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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Trust, Tough Stuff, and Friendship

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis takes a look at some of the things that keep us from a close relationship with God and with other people. Our feelings of unworthiness, our shame, our lack of focus.

Be Honest Tuesday, August 3, 2021

A man went running and twisted his ankle. When he went to the doctor, the doctor asked, “how did this happen?” and the man said, “I don’t know!” He didn’t tell the doctor he had been out running.

Now, most people who hear this story would agree that this isn’t practical. We know that doctors need to know what happened in order to help find the root of our pain – but so often, we don’t tell the doctor the full story. And we are that way too often with God.

We show God want we think He wants to see, but perhaps we shield our darkness. We think, “oh, I can’t be honest about these dark thoughts, or this bad habit, because God will turn from me,” but you know what? God will never turn from you. Anyway, He already knows everything about you. It isn’t until you’re willing to share the whole truth with Jesus that you will experience His mercy and grace. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to purify us from all unrighteousness.” So go to God today and just confess your sins. When you have experienced the forgiveness of God and know the peace it brings, you can share it with others. This is good news we should not keep to ourselves.

This is Luis Palau.

No Lost Causes Monday, August 2, 2021

One common phrase I have heard in my years of evangelism is, “you just don’t know how much I’ve sinned…” or “God wouldn’t understand the mess I’m in!” Or, “God would never forgive me for what I’ve done.”

Satan likes it when we feel as though our sin is so bad that even Jesus will forsake us. But you know what? The Bible says just the opposite. In the book of Hebrews, God says, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Friend, never means never! There is nothing you could possibly do, no dark thought or twisted dream or sinful past that could stop God from loving you. Sure, God does not condone cruel or sinful behavior—but God will never outright leave you. He will never say, “You are a lost cause.” God wants you. He wants your heart. He wants to show the world His mercy and grace and transformative power through you. The question is, will you let Him?

Today, run to God. Confess your sin. Be honest with Him. You’ll never understand the depth of His transformative power until you confess to Him who you really are. And share this truth with people around you. Nobody has fallen too far from Jesus.

This is Luis Palau.

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Sharing the Good News

In the Bible, God commissions His followers to proclaim His Good News. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis shares from his experience some practical tools for evangelism.