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Series: Luis Palau | Foundations

On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis brings us back to the basics.  We need to know the fundamental truths on which our faith stands. Only then can we be confident enough to share it with others. 

Jesus Loves You! Friday, November 6, 2020

One of the first songs I learned as a child but struggled with later as an adult says “Yes, Jesus loves me; The Bible tells me so.” It’s a song so easily sung, but not so easily understood. Jesus made this amazing statement to His disciples. He said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.”
And who exactly was He talking to in that moment? Peter, who would deny Jesus in a couple hours. Thomas, who would later doubt Jesus. Matthew, Philip, John and others who would later flee and leave Jesus alone in His hour of affliction. It was this broken bunch that Jesus was saying “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.”

God really loves you! Do you truly believe that?

You may think of the people in your life who don’t like you – who cares about that? The Almighty God loves you! Maybe you’re worried or afraid right now – remember that God who holds all power and authority over tomorrow loves you. You may think of your failures – and that’s the whole point. All of our lives are filled with mistakes and sin, and God still loves us. 

Jesus wants us to live with this on our mind constantly. Maybe the children’s song can help us remember today. Yes, Jesus loves you. Yes, Jesus loves you. Yes, Jesus loves you. Nothing you have done or will do can change that.

This is Andrew Palau.

Christ Lives in You Thursday, November 5, 2020

Jesus Christ didn’t just die on the cross. You know that, right? Jesus was buried, and on the third day He arose again from the dead. Jesus is alive!
The moment we ask God to forgive our sins because of what Jesus did on the cross, He begins to live in us. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

The power to live a godly life is Jesus Christ living in us. The power doesn’t come merely through good habits. It doesn’t come through heartfelt dedication. It doesn’t come through Scripture memorization. The power comes through the indwelling Lord Jesus Christ in you and me.

The late Ian Thomas, a great man of God and good friend, once said, “Every demand made on me is a demand made on Him who indwells me.” Everything God wants to do in and through you, He does through the power of Jesus Christ living in you. Claim that power today.

This is Luis Palau.

What Christ Accomplished on the Cross Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Do you want to reach your world? Great! Here’s a key step. You don’t have to be a genius to teach others about the cross. You don’t have to have a theological degree or attend seminary. What you have to know is: Jesus died to pay for our sins, Romans 5:8, and to pay for the sins of the whole world, 1 John 2:2.

If you spend time in God’s Word - the Bible - He will reveal to you what Jesus accomplished on the cross. The Bible says God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth as a human to provide a way for guilty men and women and our sinless, holy God to live together in heaven for eternity. The only way this could happen was if someone who had never sinned paid the penalty of death that humanity had incurred through its sins.

Jesus took that penalty upon Himself. As He hung upon the cross, He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46. He cried that out because God the Father was laying on Jesus Christ the sins of every person in the whole world in every generation from the Garden of Eden until Jesus Christ’s second coming.

So think about it, what do you know? Teach it to someone else today.

This is Luis Palau.

You Can be Restored Tuesday, November 3, 2020

In the midst of life’s battles it is easy to forget what God has done for you, to wander, and even to desert Him. You may have trusted Jesus when you were younger, but drifted away. Now you’re wondering if God will take you back.
Perhaps you have been unfaithful to your spouse or you lied and cheated to get that promotion. You may be involved with pornography or you are holding a long-standing grudge against someone who hurt you.

A young man called me and said, “I’m nineteen years old. Six years ago my parents got a divorce. Because of that, I blasphemed and cursed God and turned my back on the church. Will God forgive me and take me back?”
I reassured this young man by bringing him back to the foundations of our faith--Jesus Christ’s work on the cross and His indwelling presence.

Today you can be restored by returning to those same two marvelous foundational truths.
Never forget: Christ died for you, Romans 5:8, and Christ lives in you, Galatians 2:20. What marvelous truths, indeed.

This is Luis Palau.

Foundations of the Faith Monday, November 2, 2020

After his coach told him what the Lord did for him on the cross, a player for the Seattle Seahawks trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior. Immediately afterward he asked, “Coach, teach me the fundamentals of Christianity.”

That NFL player knew the importance of learning the basics. In any sport, the fundamentals are essential if you plan on a winning sports career. A player has to know how to hit, catch, kick, or throw the ball, and what the rules of the game are to perform successfully.

The same is true in Christianity. Two important biblical phrases come to mind. When we remember Jesus Christ’s work on the cross, the biblical phrase is “Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8. When we remember Jesus Christ’s indwelling presence, the biblical phrase is “Christ lives in me,” Galatians 2:20.
These two biblical realities help us live holy lives in spite of immense and increasing pressures from our upside-down world. And these two foundational truths of the faith can bring us back to the Lord if we have wandered.
Never forget: Christ died for you, and Christ lives in you.

This is Luis Palau.

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