Don’t Hide From Your Promotion

16 Aug
If you let Him, God will meet you in your hiding place, remind you who He is and who you are, and bring you out and into your greater destiny…

“But when they looked for Saul, he had disappeared!  So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” and the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage…” (1 Samuel 10:22-23  NLT)

You can’t feed your fears and your future at the same time.  And you are feeding one or the other…

God sees something greater in you than you see in yourself.

And, God sees something greater for your life – your family – your finances – your ministry – your future –your influence – than you see for yourself…

Every great man – every great woman – that has been called by God – has dealt with fear.  The message of this book  is that you and I serve a great God who will find you in your hiding place of reluctance, insecurity and fear – meet you there – encourage you there – remind you who you are and who He is – and bring you out!

God met Gideon in his hiding place.

“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash, the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.  And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:11-12 NKJV)

God saw something in Gideon that Gideon did not see in himself.

God saw something in Gideon that his own father did not see in him.  Even at your lowest point, God sees something greater in you and for you than you or anybody else sees.

God doesn’t see what you are; He sees what you can be…

This powerful truth began to change my life 32 years ago in an Oral Roberts University student chapel service when our guest speaker, Dr. Morris Cerullo powerfully ministered from his classic, “Proof Producers” message.

He shared how in one verse of the 16th chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus rebuked all eleven disciples for not believing those who said He was resurrected…but then in the very next verse He turned to these fearful, running from the cross, Jesus-denying, unbelieving disciples, encouraged them and entrusted them with the Great Commission:

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Afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them, which had seen him after he was risen. (Mark 16:14 KJV)

Then in Jesus’ next breath, He turns to this same group and instead of sending them back to square one, or giving up on them, or delaying their destiny, He commissions them!

 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15 KJV)

WOW! In a simple, but profound and powerful statement, Morris explained how God could entrust and empower these men in their weakness, and how He still does the same with you and me, when he said…

GOD IS NOT DEPENDING ON ANYTHING YOU POSSESS; GOD IS DEPENDING ON WHAT HE CAN MAKE OF YOU!” (MORRIS CERULLO)

I wrote this book to tell you that I discovered the greatest faith in all the world is not the faith you have in God, but the greatest faith in all the world is the faith that God has in you!

God met Moses in his hiding place – in his fear and rejection- in the backside of the desert. He met Moses not to rebuke him or to embarrass him but to encourage him right where he was, and to bring him out!

We read in Exodus why Moses, a Hebrew, who was raised in the Egyptian palace of the Pharaoh, found himself hiding from his destiny in the backside of the desert.

“Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work.  During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews.  After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand. The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting.  “Why are you beating up your friend?”  Moses said to the one who had started the fight. The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge?  Are you going to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?”  Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.”  And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened and he tried to kill Moses.  But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian.” (Exodus 2:11-15 NLT)

All of a sudden, Moses became a man without a country.  He went from having everything to having nothing.  A great man with a great calling in a place of great fear, rejection and hiding.

There were three 40-year stages to Moses’ life:

The First 40 years, Moses thought he was a somebody.

The Second 40 years, he found out he was a nobody.

Then in his Final 40 years, Moses learned what God could do with a somebody who knew he was a nobody!

God met Moses in his place of fear, hiding and rejection to encourage him and to bring him out into his promotion. It was God’s time to show Himself strong on Moses’ behalf, to bring him out and to fulfill his dreams by a demonstration of His power…

Even while Moses was hiding, his promotion was in motion… and so is yours!

You are not reading this book by accident.  Now is God’s time to visit you, remind you who you are, who He is, and for you to stop feeding your fear and start feeding your future!

This is your personal, defining moment.

At Moses’ defining moment, God supernaturally met him in the backside of the desert of Midian and spoke out of a burning bush, “Look!  The cry of the people of Israel has reached Me, (your promotion is not only about you, but mostly about how God wants to use you to impact the people He is sending you to) and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them.  Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh.  You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:9-10 NLT)

This book is your burning bush, may God speak to you from every page!

For every fear – every insecurity – every weakness – that Moses struggled with and verbalized– God did not rebuke him – or chastise him – He reassured him and equipped him!

When Moses doubted himself and asked the same question many great men and women have asked, “Who am I (to appear before Pharaoh)?”  God answered, “I will be with you.”

When you struggle with who you are and wonder how you can accomplish God’s great destiny for your life, the Lord will remind you that He is with YOU!

David said, “I will fear no evil for You are with me…” (Psalm 23:4 NKJV)

When Moses asked, “Who will I say sent me?”  God gave him a great weapon, His name, Yahweh!

Just like Moses, God is not sending you out in your own name, or in your own ability. He is sending you out in the Name that is above every name, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who said, You didn’t choose Me.  I chose you.  I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit,
so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my Name!” (John 15:16 NLT)

I am convinced that whatever you or I ask the Father in the Name of Jesus to help equip us to fulfill God’s great, appointed destiny for our life and produce lasting fruit, He will give it to you!

