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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

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Honor: The Serving Secret That Will Sentence You To Success!

25 Mar
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Greg Mauro has served for 26 years as the vice-president of Ministries for international evangelist, Dr. Morris Cerullo and is the author of “The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry: Seven Serving Secrets That Will Sentence You To Success!”

I knew a man very well that went to work for a major ministry. He quickly worked his way into a position of leadership in the ministry. Whenever he was in the presence of the president of the ministry he was the picture of honor. From serving the man water, juice, etc… to buckling him in his car, to displaying the most incredible outward show of honor and respect once could imagine. But when he was not in the presence of the mentor he would second guess and make ever increasing disparaging remarks.

This man had a hidden agenda. He was operating under the deception that he would one day take this man’s ministry, which sadly he eventually attempted to do through a five year series of frivolous and totally unsuccessful lawsuits against his mentor.

Today this man is completely out of the ministry while the mentor is thriving, reaching the world for Christ. Honor is much more than an outward display or lip service.

We serve a God who puts a high premium on the character trait of honor. Yet we live in a day where there is an apparent dearth of honor both inside and outside the church. Simply defined honor is high respect toward someone or something.

How can we expect the blessing of God as we serve another person’s ministry without a heart felt, abiding, sincere honor and respect for our mentor?

Honor is referred to directly or indirectly over 400 times in scripture as a command in both our horizontal (with our spouse, employer, children, those in authority, etc) and in our vertical (with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) relationships.

Every dysfunction can be traced to a lack of honor for authority.

The first commandment with promise is “Honor thy mother and father that your days may be long upon the land your God is giving you” Exodus 20:12

A great man once said, “All truth is parallel”.

Not only will we be blessed in the “land” that God has given us when we honor our natural parents, but the same honor is a condition of God’s blessing as it relates to our spiritual leaders. We live in a generation that openly celebrates dishonor and disrespect.

II Timothy 3:1-2 foretold our day: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud; blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent…”

Sad to say that dishonor and second guessing of our leaders runs rampant in the church today. Something as simple as referring to our pastor by his or her title and not simply on a “buddy buddy” first name basis that so many today feel is appropriate under the misguided belief that there is no difference between the laity and the clergy.

Do you think over familiarity with your spiritual leader/mentor can lead to disrespect? It did for Aaron and Miriam. (Num 12:1-2) And the Lord called Aaron and Miriam to task on it immediately!

“They (Aaron and Miriam) said, ‘Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t He spoken through us too?’ But the Lord heard them…So immediately the Lord called out to Moses, Aaron and Miriam and said, “Go out to the tabernacle, all three of you! And the Lord said to them, ‘Now listen to what I have to say!”

The Bible tells us that the Lord was very angry with them, and struck Miriam with leprosy!

Some of the most “super spiritual” believers are the ones that have the biggest struggle with honoring their leaders as they feel that they have arrived and are on equal footing with anyone. While it is true that we are equal in relationship to God, we are different in function, and God expects that difference to be honored.

God expected it of the children of Israel and He still expects it today.

A return to biblical honor of our spiritual leaders is an indispensable key that will begin to release a new dimension of the blessing of God into your life, your family and your ministry.

(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)

Are You Called To Serve Another Man’s Ministry?

16 Mar

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The place: I will forever remember as though we were standing there now as you read these words…

The walking bridge connecting the student parking lot to the bustling campus of Oral Roberts University, where the grandiose buildings and space age architecture were a daily reminder to the thousands of us students of Dr Oral Roberts charge to “Make no small plans here”.

The time: Twenty five years ago.

The experience: A life changing encounter that would set the course for my spiritual future in ways I would never have imagined when I woke up almost late for class that beautiful Spring morning in Tulsa…

With a mere six weeks remaining before graduation, and with a dream in my heart far bigger than myself, I was ready to go from this incredible place of preparation to be used by God to fulfill the Great Commission and reach our world for Christ.

Serving as a youth pastor in a local church, as a worship leader in another, carrying a 10 foot cross and sharing the gospel with whomever would listen across Tulsa, preaching on the streets, outside bars, leading evangelistic teams to Florida’s beaches during Spring break to witness to the masses of college students that swarm there from across the country — now coupled with my ORU experience, I was ready to spread my wings and take the next exciting step in God’s unfolding plan.

I drove my old car from the student apartments to campus, parked in the lot outside the Mabee Center and began my trek to class.

Done it hundreds of times.  Grab my books, slam the car door closed and begin my brisk walk with a spring in my step to be sure I get to the first class of the day on time.

Connecting the parking lot and the campus is a simple white cement walking bridge spanning across a creek that divides the lot from the ORU campus, a well traveled daily route…

But I was soon to find out that this day would be unlike any other.

As I set foot on the bridge, I encountered a tangible presence and heard a voice that I knew only to well — that stopped me in my tracks…

Students scurrying to class by the scores walked past me as I stood still at the mid point of this small bridge.

Perhaps a minute passed, and now I was standing alone on the bridge.

Unexpectedly stopped by a wonderful presence and challenged by the unmistakable voice of the Holy Spirit.

The words as fresh today as they were 25 years ago,

“Greg, what would you think if I called you to serve another man’s ministry that had the same vision that I have put in your heart, and by doing so, you would reach more people for My kingdom than if you did so on your own?”

I stood motionless pondering this heavenly proposition.

A few straggling students passed by on the bridge I’m sure wondering if this skinny 6′ 9″ motionless statue of a fellow student had lost his marbles!

Knowing how I responded to this divine moment would surely set the course for God’s future plans for my life.

