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Series: Luis Palau | The Christian Life

On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis Palau uses stories from his own life and experience to illustrate facets of the Christian life.  He brings out ways we can build our relationships with God and with people in our lives.  

Don't put God into a Box Friday, March 26, 2021

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t put God into a box.” What it means is, don’t create God in your image. Don’t put limitations on God. Instead, let God be God. Let Him work the way He works—and don’t try to quantify or limit His capabilities.

In my own life, I get caught up in planning. I consider What do I want to do? What’s best for me? Or What’s best for my family? And if anything other than my initial preferences occurs, I get frustrated. I complain, wondering why things get so hard.

What I have to remember – and what we all have to remember – is that God is all about bringing glory to Himself and to the Kingdom. And often, that means His mighty plan is going to be bigger than I can ever comprehend. God’s plan may include a few obstacles that I don’t want or that I don’t understand. But God’s plan is still purposeful. God is not limited to my likes and dislikes, my timeframe, or my personal goals. God does not fit into my box.

Remember that God loves you—but sometimes His plan may look a lot different than yours. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5 to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” – so do it! Trust God; He is bigger than we can ever comprehend. That will help you so much as you reach your world.

This is Andrew Palau.

A Christian Nanny Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Jewish Christian friend of mine was born in Aleppo in Syria. His nanny was a true believer in the Lord Jesus. His parents really didn’t practice their religion. The nanny talked to my friend Eddie about the Lord Jesus Christ and when Eddie was only nine or ten years old the nanny got sick and she knew that she was near going to heaven. One day she called Eddie and said, “Eddie, Jesus is coming to take me to heaven and I want you to be in heaven with me.” A few minutes later he was holding her and the Lord took her home.

The impact was so great on his life, when they moved from Syria to the Americas, the father said to Eddie, “Where do you want to go to college?” He said, “I want to go to a Christian college in the U.S.,” and he did. There came an evangelist called Hyman Appleman. In chapel he spoke, gave an invitation, and my Jewish friend gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ.

It was a beautiful story. When he got sick and went home to heaven at age 75 I visited him in Mexico City and he gave credit to the nanny who prepared him to think about Jesus, and to Hyman Appleman who gave the invitation.
God can use you wherever you are to lead others to Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

A Friend always Loves Wednesday, March 24, 2021

You know, one of the greatest gifts that God has given us is the gift of friendship. And in the Body of Christ, among Christians, I think it’s uniquely, uniquely special. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.”

I have a group of friends that I’ve known since we were teenagers in Argentina. And then another group of friends here in the USA. And a group of friends in the United Kingdom, and they are such loyal, amazing friends. Some of them are couples already married, some are single from the old days. But you know, their friendship means everything. In a sense you can have a team around you of people that you trust, that you love, that you can count on whose advice will stick with you. A friend loves at all times. A true friend, even if you stumble, stands with you and will lift you up, will be honest with you, will pray with you, will exhort you, will be truthful.

What a blessing it is to have good friends. The Lord Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” Can you imagine? The Lord Jesus calls us His friends. Now we need to act like friends of Jesus and love our friends here on earth and be brothers that were born for trouble to help one another. May God make you a great friend and may you have many good friends yourself.

This is Luis Palau.

Write to your Dad Tuesday, March 23, 2021

I’ve told you many times that my wife and I have four sons. Last Christmas one of them wrote a beautiful letter and I told my wife, “Wow! He sent me this letter.” She said, “He gave me one too. And he gave one to all the other boys in the family. But you know what touched my heart - I’ve got it right in front of me right now - was the things he said to me in that letter was such a blessing to my heart.

In Ephesians chapter six, the Scriptures say - you know it very well – “Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy a long life on earth.”
God makes two fantastic promises, beautiful, wonderful. He says it will go well with you if you honor your father and your mother, and you will enjoy a long life on earth. This week I was impacted by the word “enjoy.” You will enjoy a long life on earth. Not just exist, not just be there, but enjoy it.

So I ask you, have you written your father or your mother a letter to tell them how you love them and care for them? Have you honored the Lord? He will give you a blessing. Do it today.

This is Luis Palau.

Walking on your Knees Monday, March 22, 2021

When I was a teenager in South America, I think it was one of the missionaries who said to me one day, "You know, Luis, you’ve got to learn to walk on your knees.” Spiritually, many times, you walk on your knees.

The other day I was reading about Simon Peter who was tempted just before Jesus Christ was crucified. It says in Luke 22:31, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat but I have prayed for you Simon that your faith may fail not. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” And you know, you and I will be tempted. The Lord knows when we will be tempted and how we will be tempted. In many, many ways the enemy of our souls tries to tempt us. But if we are walking on our knees before the Lord we will hear the Lord saying, “I have prayed for you that your faith not fail.” And that’s what really counts.

In temptation, we stick to the promises, and the orders and commandments of the Lord. And that’s what walking on your knees is all about. You pray alone with the Lord, you worship alone, you talk to Him, you read Scripture, and you walk for the glory of God. May God teach you, like I learned as a teenager - and now that I’m an old grandpa I’m still doing it - I’m walking on my knees, not on my feet. God bless you.

This is Luis Palau.

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