When Moses doubted himself saying, “What if they don’t believe me or listen to me?”  The Lord gave Moses His miracle-working power…

When Moses reluctantly continued, “I’m not very good with words.  I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me, I get tongue-tied and my words get tangled.” (Exodus 4:10 NLT)

The Lord told Moses, “Now go!  I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
(Exodus 4: 12 NLT)

Yet, even after receiving all this encouragement from the Lord, Moses was still not quite convinced, so God met him again at his place of doubt and reluctance. He didn’t reprove him, but instead gave him even more help and encouragement in the person of his brother Aaron, who God sent to be Moses’ assistant.

 GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR WAYS TO SHORT CIRCUIT YOUR DESTINY. GOD IS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP YOU FULFILL YOUR DESTINY!

The God you serve is a patient God that is 100% invested in showing Himself strong on your behalf and giving you everything you need to successfully fulfill your destiny!

Thirty-two years ago through a dramatic, divine encounter, God stopped me in my tracks and called me to serve and stand by the side of the ministry of Dr. Morris Cerullo.  I share the story in my book, The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry.  For the past three plus decades, serving as Dr. Cerullo’s Vice President of Ministries has been the privilege and experience of a lifetime.

As a result, God has singularly blessed my life – my family – and my ministry serving Morris and Theresa these past 30+ years.  By God’s grace, I have been faithful.  My wife and family have been faithful.

My motive has been to serve – to be a blessing – without ulterior or hidden agendas.

Many times, world-renowned Pastor Tommy Barnett has very graciously referred to me as “America’s number one number two man!”

I have been blessed.  I have been beyond fulfilled.  God has given me success. I love Morris and Theresa and what God has privileged us to experience and accomplish together for the glory of God and His kingdom.

But I discovered that while God can use you – even in your success you can become comfortable and hide from your greater destiny…

Everybody likes to be comfortable and successful, but I wrote this book from a painful discovery: your greater future destiny can die in your present comfort zone of success!

Like the mother eagle – who begins to remove some of the comfortable things from the nest, the soft twigs, the leaves, and the thatch so that her baby eaglets begin to realize it’s time to move from the comfort of their nest – to spread their own wings and fly – for some time – Dr. Cerullo and the Lord have been nudging and prodding this 6’9” eagle to begin to spread his wings in a greater way…

One of the most unusual stories in the Bible is found in
1 Samuel 10:20-24 (NLT).  Maybe you can relate to it.  I know I did.

Let me explain…

“So, Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel before the Lord… but when they looked for Saul, he had disappeared!  So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?”  And the Lord replied, “HE IS HIDING AMONG THE BAGGAGE.”
So they found him and brought him out…  Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king.  No one in all Israel is like him!”  And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”  

WHEN IT WAS TIME FOR SAUL TO STEP INTO HIS PROMOTION AND BE PRESENTED AS ISRAEL’S KING, SAUL DISAPPEARED AND WAS HIDING!

When Samuel found Saul hiding behind the baggage, he graciously brought him out, gave him a grand and glorious introduction to all of Israel, never speaking a word publicly about Saul’s behind the scenes fearfulness and reluctance.

God did not embarrass him, or change His mind, or delay Saul’s destiny, instead He celebrated Saul and promoted him!

Neither will God forsake you or embarrass you when He finds you in your hiding place.  Instead, He will encourage you, remind you who you are, who He is, empower you, bring you out, back you up and promote you!

Maybe you can relate. Maybe you know that there is more for you.  I want to encourage you. Now is your time to come out of hiding from behind the baggage of your fears, your weakness, your failures, your excuses and even your successes, and take the next step into your greater destiny.

God knows where you are and will encourage you even now in your hiding place.  He will meet you there, remind you who you are, and who He is, and bring you out!

And you are in good company…

God met Gideon in his hiding place…

He met Moses in his hiding place…

He met Jonah in his hiding place…

He met Adam in his hiding place…

And He met Saul in his hiding place…

As Saul came out from hiding behind the baggage, God announced: “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king.  No one in all Israel is like him!” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!” (1 Samuel 10:24 NLT)

Today God is making a grand announcement over you:

“You are the man – you are the woman – that the Lord has chosen for a greater purpose… there is no one in all the world like you!  The people that need you – those that I have called you to help – they are looking for you, they are waiting for you.  Listen to them shouting now as you rise up to step into your destiny, “Long live ____________ (insert your name).  There is no one in the Kingdom of God like you!”

Your destiny is too great and your life is too short to play it safe in your relationship with God and His great promotion for your life.  God loves risk-takers…

Faith always takes a risk…

No risk, no reward…

And know this:  The greatest battle over your life is what you believe about God and what you believe He believes about you.

