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Series: Luis Palau | Tired

Do you feel weary? Maybe you’re a new mom, or you’re going through a rough season in life. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis offers encouragement for the exhausted. 

The Power of an Encouraging Word Friday, August 21, 2020

Have you ever felt downright discouraged? Maybe you feel that you just don’t measure up to work standards, or you don’t meet the expectations of someone you love. We’ve all felt discouragement at one time or another! But as believers, we have Good news! God is a source of unending encouragement and unconditional love. And we’re called, as the family of Christ, to imitate this and encourage one another. Romans 15:5 says, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other…”
 
Both Christians and non-Christians go through difficult seasons in life. Sometimes, struggles and discouragement are caused by our own decisions, and sometimes these struggles are caused by forces beyond our control. We live in a fallen world, so it is impossible to avoid challenges. But, during these hard times, we can take comfort in knowing that God never changes. He promises to always love us and to always remain by our side. 
 
As you think about reaching your world, consider whom you can bless with the encouragement found only in Jesus. Perhaps something as simple as a smile can lead into a conversation about the faithfulness of God.
 
This is Andrew Palau.

Tired of Doing Good Thursday, August 20, 2020

Have you ever felt tired of doing something—even if you know it’s worthwhile? I know a young man who feels called to be a doctor. He was raised by missionaries, and since he was a young boy, has wanted to become a doctor to visit third world villages and spread the Good News while bringing medicine to the poor. Today, this man is in medical school, but he recently confided that it’s really hard! He feels tired. He feels exhausted. It would be easy to quit—but he’s not going to, he says, because he knows his vision to serve the poor is from God.

Maybe you’re feeling tired of doing something good, such as praying for a relative who just never seems to change. Or working at a marriage that still has issues. Let me encourage you to not give up. Galatians 6:9 in the Bible says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” This week, pray about what it is God is calling you to do—then press onward. Do not give up!

When I was a teenager I asked a famous preacher to autograph my Bible, and he did.  And then he put this verse from Revelation chapter 2: “Be faithful even unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”  So, I leave it with you.  “Be faithful unto death,” says Jesus, “and I will give you the crown of life.”     

This is Luis Palau.

A Shelter in the Storm Wednesday, August 19, 2020

I remember one year, in my home state of Oregon, we had a terrible snowstorm. I’m talking two weeks of crazy, blizzard-like weather with ice and snow. The airport was closed. Traffic stopped. Schools were cancelled for almost ten days. It was treacherous outside. But—inside my home, I felt safe. And the snow actually looked pretty through the window!

At times in life, we go through our very own “snow storms”. Things get busy, hard, and emotional. Sometimes, we don’t even know what’s happening and suddenly—we’re buried in snow. But God is like our home. Our shelter. Our refuge. When life gets crazy, God is our calm in the storm. In Him, we are safe.

The Bible talks about God as a sanctuary. Psalm 119:114 says, “You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for Your Word to renew me.” When we retreat to God, we can look out into the storm of our lives with more clarity and wisdom.
This week, look for someone who is experiencing a snow storm in their life. As you offer them encouragement, share with them about Jesus, who is our shelter from anything life throws our way.                                   

This is Luis Palau.

Sleeping Problems Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Let’s call the man Dominic. He has been incredibly successful on many fronts. He has started successful businesses, and lives in a big home. From the outside, you might think he has it all together, but recently he confided in me that he has a terrible time sleeping. “Luis,” he said, “I’m up all night, stressed about my next business venture. I worry about finances. I worry about failure. I fear losing my company. I fear letting people down. It’s all on my shoulders, and not sleeping is driving me crazy. What should I do?” I told my friend that God is big enough to handle our fears, worries, and doubts. Think about it—God made the entire universe. Of course he can handle our problems! I told Dominic that when we trust Jesus, we are inevitably less stressed.

The Bible says in Psalms 4:8, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”. And in Isaiah 40:28, the Bible says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God. The creator of the ends of the earth; He does not grow faint or weary…”

This week, consider someone in your life who is letting stress affect them. Is there someone who seems rushed and tired and exhausted? Is that person you? In any case, share about Jesus—who created us, and who has our best interests in mind. Tell of how we can rest in Him, instead of trying to handle the pressures of life on our own.

This is Luis Palau.

The New Mom Monday, August 17, 2020

Susan was a first-time mom. She and her husband loved their six-month-old, but more often than not, Susan just felt exhausted. The house was never clean. She didn’t remember what a full night of sleep was. She tried to meet the expectations put on her as a new mom, but she felt she was always falling short.  In time, these things wore Susan down, and she began feeling overwhelmed. Then one day, Susan was reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28 and 29: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” This is exactly what she needed to REST. As busy as she was with a new baby, Susan needed to take time to pray, and listen to what God was putting on her heart.   

You know, in all my years of ministry I’ve seen a lot of people like Susan. Just plain exhausted Sometimes we’re tired because of things that happen beyond our control. And sometimes, we’re exhausted because of pressure we put on ourselves. In any case, going to Jesus, confiding in Him, and resting in Him is the best way we can feel rejuvenated. This week, think about an area of your life where you need rest. Then, talk to Jesus about it. Rest in His almighty presence.                          

This is Luis Palau.
 

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