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When you think about all the good things that life in Christ includes - forgiveness, eternal life, and so much more - don’t you want to tell everybody about it? On "Reaching Your World" Luis Palau reminds us that there are many people who would love to hear about these things.
Jesus was the single most important person to ever walk the planet. More songs have been sung, books have been written, and messages spoken about Jesus than anyone else. Both secular scholars and Christian historians agree that Jesus lived. But even today, many people disagree about who Jesus was. Some say He was a passive moral scholar, and others consider Him condemning and harsh. But the truth is, Jesus is God in person: fully human and fully divine.
Before Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection, people operated inside a sacrificial system, making offerings for the forgiveness of their sins. Obviously, everyone falls short when held up against strict religious codes. So God sent Jesus, His only Son; He died on the cross and in doing so, opened the door to salvation and forgiveness of sins. Jesus changed everything.
The Bible says in John 3:16 and 17, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send him into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.” Reach your world with this message: Jesus changes everything.
This is Andrew Palau.
Has someone ever broken a promise to you? Or, perhaps you broke a promise to someone else — despite whatever good intentions you may have had. Thankfully, God does not break His promises. Never. Not ever! And as followers of Christ, we can find comfort in knowing that God’s promises for us are absolutely trustworthy.
God promises to strengthen us, to protect us, and to empower us. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
God also promises to be faithful. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “…the Lord is faithful and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” The promises of God are vast and far-reaching. They are all throughout the Bible. And every single one of them can be relied on. This week, spend some time reading God’s promises. Then, tell someone in your life and in your world how God’s promises have given you assurance and hope and joy.
This is Luis Palau.
You know, when I was a young man, we didn’t have iPhones with GoogleMaps. We had old fashioned maps — the paper kind — that we had to rely on whenever we were traveling. You wouldn’t dare go somewhere unfamiliar without carrying a map, because the chances of getting lost were high.
In today’s modern world, I see many people going through life without a map. Without a plan. Without moral standards or boundaries for their own lives. It’s no wonder, then, that so many people find themselves lost, confused, depressed, or dependent on things that are harmful. They have no guidance, no assurance that they are on the right track.
As believers in Jesus, we can find peace in knowing that we have the privilege of God’s Word – the Bible – as our very own roadmap. The Bible gives us tools to navigate the good times and the difficult seasons in life. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.
This week, spend some time in God’s Word. Think deeply. Pray over it. Then, share the things God teaches you with someone in your life who seems to be lost and going in the wrong direction. God will use you in their lives, so go forward.
This is Luis Palau.
In many different religions around the world, people are required to earn forgiveness when they mess up. And in some belief systems, if you mess up, you’re shunned entirely. Think about that for a moment: no mercy, no grace, no second chances.
Thank goodness Christianity, and Jesus Christ, aren’t just a religious system. The Bible says Jesus is THE way, THE Truth, and THE Life. He is THE only way to Heaven, and therefore, Christianity is the only true belief system leading to eternal salvation. What’s more? Christianity is the only belief system where you cannot earn forgiveness. Rather, forgiveness of sins is a gift God gives you when you confess your sins and submit yourself to Him.
The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And Ephesians 2:9 says that this is “Not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Forgiveness of our sins is not something we deserve or something we can even earn. It’s a completely free gift by God’s grace.
As you consider the people in your life, ask yourself: who has received this freeing gift of forgiveness? Share this Good News today with those who need to hear it.
This is Luis Palau.
Many people who aren’t believers view Christianity as just a stiff old set of rules. But it is so much bigger and better than that. Receiving Jesus into your heart as your personal Savior, or in other words, becoming a true Christian, has many advantages and privileges that most people don’t even think about.
First, when we become Christians, we are instantly granted the assurance of eternal life. John 5:24 in the Bible says, “Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.” But we aren’t just going to live here on earth forever. No, it’s even better! We are promised eternity in Heaven with God Himself. Isn’t that amazing? So, while we may face earthly struggles such as disease and death, we will ultimately spend eternity in Heaven.
Do you have the assurance of eternal life? If you do, great! Now, think of whom you can share this exciting, life-changing news with. Our human lives are fragile. We cannot risk waiting to share the Good News. Be proactive. Share this message today, which says to everybody: Jesus is alive. He wants to come into your life, forgive your sin and give you eternal life.
This is Luis Palau.
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Do you feel something is lacking in your life? On "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau," Luis encourages us by pointing out how God can fill all the needs we have, and give our lives meaning.