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Series: Luis Palau | Evangelism Today

When sharing the Gospel, many people are unsure of what to say, what to do. This week on “Reaching Your World,” Luis tPalau shares practical wisdom about personal evangelism.

The Right to Speak Friday, July 23, 2021

The other day I was watching a movie and heard the classic line, “You have the right to remain silent.” For some reason, my mind immediately jumped to telling people about Jesus and I wanted to shout, “And, you have the right to speak!” Sure, we have the right to keep quiet, to stay in our little safe bubbles where all conversations are predictable. However, we’re not called to silence but to declaration. Psalm 108 says, “Let the redeemed of the lord say this” or “Let the redeemed of the Lord speak out.”

As children of God, we have news too great to not tell other people. The news of Jesus Christ is way too exciting to keep only within the confines of church buildings or Bible studies. Wherever you are, and whatever you do, you have the opportunity to speak – to tell those around you of God’s son, Jesus Christ – to tell of His great love and His gift of not only eternal life, but friendship with us right now. If you’re a student, share the good news with those on your campus. If you’re employed, talk to your co-workers about Jesus. If you use public transportation, start a conversation with your neighbor. As people who know Jesus personally, let’s not hide in a shell and stay silent. Rather, let’s take Psalm 108 to heart and speak the Good News to those God has put in our lives.

This is Andrew Palau.

Combating Fear and Anxiety Thursday, July 22, 2021

Dr. Billy Graham, one of my mentors and a fellow evangelist, once said, “The Bible is not an option. It is a necessity.” Often, when people struggle with fear or anxiety, I see them turn to self-help books, lectures, and so-called “experts” for advice on how to cope. Sure, sometimes these things can be helpful, but for the ultimate Truth and God’s Word, I always seek answers in the Bible.
When dealing with anxiety or fear, God’s Word has a lot to say. Hebrews 13:6 says, “We can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, for what can man do to me?” And in Philippians 4:6-7, the Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Consider, for a moment, your life. What can you stop worrying about? What can you stop carrying? As followers of Jesus, we can be confident in knowing that God is with us to help us through our struggles. For more wisdom for you, and others in your world, I urge you to open up the Bible this week and spend some time in God’s Word.

This is Luis Palau.

Remaining Faithful Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Have you ever experienced a tough time in your life? I know I have! There have been several seasons in my life when things were hard. There’s no other way to say it. Times when I lost a close friend, or experienced a serious health scare, or didn’t know how I was going to pay the bills. Maybe you can relate to these situations. Or maybe you’re experiencing difficulty in a different way; like coping with loneliness, or struggling with fear about financial security, or dealing with a relationship problem. Whatever is burdening you, I want to encourage you to turn to the living God during the tough stuff.

The Bible says in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I encourage you to seek God’s comfort and peace by praying, reading in the Bible, or talking to a friend at church about the struggles in your life. Remain faithful even in hard times. God sees you. He knows you. He loves you. You aren’t experiencing troubles alone. He never leaves you nor forsakes you.

This is Luis Palau.

Growing Faith Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Each of us has been given a measure of faith in God, but it won’t grow on its own. Athletes will tell you that they grow stronger by pushing the limits of their ability and endurance, and we must do the same with our faith in God, and His Son, Jesus Christ. When the Thessalonians in Bible times came under persecution, their faith in God grew, and they were strengthened by the power of His Spirit. Likewise, when we face struggles and cling to God through them, our faith is strengthened.

A friend of mine recently lost a loved one and was laid off from his job—all within a short period of time. It was an incredibly tough season for him, but his faith grew immeasurably. Sometimes, experiencing tough times is the best way to develop a stronger faith.

The Bible says in Isaiah 40:31 that, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” I encourage you to place your hope in the Lord. Soar on His wings. And let your faith be strengthened by remaining faithful—even in the tough times.

This is Luis Palau.

Prepare with Prayer Monday, July 19, 2021

Evangelism is not simply an exercise in communicating. To be truly effective, evangelism must be a work of the Holy Spirit, released through prayer. We must pray for wisdom, for eyes open to the opportunities we have to share the Good News. And we must pray for the right words to say. If we rely on ourselves, surely we won’t ever feel ready to tell people about Jesus. But if we pray and ask God for His timing, we will be empowered to share the Good News.

Before all of my speaking events, and before I proclaim the Good News at large outdoor gatherings or churches, I always pray. I pray for people who hear the message to be open to receive it. For God to open their spiritual eyes, and give them ears to hear, and faith to believe. I pray for the right words to say. I pray for courage to speak boldly about what Jesus has done in my life. When you witness, you plant the seed of the Gospel. When you pray, you ask God to give that seed growth.

I urge you to pray about who God wants you to share His message with. Pray for opportunities to speak. As 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.”

This is Luis Palau.

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