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Series: Luis Palau | Daily Life

This week, on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis reminds us that God is with us all the time in our daily lives. Your faith will be strengthened as you see how God is in everything you do. 

In and Out of Season Friday, August 7, 2020

2 Timothy 4:2 reads “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.” This passage stands out to me because it’s a charge. Here, we’re told exactly what we’re supposed to do. It’s clear cut. The expectation is obvious. We are supposed to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ and be prepared to do it at any time.
This makes me think of my children. They enjoy sports. Chris loves lacrosse and Jon loves soccer. Now, if my boys only played their sport during the game, they wouldn’t be very good. They might do okay, but they certainly would not perform as well as if they had practiced and prepared. The reason athletes do so well is because they practice. They prepare and train and equip themselves all year long.
Sharing our faith requires the same discipline. If we expect to be comfortable during “game time” yet don’t practice the rest of the year, our efforts will be stunted. However, if we do as the scripture says and prepare ourselves “in season and out of season” we’ll be equipped and ready to tell the people in our lives about Jesus Christ as soon as an opportunity arises. So, let’s go for it. Let’s be ready to share our faith at all times.
This is Andrew Palau.

Radical Faith Thursday, August 6, 2020

In a book called Radical by David Platt, I came across a line that stood out to me. Platt said, “Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And He is more than enough for us.” 

I think sometimes we forget that real faith is not always comfortable. We may think to ourselves, “I go to church Sunday. I volunteer on occasion. But I’m not going to step out of my comfort zone to talk about Jesus to a friend. That’s crazy!” But the reality is, God has called us to spread His Good News. And sometimes, that means stepping outside of our comfortable space. Mark 16:15 says, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News Gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.’” So what are we waiting for? What’s holding us back?

This week, I urge you to throw off whatever is hindering you and be radical in living and sharing your faith. In heaven you will meet more than one person who was converted because of your testimony.

This is Luis Palau.

Here,Near, and Far Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A friend of mine is a pastor, and his church has a motto that reads “here, near, and far”. Basically, that means the church wants to spread the Good News here locally, nearby, and far across the world. To accomplish these three tasks, the church sends missionaries to far away places. They’ve set up church-school partnerships throughout the state nearby. And internally, the church focuses on helping families in need. They are here, near, and far! 

The Bible talks about the concept of here, near, and far, too, in Acts 1:8, where Jesus says, “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” This week, take a look at your own life. Where do you have the ability to serve God?

One day I talked to a Salvation Army leader in the United Kingdom and I asked him where he worked.  He said, “In Bristol.” And then I said, “What do you do?” And he said, “I minister to the last, the least, the lonely, and the lost.” What a tremendous view of the calling of God! To the privileged and to the unknown, we are called to give the blessed Good News of Jesus Christ.  God bless you as you do it!

This is Luis Palau.

Anxiety Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I have a friend who struggles with anxiety. He told me, “Luis, it feels like I’m always stressed out, or worried about something.” And, indeed, anxiety can be a very real feeling. It can feel suffocating. But the key is remembering that God – the Creator of the entire universe – is on our side. In fact, He lives in us who believe. God promises to be with us in EVERY situation. He promises to go before us. He promises to never leave us.

Philippians 4:6-7 in the Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When my friend expresses his anxiety, I pray with him, and remind him of God’s provision and love. This week, consider someone in your life who may be going through the same struggle with anxiety, and talk to them about what the Bible says about anxiety. Tell them that we are never alone when we have Jesus in our hearts.

My mother was a great example of a person without anxiety. She was a widow for so many years with seven children. And yet, when we were short of food or anything else, she took it to the Lord in prayer, and we knew that everything was going to be okay because my mother was without anxiety in the presence of the Lord.  Make that your habit too.                     

This is Luis Palau. 

Grateful Monday, August 3, 2020

One of the fastest ways to feel discouraged is by getting trapped in the sin of envy, where you compare yourself to others. This is especially easy nowadays, with so many people using social media, like Facebook and Twitter. We see someone who appears to have it all and we think, “Why can’t my life be that way?” So instead of being grateful for all we do have, we find ourselves unhappy about what we don’t have. The reality is, every person on earth has fallen short; we are all in need of Jesus Christ, and God loves all of us the same. While some people may appear to have more money, or fame, or things, Philippians 4:19 in the Bible says that God “will supply every need…according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy” and it’s true. The Bible says in James 3:16, “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder...” So, this week, instead of looking at what other people appear to have, spend some time thanking God for all He has given you! Then, look for opportunities to share about God’s goodness with people in your life. Through your joy, your quiet confidence in His promises, as a result of prayer and biblical meditation – display the Lord Jesus Christ who “never leaves you, nor forsakes you.” 

This is Luis Palau.

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