 There are two voices over your promotion…the voice of the accuser – and the voice of the Intercessor.

There were two voices over Peter’s life as the baton was about to be passed to him from Jesus when it was Peter’s time to step into his promotion…

“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren” (Luke 22:31-32 NKJV) 

Though Satan will try to sift you, know this: Jesus is praying for you!  And the voice of the Intercessor is much greater in heaven and in earth than the voice of the accuser!

I discovered that in my season of promotion (and every day of my life), the greatest investment you can make in your life is spending time in God’s Word and establishing the voice of God as the greatest voice in your life.

You will be prepared, encouraged and propelled into your promotion by the transforming of your mind through daily meditating on God’s Word, prayer and associating with those that challenge you to grow and reach your dreams.

When it was Joshua’s time to step into his promotion, God told him, Study this book of instruction continually. Meditate in it day and night…Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”(Joshua 1:8 NLT)

Listen to this prophetic declaration from Morris Cerullo that has encouraged and challenged me and many others countless times through the years…it is a word from God for you wherever you are right now…

“YOU ARE NOT WHAT THE DEVIL SAYS YOU ARE, BUT YOU ARE WHAT GOD SAYS YOU ARE, AND TODAY YOU ARE STEPPING INTO YOUR END-TIME DESTINY.”

Why don’t you say it: “I am not what the devil says I am. I am what God says I am. And today, I am stepping in to my end time destiny!”

With all my heart, I believe that now is your time to hear the word of the Lord encourage you, and take you by the hand to bring you out of your hiding place – and for you to take the next step into your greater destiny.

Your promotion, and more importantly, those that the Lord has destined for you to impact, are waiting for you!

This chapter is an excerpt from “Your Promotion Is In Motion: Seven Game Changing Words From God That Will Promote You To Your Greater Destiny” by Greg Mauro.  To order the Kindle e-book or a printed copy go to Amazon>com or click hereYour Promotion Is In Motion!

We Didn’t Meet By Accident: A Simple Gospel Tract You Can Easily Share With Everyone You Meet!

20 Mar

Source: We Didn’t Meet By Accident: A Simple Gospel Tract You Can Easily Share With Everyone You Meet!

We Didn’t Meet By Accident: A Simple Gospel Tract You Can Easily Share With Everyone You Meet!

20 Mar

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Instead of just giving a financial blessing to those that serve you (waiters. car wash attendants, etc) here’s an easy way to also share the greatest blessing of all!

 

I would love to put a tract in your hands that makes it easy to share Christ with anyone and everyone you meet.  One day in prayer, God gave me the title for a simple tract, “We Didn’t Meet By Accident”, that could easily be shared with everyone we meet – many that we may never see again -and give to them the most important message we can.  I sincerely believe that you and I don’t meet anyone by accident, our steps are ordered of the Lord!

For the past year my beautiful wife Jeri and I have been amazed at how easy it is to share this simple, non threatening, surprisingly well received message with almost everyone we meet.  “We Didn’t Meet By Accident” is a great ice breaker.  Almost all people of all walks of life have a belief that things don’t happen by accident, that people don’t meet by accident, etc.  As a result by sharing this simple tract with Uber drivers, waiters and waitresses, store owners, people that we meet every day — we have seen many disarmed, open up, ask for prayer, receive Christ or at least have a seed sown to begin to consider (or reconsider) God’s great plan of forgiveness and eternal life for them and their family, etc.

There are several ways I would be happy for you to use this message…

One, feel free to take the idea – even improve upon it – and print your own tracts using any or all of the ideas in our tract. We print copies at Kinko’s, on our home computer/printer, etc… I could email you a PDF of the tract laid out for printing that would make it easier for you to print your own. My email is gregmauro1159@gmail.com.

Second, if it would make it easier I would be happy to send you as many already printed as you can use whether or not you can make a contribution.  Just email me at gregmauro1159@gmail.com. I could also customize the message at the end to include your personal, church or ministry contact information if you would like.

Following is the copy in our tract, that we print 2-up on regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper:

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This is the cover to the tract that we print 2-up and 2-sided on 8 1/2 x 11 paper — we use a canary color — but just regular white paper is fine as well! (We print at Kinkos or even on our home computer/printer)

Then inside page 1:

 

I don’t believe we met by accident! This short note is God’s small way to remind you that no matter what you are going through right now He is on your side, He loves you and has a great plan for your life and for your future!

There is a great verse in the Bible in 2 Samuel 14:14:

“All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away: instead, He devises ways to bring us (you and me) back when we (you and me) have been separated from Him.”

Friend when you or I find ourselves separated or away from God, His word promises that He doesn’t devise revenge, instead He devises ways to bring us back to Him!

Jeremiah 29:11 says it this way: “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.”

