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Series: Luis Palau | God Applies Today

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis tells us that God is very much alive, and relevant to our lives today. The messages this week are sure to encourage and challenge you. 

We are Ambassadors Friday, June 12, 2020

An ambassador is a privileged position. The President handpicks this high-ranking official and sends him or her to a group of people. Then, as instructed, the ambassador delivers the leader’s message. The ambassador does not create the message, but simply communicates it. It’s good to think about this role because it’s one that has been given to each of us by God Himself. If you are in Christ, you are Christ’s ambassador. As II Corinthians says, it’s “as though God were making his appeal through us.” What an honor!

When we share God’s message, of course we want our delivery to be great. But, we must remember that it is the Good News itself that carries power to change a life. It is not the messenger; it is the message itself that is the power of God unto salvation.  God will present times and places for you to deliver His message. All you must do is be faithful to do so.

Keep your eyes open and pray. Study God’s Word. It is His message. Memorize key scripture passages. Ask God for creative, thoughtful, ways to deliver His Good News. Let the Holy Spirit and the Word guide you. Take time before the Lord listening to His voice. And, thank you. Thank you for being an ambassador. Thank you for carrying God’s message to those who are lost, fulfilling your purpose as you reach your world. 

This is Andrew Palau.

Pleasing Others vs. Pleasing the Lord Thursday, June 11, 2020

Disappointment is never easy. Have you ever disappointed a parent, boss, or professor when you really thought you were following God’s word? I know someone whose parents weren’t believers. He wanted to go into ministry—but his parents wanted him to become an engineer. As it turns out, he went into ministry and then became an engineer. But during the time when he was in ministry, before he became an engineer, his parents were disappointed. This was hard on the young man—and understandably so! We all feel better when people in our lives are proud of us. But what happens when the people in our life don’t share the same values or vision that God offers us?
The Bible says in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peacefully with all…” It’s important to be respectful and kind to those in our lives-  but this does not mean we should sacrifice our convictions.
This week, I urge you to pray about the direction God wants you to walk. Who does God want you to talk to this week? Ask God to reveal his plans, then listen! God is faithful—and he will guide you if you let him. Remember to look at God as your guidepost, and you will never be lost.
This is Luis Palau.

Don't Give Up Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Have you ever tried really hard at something, like a sport, only to end up losing the game? Sometimes in life, things just don’t go as we plan or hope. We can try hard to be the best at our job, only to end up losing it during layoffs. Or we can try hard to change a habit about ourselves, but still find ourselves slipping up.

We’ve all been there. And during these times, it can be easy to find ourselves feeling discouraged and disheartened. Sometimes, we may even want to give up trying. But when these times come,  and when we’re tempted to lose confidence in ourselves, it’s important that we remain confident in the one who never changes – the Lord Jesus! The Bible says, in Psalm 57:5, “My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises."

God does not change. His strength does not waver. Even when we are weak, or we don’t quite measure up to the standards of others—God does. Friend, this week, wherever you are—I urge you to remain confident in the Lord. “Christ lives in me,” God’s word says. If you’ve tried something and failed, lean on Him to keep you upright. If God has set a goal on your heart, trust Him to carry it out through you. Share about Jesus—our confidence—with someone in your life today.

This is Luis Palau.

A Good Future Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Have you ever heard the saying, “every saint has a past; every sinner has a future”? Basically, it means that anyone who is in a pit right now, can have a bright future if they turn their lives to Jesus. And anyone who is walking with the Lord, at one point or another, had something unsavory in their past. This saying reminds me of the power of God to save and change lives.

In my time as an evangelist, I’ve seen hundreds of thousands of lives changed by the power of Jesus Christ. One man I remember in particular was deep in gang activity and drugs when he first came to a festival of ours in Connecticut. At the festival, the Lord spoke to him, and he received Jesus’ free gift of salvation in his heart that very first night. This man repented, and left his old life to start a new life in Christ. Today, his story has helped others who are in a similar situation, by offering them a future filled with hope.

1 Peter 3:11 tells us, “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”. So wherever you are today, I encourage you to seek God and his will. As a friend once told me, “God’s light shines brightest in a dark spot”. This week, share with someone the encouraging news of Jesus’ hope. Tell them of God’s love, and of the peace-filled future God wants for them. 

This is Luis Palau.

Spreading the Good News Online Monday, June 8, 2020

A few years ago, The Christian Post published an article about the effectiveness of online evangelism. When I read the article I thought to myself…there is so much potential for Christians to reach the world online! Life today is all about being connected online. Most people have a smart phone, access to the internet, social media—you name it. So let me ask you, are you spreading the Good News online? Are the pictures you post, the conversations you have, and the values you project honoring to God? Do you talk about God’s presence in your life?
The Bible says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”. This week, I encourage you to make over your social media profiles. Think of your Facebook. Your Instagram. Your Twitter. What is your online presence like? What does it communicate?
Ask God how you can share His Good News with the friends and family you’re connected to. Then, go for it! Be bold in your walk with Jesus, and God will use you in a tremendous way. 
This is Luis Palau. 

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