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Series: Luis Palau | Reaching Your World God's Way

The great heroes of the Christian faith are an inspiration for all of us trying to reach our world. Hear about these heroes and more on "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" this week.

Black Boxes Thursday, March 22, 2018

You have probably heard of the black boxes on commercial airliners. They are specially made to withstand extreme temperatures and to remain intact even underwater. They are also equipped with beacons to help investigators locate them after a crash. These boxes are essential because they record all the conversations of the flight crew with the air traffic controllers, as well as the condition and performance of the aircraft. Safety experts rely on these boxes to learn from mistakes so they can avoid them in the future.

As followers of Jesus Christ, it’s important that we learn from past mistakes as well. In Corinthians, the apostle Paul talks about what we can learn from the Israelites in the wilderness, and he says, “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us…”

There’s no need to feel stuck in your past or to feel shame. But learning from the past will help you to have a brighter future. And you will be able to reach your world in new ways as you seek to live more fully for Jesus Christ.  And the lessons of the Old Testament saints and the lessons of the New Testament and the lessons that you find all over the Bible are a guidance - a leading for us to know how to walk with God every day.

This is Luis Palau.

Praying Friends Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I really do believe in the power of prayer. Have you ever had a friend who faithfully prays for you? It can be easy to tell someone “I’ll pray for you” – but to actually do it is another thing entirely. And you know, I’ve been so blessed through the years to have faithful friends not just say they’ll pray, but actually do it.

One of them is Robert Levy, a businessman related to one of my boys by marriage, in Jamaica.  One day he said, “Let’s evangelize the whole nation in celebration of 50 years of our company.”  We talked about the cost of it.  He said the Lord will provide.  It turned out to be very expensive.  We prayed and the Lord answered, and all of Jamaica can be said to have heard the voice of God.  It was so exciting!

One incredible way to reach your world is to be that kind of friend to other people. Ask people how you can pray for them, and then actually do it. Write down what they say. Put a date next to it. Bring those requests to the Lord. And then check back with your friend and ask how they’re doing in each of those specific areas they shared with you.

The Psalmist writes, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Call on the Lord today, and watch as He uses you to reach your world through prayer.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus' Team Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In 2002, the Oakland Athletics baseball team needed a turnaround. They didn’t have the funds to sign any stars, so they developed an unorthodox plan. Using often-overlooked statistics, they recruited a variety of players who many other teams would not have considered. The unusual strategy worked, and the ragtag team had a 20-game winning streak. And you know, this story reminds me of Jesus’ strategy for picking his “team”. If ever there was a ragtag team, it was Jesus’ 12 disciples. Rough fishermen, despised tax collectors – Jesus did not exactly choose the well-respected, well-educated, players. He did not pick the strongest or the most popular. No recruiting firm today would have ever picked Jesus’ team.

In 1 Corinthians St Paul tells us, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” That’s exactly what He did through those first 12 disciples. And it’s what He continues to do today through us. God’s ways are different than our own. Never underestimate what God can accomplish through ordinary people with extraordinary faith. Are you one of those people?  The Holy Spirit wants to use you.  If you are available to God, He will use you with mighty power. 

This is Luis Palau.

Expect Great Things Monday, March 19, 2018

William Carey once said, “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.” And you know, his life was truly an example of this saying. He began his life as a hardworking shoemaker. But during his days crafting shoes, he read the journals of explorers and studied theology. Through his studies, God called him to go to India to reach his world. Carey would change history as an evangelist and a Bible translator. A man, who many may have considered quite ordinary, accomplished extraordinary things for God. And he did it by simple faith and obedience to the command of Jesus Christ in the Bible.

In the book of Hebrews we read about all that men and women of God have accomplished because of faith. We read that by faith, these great saints, “conquered kingdoms, administered justice… shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword…”
The heroes of the faith we read about in the book of Hebrews are an inspiration for all of us trying to reach our world. And you know, I believe that list of heroes is always growing and you could be next. As you expect great things from God, and step out in faith, you will reach your world.       

This is Luis Palau.

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