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Series: Luis Palau | From my Heart

Because of the pandemic restrictions, Luis Palau has been spending more time at home in Bible study, reflection, and prayer.  On “Reaching your World” this week, he shares with us some of the things that are on his heart, from the sufferings of persecuted Christians to the joys of heaven.

Shine On Friday, October 9, 2020

It’s easy to see the shine of a new diamond ring from across the room. But over time, that shine can dull as dust collects on it.

You’ve probably heard the famous children’s hymn that goes, “This little light of mine. . . I’m going to let it shine.” But what does it mean to shine? And why does it seem that – like diamonds – we, too, can lose our luster?

In the Gospel of John verse 1:9, Jesus is called “the true light, which gives light to everyone”. And throughout the New Testament, the followers of Jesus are told to be lights in the darkness.

Trying to shine on our own can be exhausting. Instead, we’re simply called to be closely connected to God and remain in Him. When we do, His light pours forth through us in powerful, brilliant ways that change the world. The ways we shine might not make the news, but they make even more of a difference than we can see.

Take a look at your life today and consider how you may be hiding the light that God has placed within you to shine to the world around you. Do you have sin or harmful habits that are keeping others from seeing the true joy and light of the Gospel?

The world needs this light now more than ever. There are so many people searching for worth and hope and understanding and we have the answers in Christ. God’s Word – the Bible - is filled with the answers to these questions.
Stay close to Jesus – the true Light – and shine on.

This is Andrew Palau.

Invitation to Heaven Thursday, October 8, 2020

Many of you have heard of Corrie ten Boom, the concentration camp survivor, who then went all over the world proclaiming the love of God, the forgiveness of Jesus Christ, and how to find eternal life, after she was set free. She made this statement one day, and I heard her say it myself.
“When I enter that beautiful city,
and the saints all around me appear,
I hope that someone will tell me,
"It was you who invited me here."

I love that little ditty that Corrie ten Boom used to quote quite often. That when we get to heaven, what a joy it will be to see people that we led to faith in Jesus Christ or people that were led by somebody else but we supported them and prayed for them, and God used them to lead these people to Christ. One of the great joys of heaven, I think, is going to be, as Corrie ten Boom says, people coming up and saying, “It was because of you that I heard the Good News. It was because of you that I repented and received Jesus Christ. It’s because of you and your telling me the story of Jesus that I’m in heaven today.” What a day that’s going to be!

And if we’re going to reach our world in our generation, we must obey the great commission that says, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Let’s do it today.

This is Luis Palau.

Pray for our Leaders Wednesday, October 7, 2020

When I came from Argentina, South America to the United States, I was accepted as a citizen after a few years here. One of the impressive things that happened to me going to church on Sunday morning, was what they used to call the pastoral prayer. And the pastoral prayer would include many requests of the Lord. But they prayed for the president, no matter what party he belonged to, the vice president, the cabinet, the military, the governors, the mayors, and I thought to myself, "That’s why God has blessed the USA so much, because the Church is praying as the scripture says.”

And you know, in first Timothy chapter 2, this is what it says in verse 1. Listen to this. "I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone. For kings and all those who are in authority so that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior."

What an impressive request! Not only are we to ask for God to bless these leaders of the nation, but also to give thanks for the good things that happen. Let’s practice it today. The nation needs it again, and we need to pray in obedience to the Lord.

This is Luis Palau.

Pray for Persecuted Christians Tuesday, October 6, 2020

All over the world today Christians are suffering from persecution. This week I found a verse in Hebrews 13 that says, "Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).

You know, now that I’ve been laid aside because of my lung cancer - although I’m still ministering but not traveling - I’ve had a burden to pray for people being persecuted in many nations of the world. I won’t mention them on the program because you know them and it could hurt people in those countries where they live. But I have felt compelled by the Holy Spirit and I want to encourage you also, even though we don’t know them, to pray for Christians under persecution.

Some of the major nations in the world are severely punishing Christians just for the fact that they love Jesus, worship the Lord, and get together once a week to worship together. They deserve our prayers. They deserve our intercession. And let’s ask God that persecution would be disappearing from these nations, and that God would either turn the hearts of hearts of the leaders in repentance towards God through Jesus Christ or remove them from power for the sake of our brothers and sisters who are suffering.

This is Luis Palau.

The Power of the Blood Monday, October 5, 2020

The famous missionary Elisabeth Elliot once told this story that always makes me cry, and I know it will touch your heart.

It was a minister in Scotland, of the Church of Scotland. They were having communion Sunday and the people came forward and knelt at the railing. There was a crowd of people there and at the end of the crowd was a teenage girl with tears coming down her cheeks. When the minister came and tried to give her the bread she shook her head, saying “no.” So the minister turned away, took the cup and gave the cup to the various people kneeling down. When he came to this teenager again, she again shook her head and said “no” to the cup. The minister then said to her, "Take it lassie, it’s for sinners."

What a beautiful thought that minister had, and he based it of course on the Bible. Because the Bible says, "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son purifies from all sin" (1 John 1:7). And, "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all uncleanliness” (1 John 1:9).

If you have a load of guilt today, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, trust in His blood, and you will be forgiven.

This is Luis Palau

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