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When we can boldly proclaim the Good News, more people hear the Gospel. But what makes bold faith? On "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" Luis explores this question.
A few years ago, my family and I were flying to Jamaica when our plane had a crash landing. The plane overshot the runway, breaking into pieces a few feet from the sea. Thankfully, all the passengers survived the crash, but let me tell you: it was one of the scariest experiences of my life.
So that’s a sensational story. But this type of tragedy plays out usually in the more mundane areas of our life and there’s no news flash, no flashing lights, no ambulances. It happens in our day to day. Things seem perfectly fine. Then, out of the blue, tragedy can strike. In a thousand ways life can seem like a plane crash. This is when faith is truly a game-changer. You see, when we put our faith in Jesus we know He is with us; we know for certain that our future is secure with Him. We can respond with courage and hopefulness even in the scariest and saddest of situations.
Grab hold of the call God gave Joshua for yourself. Joshua 1:9, “…Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I encourage you to lean on God in every situation you encounter, and in doing this you will provide a testimony that people need to witness as they face the realities of the world.
This is Andrew Palau.
Some of the greatest inventions of our time, some of the best medical advancements, and the biggest impacts on society, came because people believed in the impossible. I mean, when I was a kid, I couldn’t have possibly imagined the idea of “Facebook” or “Instagram” or electric cars. When I was a kid, doctors had not yet developed a vaccine against polio. But now, these things are commonplace. What seemed impossible became possible.
On a much bigger, grander, and more infinite scale—this is how God wants us to live in light of His Truth. The Bible says in Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” And it’s true! When we trust God, and when we act boldly to proclaim His Good News, nothing is impossible. There is no person that God cannot reach. There is no mountain that God could not move, if He wanted to.
This week, consider what you believe to be “impossible.” Perhaps you have a friend or family member who is far from God, and seems like a lost cause. Pray about finding an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus with them. Pray about it. Ask God to give you bold faith that sees beyond “impossible”. Then, go and boldly follow Him. With bold faith, God can accomplish anything He pleases through us.
This is Luis Palau.
I enjoy watching newlyweds, because they are so passionately in love. But nothing beats seeing couples who have been married twenty, thirty, or even fifty years—-because you know their love has been weathered. It has seen storms. Two people have chosen to remain committed; they’ve stood by each other during the rough patches.
Sometimes, our faith can be a similar experience. New Christians are passionate, full of a certain excitement for the Word of God — and that’s great! But storms do come. Temptation will occur. Hard times are going happen. And when these situations arise, we must choose to remain determined, consistent in our faith. When we are tempted, we must be conscious about remaining faithful to Jesus. Bold faith is unwavering in trials. Bold faith seeks Jesus, and praises Him, even when things are really hard.
James 1: 2-4 in the Bible says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
So, be bold in your faith by remaining steadfast, persistent even during trials, temptations, or storms.
This is Luis Palau.
Has your spouse, friend, or parent ever called you and asked for a favor? My wife Pat will sometimes call and say, “Luis, can you pick up some bread on the way home?” or “Would you drive me to the mall?” Of course, because I love her, I do these things. And I’ve found most people respond this way to the ones they love. So, what if God called you? What if He said, “Hey, you down there… would you tell that person in your office about me?” or “Will you talk to your friend about what it means to have a relationship with me?” What would you do? If you love God, you would certainly try to do as He asks.
The truth is, God doesn’t just ask us for favors as other people in our life do. God is the Creator of the Universe, so he doesn’t need any favors. But God does command us to do things. In fact, in John 15 Jesus says, “I command you to love each other in the same way I love you.” And in the Great Commission, in Matthew 28:19, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
The point is, Jesus has called you to do something. Now, it’s up to you to respond. Will you answer His call by sharing His good news? Even if you are nervous about sharing?
This is Luis Palau.
I know a woman named Abby who was raised in a family that considered itself very “religious”, but did not understand the importance of a relationship with Jesus. When Abby was a child, she began to wonder why certain prayers were recited, and why religious leaders in her church held specific traditions. Abby asked someone why these things happened, and they replied, “Because it’s always been that way. If you ask questions, you lack faith.” So, Abby stopped asking questions, and she went through the motions of religious duties she saw others going through.
When she was a teenager, however, everything changed. A friend brought Abby to a summer Bible camp, where Abby learned about having a relationship with Jesus. She received Jesus as her Savior, and began to walk with Him. As Abby grew, and as questions arose, she prayed about them. Abby talked to Jesus. She called to Him when she was confused, lost, or unsure. Instead of silencing her questions and going through the motions, Abby opened her heart to the Savior. The point is, Abby exemplifies bold faith.
Bold faith is not just going along with the motions or trying to please God with good works. Bold faith is knowing Jesus intimately – walking with Him, trusting Him, obeying Him. Do you yourself have that kind of relationship with Jesus? You can.
This is Luis Palau.
What does it mean to share the Good News in our communities, our churches, our schools? On "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" Luis gives practical help on how to share the Good News with people in our lives.