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Series: Luis Palau | Spiritual Success

How can we be holy as God wants us to be?  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis will encourage and inspire us as he deals with this question.  God has given us power and protection so that we can live lives that glorify Him. 

Say Yes to God's Call Friday, January 17, 2020

When I first gave my life to Christ, He called me to roles I was very happy to accept: marrying Wendy, becoming my dad’s personal assistant, and being a festival director. I loved it all. I thought, “This is my calling and it’s great!”

And it was my calling for a season. But then God said “Now I want you to be a preaching evangelist.” That thought scared me. I didn’t like speaking. I wasn’t good at preparing. And, I was afraid that people would think I was doing it just to be like my dad. So, I said no. The more time that passed, the more tension and pressure I felt both with the team and at home. I knew it was because I wouldn’t listen to God’s new calling and release my former role. I liked my former role too much.

Through that time I learned that resistance to God’s calling is serious. The Bible says in Exodus that God was angry with Moses when Moses asked God to send someone else to Egypt. God had a plan. He knew what He was doing and He knew that Moses was the man. When I realized the same was true in my life and obediently submitted to God’s calling, wonderful things happened. Doors opened, opportunities came, and I found myself passionate and excited for my new role. If you’re fighting against God’s calling, stop! His plans are far better than our own and He has a role for YOU.

This is Andrew Palau.

When Others Fall Thursday, January 16, 2020

Today I want to be extremely practical. I want to encourage you to take three actions that will bless your life immensely.

First, don’t gossip and gloat when someone goes ahead and blatantly sins. We dare not secretly get a kick out of seeing someone else fail. Since temptations are common to us all, Scripture calls us to walk humbly in the fear of the Lord.

Second, make a radical decision to be holy as God is holy. Pray to God about your areas of weakness. I did this early on in my ministry. I told God, point by point, how I behave in certain situations. I was embarrassed and recognized that God already knew how I acted, but it did me good to tell Him. Then I took Galatians 2:20 and reaffirmed with God my resolution to be crucified with Jesus Christ. I made a radical decision to be holy under every circumstance, without exception.

Third, begin an accountability group with one or more of your Christian friends. Let them know about your areas of weakness—you don’t have to share in great detail. Ask them to hold you up in prayer before God as well as to hold you responsible for your actions. For many years I met each Wednesday with a group of respected, godly leaders in my city and discovered great benefits to my personal life.

Why wait? Pursue God’s rich blessings on your life today. 

This is Luis Palau.

Beware of Temptation Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I thank God for His divine walls of protection around us, but that’s not to say that you and I won’t ever be tempted to climb over them. For this reason we must beware of two seemingly innocent mistakes that make us vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. Those costly, deadly mistakes are first carelessness and second opportunity. However it happens, carelessness creeps in, and that’s when Satan strikes. The opportunity arises, we climb over God’s divine walls of protection, and we fall headlong into sin.

But we don’t have to go that route. First Corinthians 10:13 promises, “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 stand up under it.”

God certainly doesn’t want us to panic, to be fearful that we’ll be the next to fall. Jude 1:24 reminds us that the Lord “is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.”

Are we staying in God’s Word? Are we walking by the Spirit? Are we obeying Jesus Christ? “If you do these things,” 2 Peter 1:10 says, “you will never fall.” Let’s not go around cringing, frightened we’re going to fall. If we are walking and growing in Jesus Christ, the Scriptures say we will never fall—and that’s a promise!

This is Luis Palau.

Walls of Protection Tuesday, January 14, 2020

To keep us safe in His hand, God has established three strong walls of protection around us. The first strong wall of protection is the Word of God, the Bible, including His moral laws. The second wall of protection is the Body of Christ, especially our local church. The third wall of protection is the indwelling Holy Spirit, who is ever sensitive to sin in our lives.

That said, we can’t just sit around, hoping that God will protect us, when temptation comes our way. As John Wesley recognized during the Great Awakening, it is as Christians grow in grace and go on to maturity that they are kept from falling. Wesley warned Christians that “to stand still is to be in danger of slipping back.”

I especially like what Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:3. There he writes: “[The Lord’s] divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." Did you hear that? “All power” has been given to us through Jesus Christ, and His power enables us to live a godly life.

Do you want more of God’s power at work in and through you? If so, keep short accounts with God. Confess your sins daily, thank the Lord for His forgiveness, and then atrust Him to work anew in your heart. Then get ready to be amazed.

This is Luis Palau.

The Peter Promise Monday, January 13, 2020

“He knew so much about the Bible. He had such a great ministry. How could this happen to him?” We often hear this when a Christian leader falls because of money, sex, or pride.

The unasked question is left hanging in the air: “Since this happened to such a person, what about me? Am I going to fall, too?” Many years ago I used to answer, “We’re all vulnerable. It could happen to anyone,” echoing what others have said in the past. Then I realized that such thinking leads to fatalism, smacks of false humility, and flies in the face of Scripture.

“We’re all vulnerable” isn’t true...if we’re staying in God’s Word, if we’re walking by the Spirit, if we’re obeying Jesus Christ. “If you do these things,” 2 Peter 1:10 says, “you will never fall.” Peter isn’t using flowery language. He isn’t simply trying to make us feel better. These words are from the Bible. God Himself tells us, “If you do these things, you will never fall.” What a wonderful promise! With His indwelling power, we can overcome.

God doesn’t want us to shipwreck our faith, shatter our home, or disgrace our church. Instead, He has given us His indwelling, blessed Holy Spirit and designed the Christian life so that we’ll succeed. What a great God we love and serve!

This is Luis Palau.

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