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Series: Luis Palau | Spiritual Realities

This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis looks at some spiritual realities in the life of a Christian. These are eternal truths such as sin and forgiveness, our need for salvation, and the power of God’s Spirit in us.  

God has no Grandchildren Friday, February 12, 2021

Committing one’s life to Jesus Christ is the most important decision anyone can ever make. Compared to eternal life, all other decisions aren’t that important when you think about it.

Interestingly, it’s children—not adults—who are most likely to make that most important of decisions. In fact, childlikeness is a prerequisite for conversion. In Matthew 18:3, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Contrary to popular myth, growing up in a Christian home doesn’t automatically make someone a Christian. God has no grandchildren. Each of us must come to personal faith in Jesus Christ. Sadly, I know that firsthand. I steadfastly avoided coming to faith while growing up in a loving Christian home. Thank God, I finally came home—to my own personal faith in Jesus Christ—in my late twenties. How great to know my parents never stopped believing for me, praying for me, and sharing the Good News with me all the way up until my conversion.

Do you have a child or grandchild like me? If so, trust that God has planted the seed of faith in their heart. And, pray daily for that seed to begin growing. God bless you for never losing hope.

This is Andrew Palau.

Proclaiming the Gospel Thursday, February 11, 2021

You want to tell your friends and people around you what the good news of God is all about. You have not proclaimed the good news Gospel unless you use words. The good news Gospel is a message. It’s a divine message. It’s a message from God about His Son. In Romans chapter 1 - the first few verses (you should read it for yourself), it says, "The good news of God regarding His Son, declared Son of God with power, to call the nations to the obedience that comes from faith.”

In other words, the message of our Lord Jesus Christ is a message. And it’s a message from God about His Son; how He was crucified for the sins of the world. It’s a message about the resurrection and the power of God.

So, you know that you have proclaimed to your friends the good news of God, that there is forgiveness of sins, that there is peace with God, that there’s eternal life as a free gift of God, that heaven is before us and we shall be with the Lord forever and ever if you open your heart to Christ. So how do you know you’ve proclaimed the good news? By using biblical words, biblical teachings and telling your friends how to open their hearts to Jesus Christ. Do it in your circle today.

This is Luis Palau.

A Wonderful Day Wednesday, February 10, 2021

I woke up this morning thinking of an old, old, song - a simple one: "O what a wonderful, wonderful day, day I shall never forget." And it was the day when I met the Lord Jesus Christ.

I was 12 years old, just a boy. My father had just died two years earlier. A missionary in South America sat me down and asked me a simple question. I was only 12 remember. "Luis, if you died today would you go to Heaven or Hell?" I said, "I’m going to hell." He said, "Why?" I said, "I’ve got a bad temper, I’ve got a bad mouth, and I get angry and shout at my sisters." And then he said to me, "Is this where you want to go?" I said, "No, I want to go to heaven." Then he pulled out this verse from the Bible, "If you confess with your lips Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you Luis, shall be saved" (Romans 10:9). And you know, that got into me and I never forgot that day in the mountains of southern Argentina with a missionary with his arm around me, leading me in a prayer.

And I want to lead you in a prayer right now. Lord Jesus, I need to be forgiven. I need to be saved. I believe in You, I confess You. Come into my heart. Amen.

This is Luis Palau.

The Sin Question Tuesday, February 9, 2021

This is a statement attributed to Rudyard Kipling who said, "Nothing is ever settled, until it’s settled right." And you know, if you want to settle affairs with God Almighty, your Creator, who made you in your mother’s womb, who loves you, who wants you to live a victorious, joyful life on planet Earth and then eternally in Heaven in His presence, you have to settle the problem of sin right. And you know, at the cross of Jesus Christ, is where you can settle your relationship with God the right way - the only way.

Do you remember when Jesus was on the cross, there were two criminals, one on the right, one on the left? They both made fun of Jesus Christ, and then suddenly one of them changed his mind. He repented. He turned to Jesus and he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom. And Jesus said to him, "Truly, truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise."
Think of it, he was a criminal, a murderer probably. And he was crucified beside the Lord Jesus. He repented, and on the spot Jesus said to him, "Today you will be with me in paradise."

It is settled at the cross of Jesus Christ. Have you surrendered your heart to Christ? Are you right with God? Then things are alright, and you will be with Him in paradise.

This is Luis Palau.

Spiritual Renewal Monday, February 8, 2021

I was born in Argentina, South America. When I was 17 or 18 I saw a film of Dr. Billy Graham speaking in India, and he was speaking on the Bible verse that says, "Be filled with the Holy Spirit." And he asked in the film, "Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit?" And in my teenage years I said, "No I’m not. I’d like to be but I don’t even know how to do it."

And then when I came to the USA the Lord spoke to me very clearly. What counts is Christ lives in me. The resurrected Lord Jesus Christ lives in me. And He lives in you, from the moment you open your heart to Him.

In our country right now, at home, at work, at school, in the neighborhood, at the local church, at sporting events, wherever we may be, we can walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. And if people see Christ living in you and me, with the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit, the incomparable power of Jesus Christ is at work in us - Ephesians chapter 1; read it for yourself. It talks about the power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that dwells in us. That is spiritual revival.

And this is Luis Palau.

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