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Series: Luis Palau | The Power of Unbelief

On “Reaching Your World” this week, Luis Palau’s thought-provoking messages are all about the importance of faith and the power of unbelief. Are you a Jesus follower—or are you still looking for proof of His existence? 

What it Means to Live Friday, November 13, 2020

The lyric from rapper Jay-Z that says, “life starts when the church ends” typifies my early view of life and God. Life stopped at the doorway to church and restarted again on the way out each Sunday. I kept church in a bubble that burst soon after I started college.

When I went to college, I thought I could finally live life. My rebellion began when I woke up in the morning and ended when I passed out. Life was girls, alcohol, and parties, and I was determined to live it for the long haul. In my eyes, I had been liberated from the restrictions of God and church. It took me years and many tough lessons to realize that I was far from free. My choices were ensnaring me in emptiness and despair.

When I accepted Christ, I discovered life in abundance. It took time in God’s Word, prayer, and spiritual growth, but God changed my plan in a radical way. In place of selfishness and emptiness, I found love and compassion. In place of recklessness, I found purpose. Friend, God wants to give us so much more to live for than just ourselves. All we have to do is accept His offer of New Life. To pray with someone, right now, call 1-888-NEED-HIM.

This is Andrew Palau.

Our Ship Thursday, November 12, 2020

It is a common thing these days for people to say they like Jesus but not the church. That the church is full of hypocrites. And you know what? They’re not right. The Church is made up of rescued, sinful people who will never perfectly live out their faith. But the Church is who we are. Church is not a thing. It is people like you and me. Redeemed people, rescued from our brokenness and sin.

Often throughout Church history, the Church has been likened to a ship. A ship God has given us to carry us on our journey through this life to the life to come. Similar to the story of Noah’s ark. Think about the ark for a moment. It was probably crowded on there with all of those creatures. I’m sure the family got on each other’s nerves after a few days. The animals probably got stinky. But the ark was how God saved Noah and his family for over six months. And the Church is how God is carrying Christians through this life. It’s His plan and design. We are being saved on a daily basis. It isn’t perfect but it is His perfect plan.

As we journey through this life with the Church, let us remember God’s Word to the Colossians, “Bear with each other and forgive one another… Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” The Church won’t be perfect, but not full of hypocrites either. The Church is what God has made us We are better together. Don’t try to reach your world alone. Work with and through your local church.

This is Luis Palau.

Spiritual Childhood Wednesday, November 11, 2020

As a parent of four sons I remember how our parenting changed through the years. It was a gradual process of releasing control. As our boys grew older, we would allow them more independence. The goal, of course, being that they would grow up to be fully independent responsible adults.

Interestingly, the Christian life works in the opposite way. We do not become more independent as we mature, but more dependent. John Kleinig writes, “On our journey we become more and more dependent on Christ for everything in every situation. We do not then proceed from childhood to adulthood; we move forward into spiritual childhood as we grow in faith and become people of prayer. Hence Jesus tells us to become as little children to receive our full royal inheritance as sons and daughters of God… As we mature in faith we learn to borrow all that we need and all that we are from Christ.”

As you go out to reach your world, you don’t have to try to do it in your own power or out of your own strength. Depend on God. Have childlike faith, just as Jesus instructed. As you receive everything from God, you will have that much more to share with others. And that’s exciting!

This is Luis Palau.

Just a Coincidence Tuesday, November 10, 2020

I have heard many people say they couldn’t possibly believe in God. That it’s too farfetched. Famous atheist Richard Dawkins once said, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” But do you know that I think Richard Dawkins is actually a man of great faith? I believe that it takes greater faith to believe that all of the universe and its amazing perfection just happened. That the miracles we see all around us are by happenstance. By years of evolutionary change we just appeared. Out of nowhere? To me, the human body and all it is capable of, the beauty of the world, all that life has to offer- I don’t have enough faith not to believe in a Creator. As I go through life, all of it points me to God.

“Does God exist?” a national TV person asked me. “Yes,” I said. “How do you know?” she insisted. “I talked to Him this morning,” I replied.

I say with the Psalmist, “Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Amen!

This is Luis Palau.

Prove It Monday, November 9, 2020

Perhaps you’ve had a conversation with a cynical person before. “Prove that Jesus is God,” they say. “Prove that there is a God. Prove that the Bible is true.” And you know, something that I’ve found to be true through the years is that lack of evidence is usually not the real issue in these conversations. There is an abundance of evidence for our faith. And usually those who question the evidence have already heard the facts. There is stubbornness to their unbelief. In John 6 we see an amazing example of this. Jesus just fed the five thousand. Then He walks on water.

He’s performing miracles left and right! And then the people question Jesus, asking Him, “‘…what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?... Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus was there with these townspeople in person. And yet, even after witnessing His miracles, they doubted Him and resisted belief.

So I want to encourage you today to be faithful in sharing the Good News Gospel and don’t be concerned with trying to “prove it.” Never underestimate the power of the Gospel to bring conviction. You do your part. Ultimately the Holy Spirit must change people’s hearts and minds.

This is Luis Palau

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