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Series: Luis Palau | Taking Risks for Christ

This week on "Reaching your World," Luis Palau tells of some of the amazing things Christian missionaries have accomplished for God.  We can be inspired to reach our world too.

Spiritual Battleground Friday, November 8, 2019

My wife, Wendy, and I were traveling recently for an international festival, when someone asked us, “Aren’t you scared about going to such a dangerous place?” We had considered the dangers; we knew there was the possibility of terrorists, militia, and people who just wanted to wreak havoc against the things of God. But my wife brought up a great point. She said, “People always talk about physical dangers in these kind of places, and they avoid traveling there. But how often do people talk about spiritual dangers in supposedly ‘safe’ places like where we live?” For example, how often do people go to a movie that promotes violence? Or, watch a TV show about sexual affairs? Or, how often do we hang out with friends who have pressured us into behaving inappropriately?

The point is not to live inside of a bubble, but it is important that we’re aware of the spiritual battlegrounds we walk around in every day. We should arm ourselves with these things: prayer, and reading the word of God.  Be in prayer constantly and read the Bible daily so that we can see clearly what is right and wrong. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says to “test everything” and “hold fast [to] what is good” so let’s do just that!

This week, consider the spiritual dangers around you. Pray for God to open your eyes, be in His word so you can be aware of His truth in all circumstances. Then you will have authority to share His Truth with others.

This is Andrew Palau.

Expecting and Attempting Thursday, November 7, 2019

When William Carey was a young minister in the late 1790s, he researched the religious practices of other cultures. This led to a concern for those overseas who did not know Jesus. Carey believed in the Great Commission, going and making disciples of all the nations. Yet, many others dismissed him. Some pastors called him an “enthusiast” and would not listen to his passion for bringing the Good News to other cultures.

Carey ignored them and moved forward anyway. In 1792 he started a missionary society. He preached a sermon with the call to “expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” A year later, William and his family were in India.

Mission work in India was very difficult for the Careys. They had no money and were often ill. But Carey continued in his calling, learning the Bengali language. He began to translate the Bible and proclaim Jesus to small groups of people.

In 1800, Carey published his first Bengali New Testament, and he went on to translate the entire Bible into five other major languages of India. He also worked for social reform and brought many people to Christ. He expected great things and attempted great things for Christ. We can follow Carey’s example and do the same, whether it is in India, or our schools, or our neighborhoods. We can reach our world for Jesus if we obey Him in the Holy Spirit.                

This is Luis Palau.

Risking and Waiting Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Adoniram and Ann Judson were the first Christian missionaries to the country of Burma. They were warned when they went there in 1814 that the country would never respond to the Good News of Jesus, as everyone there was of a different religious conviction. But Adoniram’s goal was to translate the Bible and leave behind a church with 100 believers in it.

Adoniram spent three years learning the language, working 12 hours each day. During this time, he and his wife had very little contact with anyone who spoke English. He finished the gospel of Matthew in Burmese in 1817, and started sharing the Good News Gospel publicly after that. It took two more years before any Burmese people received Christ.

By 1822, there were twelve believers in Burma. This is quite different from our mass evangelistic festivals where hundreds of people come to know the Lord in one night. But Judson was patient. He waited on the Lord and was strong and courageous, even when he was imprisoned and lost family members. When he died after almost 40 years in Burma, he left behind a completed Bible, a Burmese dictionary, and hundreds of Burmese Christians leading the church.

Adoniram Judson trusted God to bless Burma. Like him, you and I must continue to work hard to reach our world for Christ. We must be patient for God to change the hearts of those around us.          

This is Luis Palau. 

Prayerful Risks Tuesday, November 5, 2019

George Mueller and his wife felt called to open orphanages in Bristol, England, in the 1800s. They started small, with one home for 30 girls, and eventually their ministry grew to serve over 1,700 orphans.

Mueller’s philosophy of fundraising was to focus on intense prayer. He prayed about everything, and he trusted that God would provide for him and the children. Guess what? God did … often at the last minute, but God provided.
In one instance, Mueller and the children sat down at the breakfast table. He offered up a prayer of thanks to God, even though there was no food in the house for breakfast. Just as they finished praying, a baker knocked at the door, with enough bread to feed everyone. Then, a milkman’s cart broke down in front of the orphanage, so everyone had fresh milk too. The Lord provided – not early, not late, but just in time. God’s time!

When the Lord asks you to take a step of faith, He will provide for you. God has always provided for His people; He gave the Israelites manna in the wilderness, and He provided bread for Mueller and the orphans at breakfast. Matthew, in the Bible, says that the Lord knows what we need (Matthew 6:8); we just need to pray, trust, and step out in faith and “wait on the Lord.” God will do big things if we trust Him to provide.

This is Luis Palau.

God's Smuggler Monday, November 4, 2019

It was the height of the Cold War, and Brother Andrew was stopped at the Eastern European Marxist border. He watched as each car in front of him was searched. Everything was taken out of the cars and checked. This would be a problem for Brother Andrew, because there were Bibles in his car he was smuggling into that nation.

Brother Andrew, a citizen of The Netherlands, was known as “God’s Smuggler” because he smuggled Bibles into Communist countries. Communism outlawed religion, so Bibles were also off-limits. But Brother Andrew felt called to bring God’s Word to people living behind the Iron Curtain. This was a huge risk, for if he were caught, he would likely be put in prison for a long time.

At the checkpoint, Brother Andrew decided to take a risk. He put all of the Bibles he was smuggling across the border in the front seat, in plain view of the guards. When it was Andrew’s turn to be checked, the guard barely looked at him and waved him through. His check took barely 30 seconds!

The Bible says that God will “guard our going out and our coming in” (Psalm 121:8): whether that is across borders or just across the street. If God calls us to take risks in His name, He will protect us. We need to be bold in reaching our world for Jesus, just as Brother Andrew was.

This is Luis Palau. 

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