And marveling what a gentleman our God is…

To present a “what would you think?” question, and not some “thus saith the Lord, you will do such and such…” command!

I stood there and pondered…

Give up the idea of launching “my own” ministry…

Serve someone else’s ministry that had the same heart as I do.

Reach more people.

Be more effective for the Kingdom of God.

The more I mulled it over, it was a clear no brainer!

“Sure, Lord.  If I can be more fruitful and reach more for You by helping someone else that is already doing what You have put in my heart to do, then count me in!”

Two weeks later, the ORU chapel service guest minister was introduced to the students, worldwide evangelist, apostle, prophet, Dr Morris Cerullo.

Another life changing encounter…

As this servant of God spoke from the words of John 6:28 “What must we do that we might work the works of God”, the Mabee Center chapel shook as the anointing of the Holy Spirit was poured out mightily upon the students.

Soon all were out of their seats, dropped to their knees, and crying out for God to use their lives…

As was I.

As I slowly began to stand after this season of prayer and communion with God on my knees in this powerful chapel service, that same voice I encountered on the bridge spoke again,

“Greg, I am calling you to stand by Morris’ side and help him in the ministry.”

Immediately my plans to enroll in the ORU seminary that Fall flashed before my minds eye.  I asked God, “What about my plans to attend seminary?”

Now a quarter of a century later, God’s four word reply has proven over and over again  to be the understatement of my life,

“This will be greater!”

On my knees in that ORU chapel service, I could not have imagined the blessings that God had in store these past 25 years serving as the vice-president of Ministries for Dr Morris Cerullo.

A beautiful, godly wife. (pictured below)  Eight incredible, healthy children.  By the grace of God and their hard work each offered full scholarships to attend some of the top universities in the world. Three adorable grand children.  A praying mother that loves and prays for me and our family and the ministry of Dr Cerullo in her prayers daily. A younger brother, Glenn that has a heart of gold and another brother, Gary, that pastors one of the great churches in America…

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The opportunity to stand by Dr Cerullo’s side as communism fell (as he prophesied for 14 consecutive years prior from the platform of the Royal Albert Hall) and conduct the first historic public crusade in Moscow before 50,000 in the Olympic Stadium…

To stand by Dr Cerullo’s ‘side and give birth to week-long Mission to London outreaches from world famous Earl’s Court to capacity crowds of 16,000 per night (pictured below) for six successive years that shook Britain and garnered unprecedented national and worldwide attention for the message of the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ…

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To personally preach by a spontaneous miracle to 200,000 protesters on the University Square in Bucharest, Romania following the fall of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu while I was in there meeting with key leaders that had invited Dr Cerullo to conduct a national School of Ministry and Crusade later that year…

Now on my fourth passport, having been privileged to have seen millions saved, healed, set free, receive the impartation of the anointing and being used by God on every continent…yes, there is unquestionably an incredible blessing waiting for those that will rise up to accept the calling to serve another man’s ministry.

To do so we will have to rise above a culture and an era that celebrates the entrepreneur, the self-made man or woman that blazes his or her own trail.  That same spirit has permeated the church, particularly the independent, Charismatic segments, where we are frequently bombarded with all the messages, encouragements, “words from the Lord” and marketing tools to launch your own ministry – get ordained – start your website – launch your own worldwide ministry and go!

In sharp contrast, Jesus said, “And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:22)

If we agree that there is a calling to serve another man’s ministry, then it is my prayer that many will rise up from their church pew as a spectator each Sunday and find an exciting, blessed place of service along side the ministry they are a part of.

I Corinthians 12:28 highlights the importance of the ministry of helps in the God-ordained structure of the church, listing it right after apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, gifts of healings:

“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.”  (I Cor 12:28)

Kim Harrington of Masterbuilder Ministries said it so well in her article on “The Ministry of Helps”:

“People approach the church with pretty much the same consumer mentality they bring to the shopping mall — you better deliver the goods, be nice and user-friendly, or I’ll simply take my business elsewhere. The concept of servant hood and faithfulness, sacrifice and dependability seems to be a thing of the past, or at least something that doesn’t apply to church anymore.

The desperate need in all sorts of Christian ministries is for those who will dedicate themselves to the ministry of helps, a rather inglorious sounding title, but listed in order right after miracle and healing ministries in the above text. The Greek word translated “helps” means “to lay hold of, so as to support.” In other words, a minister of helps is someone who commits himself to another ministry in order to support and assist in any way he or she can.

I’m impressed by the ministry team of Billy Graham in this respect. One of the great reasons for his enormous success has to be the dedicated team that has worked with him since the early ’50s — Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, and others, have been with him from the very beginning. They didn’t see their work with Billy as a stepping stone towards their own independent ministries, but rather as a lifetime calling. And in the process of helping his ministry, they have achieved personal ministerial success that they never could have attained on their own. How many records has Bev Shea sold, how many millions of people has Barrows taught over the years, that never would have been possible outside of Billy Graham’s ministry? When you commit yourself to the ministry of helps you lay hold of personal success that you might never have achieved otherwise.”

Is there a Barnabas, a Silas, a Timothy, an Aquila/Priscilla reading that is ready to serve the next Apostle Paul?

Or a band of mighty men ready to serve the next David?

An Elisha to serve the next Elijah?

Or the next Kenneth Copeland that will serve the book table of the next Oral Roberts?

God has ordained an amazing journey for you and secret number one to experiencing this incredible blessing is settling the question once and for all – yes, as a New Testament Christian, I am called to serve another man’s ministry.

(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)

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