Get Rid Of The Ites

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Make no mistake about it. . .if God promises us something. . .makes a covenant with us. . .it’s going to happen . . . unless we ignore His instructions or give up or give in first.

Our circumstances don’t matter. . .the problems that we’re currently facing don’t matter. . . but our obedience to His Word definitely matters..

Having said that. . .let me tell you there are going to be times when you wonder what’s going on. . .simply because you may not be able to perceive that God is working in and through your life to manifest His precious promises.

During these times. . .it’s critical to understand there is definitely an enemy waiting in the shadows hoping to knock you off course. . .frustrate you. . .so you NEVER manifest God’s promises.

God miraculously delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage.  His promises were confirmed through signs and wonders and finally the persistence paid off and the children of Israel were marching out of tyranny into freedom. . .destined for the Promised Land as His promises were manifested.

The children of Israel encountered some adversity in their journey to freedom and abundance.  They may have felt dismayed but nothing they did altered the promises of God.  His goal was the same as in the beginning. 

God Won't Like That

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Hebrews 12:12-13 in the Message Bible says:

So don't sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!”

I started wondering why people sit on their hands and drag their feet….and realized it happens when people make excuses.

Believe me, I’ve heard all of the excuses … and some that would make you laugh if you didn’t know the person speaking the words was serious.

I believe if I set my mind to it…I could come up with some of the greatest excuses in the world.

But the real question is what does the greatest book ever written have to say about excuses.

Proverbs 24:11in the Message Bible says:

“Rescue the perishing; don't hesitate to step in and help. If you say, "Hey, that's none of my business," will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know— Someone not impressed with weak excuses.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 says:

You're In The Lord's Army

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

There are some Christian children’s songs that I really love.

In fact, these songs contain powerful scriptural truths which we want to get ingrained in our children.

Here’s one of my favorites.

I may never march in the infantry

Ride in the cavalry

Shoot the artillery

I may never fly o'er the enemy

But I'm in the Lord's army!

Yes Sir!

Great song. . .with a scriptural truth for all our lives.

And by the way, you’re not just a foot soldier. . .you are a commander in the Lord’s Army.

According to dictionary.com a commander is:

Developing A Winning Mindset

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

My goal is to learn something from everything I read.

As I take notes on what I’ve read...I ask God how to take the thoughts I've written down and make them applicable to my life.

Your mindset is simply a collection of the dominant thoughts in your life.

Proverbs 4:23 in the New Century Version says:

"Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life."

If you want to be a winner . . .spiritual or otherwise. . .you need to learn how to collect, assimilate, activate and utilize the dominant thoughts in your life.

Here are seven ways to develop a winning mindset.  They’re not the only ways but they are the seven God directed for this teaching.

1.         Divine Direction

You can listen to all the financial gurus . . . infomercial kings or spiritual swamis . . .but if you want your success to be lasting. . .you’d best seek divine direction about your ideas, your plan and the ultimate journey to the winner’s circle.

Proverbs 3:5-6 in the Message Bible says:

What To Do When Trouble Strikes

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

If you're drawing breath on planet earth...there will come moments & times during adversity when you wonder what to do next.

In these moments...your solace will not be found at the local watering hole commiserating with someone as lost as a goose in a blizzard.

Your answer will not be found in extended conversations with friends about why it's unfair you have to deal with these situations.

Here are seven things to do when trouble strikes.

1.         When you’re disappointed

Here’s the great news. . .regardless of the intensity of the enemy’s attack. . .you will never be put to shame or disappointed.

I realize that’s a bold statement. . . but there are eight verses in the Classic Amplified Bible translation which say exactly that.  Here are three of them.

Psalm 25:3 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause.”

Psalm 25:20 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

Resurrection Of The Walking Dead

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

If you watch television or keep up with entertainment news then you’re not doubt familiar with the website Netflix.

I saw an article about there being 19 different shows on Netflix about zombies or as they’re often called “the walking dead.”

Unfortunately, there are commercials for many of the TV series which I’m sometimes helpless to avoid watching.

These ads and programs do not create alarm in me but rather a deep concern for the walking dead.

I’m not talking about zombies.  Well, at least the kind you see on television or in the movies.

Our dear friend, the late Bob Harrington, Chaplain of Bourbon Street used to say he had two fears.