I have discovered that the greatest faith in all the world is not the faith that you or I have in God, but it is the faith God has in you!

Then inside page 2:

Though our sin separates us from a perfect, sinless God, a loving God devised the ultimate way 2,000 years ago to save you and me from judgement and bring us back to Him and to His great plan of good and blessing for our lives…

That is why God himself came to the earth as a man through Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for every sin you and I would ever commit…

2 Corinthians 5:21 says: ”For He made Him (Jesus) who know no sin to be made sin for us, that we (you and me) might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” So now when you and I turn from our failures and invite Jesus Christ into our lives, God no longer sees your sin, He sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ! Right standing with God is not earned, it is His gift to you!

God is 100% fully invested in you! Today, your comeback and my comeback begins with eight simple words, “I have sinned and I need a Savior.”

This simple prayer changed my life, and it can change yours:

“Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Forgive me and come into my life. Thank you for living inside of me and giving me a new beginning today. With Your help I will follow You all the days of my life! In Jesus Name, Amen!”

Then on the final page: (you could change the closing sentence with your church information, email address, or leave as is if you prefer)

Friend, if you prayed that prayer, something great has begun for you!

John 1:12 says: “But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God”

Revelation 3:20 says: “Look! I (Jesus) stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in…”

And 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new!”

This is your day for a new beginning! As you have opened your heart, Jesus will walk with you and talk with you. As you pray, read His word and go to a church where the Bible is preached, expect to see answers to your prayer and hear Him speak to you through His word.

Call 1-866-756-4200 or email gregmauro1159@gmail.com for additional prayer anytime.  We didn’t meet by accident!

I don’t believe you read this by accident – it’s a great feeling to have a message like “We Didn’t Meet By Accident” in your pocket, purse, wallet, etc – to share with those you meet, and fulfill the great commission of our Lord before He returns!  It would be an honor for Jeri and I to help get some to you! Our email is gregmauro1159@gmail.com.

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that wins souls is wise!” (Prov 11:30)

“I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over 99 righteous persons that need no repentance” (Luke 15:7)

“He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalms 126:6)

 

 

 

5 Things I Am Believing God To Do For You In 2017!

17 Jan

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On New Years Eve 2016, while in a time of fasting and prayer, preparing for our 46th Annual Morris Cerullo World Conference, (which was set to begin here in Dallas the following day), God showed me five prophetic promises that He encouraged me to take hold of 2017 (and which have already begun to come to pass in a significant way) that I believe are not just for me and my house, but as I write these words, I am believing they are for you and yours starting right now!

Two important words:God is imparting to you a new level of DILIGENCE and FEARLESSNESS in 2017!

If you are ready, say “I am ready!”

Here goes:

1. YOUR FEARS WILL NOT BE FULFILLED AND YOUR HOPES SHALL BE GRANTED!

  “The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled, the hopes of the Godly will be granted.” (Proverbs 10:24)

If you have been made righteous by Christ, you belong to Him. Though Proverbs 10:24 says “the fears of the wicked will be fulfilled…” I declare YOUR FEARS WILL NOT BE FULFILLED, and Proverbs 10:24 continues, and YOUR HOPES SHALL BE GRANTED!

The thing you fear will not come to pass in 2017 — and your hopes shall be granted!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and NOT TO HARM you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer 29:11 NIV)

God’s plan in 2017 is to prosper you — and NOT to harm you — your fears will not be fulfilled and your hopes shall be granted!!

2. GOD IS GIVING YOU THE POWER TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THE GOOD THINGS YOUR FAITH PROMPTS YOU TO DO IN 2017.

  “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of His call. May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

You are being empowered by God to keep those good New Years resolutions that your faith prompted you to make for 2017!  If you have already fallen short, get up and take a step toward Him. You will not need to grit your teeth and tighten your belt to accomplish the new and good things God has prepared for you in 2017 — God’s grace, which is His empowerment to do the good things your faith prompts you to do in 2017 — is being released to you in a greater dimension than ever before. Just thank Him! Remember, 2017 is 365 days — divide your goals into bite sized chunks — each day is a new opportunity to receive God’s grace and mercy — and to forget those things that are behind you and press FORWARD to the mark of the prize of your high calling in Christ!

 3. GOD IS RAISING THE LEVEL AND REWARD OF YOUR DILIGENCE IN SEEKING HIM MORE IN 2017.

“For he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a REWARDER of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

“Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33)

As you raise the level of your diligence in seeking the things of God more in 2017 (His word, prayer, giving, helping others, fasting, obeying God, keeping Him first), there is a great reward that will be released from God to you in 2017!

4. GOD HAS PREPARED GIFTS, BLESSINGS, AND UNEXPECTED HARVESTS FOR YOU TO DISCOVER IN 2017.

“It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.” (Proverbs 25:2)

There are hidden, new things God has in store for you in 2017 that He will cause you to discover — to bless you and empower you in new ways as you seek Him and His kingdom this year.

