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Series: Luis Palau | Jesus is for You

On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis emphasizes that the Gospel is not only good for us at the moment of salvation, but it has the power to continue to change us throughout our lives.  At the end, we gain Heaven itself.  

Nothing can Separate Us Friday, May 1, 2020

When hard times come, it can sadly lead us to ask the question, “Where is God in all of this?” It’s in these times of difficulty and doubt that we must look to God’s promises. Jesus said, “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). That is a fact. So, even in the face of all kinds of trouble, we can live our lives as more than conquerors.  In the face of all kinds of trouble, we’re not separated from his love. Hunger, poverty, divorce, depression, adultery, and cancer can’t separate us. Impending dangers, harsh situations, physical attacks and even death can’t separate us. 
 
Confidence in God’s promises of his faithful love, especially in the face of the inevitable problems in life, is the testimony that will lead others to say, “I want that, I need that.” Proving that your life is perfect is not the testimony that draws people.  Proving, through Christ, that we live in victorious confidence, draws people. 
 
God’s love in trials is an attractive faith.  With that you can reach your world.  That’s the kind of love that’s worth sharing.
 
This is Andrew Palau.

Wherever you Go Thursday, April 30, 2020

We all learned the story of the pilgrims in school. Brave people who traveled across the ocean to live in a new land. But did you learn the whole story behind those brave pilgrims? That they were seeking a land where they could freely worship Jesus Christ? They were so committed to their faith, that they risked their lives and left their homes behind for a completely unknown land. William Bradford, who served as Plymouth Colony Governor five times, was just such a man. Bradford wrote, “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many...”

We can be inspired by the pilgrims, even today. If you watch the news or talk to friends, you know that this is an uncertain time for many. People are worried. Times are difficult. But “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The same Jesus who inspired the pilgrims to cross an ocean, lives in you. He promises never to leave you. We can put our faith completely in Him. We can know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus is with us wherever we go. And that is very good news, don’t you think?

This is Luis Palau

Good in God's Eyes Wednesday, April 29, 2020

If you were to ask a random person what the purpose of going to church is, many would say, “to become a better person.” There is a widely held perception that we can become “good people” on our own, and that being a good person is the ultimate goal in life. But the purpose of Christianity is not morality. To become a better person is a natural fruit of life with Jesus, but it is not the purpose. The purpose of life with Jesus is… life with Jesus! He has made you alive. There is no life apart from Him.
 
There are plenty of people who are contributing members of society. They love their families. They are responsible employees. They give to charity. But without Jesus, even doing all of these good things, you remain spiritually dead. Apart from Jesus, you cannot be fully alive.
 
It is Jesus alone who gives life – eternal life. St. Paul writes in Galatians, “So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16).  Works of the law - our own sincere efforts to “be good” - can’t do it. But Jesus can. Trust Him by faith today, and share this truly Good News, with your world.          
 
This is Luis Palau.

The Forgiveness of Your Sins Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Some who are unsure about evangelism, wonder why many people seemingly accept Jesus, but then go on with life as usual. But I believe that if God truly meets someone - whether it’s in a church, or in a conversation with a Christian friend, or in a Bible study - it’s impossible to remain the same person. Martin Luther once wrote, “This grace of God is a very great, strong, mighty and active thing. It does not lie asleep in the soul. Grace hears, leads, drives, draws, changes, works all in man, and lets itself be distinctly felt and experienced. It is hidden, but its works are evident.”
 
God’s grace is the most powerful change agent in the world. This side of Heaven, all of us are still human. So yes, sin will continue. But the Holy Spirit lives in you, and when you accept Jesus, He transforms your heart and mind. God’s Spirit in us provides us with all the power we need. If you are struggling with guilt as a Christian - remember your sins have been forgiven. You were not meant to carry the burden of shame. The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (1 John 1:9). Confess to the Father today. He wants to purify your conscience and give you peace through His forgiveness. And you will see how His amazing grace continues to work change in your life and the lives of those around you.
 
This is Luis Palau.

The Gospel for You Monday, April 27, 2020

I think we can subconsciously break down the Christian life into two phases. We think, first you need to hear the Gospel and be saved. And then, part two: you don’t need the Gospel anymore. Now YOU need to get to work to please God. But do you know that God is pleased with you because of Jesus Christ alone? He loves you not because of anything you’ve done, or whether or not you’ve earned it, but simply because He’s God. If you’ve been too caught up in all the ways you fall short, and all the things you aren’t doing - can I encourage you to get back to the Good News Gospel today? The great reformer Martin Luther once wrote, “So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!’”
 
Before you can share the Good News with anyone else, you need to be receiving it for yourself. The Gospel will fill you with everything you need to reach your world. St Paul writes, “Once you were alienated from God… But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation" (Colossians 1:21-22). Thank God for His Gospel today and spread his Good News to your world.
 
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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