One is to be buried but not dead and the other is to be dead but not buried.

My concern about zombies. . .or the walking dead. . . is not those physical beings but those who are mentally and spiritually comatose when it comes to the Word of God.

Delivered From Attacks Of The Dirty Dozen

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

This morning I was grieving for our precious partners who need deliverance from sin, fear, debt, sickness, lack, greed, addictions, anger, hurt, depression, sexual sin and hopelessness.

These twelve sins are the ones that immediately came to my mind.  As I wrote them down. . .I labeled them the Dirty Dozen.  Obviously, the list could be expanded to include others but these are the first twelve that came to my mind.

Create your own prayer and/or confession to be delivered from the Dirty Dozen. . .but it should be something like this.

“Heavenly Father, I’m calling out, exposing and cursing these twelve sin tactics of the enemy.  In the strong name of Jesus, I bind sin, fear, debt, sickness, lack, greed, addictions, anger, hurt, depression, sexual sin and hopelessness.  By the authority of the Word and through the blood of Jesus I’m binding these Dirty Dozen sins out of my life and the environment in which I live and operate.

Lord, I rejoice because I know your desire is to set me free.  I rejoice because you are with me.  I rejoice that you will never leave nor forsake me.  I rejoice that I will not fear anyone or anything. . .because you are on my side.  I call this done and done in the mighty name of Jesus.  Amen.”

Next the Lord led me to seven things EVERY believer should know about how to be delivered from the enemy attacks by the Dirty Dozen.

1.       Deliverance comes to those who aren’t afraid.

Steps To The Future God Wants For You

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Sometime back. . .God dropped the phrase "21 Steps" in my spirit.  I felt like He was directing me to write a 21-step program to turning our lives around as we manifest the future He desires for us.

I wrote twelve of the steps and felt Him telling me to stop.  I kept looking at the title in my Possibilities folder. . .day after day. . .but I didn't get a release to finish the teaching until a few weeks later while I was flying home from a meeting.

At roughly 34,000 feet. . .I was studying the Word when I saw a sign.

If you've ever flown on a plane. . .you've seen the "Fasten Your Seat Belt" signs flash on. 

Well, that's what happened to me. . .it was like the Lord flashed NOW.

Immediately, He released me to teach on 21 Steps To The Future God Wants For You.

1.       Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Pray the Sinner’s Prayer.

John 3:16 says:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God's Pattern For Prosperity And Success

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Most everyone drawing breath on Planet Earth wants to be successful.  But success comes in varying degrees.

Make no mistake about this. . .God is looking for people who are obedient to His instructions, pursuing His promises. . .and passionate about the possibilities for success found in His Word.

Here are two scriptures which confirm what I’ve just said.

First, Job 36:11 in the New Living Translation says:

“If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.”

Second, Proverbs 3:4-6 in The Living Bible says:

 “If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself.  In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”

Now let’s look a God’s pattern for you to be prosperous and successful.

First, you must know the will of God for your life.

7 Environments To Change

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Change is a word frequently discussed but rarely acted on. . .especially, by politicians.

Real change. . .lasting change. . .is a change of heart followed by decisive action to do things differently.

The word change is in the King James Bible a total of 23 times while it appears in the Amplified Bible 46 times since it amplifies the meaning of the words in scripture.  Let’s look at several key scriptures.

Matthew 3:2 in the King James Version says:

“And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

As we’ve taught before, the Greek word for repent is G3340 and it means:

“to change one’s mind, to repent”

This is further clarified in Matthew 3:2 in the Amplified Bible which says:

Getting God's Personal Direction

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Have you ever been around someone who says that God is always telling them. . .this or that?

Let me quickly say that I’m not in any way necessarily criticizing or condemning those who say such.  Because I know from personal experience that God not only does but desires to speak to us.

Does the enemy use those to whom He speaks or hears His voice make you feel like you somehow don’t measure up spiritually?

I can tell you without equivocation. . . God would never do that.

Galatians 6:4 in the Classic Amplified Bible says::

“But let every person carefully scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his own work. He can then have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable [in itself alone] without [resorting to] boastful comparison with his neighbor.”

Don’t worry about what others say. . .God said to them.  Just be concerned about yourself and the ways God can use to direct you in the path He would have you follow.

Here are seven ways to get God’s personal direction for your life.

First, God will lead you through His Word.