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Series: Luis Palau | In the Hard Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought hardship and difficulties to many of us these past few months.  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis brings us some hope in these hard times by pointing us to Jesus and His wonderful promises. 

3 Ways to Choose Courage Friday, September 11, 2020

In the days ahead, you and I need to choose courage more than ever. Here are three ways to choose courage at every turn.
 
First, remember courage isn’t bravado. Cowardice isn’t the answer, of course. Instead, the answer is to abhor bravado and ask God for daily courage in each sphere of life.
 
Second, exercise self-control. If you and I lack self-control, then who’s in control of our thoughts, words, and actions? One option is we’re giving in to the desires of the nature we were born with. That nature’s passions and desires are anything but self-controlled. Another option is we may be manipulated or controlled by the Devil. If we let Satan control us, he will rob us of everything that’s good in our lives. He will tempt us to take risky, reckless, dangerous, and even suicidal actions.
 
Third, don’t equate feelings with reality. After all, God alone defines reality. Purely out of self-interest, you and I would do well to decide that we want God’s help to choose courage at every turn.
 
Do you want God’s help to choose courage? James 4:10 says: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” Get on your knees and ask God for courage right now. Then you can go out courageously to reach your world.   
 
This is Andrew Palau.
 

Maintaining a Proper Perspective - 2 Thursday, September 10, 2020

Sometimes we treat problems and trials as if we were on a television commercial. We rush around thinking we have to solve everything in 30 seconds. When we can’t, we panic. We try every option we can think of to overcome our problems and difficulties. When none of them work, we reluctantly turn to God as a last resort. What if we made God our first resort? What a wonderful difference that would make!

A.W. Tozer wisely said, "The man [or woman] who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long."

God did not create you and me to be self-sufficient. Instead, God created us to depend on Him. Do you face a difficult situation, my friend? Has your way been covered by a heavy fog? God has not allowed this situation to come into your life to discourage or defeat you.

Every trial you and I face is an opportunity for God to demonstrate who He is to us. The Bible says, “Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal” [Isaiah 26:4]. Put your trust in Him today.

This is Luis Palau.

Maintaining a Proper Perspective - 1 Wednesday, September 9, 2020

There have been times when I have been at the airport waiting for an international flight and the whole area was wrapped in fog.  But all of us passengers were ushered onto the plane and the pilot confidently pointed the nose of the plane to the sky.  For a minute or so, I could see nothing out of the window, then suddenly we burst free of the fog and there was beautiful Mount Hood rising into the sunshine.

We tend to get upset when fog hinders our journey through life, but we forget the sun is still shining overhead. We fail to maintain a proper perspective.
 British statesman William Wilberforce once commented, "The objects of the present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy." Problems and concerns often act like fog to obscure our present situation. They keep us from seeing things in proper perspective.

Psychologists tell us that 45 percent of what we worry about is past, and 45 percent is future. (Thirty percent concerns our health alone!) Only one in every 10 things we worry about will ever come to pass—and we usually cannot do anything about it anyway.

Thankfully, heaven knows no emergencies. God is well aware of your problems. First Peter 5:7 [NLT] says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Claim it today. 

This is Luis Palau.

Lonely People - 2 Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Loneliness causes a wretched anxiety to tug within us. We’re lonely. We hurt. We worry. This is not the kind of life God intends for us. Yet we fret we’ll always be a lonely single or we’ll never be one of the gang at work.
Instead of worrying, pray and your loneliness will fade away. Listen to what the Bible promises: “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” [Philippians 4:7]. When you ask Jesus Christ to be your Friend and Savior, His peace fills your heart, and removes your loneliness and anxiety.

Does your heart ache with loneliness? Do you ever wonder if anyone cares whether you live or die? Jesus Christ cares! He cares so much for you that He chose to die in your place for your sins. Jesus longs to be your Savior, to forgive your sins, and to be your Friend for eternity.

Jesus promised, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” [Hebrews 13:5]. Believe in His promise of eternal friendship and defeat loneliness forever. Jesus Christ loves you and is waiting for you to make a decision. You can ask Jesus to be your Savior right now.

This is Luis Palau.

Lonely People - 1 Monday, September 7, 2020

Six weeks before he died, Elvis Presley was asked by a reporter, “Elvis, when you started playing music, you said you wanted three things in life: You wanted to be rich, you wanted to be famous, and you wanted to be happy. Are you happy, Elvis?” Elvis replied, “No. I’m as lonely as hell.” Rich. Famous. But lonely. Maybe you, too, are that lonely.

A Chicago woman died after jumping off the 14th floor of her apartment building. The note she left explained she killed herself because she was lonely. A reporter interviewed the woman’s neighbor, who said, “I wish I’d known she was lonesome. I’m lonesome myself.”

Such loneliness is, at the root, a spiritual problem. It is caused by our separation from God. Attempts to hide our lonely feelings are useless. The harder and longer we reject God, the longer and greater our loneliness will be.

In contrast, the Lord promises He will never leave or forsake those who commit their lives to Him. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. The Bible says, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” [Proverbs 18:24]. This friend is Jesus Christ. By believing and putting your faith in Jesus, you can enjoy God’s presence and friendship on a continuing basis.

This is Luis Palau.

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