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Series: Luis Palau | Becoming Whole

This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis reminds us that God wants nothing but the best for us. He wants us to be well-rounded, complete persons who love and serve Him. Luis points out several ways we can reach that goal of wholeness in all areas of our lives. 

The Most Important Winter Sport Friday, January 1, 2021

Every winter sport has longstanding traditions, guidelines, and rules. When it comes to ice fishing in Idaho, make sure you have a current fishing license, cut a hole no more than ten inches in diameter, use no more than five fishing poles, and add no more than five hooks per line.

We have to abide by the established traditions and rules. When it comes to cross-country skiing in Minnesota, make sure you buy a ski pass. That way, you can ski on groomed trails in state parks or state forests, and on state or specially granted trails. Sign your ski pass and be sure to carry it with you every time you go skiing.

So, what’s required when it comes to the winter sport of staying faithful to the Lord your God? It’s easy to start the year with the best of intentions. Don’t quit!

Miss fifteen minutes of sleep if necessary, but don’t miss feasting on God’s Word daily. Ditto when it comes to prayer. Finally, speak well of the Savior.
Do this and you’ll enjoy more of God’s blessings in more areas of your life than you ever thought possible. In Malachi 3:10 God says He will “throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be enough room to store it.”

This is Andrew Palau.

The Third Way to Become Whole Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year’s Eve! I pray for you the blessing that Paul offers in 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24: “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” How good that God invites us to experience personal growth and wholeness.

Today, let’s look at a third way, psychologically. First, we need proper exercise volitionally. How? By exercising our will for good, and by choosing God’s revealed will time after time.

Second, we need proper nourishment intellectually. How? Actually, Scripture has a lot to say! By awakening our mind, Romans 12:1-2. By cultivating a discerning mind, Hebrews 5:14. By protecting our mind, Philippians 4:8.

Third, we need proper rest emotionally. How? By getting a refreshing night’s sleep. By spending time with a godly friend. By reading an edifying book. By listening to uplifting music. By spending quality quiet time with the Lord.
In everything, let’s give thanks to God for blessing us with the joys that come from good psychological exercise, nourishment, and rest. 

This is Luis Palau.

The Second Way to Become Whole Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Hebrews 4:15 [MSG] says that Jesus has “been through weakness and testing, [and] experienced it all—all but the sin.” While Jesus was the perfect Son of God, He experienced it all, indeed, including apparent personal growth. This enabled Him to relate fully with others.

The same can be true for us socially. First, we need proper exercise socially. How? By cultivating existing friendships. By keeping in touch with family. By praying for others by name. 

Second, we need proper nourishment socially. How? By identifying our closest friends. By cultivating deep friendships. By inviting trusted friends to speak into our lives with truth and grace. In turn, by actively encouraging our best friend to become the man or woman God wants them to be.

Third, we need proper rest socially. How? By enjoying the great outdoors. By appreciating down time before an appointment. By meditating on God’s Word. By taking extended time to worship and pray privately.
In everything, let’s give thanks to God for blessing us with the joys that come from good social exercise, nourishment, and rest. 

This is Luis Palau.

The First Way to Become Whole Tuesday, December 29, 2020

We live in a broken world. Nothing seems all together anymore. In the midst of it all, however, God invites us to experience wholeness. You see, personal growth as whole persons is anything but optional. We see this most concisely in the Bible’s description of Jesus as a teenager in Luke 2:52.
While Jesus was (and is) the perfect Son of God, here on earth as fully man, He experienced apparent personal growth four ways: psychologically, physically, spiritually, and socially.

Listen as I read Luke 2:52 and you’ll see what I mean: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” It’s vital that we do the same!
Let’s start with the physical.

First, we need proper exercise.

Second, we need proper nourishment.

Third, we need proper rest. How? Mainly, by being consistent in our sleeping patterns. Inconsistency makes us even more tired— as if we have jet lag.
In everything, let’s give thanks to God for blessing us with the joys that come from good physical exercise, nourishment, and rest. After all, the Bible states that “your body is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit.”

This is Luis Palau.

Simeon Said What? Monday, December 28, 2020

After Jesus’ birth, Luke 2:25-35 says: “At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel.

“The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!’

“Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, ‘This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.’”

Unlike Simeon, we don’t know when Jesus is coming again. Like Simeon, let’s wait with great joy and anticipation!

This is Luis Palau.

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