5. 2017 IS GOD’S TIME TO FULFILL HIS DREAM FOR YOUR LIFE.

“Until the time came to fulfill His dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” (Psalms 105:19)

“…be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.” (Colossians 4:17)

Every dream has a test, and every dream has a time. You have passed the time of your test, and now is the time for the Lord to fulfill His dream for your life!

I am believing God to do these five great things in your life as you take hold of them in Jesus Name!!!

Lord, thank you for my friend that is reading these words today. God I ask that as they look to you in a greater way, that you will do exceedingly, abundantly above all that they can think or ask according to your power that works in them now in Jesus Name, Amen!

If you would like to receive a copy of these 5 Prophetic Promises for 2017 on a frame able card just email me at gregmauro1159@gmail.com

My Friend Myles Munroe: Promoting Others In Life and Death

6 Dec

"Make people greater than yourself and you will live forever!"

“Make people greater than yourself and you will live forever!”

I just returned home from a sometimes tearful two day pilgrimage to the place “where God lives” – the beautiful Bahamas, home to the inauspicious birth, the unparalleled life and the untimely death of of my mentor and friend Dr. Myles Munroe, his regal wife Pastor Ruth and seven of their beloved staff and friends – who all perished in an internationally publicized, shocking plane crash en route to the Myles Munroe Leadership Conference on November 9th.

My wife Jeri and I were honored to accompany Dr. Morris and Theresa Cerullo for the Myles and Ruth Munroe Homegoing Celebration where Dr. Cerullo had been invited to speak at the National Stadium as world leaders, esteemed ministers, family and friends were joined by thousands to honor this humble apostle of God and his beloved wife.

I couldn’t help but feel Myles presence day and night during the two days we were In Nassau…

Here is a raw recording of Dr Cerullo’s tribute that I recorded with my phone: Morris Cerullo Tribute at Myles/Ruth Munroe Memorial Service

For over 20 years I had the joy and privilege of booking Myles to speak in Dr Cerullo’s major conferences. Myles chose not to refer me to deal with an assistant, but would speak to me personally – and make most of his arrangements with me directly.

And he wouldn’t just want to get the speaking details confirmed and get off the phone. He would always take time to invest in me and speak to the purpose of God in my life and ministry. He would ask about my health, my marriage, my family and my ministry.

Along with Dr. Cerullo, it was Myles that urged me to write my book “The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry” and would call me to check on the progress.

Dr Cerullo wrote the forward. After Morris, Myles was the first to read the manuscript and send me his most gracious words of endorsement, which are printed on the back cover.

The last time Myles spoke for us was this past January – he called me several months before the conference to ask what the theme was — so that he could prepare his message to most effectively complement Dr. Cerullo’s vision for the World Conference. I shared with him that the  conference theme was “Legacy”.  After all this is Morris’s 68th anniversary of ministry — and at age 83, Morris and Theresa are in their legacy years — and building an incredible  World Outreach Legacy Center on 18 prime acres in San Diego.

When I met Myles and Ruth in the green room before he ministered this message, that warm smile as big as the Bahamas welcomed me with the words, “How’s my world famous author?!”

Ruth glowed with regal beauty.  Myles so happy by her side.

Little did I or anyone know that the powerful and profound message Myles would subsequently deliver, “The Principle and Power of Legacy and Succession” would be the last message he spoke in a Morris Cerullo conference and ultimately become the compelling words that would frame his (and her) own legacy and succession…

“Make people greater than yourself and you will live forever”,  Myles said that day.  And that is what he did.

Following the passing of Dr Munroe on November 9th this prophetic message has been viewed nearly 100,000 times.

Now months later, I had forgotten how that at the close of his message, before turning the service back to me, Myles spontaneously held up a copy of my book and spoke very gracious words of endorsement and encouraged every leader to get a copy for their team, and every Christian to get a copy to learn the blessings of serving.

Then, following the shocking events of November 9th, one email, then another, and another – from pastors and leaders – and believers from around the world – who were now watching Myles’ message on legacy and succession to the gracious end – began to overflow my inbox asking how they could get copies of the book.  A little reminder that even from heaven Myles’ encouragement continued.

I can see Myles looking down from heaven with that smile as big as the Bahamas saying to me and every person that was touched by his life, “Now it’s your time, finish strong, and make people greater than yourself!”

My prayer is that I would make him proud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Setback Is God’s Set Up For Your Comeback!

26 Oct

Greg Mauro sharing the message, "Your Setback Is God's Set Up For Your Comeback" as the guest of Pastor Matthew Barnett at Angelus Temple, Dream Center in Los Angeles, California on October 10th, 2014.

