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Series: Luis Palau | Learning from Bible Characters

The Bible offers fascinating glimpses into the lives of people who lived thousands of years ago.  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis points out that those stories are given to us for a reason – to teach us by example.  

God's Ocean of Grace Friday, April 10, 2020

Thank God His grace isn’t “fair.” Like the thief on the cross next to Jesus, none of us deserve God’s grace. That’s why grace is grace–God’s unmerited favor. Yes, it goes against all sense of “fairness” that such a thief could get heaven after living in open rebellion against God all his life. Then again, the words of Jesus leave no doubt: “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Feel the authority? With the power that upholds the universe, Jesus assures a legally convicted, admitted criminal of eternal life. As it does today, that assurance of salvation rested in the unbreakable promise of God–not man’s fickleness–based on the Savior’s substitutionary work on the cross.

God forgives anyone who has committed blatant sins, whatever they may be, if that person truly repents.

God’s grace is ultimate generosity, love without limits. In those agonizing moments of Grace lifted up from the earth, a criminal repented of unbelief and rebellion. Before the day ended, he joined Jesus in paradise.

Though it wouldn’t be fair, having squandered so much, prodigal America has never needed grace more. Thank God, there’s no bottom to God’s ocean of grace. This message of grace is the message that we can use to reach our world.    

This is Andrew Palau.

Look Forward to Eternity with Jesus Thursday, April 9, 2020

From the first day the Savior called him to leave his nets, John longed for a deeper friendship with the Lord. To his delight, Jesus invited him into his closest circle of friends and shared with him moments of brightest glory, and deepest grief. John was there when Jesus returned to heaven, and heard with his own ears the promise that He would come back again. [Acts 1:11]

Contrary to rumors popular at the time, John knew he might die before that great coming. But each day of his long life he held onto the promise that Jesus would come, and the possibility it could be that very day.
Some mornings, John must have scanned the skies, searching for a glimpse of that glorious brightness he had seen once before. One morning, he did see the Lord’s glory again—not transported by the Lord’s return, but by the Lord’s Spirit [Revelation 1:9-19]. What unfolded before John’s aged and amazed eyes became his desire and ours as his heart burst out, “O, come, Lord Jesus, come!”

The exclamation point of heaven, after all, isn’t just the streets of gold. Instead, it’s the reality that God dwells with men [Revelation 21:3]. Like the apostle John, let’s look forward to eternity with Jesus. I sure do!

This is Luis Palau.  

Readily Confess your Sins Wednesday, April 8, 2020

From the time we were kids, we’ve been told the old baseball mantra: three strikes and you’re out. In life, we get only so many opportunities to blow it. In many competitive situations, no wonder our first reaction is to tense up. It seems as if everyone occasionally struggles with the fear of failure. Every time we hear about another friend or colleague losing their job, we automatically wonder, “Will I be next?”

Thankfully, God’s kingdom operates on an entirely different basis. We can never let God down one too many times. If we love Him and own up to our sins, confessing them and asking for His forgiveness, God keeps right on forgiving us and putting us back in the game.

If anyone ever understood the marvel of God’s goodness to keep giving us second chances, it was Simon Peter. Listen to what Jesus told him in Luke 22:32: “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

As Simon Peter discovered, it’s not too late for us to return to Jesus Christ, confess our sins, ask for His forgiveness today, and receive a second chance to bless others.

This is Luis Palau.

Celebrate the Holy Spirit in You Tuesday, April 7, 2020

After Moses complained how hard it was to lead the Israelites, the Lord told him He would “take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them” referring to 70 elders [Numbers 11:17]. At the Lord’s instruction, Moses called for the elders. Then God did as He promised.
 When Joshua expresses alarm that two of the elders are prophesying among the people, Moses says, in effect, “My wildest dream is that the Lord would put his Spirit on all of His people” [Numbers 11:29]. What a wild dream, indeed!

Of course, that dream came true on the day of Pentecost. As we read in Acts 2, every true follower of Jesus Christ—both men and women, young and old—received the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence for life.

What a tremendous gift that every Christian receives from God the Father and His Son, Jesus. I’m so very glad that the blessed Holy Spirit resides in each and every believer [Romans 8:9].  He teaches us, guides us, warns us, fills our hearts with love and joy and peace.  In fact, 1 Corinthians 6 says we become the temple of the living God.

What a tremendous gift, indeed! And people need to know about Him.

This is Luis Palau.

Believe what God Says Monday, April 6, 2020

Genesis 15:6 is one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. There we read that Abraham “believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” In the preceding verses, we read that the Lord speaks to Abraham. The two have a little chat. The Lord promised Abraham that he would have a son.  Then the Lord takes Abraham outside and reinforces His promise. Abraham was directed to look at the numberless stars in the sky. Then the Lord adds, “So shall your offspring be.”

In other words, the Lord was saying: “Abraham, I’m asking you to accept something that you cannot understand now, but every night the stars will remind you what I have said.” And then comes that famous statement – “Abraham believed the Lord.”  It wasn’t until Abraham was a hundred years old that his son Isaac was born, but he trusted God to fulfil His promise.

God has given us promises as well, such as John 11:25.  Jesus said, “The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”  As Abraham proved, there’s no greater faith than believing what God says.

Let’s rest on what He has promised, and tell others about the One they can unhesitatingly put their trust in.

This is Luis Palau.

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