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In Jesus we have security! This week on "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" Luis talks about the security we have in Jesus. Jesus made promises in the Bible which hold true, still today! As you listen this week, you’ll be encouraged to live freely in the security we have in Jesus.
An elderly man approached one of our counselors during a festival in Australia. “I fear that I am going to die and my life will have been insignificant,” he confessed. What do you say to such a man? In the same mission, a newsman said to me, “You seem to have it all together. I don’t have it all together, and I don’t know that I ever will.” My guess is that both of these two men suffered from a faulty source of security.
When people look to find their true safety and identity in the power and love of Jesus Christ, they discover genuine security and purpose. They realize they are children of God, made in His image, and that their lives do have significance. They understand that Jeremiah 29:11 is for them: “‘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.’” In this way, they avoid coming to the end of their days and saying, “I fear that my life has been insignificant.” Personal significance comes from knowing the Son of God (Jesus Christ), believing His promises, and obeying His commands.
We all know people who are looking for significance, so seize the day and tell them the Good News. Tell them their true purpose and identity is found in Jesus Christ.
This is Luis Palau.
After my dad died, everything disappeared within three years, leaving my family in utter deprivation. But the whole time we lived in poverty, my mom gave us a strong sense of security. Through prayer and singing and by affirming the promises of God, she kept us from fear and despair. She challenged us to believe that God would provide in the nick of time. And God did. And God still does provide!
One such time occurred when a letter came to our house from a man who had cheated my mother. “Mrs. Palau,” the man wrote, “I lied to you after your husband died. I bought a tractor from you. I told you the motor was no good. You believed me and gave me most of my money back. I cheated you and I’ve got to send you this check because I simply can’t go on living this way.” The check arrived at a time when we had run out of cash. To us that letter was a marvelous miracle; an answer to our trust in God the Father’s love and provision.
I’m convinced that genuine security boils down to knowing and believing the promises of God. If you know a friend in financial distress, do what you can to meet their needs. But most of all, remind them of God’s promise in Philippians, “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
This is Luis Palau.
After my dad died when I was a young boy, our family quickly plunged from relative wealth to desperate poverty. We lost it all: property, farms, vehicles and employees. Yet even when we had nothing, I don’t recall a sense of despair in the house. Some days, all we had to eat was a big loaf of French bread, flavored over the fire with a little garlic. But at each meal we would get on our knees and thank the Lord for what we had.
You might think that this poverty would close my mom’s heart, but it didn’t. Not even scarcity could dry up Mom’s generous spirit. In fact, her selfless outlook prompted her to continue helping others. My mom taught us six kids that looking to God as the only source of our security broadens our focus and gives us a heart for people—even those better off than we are.
You might have a friend who doesn’t know the Lord who is in a financial crisis. Or maybe, you know a young person just out of college, struggling to get a steady job. Take this opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. When people know Jesus, they can turn to God as their Provider and find their ultimate security in Him. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” What a motivating, exciting promise that is!
This is Luis Palau.
ESPN lists the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers as having the Best defense of all time, because in the last nine games of the football season, the Steelers only surrendered 28 points! That kind of defense led the Steelers to the AFC championship.
Great defense might win championships in sports, but I doubt it’s the best strategy for life. Constant worrying about defending your territory, your resources, your heart, your job will—sooner or later—take a toll! In fact, this past February, Medical News Today published an article that said, ”stress is significantly associated with virtually all the major areas of disease”.
I have found in recent months, as I’ve been traveling to and from New York City to prepare for a citywide service initiative and evangelistic festival there, that people who seem to have it all—successful businessmen, politicians, actors—all struggle with stress. And without Jesus in your life, this stress can be like a prison.
But Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” God doesn’t want us to go through life in an enslaving, self-focused, self-protective stance. If you know someone like this, let them know Christ died and rose again to free them from such slavery to pride and self-centeredness, and fear. This is Luis Palau.
A short while before he died in a plane crash years ago, professional golfer Payne Stewart gave his testimony at a church. “When I die,” Stewart said, “I’m going to a special place--but I want to live a special life here and now.”
He did exactly that. He lived only a few months after giving that testimony, and then the Lord took him home to heaven--not one second too soon, not one moment too late. Payne Stewart lived with confidence and zest to the very end because he knew that true safety can be found only in Jesus Christ. He didn’t worry about the future or seek to find security in his career as a famous golfer. Instead, he trusted in the Lord Jesus, first for his eternal salvation and then for the strength to press on in everyday life – as a husband, as a father, as a golfer.
Psalm 4:8 says, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Do you have friends who are constantly worrying about their safety—whether it’s financial, emotional or physical? Share the Good News with them. Tell them that resting in Christ is the only way to find that deep peace “that surpasses all understanding” in this life and the life to come.
This is Luis Palau.