Was honored  to share the message, “Your Setback Is God’s Set Up For Your Comeback” as the guest of Pastor Matthew Barnett at Angelus Temple, Dream Center in Los Angeles, California on October 9th, 2014.

If you or someone you know is in a season of setback, or you are climbing out of a setback, I’ve got a word from the Lord for you that will accelerate your comeback….

A setback is an unexpected change from better to worse, a disappointment, a reversal.

Have you recently experienced a setback in your family, or in your personal life, in your physical body, at work, in a relationship, loss of a loved one, in your finances, in your relationship with God — and it’s begun to make you worry and wonder where God is – and if you will ever recover…

I have a word for you.

Your setback is not God setting you aside

And it’s not God’s setting you down

Your setback is God’s set up for your comeback!

I want to give you a word right now that is not some preaching word. This is a word for you to take hold of and receive right now…

And this is the word…

This is the day…

I’m not talking about a comeback that’s off in the future somewhere. God said to tell you that this is the day and…

Now is the time for your comeback to begin!

Your failure is not final.

Your failure is not fatal.

But if you will let God, He will use your failure as fuel for your future. In fact, your future is wrapped up in how you respond to your failure.

It is time for you to see your setback as God’s opportunity and even as His setup for your comeback!

Isaiah 61:3 says He gives you “… beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness – that you might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified!”

What does God call you? God doesn’t call you failure. He sees more in you than your best friend, than your family, even more than you do – even in your setback, He calls you righteous!

Your mess can become your message; your test will become your testimony!

A divine exchange is about to take place in your life.

There’s no condemnation if you find yourself in a setback, in an unexpected change from better to worse, a disappointment, a reversal.

There’s somebody that’s saying I have heard this before. This is not for me, I can’t change…

I have prayed for you, and I wrote this to tell you that this time will be different. Change is coming to you now in Jesus name because I know that your setback really is God’s setup for your comeback — and your comeback is beginning right now!

A comeback is a return. This is your time to return!

A comeback is a resurgence. Now is your time for a mighty resurgence in your life!

There’s somebody God is speaking to that is at the very brink of giving up. You are out of fuel; your tank is on empty. I want to tell you that a resurgence is coming to you now. Your comeback has already begun! It’s a resurgence. It’s a recovery.

Somebody say recovery is coming to me!

It’s time for your rally! Listen to this…

When a stockbroker has a stock that is plummeting and is experiencing a major setback, what a stockbroker does is they sell and they cut their losses. That’s what many people do to you and me when we fail or disappoint them in one way or another. But God said to me, “Greg, when My people begin to plummet, and when My people begin to fall and have a setback, I don’t sell. I buy more. I invest more in them!”

You see God invests more in you when you’re low so that He then gets a greater return when you rise. Just like the stockbroker that buys the troubled stock at its low point – and sees the great growth potential – is rewarded when he invests and it rises, God too gets the glory and receives a greater return when he invests in you – and you comeback!

God is fully invested in your comeback!

A comeback is a return to success. You will not only return to the success that you once knew – you will far exceed it!

I want to take you to an incredible, great hidden nugget from the Word of God…

44 words that give an awesome insight into the person and into the heart of the God of the universe. This one verse literally sums up the nearly 800,000 other words of scripture and pulls back the curtain on what really makes God tick…

King David experienced a terrible setback in his family. David’s daughter Tamar is seduced and raped by one of David’s sons, Ammon, who is then murdered by another son, Absalom, to take revenge. Oprah, Dr. Phil have nothing on this!

As a result Absalom is banished from the kingdom. So David lost a son to murder, had a horrendous thing happen to his daughter, and then his beloved, yet murderous Absalom is banished from the kingdom because as King, though he loved his son, he was charged to uphold the law. That’s where this entire world was before God sent Jesus. We were banished from a loving yet just and holy God because we all have broken the law.

After some time, the Bible says that King David longed to be reunited with his son Absalom. Created in God’s image, David had the same longing as the Father heart of God to be reunited with his children…

It was sadly reported recently that the last recorded words of the Liberian national, Thomas Duncan, who passed away from the Ebola virus in the Dallas hospital were, “I miss my son. I want to see my son”.

And here’s David, he longed to be reunited with his son Absalom.

Out of this brokenness in David’s heart was delivered one of the most insightful revelations of the heart of God that you will find in scripture, delivered to King David by a little widow woman from Ketoah in 2 Samuel 14:14:

“All of us must die eventually…
Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground…
That can not be gathered up again…
BUT God does not just sweep life away…
INSTEAD HE DEVISES WAYS TO BRING US BACK WHEN WE HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM HIM” (2 SAM 14:14)

This one magnificent verse reveals five eternal truths…

All of us must die eventually…

Hebrews 9:27 declares, “…it is appointed unto men ONCE to die, but after this the judgment”

It’s appointed unto every single one of us to die and then the judgment. Not then the reincarnation. Not then the purgatory.

