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Series: Luis Palau | Trust, Tough Stuff, and Friendship

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis takes a look at some of the things that keep us from a close relationship with God and with other people. Our feelings of unworthiness, our shame, our lack of focus.

How to Live out the Golden Rule Friday, August 6, 2021

Almost everyone knows the Golden Rule, and knows that Jesus said it, but many aren’t quite sure how to live it out.

Down through the centuries, many English Bibles have translated the Golden Rule this way: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.” I don’t know about you, but that would be a little hard to explain to my Hindu neighbor.

One of the newest English Bibles does a great job of expressing the Golden Rule this way: “In everything you do, be careful to treat others in the same way you would want them to treat you.” That’s Matthew 7:12.
Over in Luke 6:31, they put it this way: “However you wish to be treated by others is how you should treat everyone else.”

Of course, Jesus isn’t talking about paying for an extra coffee drink at Starbucks. That’s nice, but not nice enough. Remember, Jesus is preaching about the Kingdom. If you and I are citizens of God’s kingdom, what is the most loving thing we can do for others? What would make an eternal impact on someone’s life?

The most loving thing you and I can do is to invite others to commit their hearts and lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is Andrew Palau.

God's Love is... Thursday, August 5, 2021

In our fast-paced culture, it seems like everything is done online. We have friendships online through Facebook, and Twitter, and Instagram. Some relationships even start online. We’re used to typing or reading or watching quick snippets, and we feel satisfied with that. And while these aren’t necessarily bad things, I think we forget that our relationship with God is more than just an online tweet.

God desires a relationship that is infinite and intimate. More than just a Facebook post, or a text message. God desires to spend quality time with us – and that happens through us praying to Him, reading in His word, or spending time in community with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you want to know how to reach your world, let me suggest you start by spending intentional, uninterrupted time with Jesus. Turn off your phone. Turn off your iPad. Your TV also. And open the Bible.

Psalm 119:105 says: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Open your heart to Jesus, obey His Word, and He will guide your life.

This is Luis Palau.

Read the Word, Share the Word Wednesday, August 4, 2021

I have a friend who grew up in a very religious home. As a child, she was taught that reading the Bible should be the responsibility of the male patriarchs in her church—and she should simply listen to their wisdom. At a time when Bibles weren’t widely circulated, I understand how this occurred. But my friend, Scripture is God’s Word. It is much too important to be left exclusively to biblical scholars. Theology is too vital to be solely for theologians. God intends to be present, and part of our everyday lives. His Word is not only for discussion in highbrow academic settings, or by people who have degrees from Bible colleges.

The power of God’s word can change lives. Sometimes, this works when we listen to a Bible scholar or a pastor share a message—sure. Other times, God works in our own hearts, in the comfort of our own homes, as we ourselves read through His word on our own.

Today, I encourage you to pick up a Bible and read the book of John. Ask God to show you His Wisdom. As you read and understand His word, you will be better equipped to share His good news with people in your life.

This is Luis Palau.

Be Honest Tuesday, August 3, 2021

A man went running and twisted his ankle. When he went to the doctor, the doctor asked, “how did this happen?” and the man said, “I don’t know!” He didn’t tell the doctor he had been out running.

Now, most people who hear this story would agree that this isn’t practical. We know that doctors need to know what happened in order to help find the root of our pain – but so often, we don’t tell the doctor the full story. And we are that way too often with God.

We show God want we think He wants to see, but perhaps we shield our darkness. We think, “oh, I can’t be honest about these dark thoughts, or this bad habit, because God will turn from me,” but you know what? God will never turn from you. Anyway, He already knows everything about you. It isn’t until you’re willing to share the whole truth with Jesus that you will experience His mercy and grace. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to purify us from all unrighteousness.” So go to God today and just confess your sins. When you have experienced the forgiveness of God and know the peace it brings, you can share it with others. This is good news we should not keep to ourselves.

This is Luis Palau.

No Lost Causes Monday, August 2, 2021

One common phrase I have heard in my years of evangelism is, “you just don’t know how much I’ve sinned…” or “God wouldn’t understand the mess I’m in!” Or, “God would never forgive me for what I’ve done.”

Satan likes it when we feel as though our sin is so bad that even Jesus will forsake us. But you know what? The Bible says just the opposite. In the book of Hebrews, God says, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Friend, never means never! There is nothing you could possibly do, no dark thought or twisted dream or sinful past that could stop God from loving you. Sure, God does not condone cruel or sinful behavior—but God will never outright leave you. He will never say, “You are a lost cause.” God wants you. He wants your heart. He wants to show the world His mercy and grace and transformative power through you. The question is, will you let Him?

Today, run to God. Confess your sin. Be honest with Him. You’ll never understand the depth of His transformative power until you confess to Him who you really are. And share this truth with people around you. Nobody has fallen too far from Jesus.

This is Luis Palau.

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