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Series: Luis Palau | God is Bigger

Have you ever felt that you had messed up to the point of no return? Or, have you ever felt overwhelmed by baggage? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis shares the powerful truth that God is bigger than our problems, our fears, and our shame. 

God's Attributes always Harmonize Friday, March 20, 2020

God’s love is radically different from the love people show to each other. The focus of His love is radically different, as well. What’s more, God loved us long before we ever loved Him.

There’s no question that God isn’t just a God of love. The Bible speaks plainly about His wrath and judgment. In the end, the broader spectrum of God’s nature as revealed in Scripture reconciles the wrath/love dichotomy. After all, all of God’s attributes operate in unity. They never contradict.

From our perspective, however, sometimes one of God’s attributes seems more obvious than another. But they always work together. We see this in Jeremiah 36:3 and 2 Peter 3:9, where we’re reminded that the purpose of God’s warnings of future judgment is this: to prompt men and women to turn from their sins toward God, so He can pour out His love on them.

Jesus sternly warns the persistently ungodly that their unbelief is rebellion against the Most High and that they will be punished if they don’t turn from their wicked ways.

But if they do repent, and that’s His greatest desire, God promises to give them the Holy Spirit to fill their hearts with His love. And He has made every sacrifice and provision to do just that. That’s the good news we should be sharing with our world.

This is Andrew Palau.

God is Bigger Thursday, March 19, 2020

You know, anyone close to me will tell you that I have a big sweet tooth. I love chocolate, caramel, cookies—you name it, and who doesn’t?! These are small temptations, but on occasion, I go through periods of trying to avoid sweets. Sometimes, as silly as it may sound, when I make up my mind to avoid sweets, part of me wants them more than ever.
In life, this sort of thing happens all the time, with things much bigger than just chocolate. For instance, take someone who struggles with an addiction, or who has a damaging or destructive habit. They’ll tell you that trying to change behavior patterns is incredibly difficult. But my friends, take heart! The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that “No temptation has overtaken you beyond what is common to man.” That means nothing we face is new…and God is right there with us. This verse goes on to say, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
What are you tempted by right now? Where do you need God’s strength? If you’re a believer, “Christ lives in you.” Pray about it, and ask God for His power and wisdom to live in victory. He is faithful!     
This is Luis Palau.

Powerless Shame Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Have you ever harbored a secret that tormented you inside? I once read about a man who committed a crime decades ago and got away with it. This man moved to another state and rebuilt a successful career, married, and had children. Yet, he continued to feel convicted to confess his crime. One day, the man drove across two states and walked into the police station to confess. He knew he could face jail time, but said that the relief of confessing was better than living in shame and guilt.

I find we can be the same way with God. When we hide our sin, or continue to live a double life, shame can overtake us. Shame has a way of making us feel unworthy – because we are unworthy. It sucks our joy. We may have everything on paper, but if our heart is filled with shame, life is miserable. 
Satan likes us to feel ashamed because when we experience shame, we end up turning from God out of fear of judgment. But God offers something much different. 1 John 1:9 in the Bible says, “If we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Who in your life needs this encouraging message today? Share it with them, won’t you?

This is Luis Palau.

Baggage Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Have you ever lost baggage when you were traveling somewhere? I have! And it can be incredibly difficult to replace! But you know, on God’s airplane, losing our baggage actually frees us to fly into new spots.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you… plans for welfare, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”. Nowhere in these plans does it say, “I want you to continue feeling guilty over your baggage from the past.” God just doesn’t work like that. 
God knows all of our pasts; He knows about our sin, our feelings, our thoughts… but once we believe in the Son of God and receive the Lord Jesus into our hearts, when we confess our sins, God forgives us. God heals us. God provides us with a new life.
So, wherever you are today, with whatever baggage, or struggles, or guilt you’re carrying, I encourage you to give it up to Jesus. If you haven’t already done so, pray and confess what you did wrong to Him, and accept His free gift of salvation. Let Him shower you with His abundant grace. And if you’re already covered in this amazing grace, think of who in your life needs this message. Who needs to be reminded of God’s unfailing love today? Share it with them, won’t you?
This is Luis Palau.

Too far Gone Monday, March 16, 2020

I know a woman whose life is plagued by a drinking problem. Over the years, she hurt a lot of people, and eventually she stopped believing that she could ever change. This woman believes that she is a lost cause. So, she lives her life feeling ashamed, guilty, and constantly depressed.
Sadly, I see too many people believe the same lie, which says, “you are too far gone” or “you have messed up too many times for God to save you.” But this, my friend, is not what God believes about us! To God, we are all a worthy cause. The Bible says in Romans 8:39, “…neither 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.” That means, no matter how much you have messed up, Jesus is willing to offer you grace and love, forgiveness and a fresh start if you’re in a personal relationship with Him.
Who in your life needs to hear of Jesus’ amazing grace today? Who needs to be reminded that they are not a lost cause, and that Jesus cares for them? Pray about it, then act on what God lays on your heart. You never know what God could do through you.
This is Luis Palau.

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