There is a heaven. There is a hell. Jesus never would have come and paid the price that He paid if there was some other way that we could have made heaven. All of us must die eventually.

Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground. Which cannot be gathered up again…

You can’t get your past back, but God isn’t interested in holding your past against you, He is interested in your great future.

The Apostle Paul said, “…I focus on this one thing: FORGETTING the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” (Phil 3:13)

Paul focused on forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. If you will do that today, you will be on the comeback trail!

I love how this magnificent verse that was delivered to King David in II Samuel 14:14 continues…

But God does not just sweep life away…

God doesn’t give the divine back hand to anyone. You are inestimably valuable to God. Your value was demonstrated by the unspeakable price that God paid to redeem you. God doesn’t just sweep you away because you have fallen in this area or you have fallen in that area. God invests more in us. Jesus left the 99. He gave more of His time to the one than left than the 99 that stayed.

II Samuel 14:14 says, God does not just sweep life away.

Instead, He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him!

That is our God. God doesn’t devise judgment. God doesn’t devise revenge. God devises ways to bring us back when we’ve been separated from Him.

If you have a relationship you cared deeply about that turns on you, disrespects you, betrays you, doesn’t want to be near you, would you be devising ways to bring them back? No. But the overwhelming message of Scripture is that we serve a God who even when we disrespect and dishonor Him, devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him.

He devised a way for Jonah. There’s somebody reading this — you have the call of God on your life. And God told you to go to done thing – and you did the other — just like Jonah did.

You see, God didn’t have a plan B for Jonah. There was not someone else God had lined up to do what He called Jonah to do. There is no one else that can do what God has called you to do. If God had someone else to fulfill Jonah’s destiny, He never would have gone to the incredible extremes that He did, devising a way to bring Jonah back…

First, the storm that Jonah and all those with him encountered on the ship that was taking him away from the place God called him, then Jonah getting the short straw and being selected to be thrown off the boat, and finally getting swallowed by a fish! God devised a way to bring Jonah back. Sometimes it’s not pleasant.

God has chosen to be committed to you and to His plan for your life.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer 29:11)

God has a great plan for your life. If you’ve had a setback in obeying God’s will for your life, as you are reading this you have an opportunity to step into your comeback by just saying God I want to take the first step back to what you’ve called me to do.

Maybe you have experienced a setback in the relationship you once had with the Lord. Your relationship right now is not as strong, it’s not as on fire as it used to be.

God wants you to know that there are three words that can immediately get you back on track. It’s the three words that the prodigal son said. And they’re simple words. It’s the same words that the thief on the cross said. It’s the difference between two people. It’s the difference between Saul and David. It’s the difference between the thief on the right and the thief on the left,

They’re simple words, but for some people they’re the hardest words to say, “I HAVE SINNED”. You have an opportunity to pause right now — because your comeback can immediately begin with those three words. You can be restored and the blessing of God can be released upon your life NOW.

I want to encourage you. God does not sweep life away, but instead He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him…

You see, God devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him!

The dictionary defines devise as “to cook up”. Did you know that God spends every moment cooking up ways to bring you back!

He’s like a master chef mixing together the sweet and sour ingredients of your life to cook up something gloriously delicious!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28)

The dictionary also defines devise to mean mastermind, blueprint, and design.

God is masterminding, blueprinting, and designing your comeback!

Finally I want to close with an incredible man that many will relate to. He found himself in a terrible setback.

Sometimes our setbacks, if we become overwhelmed with them, if we become consumed with them, and many times we do, they begin to define us. They begin to define how we see God. This is Satan’s ultimate plan – using our setback to define us and accuse our God.

There was a man named Gideon. He was in an incredible setback. I’m not going to go through the whole story but you can read it in Judges Chapter 6. The Bible says that he was in fear.

He was threshing wheat at the bottom of the wine press. The wine press was where the grapes were trodden, not where the wheat was threshed. Gideon was in fear and as a result was out of place. Maybe you’ve allowed your setback – and your fear – to cause you to be out of place.

There were two voices over Gideon’s life. There are two voices over every person’s life. There’s the voice of the accuser and there’s the voice of the Intercessor. I wrote this to tell you that Jesus is praying for you and the devil is a liar.

The accuser will tell you, you can’t. The intercessor will tell you, I will.

I’m going to tell you something — you are not under the judgment of God. I’m going to say it again. You are not under the judgment of God. You are under the intercession of God!

God is not punishing you. I’m going to say it again. God is not punishing you. Now He may be correcting you, but He punished Jesus 2,000 years ago and He who knew no sin became sin so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

So you don’t listen to the lie — “Well this is just God getting back at me— this is just God showing me who’s boss…”
You know what God’s doing? He’s devising ways to bring you back because He loves you so much. You know what God is doing? He is praying for you. The devil loves to use our failures to lie to you and to condemn you. But if you will stop looking at the bigness of your need and begin looking at the bigness of your God, you will find that starting right now; He will take you step by step. And each step will be a miracle!

