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Series: Luis Palau | Living for Christ

This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis shares with us some reminders of how to follow and serve God. He has biblical wisdom and hope to share regarding our struggle against difficulties and temptations.

Confidence in our Calling - 2 Friday, January 29, 2021

You can walk in confidence to God’s calling on your life. You can do so knowing that what the Lord has in store for you is better than anything you might have been planning for yourself.

I often think back to that day in high school—trembling in front of hundreds of my peers, petrified to give a little speech. And I had nothing to lose. How did I get from there to preaching in front of large groups of people with the message of abundant life in Jesus Christ?
Only God could have provided what I needed to fulfill this calling. He brought me to this type of ministry the same way He’s calling you to your own personal ministry.

Perhaps you’re thinking like I once was—has God made a mistake? He hasn’t. He’ll provide all you need. Just follow. Your story will probably look far different from mine. Clearly our world has changed drastically. But remember, God has called each of us uniquely, in our own time, with specific gifts, to reach those He wants us to reach.

Whatever your personality and gifts, let God guide your steps, especially now that the world feels upside down. This is the best time to reach out, to be creative, and to be bold.

This is Andrew Palau.

Secrets Thursday, January 28, 2021

Over the last 15 years I have met with two fellows separately - both of them, it just so happens, called Jim. Both of them had a mighty stumble in their moral life. Their families almost broke apart, but God was merciful and they have been restored.

One day one of them said to me, "You know, ever since I was found out doing what I was doing, I went to the penitentiary to speak to the inmates, trying to lead them to Jesus Christ, and then when they were leaving the penitentiary I tried to help them how to live a transparent life.” And he said, "My sermon to these inmates is entitled, ‘No more lying, no more cheating, no more secrets.’”

I went to breakfast with the other Jim. The two of them didn’t know each other. And I was having breakfast and he said, "You know, Luis, if I hadn’t kept secrets from my wife I wouldn’t have stumbled the way I stumbled." And I’m passing it on to you today. Keeping secrets is not the way to walk with God.
Keeping screts from your spouse is not the way to a victgorious marriage. The Bible says, "If we walk in the light as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus purifies from all sin.” Walking in the light is the secret to a cheerful marriage. Secrets are destructive.

This is Luis Palau.

Temptations of the Flesh Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Dealing with the temptations of the flesh is one of the great battles for Christians, young and old. Especially young, but believe me, old too. Saint Paul deals with it in Galatians chapter 5 when he says, "Those who belong to Christ have crucified their sinful nature with its passions and desires.”

Crucified. Crucified means that you are ruthless with the temptations of the flesh, that you don’t treat it lightly, that you don’t say "Well everybody is tempted in this direction,” or “I know someone who was famous who stumbled and fell with the temptations of the flesh.” That’s just an excuse.
What God tells us is there is a way to deal with the temptations of the flesh (which we all have from our youth till our old age) and it’s this, crucify the flesh with its passions and desires. The passions and desires are within us all and they pop up at unexpected moments.

Unexpected instances when you are in a church and you’re worshiping the Lord and suddenly – wow! - something comes up. What do you do? You bring it to the cross of Christ and you say "Lord Jesus, this temptation could destroy me if I went along with it. But I thank you that I am crucified with Christ.
Christ lives in me. I’ve got His resurrection power, and I shall overcome by your power.”

This is Luis Palau.

The Wonderful Cross Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A famous English preacher was called Charles Spurgeon. Many preachers listened to him and today they still read his messages. He went to heaven long ago. He made this statement: "To preach Christ without His cross is to betray Him with a kiss." That is a strong, tremendous statement.

When you witness to your friends, when you talk to them about God, and eternal life and forgiveness, and the assurance of heaven when you die, the key to it all is the cross. The cross where Jesus Christ, 2,000 years ago, volunteered to die so as to take away our guilt, and our sin, and our memories, and cleanse our conscience, make us children of God so that we can worship God, pray to God and know that God is our Father. All this comes from the cross of Jesus Christ.

We must preach the cross to people. Even when you are talking one on one over a cup of coffee, eventually you’ve got to come around to telling them about the cross and what it’s done in your life and how you understand what the Scriptures say. Quote several Bible verses on it and then tell them, "When you meditate on the cross, give your heart to Christ and He will come into your life because that’s why He died on the cross.”

This is Luis Palau.

The Saints we Know Monday, January 25, 2021

The first American pastor that I ever heard, came down to Argentina in South America and had a Bible class. Before he did the Bible reading and the explanation, he told a sort of humorous ditty that he liked to quote. It goes like this: To dwell above with saints we love, why that will all be glory. To dwell below with saints we know, now that’s another story. It made me laugh and I never forgot it and I was probably 18 or 19 when I heard it many, many years ago.

But you know it’s the truth. In heaven it will all be glory, but down here it isn’t so easy to get along with people. Even those who are married sometimes. But you know the Bible says, "Love one another as I have loved you." The Lord loved us so much that He tolerates us in so many things, and even though He disciplines us, He still loves us.
\One way to love your brother is to forgive. The second way to love your brother or your sister is to give correction when correction is needed, and not be afraid of losing their friendship. And thirdly, to pray. We can pray for them. There’s other principles, but when you pray for one another it’s not so easy to be angry at each other and break away from each other. Love one another like Jesus loved us.

This is Luis Palau.

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