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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Unshaken

Do you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by life’s circumstances?  This week on "Reaching your World with Luis Palau," Luis tells us we can find direction and courage in God.

In Times of Trouble Friday, October 20, 2017

We were planning a festival overseas and, as usual, our goal was to partner with the local churches to deliver the Good News. But as my wife and I and our kids were sitting on the plane to depart from Washington D.C, a newsflash came on my phone of a major terror threat and noted that the nation we were traveling to was on its highest alert.

We had 200 volunteers and team members traveling with us and we felt the need to caution them. The option to back out was given, yet all 200 decided to go on. We were able to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters to share the love of Jesus Christ.  As a result, many made a first-time decision to follow Christ. The reward for pressing forward was seeing those many souls enter into the kingdom of God.

In the Psalms we read, “The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble" (Psalm 37:39). He will deliver us out of difficulties and dangers. Wisdom dictated that our team needed heightened security. In the end everything came together and it was Christ who proved Himself faithful.

What troubles might be holding you back? Trust in God and keep striving to reach your world. God is your stronghold.   

This is Andrew Palau.

Fixed on the Lord Thursday, October 19, 2017

Have you ever gone through something that shook you to your core? My friend, Monty Williams, the well-respected Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant Basketball Coach, experienced a tragedy. His wife died in a tragic car accident in 2016.

During the memorial service, Monty surprised those in attendance with his response to his wife’s death. He said, “I love you guys for taking time out of your day to celebrate my wife.  But I didn’t lose her. When you lose something you don’t know where it is. I know exactly where my wife is. I’ll miss holding her hand. I’ll miss talking with my wife…but she is in Heaven.”

Wow! When I heard his speech, I got tears in my eyes. Despite losing his spouse, Monty – a very committed Bible believer - let his faith be his guide. And in doing so, he showed the thousands of people who watched his televised speech what an unshakable faith really is. Maybe you’re experiencing a tragedy in your own life. Maybe you lost a loved one, or experienced a serious illness or injury. In any case, you have two choices. You can give in to the anger and sadness that usually accompany those events, or you can keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, His promises and presence.

Acts 2:25 in the Bible says, “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Keep your heart focused on Jesus. And regardless of what comes your way, you will not be shaken.

This is Luis Palau.

Mile 24 Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A friend recently ran his first marathon. When talking about the 26.2 mile run, he said something that surprised us. “The hardest part of the race was not actually the running part. It was the mental part. I found myself wanting to quit and walk at mile 24, but I kept running. And then, all of a sudden, I saw the finish line and I was motivated to keep going.”

When I heard that, I couldn’t help but think of our walk as Christians. So often, it’s easy to get caught up in the world around us. We get sucked into social media, or political debates, or keeping up with trends, when the truth is we’re supposed to be running a race. We are called to live on mission, to share the Good News with people around us. But when we lose sight of our mission, we can get distracted and wander from our goal.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may get the prize.” This week, in whatever you are doing, keep your mission as a Jesus-follower in mind. Be intentional and live with purpose. Don’t get sidetracked before the finish line.

This is Luis Palau.

Sometimes, it's Hard Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Christianity is all about having a relationship with Jesus. Fortunately for us, Jesus gives us endless love and new life for free. But just because it’s free, doesn’t mean the Christian life is always easy.

G.K. Chesterton once said, “The problem with Christianity is not that it has been tried and found wanting, but that it has been found difficult, and left untried.” Sometimes I hear from people who say they want the life that Jesus offers, but they are fearful of giving up certain behaviors or ways of this world.
What these people don’t know is that in in giving up our old selves, we find abundant life. The Bible says in Matthew 16:24-26 "…Jesus told his disciples, ’If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’”

The Christian walk can at times be difficult. Especially in this day and age. But I promise you, a life lived for Jesus is a life of true abundance. It is a life filled with the Holy Spirit. It is greater than anything else we could have here on earth. Pass that on to your friends.                     

This is Luis Palau. 
 

God is Like Light Monday, October 16, 2017

I’ve met many people who’ve become stuck in their faith because they cannot physically see God. Even some strong, committed Christians have fallen into this trap. Because we don’t see God, and we live in a hyper-visual time in history, it’s easy to forget that God is there. But indeed, God is always there. And His presence is the light we need to get by in this life.

G.K. Chesterton famously said, “God is like the sun; you cannot look at it, but without it you cannot look at anything else.” Similar to the sun, God guides us through dark places. He provides light to get through dismal seasons. In Psalm 119:105 the Bible says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

When I think of a light in the darkness, I often think of Daniel from the Bible. Daniel trusted God when He was in some very dark places—like the lion’s den. It took time, but by relying on God, Daniel went from a dark, near-death experience to a position of great power over all of Babylon. If God did that with Daniel, just imagine what He could do with you, since Christ lives in you.

This is Luis Palau.

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