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Series: Luis Palau | Luis's Favorite Verses

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis shares some of his favorite Bible verses, and how they have influenced his faith and his ministry. 

Time in the Word Friday, November 22, 2019

My father-in-law is on the board of an organization called “Back to the Bible." In a recent study, Back to the Bible found that Christians who spend time in the Word at least four times a week are 228% more likely to share their faith with others than people who do not engage with the Bible.  These same people were 407% more likely to memorize Scripture, and 30% less likely to struggle with loneliness than people who do not engage in the Bible. Wow! These numbers prove what we already know: God’s Word has power.

This week, I encourage you to make spending time in God’s Word your first priority. That will help you in every other priority as well, that’s underneath it. If it helps, mark your calendar with a sticky note that reminds you “Read the Bible”. Or, you could set a reminder on your phone or tablet. However you do it, when you make time for God, you will be blessed with His wisdom, truth, and comfort.

The Bible says in Second Timothy that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).  As you make a habit of spending time in God’s Word, you will be better equipped to spread His Good News to the people in your life.

This is Andrew Palau.

Hebrews 13:5 Thursday, November 21, 2019

Andy Stanley, an American author and pastor, once said “Greed is not a financial issue. It’s a heart issue.” And I have to say I agree with him here. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell that greed drives all sorts of hurtful behavior, and results in all types of broken relationships. This is why I’ve maintained focus on Hebrews 13:5 in the Bible throughout the years, which says, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you."

I think the main reason people get greedy in the first place is because they believe the lie that their future depends on them. They think, “I have to make this money, so I can be secure in the future.” But the truth of the matter is that Jesus Christ is the only true security we will ever have. And He promises never to leave us or forsake us.

Pray about the people you know who strive to get their security from things like money. Then, start a conversation with them, and share with them about God—whose presence is so much better than anything money could buy.                                                   

This is Luis Palau.

Philippians 4:19 Wednesday, November 20, 2019

When I was a young boy, my father passed away. I was only ten years old, but because I was the only boy in the family, it was my job to help provide for my mother and five sisters. To make matters worse, my father had been a great businessman, but my mother was not as business savvy. As a result, we lost the business my father had built and fell on hard times financially. It was a real struggle. But even then, during those hard times, God was faithful. Even when we had less than everyone around us at times, our needs were somehow always met.

Chances are, you’ve experienced hard times once or twice, yourself. Maybe they’re financial, or maybe they stem from something else. Regardless of what difficulties you’re experiencing, I encourage you to do as I have done and take God’s promises to heart. Philippians 4:19 is one of my favorites in the Bible. It says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Jesus Christ." What a promise! And I have proved it to be true.

This week, consider who in your life needs to hear the promise laid out in Philippians 4:19. Who can you share this life-changing news with?         

This is Luis Palau.

Matthew 6:33-34 Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A few years ago, during the big recession in America, I had many people come to me and say, “Luis--I’m just so scared! I worry about money. I fear losing my job,” and so on. Like many people, I felt nervous at times myself. When life seems uncertain, the first thing many people do is panic. But during that time, and even now today, I continually looked back to one of my favorite Bible passages in Matthew 6:33-34 which says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow…”

Right now I see a lot of worrying taking place around the world. People are scared for a number of reasons, and some of them are certainly justified. But we must remember that as believers in Jesus, who have accepted Christ, we are not alone in the troubles that we face. God is with us through it all. Let us remember this as we continue to seek God’s kingdom in our lives.

This week, I encourage you to reach out to someone who you know is anxious or fearful. Share with them the peace you enjoy because  of Jesus Christ.                                                   

This is Luis Palau.

Galatians 2:20 Monday, November 18, 2019

Recently, a good friend asked me if I had any favorite Bible verses. I said that I have many, of course, but there are a few verses in particular that I have relied on for evangelism throughout the years. One verse that comes to mind is Galatians 2:20, which says “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

I love this Bible verse because it is a great reminder that when we accept Jesus into our hearts, we are literally different than before. When we receive Jesus, Christ comes into us. He is sufficient to meet all of our needs, and to walk with us through all of life’s ups and downs. When we open our hearts to Him, we are not the same person any more. I have seen countless people change completely once they received Jesus Christ. I’ve seen people with addictions find healing and people with brokenness find real peace.

As you listen to this radio program, consider who in your life needs to hear the Good News. Who can you share Galatians 2:20 with? Pray to God for guidance—then be bold! Share about Jesus today.           

This is Luis Palau. 

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Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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