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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)

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)

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