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Series: Luis Palau | Trusting God with your Life

Choosing to trust someone is a big deal. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis points out that we should all be trusting God with our lives. 

Faith for our Children Friday, April 23, 2021

I married into a wonderful God-honoring family. Wendy’s parents love Jesus Christ with all their hearts. But, they’ve had to walk some rough roads. My mother-in-law, Judy, told me of a very difficult time in her life… Judy came before the Lord in prayer for her children. At that time, three were walking with Christ but the youngest, Stevie, was not. She was fearful for his future. As she glanced at the wall with four picture frames, the face of each child looked back. But, Stevie’s was gone. Because of Judy’s angle and the light’s glare, she couldn’t make out his image. She suddenly was filled with terror.

Luke 22 tells the story of Satan wanting to sift Simon away from God but Jesus prayed for Simon. He prayed that his faith would not fail. My mother-in-law did the same for her son. When fear gripped her heart, she wasn’t paralyzed. She called out to the Lord. Satan wanted her to buckle under the worry and distress. Judy did not. She did not give up and she did not stop praying. And God answered her prayer. The fear of losing your child to the enemy is about as harsh as it comes. But, fear does not persuade our loved ones to follow Christ. Rather, what is more attractive to the anchorless soul is peace, faith, and confidence in God. Trust God to work in your child’s life and be faithful and calm as you wait on Him.

This is Andrew Palau.

Cry out to God Thursday, April 22, 2021

Have you ever felt so helpless that you just didn’t know where to turn? I know a woman who has been plagued by health problems. She had heart surgery a few years ago, followed by a cancer diagnosis, followed by internal bleeding. It seems like just as she finished one treatment, some other problem arose. This woman, who is not yet a believer, was at her wits end. She cried to her daughter that she just wasn’t sure how to go on. When I heard about this situation, my heart broke, because this woman really feels alone in her troubles. But when we accept Jesus into our hearts, we are not alone. Jesus is with us and in us. And He wants us to cry out to Him when we are struggling. Psalm 55:17 says, “Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.” So cry out to God. he delights to answer by giving us what is good for us.

So, whatever you are going through, take heart in knowing that you are not alone. If you haven’t yet accepted Jesus into your heart, do so. Let Him carry your problem. He will find a way.

This is Luis Palau.

Don't Depend on You Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Have you ever encountered a problem that seemed to weigh you down? I know I have. One time, while driving somewhere out of state with my wife Pat, I refused to look at a map because I was certain I knew where I was going… the problem was, I only thought I knew where I was going, and I ended up getting us very lost. I had to semi-apologize and humbly ask my wife for the map, which got us back on track.

I think in life we can all be this way. We are reluctant to ask for help because we want to depend on ourselves. But what happens when our intuition is wrong? What happens when we don’t really know where we’re going?

As followers of the Lord Jesus, we are called to trust the Lord first and foremost. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”. This means, instead of doing it on our own, we’re supposed to look to God for guidance, and then we act. We move. But first, lots of time with God is essential. This week, share this encouraging truth with someone who feels lost or is lost. Point them to Jesus—our ultimate map and guide.

This is Luis Palau.

Without a Paddle Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The other day, I was talking to a friend who said, “Luis, I feel like I am up a creek without a paddle!” He told me about a bad business decision he made, which put him in a tough spot financially. As he elaborated about his current plight, I thought about the times when I have felt stuck, or desperate, with seemingly no place to turn. At some point, we will all find ourselves in difficult situations. Perhaps we will see financial hardships, or a difficult problem in one of our friendships. It doesn’t matter if we are at fault for our predicament, or whether our circumstances are beyond our control. One thing we can be sure of is that we aren’t ever really without a paddle – because we have the Lord Jesus on our side. I reminded my friend about Hebrews 13:5, where God promises, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This means, that no matter your circumstance, God is with you. Even if you feel alone, God is still with YOU!

Who in your life needs to hear about this truth today? Who has yet to place their trust in Jesus? Consider your circle of friends, your family, and your coworkers. Pray for an opportunity, then share the truth of Jesus with them. You could help them forever.

This is Luis Palau.

When Things don't Turn Out Monday, April 19, 2021

A friend of mine was blessed with athletic ability that few people have. He played football, basketball, and ran track at his college, and then he got drafted into the National Football League. Ever since he was a young boy, he had anticipated a long career as a superstar athlete. And he was well on his way. But something happened just a few years into his NFL career; he got injured in a game, missed a big catch, and he was cut from the team.

Suddenly, all of his dreams went out the window. For a while, he struggled with bitter feelings—this wasn’t part of his plan. But then one day, he came across Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” He made the effort to trust God, even though life wasn’t turning out how he had hoped. In time, my friend developed a career in broadcasting, and successful businesses. God used his story to touch people far and wide.

The point of this story is this: sometimes life doesn’t turn out how we want it to. But take heart! Trust in God, your Father. Trust that He is with you, and His plan is far bigger and better than we could even imagine.
As you go about your day, place your trust in the living God. Then, share His truth with others.

This is Luis Palau.

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