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Series: Luis Palau | Seeking God's Kingdom

Luis Palau makes no secret of the tremendous influence his mother has had on his life.  On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis passes on some of the important lessons he learned from her.  These are lessons that have shaped his character, his life, and his ministry for many years.

My Mom and Dad's Conversion Stories Friday, May 8, 2020

Over the years, my Dad has made a point of telling his testimony of how he came to faith in Jesus Christ. He wraps it up by saying, quote, That night I could hardly sleep, I was so excited about committing my life to Jesus Christ. I knew I was saved. I was a member of God’s family forever, end quote.

What most people haven’t heard, however, is my Mom’s story. Here’s what she told me: As a child, she went to Sunday school, heard lots of Bible stories, memorized Bible verses, and even heard her mother teach about the Lord, but she didn’t trust Jesus Christ as her Savior until she was about 8 years old. She still remembers that day. She had done something definitely wrong. It was obvious and undisputable. My mother stopped ironing and said, “Pat, You need to ask Jesus to forgive your sins, don’t you?” My mom said, “Yes.” Grandma had capitalized on a very distinct failure, something she had done that was very tangible. It wasn’t an attitude problem, it was a deed, and she zeroed right in on it and led Mom in a prayer to ask forgiveness for her sins and to give her life to Christ.

Isn’t that great? So, what’s your story?  Have you given your life to Christ?  If not, do so today.

This is Andrew Palau.

My Mother Sought God's Kingdom First Thursday, May 7, 2020

From my mother quoting Matthew 6:33 to me and my six siblings over and over again, I learned the sacred principle of seeking God’s kingdom first, and I still firmly believe it today.

God has gone on record saying that He will provide what you need. Granted, He does not promise riches or outrageous prosperity, but He will give you what you need to move forward in the work and life of His good kingdom. The Lord’s promises are many, and it’s our tragic loss if we fail to claim them.

What are your needs? How are you seeking the Lord’s kingdom today? Are you in need of provision that only your Creator and Redeemer can give? Have you ever tasted the goodness of the Lord’s perfect provision? I want you to remember the example of my mother. She believed that as she sought the kingdom, God would respond as He promised and faithfully give whatever she needed. And our heavenly Father did it!

My prayer for you is the same one I pray for myself. I pray that you may always turn to the Lord for every need you have, small or great. And I pray that you might experience the richness of His provision with the same depth of faith that I saw in my mother, Matilde Balfour de Palau.

This is Luis Palau.

My Mother's Unwavering Example Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Through the unwavering example of my mother, I learned that God truly is trustworthy. For my Mom, seeking God’s kingdom wasn’t something you just did on your knees; it was something you did on your feet.

Even after my father’s death, and after our family was plunged into poverty, my mother constantly pushed me to preach. “But Mom,” I’d say, “how are we going to eat?” “The Lord will provide,” she’d say. “He’s no man’s debtor.”
Still, it took me a while to take that step of faith. So I left my job at the bank and began to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. I was single and young, but God used it in a tremendous way. Do the same yourself.

Then again, as we sought God’s kingdom, following our mother’s example, we experienced God’s faithfulness. What Matthew 6:33 says is true:  “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Although those times were difficult, God always provided. Always.

Looking back, I see that poverty taught us how to see ourselves as part of an invisible economy, the system of the kingdom of heaven. By God’s grace, this system can supply our every need with elegant timing and by the simple miracles that God uses so often.

What is your own experience with our faithful God?

This is Luis Palau.

My Mother Pointed out the Real Heroes Tuesday, May 5, 2020

My mother was always an avid reader, constantly reading us the biographies of great missionaries and Christian workers. She often read them in English because in those days few Christian books were in Spanish.

My first memory of her reading these stories is when I was about four or five years old. The one that struck me most deeply was about Hudson Taylor and his remarkable mission to China. Those men and women missionaries were my heroes, and they still are. Basketball players and musicians are not my heroes; they’re just gifted millionaires.

Those who give their lives for the service of others, those who put their own comfort or safety aside to bring the Good News of Jesus to those who have never heard—they are the real heroes, and deserve to be honored and supported.

We ministered as best we could in the hills of Córdoba, a city of about a million. We held children’s meetings in our house and in the open air. We held street meetings. We would do anything to proclaim the Good News. Sharing it was our life.   We spoke of everything other than Christian service as the “world.” Our family lived to preach the Good News Gospel, and we still do. And we have no regrets.

I encourage you right now to get on your knees and say, “Lord, use me to bring the Gospel to the world.” And He will do it, I assure you.

This is Luis Palau.

My Mother Trusted God Completely Monday, May 4, 2020

My mom enthusiastically applauded everything her children did. I remember learning to read and her ringing praise: “Oh! So young, and he can read so well!” Perhaps she spoiled me a bit, but I had no doubt how much she loved me.

Even more, my mother centered her life on God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I can hear her voice still, hushing in prayer, rising in praise. She read the Bible constantly, almost always on her knees. She quoted many verses to us, and she insisted that we memorize the verses we were given in Sunday school. Today, those verses have the strength of promises fulfilled.

Of the many Bible verses that my mother loved, one sums up perfectly the lesson that she taught me: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Matthew 6:33]

What a simple promise. But how profound! All the things we worry about—what we will eat, drink, and wear—will be supplied by God as we seek His kingdom. It is an audacious promise that Jesus made, yet my mother trusted God innocently and completely, like the birds of the air or the lilies of the field.

Like my mom, I hope and pray that you trust God completely, and encourage others.

This is Luis Palau.

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