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Our faith is under attack.

This is not really a new thing.

But. . .HALLELUJAH. . .these attacks cannot stop the power of God.

But the work of God is done on earth through believing faith.

Attacks come to hinder our faith by breaking our focus. . .with the purpose of  trying to keep the plan of God from manifesting in our lives.

Mark 3:1 in the New King James Version says:

“And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.”

This is one of my favorite stories in scripture.

The man was positioned to receive alms. . .to put bread on his table for a day.  But on this particular day. . .he was positioned for a miracle.

Our God is a deliverer Who does not like to see His children hurting.