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Series: Luis Palau | Goodbye Old, Hello New!

When we are rooted in Christ, we are new creations, the Bible says. But what does that really mean? Learn about God’s love and forgiveness this week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” as Luis talks about the new life we have in Jesus Christ.

Nothing will Separate You Friday, February 21, 2020

Have you ever felt afraid that somehow, God would stop loving you? Or, perhaps, that you weren’t “good enough” for His promises? Well I’ve got good news for you. There is nothing that can ever separate you from the love of Jesus. Nothing! Isn’t that amazing news?

The Bible says in Romans 8:35-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So, friend, as you encounter fears or feelings of unworthiness, I encourage you to put your trust in God. Trust that He has a great plan for you, and that nothing will ever separate you from His love. As you experience the joy and confidence of living in that love, recognize that love is for you, for sure, but also for you to share with others in your world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Becoming a Temple Thursday, February 20, 2020

I have been to amazing churches all over the world. Huge cathedrals in Europe, with stained glass windows and massive pipe organs. Chapels out in the country, with beautiful views of God’s creation. And churches right smack in the middle of the city that offer quiet in the middle of the busyness. I’ve also been to some tiny churches, churches in huts or temporary shelters, or in homes. The truth is that Church is everywhere, and it is always beautiful — because the Church is not a building. It is people. It is US.

When we receive Christ and become a new creation, one major way that we are transformed is that the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. This means our bodies become temples of the Holy Spirit, as it says in 1 Corinthians 6. God doesn’t dwell in buildings made by human hands, but rather in the creations He loves most: His people.

On the surface, this can seem a little frightening. What does it mean, to have the Holy Spirit in us? We are still ourselves, but God lives in us. This means He is always with us, in every situation, guiding and comforting us. It also means that we have purpose: we are to glorify God in whatever we do, because we are walking homes of His. We need to serve Him with our bodies, and His Spirit will guide us in making right decisions. He will also empower us to share His Good News with the people around us. Isn’t that exciting?

This is Luis Palau.

Forgiven Sins Wednesday, February 19, 2020

There are many ways that we change from our old selves to our new selves when Christ becomes the focus of our lives. The biggest thing is that our sins are forgiven. 100%. Forever. Any sin we have ever done or ever will do has been completely erased by the blood of Jesus. As it says in 1 John, “the blood of Jesus, [God’s] Son, cleanses us from all sin.” All of it!

We don’t necessarily think of blood being all that clean, right? If a child falls and gets a bloody knee, moms and dads are quick to clean off the blood. We think of blood as dirty, messy, and a sign of injury. But that’s the glorious thing about the blood of Christ. When His blood spilled on that cross, He cleansed us from all of our bad deeds, once and for all, and forever.

There is a Scottish theologian who interprets the verse from 1 John by saying that Jesus’ blood disinfects us. What I like about this interpretation is that something that is cleaned can become dirty again, but something that is disinfected? That means that all germs on it have been killed, and all future germs are likely killed as well. It’s past, present, and future cleanliness. This is what Jesus’s blood provides us.

That means that whatever anyone has done, large or small, or whatever they will do in the future is cleaned by the blood of God. Praise Jesus! Spread this good news. It’s the best gift you can give.

This is Luis Palau.

A New Life in Christ Tuesday, February 18, 2020

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is in 2 Corinthians chapter 5, verse 17. It says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” What a great image! The old is gone, and a brand new person is here. Sometimes the change after someone accepts Christ is that visible. When my friend Stephen Baldwin accepted Christ, his old Hollywood persona of partying passed away. He became a man fully devoted to Christ.

But what about those of us who accepted Christ at young ages? I accepted Jesus into my life when I was 12 years old; I wrote down the date in my Bible. It was in 1947! Another godly woman I knew, Ruth Graham, said that she knew Christ her entire life; there was no time she did not love Jesus. What about those of us that did not have an abrupt change?

The change still occurs. Even children, even good people, need to start over. They feel the stain of sin on them, and they want the purity that Jesus can bring. He can free us from pain, loneliness, fear, and anger. The biggest changes that occur are at the deepest level of our soul and spirit. With Christ, we have forgiveness, purpose, and the promise of life after death. Everyone deserves to have the chance at a new life, so isn’t this good news worth sharing with everyone around you that you possibly can?                       

This is Luis Palau. 

A Staggering Event Monday, February 17, 2020

I was once reading a magazine for teens that described becoming a Christian as a “staggering event.” What a great way to describe the life-changing moment of accepting Christ! It has always stuck with me. I mean, just think about it. What if you were in your house and you heard a knock at the door? It’s right before dinnertime, and you’re not expecting anyone. So you put down the paper, or your iPad, or whatever you’re doing, and you stand up to go to the door. You open it, and there is Jesus. Jesus is standing outside your house. He looks into your eyes, and He says, “I’m coming over for dinner tonight.” Wouldn’t you just be staggered? Wouldn’t it feel like all time stops and your mind just goes blank? Jesus! At your house! For dinner!

And yet, this is what Jesus does on a spiritual level. He knocks at the door to our hearts and asks to be let into our lives. Jesus says in the Bible, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” It’s a staggering moment of decision that leads to a new life. Person after person has heard that knock and opened the door, and their lives have been changed forever. Let us pray for those around us to be listening, hear the knock, and invite Jesus in. Then, they too will become new people, fully in love with Christ.

This is Luis Palau. 

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