Judges 6:11 says: “The angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the tree in Ophrah”. He just observed Gideon. The angel sat there, he watched Gideon threshing the wheat in fear behind the wine press. The Bible says that Gideon was “threshing wheat at the bottom of the wine press…”

There’s somebody reading this, maybe you feel like you’re at the bottom. Gideon was at the bottom yet the angel wasn’t so high and holy and mighty that he didn’t come and meet Gideon right at his very bottom point.

Judges 6:11 says that Gideon was trying to hide the grain from the Midianites because they would come and steal it. I don’t know if there is anybody that ever feels like, my harvest keeps getting stolen. I tell you, your setback is God’s setup for your comeback!

Judges 6:12 says the angel of the Lord that had been watching him, revealed himself and appeared to Gideon and said these words, “Mighty man of valor, the Lord is with you.”

What a word for Gideon! I can hear him saying to himself, “So, I’m at the bottom. I am shaking with fear. I am getting ripped off. I am going further and further behind and you’re saying to me, Mighty man of valor, the Lord is with me!”

How could this angel say such a thing?

Because God was not depending upon Gideon…

God was depending on one thing…

God was depending on what He could make of Gideon!

My friend, I wrote these words to unequivocally tell you that God is not depending upon what you are or what you are not…

God is not depending on your failures or your righteousness…

God is depending on one thing.

God is depending on what He can make of you!

Yet Gideon gives an incredible response. He says, “Sir, I just want to make sure I understand what you’re saying. If the Lord is with me why has all this happened? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? But now, the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites!”

In a time of setback who has not questioned God? Have you?

I love what happens next…

All of the sudden there is a game changer in the very next verse. No longer is it an angel speaking to Gideon. Judges 6:14 says, “Then the Lord turned to him…”

The Hebrew literally means the Lord faced him!

I think of John 1:42 when Jesus faced Simon Peter for the first time,

“Jesus looked at him and said, you are Simon son of John. You shall be called Cephas – which translated is Peter (Rock)”

He wasn’t depending upon what Peter possessed. He was depending on what He could make of him.

How can Jesus call unreliable Peter a rock, or fearful Gideon a mighty man, or conniving Jacob a prince with God, or childless Abraham a father of many nations? Because Romans declares that we serve an amazing God who, “…calls those things which are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17)

The greatest faith in all the world is not the faith that raises the dead…it’s not the faith that believes in God’s grace and miracles. The greatest faith in all the world is the faith that God has in you!

Now full of compassion, the Lord is facing Gideon. The Lord heard Gideon’s words of unbelief, fear and doubt. He didn’t react. He just said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites, I am sending you!” (Judges 6:14)

I’m going to tell you something, your greatest days are ahead of you if you will just begin to move in the right direction. You don’t need more strength – it will come as you begin to move in the right direction with the strength that you have. You don’t need to have the strength of Morris Cerullo, or this man of God or that woman of God…

The Lord told Gideon “Go with the strength you have!”

And then of course, Gideon begins to give more excuses why he couldn’t…

“How can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest…and I am the least!” (Judges 6:16)

Anybody ever said, “How can i?”, or felt like they were the least? Did you know that God specializes in using the least?

When Samuel came to anoint the next King of Israel and he went to the house of Jesse — Jesse brought out 7 sons and Samuel took the oil and tried to pour it out and it wouldn’t come out for son #1, or #2, or #3, on down the line until #7.

Samuel said Jesse, do you have another son? Oh yes, but that is David. He’s out tending the sheep. He’s the youngest. Samuel said bring him in. And in comes lowly David, and low and behold, Samuel turned that vial over and oil poured out! God chose David. There’s oil that’s reserved for you.

I love again how the Lord responds as Gideon tries to disqualify himself for who God has called him to be and what God has called him to do.

Jesus says this to Gideon, and He is saying this to you – it is the greatest secret to your better than ever, victorious comeback…

“Surely I will be with you!” (Judges 6:16)

Whoever you are and wherever you are reading this, the Lord wants you to know that He has not forsaken you or left you – surely He is with you! God wants to restore you and release a fresh anointing and blessing into your life.

Your setback is nothing more than God’s setup for your great comeback story, and your comeback begins now.

I would be honored to pray with you:

“Father, I thank You for Your love. I thank You for Your power that is setting me free. Jesus, I believe that Your blood cleanses me and I confess my shortcomings to you. I ask You to wash me with Your blood. Restore me to the Father. I want to serve You Lord. Thank You for hearing my prayer. I am stepping toward you and your will for my life and my comeback begins now! In Jesus Name, Amen!”

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