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Series: Luis Palau | Peace in the Real World

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis dives into what it means to find peace in a world that is increasingly chaotic. Luis will talk about where we can find peace when everything seems unstable. 

A Life of Abundance Friday, September 18, 2020

Whenever I find myself seeking meaning in something other than God, I read the Bible verse John 10:10. Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I come that they may have life and have it in abundance.” I love that word: in abundance. So often, I see people getting caught up in things that fall short of abundance. I have been in this situation before. In my book, The Secret Life of a Fool I share about how for many years I sought worth and meaning in my corporate job, in wrong relationships, and in my friends. But I was empty inside. And that’s because, even with an increasing accumulation of these things, I wasn’t walking with the Lord.
 
Friends, until I turned and relied on Jesus 100% my life did not have the type of true abundance that God offers. The enemy will try to persuade us to chase after these worldly things, but when it comes down to it, the deep longings within us will not be satisfied outside of Christ. John says, “There is a way that seems right to man but in the end it leads to death.”
This week, I urge you to reach the people in your corner of the world about the life and love that come from walking with Jesus. That is abundant life.  
 
This is Andrew Palau.

Praying for our Enemies Thursday, September 17, 2020

Jesus Christ often did the unexpected, and so we as His followers should do the same. When the world is dark and we are feeling persecuted by others, the natural response is to hate or hit back and want them to be destroyed. The Old Testament is full of stories like that.

But Jesus said something different. He said, “I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” How apparently ridiculous is that? Jesus knew that if we pray for those who hate us in his name, we will see them as real people. Hurting people. Scared people. People in need of Jesus’ love and salvation. Even if they want to do us harm, we need to pray that they find the love of Christ. That love will change their lives and attitudes.

The history of the Christian faith is filled with those faithful believers who prayed for those who enslaved them. For example, in the 1940s, Walter Ciszek spent fifteen years in prison in the Soviet Union for doing secret missionary work. He said, “I learned to pray for my interrogators, not so they would see things my way or come to the truth so that my ordeal would end, but because they, too, were created by God, and human beings in need of His blessing and His daily grace.” This is the attitude that will give us power and love for those who want to harm us, and this is how we will change this world for Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Praying for Fellow Believers Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The world is dark and scary these days. Fear can paralyze us from doing God’s good work in the world. How do we get out of this fear and frustration, when the world can be so dark?

One way is to realize we are not alone. There are Christians all over this country and this world who are following Christ despite many difficulties. Life can be hard here in the United States with economic and cultural difficulties, but life for Christians in parts of Asia and the Middle East is often far more difficult and dangerous. Others can feel threatened by the way of life of the Christians, and so they terrorize Christ-followers through threats or even death.

A way to get out of our own fear is to pray for those around the world who are spreading the love of Jesus even in the face of losing their lives. Like the Apostle Paul did, we can pray for fellow believers all over the world. We can find out their names and stories on websites of missionary societies. We can pray that Christ will strengthen our brothers and sisters. If we do this, hopefully our brothers and sisters in Christ will feel strong enough to face each difficult day, and we will be united across the world. Their strength can give us strength as we seek to live for Christ in this dark world. That is a beautiful ministry.

This is Luis Palau. 

Seeking Shelter Tuesday, September 15, 2020

In Oregon, we have a lot of beautiful hiking spots. We also have a lot of rain. Sometimes a day can seem beautiful, perfect for going on a long hike. Once you start down the trail, though, the sky gets dark. The clouds come out, and oh no, rain!

At that moment, you have a decision to make. You can keep going forward, hoping that the rain will stop. You can turn back, knowing that you will only get wetter. Or you can find shelter and wait for the rain to pass.

Our world is often gloomy, raining down sadness and fear. We have three choices, as those who follow Christ. We can forge ahead on our own, hoping we can survive based on our own strength. We can turn back and return to our old ways. Or we can find shelter in God, seeking a place to rest until the rain lets up. Then we can go out again and walk the path He’s given us.

The Psalms call God “our steadfast love and fortress, our stronghold and deliverer.” Other translations call God “our strong tower,” an image that communicates safety and security. When the rain of life is too strong to keep going, we should run to God and find rest from the rain within his strong shelter. Whether that is in reading the Scriptures, in prayer, or in a community of fellow believers. If we seek shelter in God, we can find the strength to continue to live for Christ and reach the world for Him.  

This is Luis Palau. 

Resting in Peace Monday, September 14, 2020

If you turn on the radio or the television, you will hear bad news. Terrorists are killing Christians, war is ravaging the Middle East and Russia, and destruction seems right around the corner. Inequality is everywhere, and so is hatred and fear.

It would be easy to just hide under our beds. Nothing else makes sense. What can we do to get through every day, when life is so dark and angry for so many people? Sometimes any hope can be hard to find. Even we who follow Christ and believe in his sovereignty are shocked.

The Apostle Paul understood this. His world was wracked with pain and destruction too. This is why he writes to the Philippians: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God’s peace doesn’t make sense, given the pain of the world. It seems foolish, and yet it has the power to guard our hearts and minds.
Nothing is for certain in such uncertain times. Let’s face it. We are faced with pain and death daily. Yet we can have peace, unimaginable peace, through God. This peace will protect us from the fears of the world, because we will be putting our faith in the One who created this world. This will give us the hope to face every new day, and face it in the name of Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

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