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

20 Mar

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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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About Greg Mauro

18 Jun

About.

Great is thy faithfulness?

23 Apr
For 26 years Greg Mauro (r) has served as vice-president of ministries for Dr. Morris Cerullo.

For 26 years Greg Mauro (r) has served as vice-president of ministries for Dr. Morris Cerullo.

While we live in a world that celebrates jumping from one relationship to the next, faithfulness has taken a back seat to self interest. And sad to say the church world appears to be not far behind as Christians hop from one church,  from one ministry, and one message to the next.  All motivated by the bottom 
line — what’s in it for me and what’s best for me.

Like honor, faithfulness is big in God’s eyes yet certainly not valued highly in the day and age we live in.

Faithfulness is defined as “adhering firmly and devotedly, as 
to a person, cause or idea; steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant”.

Proverbs 20:6 asks it this way:

“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”

I Corinthians 4:2 says:

“Also it is required first in a minister that a man be found faithful”

Proverbs 28:20 promises…

“A faithful man shall abound with blessings…”

And Matthew 25:12 (NKJV)…

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

By the grace of God, 2013 commemorates my 26h anniversary of answering the call to stand by the side of  Dr. Morris Cerullo.

Have there been times that my commitment to the relationship has been tested over a quarter of a century?  To say that there haven’t been would be unrealistic.

The key to faithfulness is knowing the will and the calling of God. 

Someone once said, you are either called or you are crazy!

If God called you to serve another man’s ministry, if God called you to marry your spouse, you can always go back to that original calling as the bedrock of your commitment to faithfulness, especially during the trying times.  Above all your commitment to faithfulness is not only to another person but it is first and foremost to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus for your life.

One of the great statements Jesus ever made calls us to be faithful in serving another persons ministry:

“And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?”

Luke 16:21

While this verse clearly lays down the divine qualification for receiving that which is your own, I personally have never viewed this scripture as a license to see my service to Dr Cerullo as some kind of spring board to my own ministry.

Over the years I have turned down many opportunities that I felt could be seen as taking advantage of the platform that Dr Cerullo has entrusted to me.

I have simply preferred under God to endeavor to remain single minded and to stay faithful one day at a time to His call and to His servant, and have already received so much more in the process than I could ever have asked or hoped for.

I know, and you can too, that your future will take care of itself as you remain faithful to God, His kingdom and to your mentor.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”

Matt 6:33

God is looking for a few faithful men and women…and I believe you are one!  What a reward it will be when you hear these eternal words on that Great Day, “Well done good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of thy Lord” (Matt 25:21)

(The above is an excerpt from “The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry: Seven Serving Secrets That Will Sentence You To Success”, available on Amazon.com starting at $2.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932579230 Discounted bulk copies available direct from author at gregmauro1159@gmail.com Join Greg’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheBlessingOfServingAnotherMansMinistry and follow Greg on twitter @gregmauro7)

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