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Series: Luis Palau | Fear, Courage, and Trust

What does it mean to have true courage? How does one get over anxiety? What does it really look like to trust God completely? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” you’ll hear how to be courageous, ditch fear, and trust God in difficult situations. 

Believe in God Friday, October 8, 2021

In a few hours, Jesus will be arrested, flogged, and nailed to a cross for our sins. Peter insists he’s ready to die with Jesus. Jesus says no, Peter, instead you’ll deny me three times.

Then we reach the climactic moment in the upper room. What will Jesus say next? The first thing He says is, “Let not your heart be troubled,” John 14:1.
How can Jesus say that, in the circumstance? Think about what Jesus is not saying. Just before this, in John 12:27, Jesus says, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.”

So, when Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled,” He is not saying He and you and I will never sacrifice and suffer according to God’s eternal purposes. We will.

But what’s the secret? Jesus tells us in the second half of John 14:1. Jesus says, “You believe in God. Believe also in Me.” How good that we are offered salvation and a new life because of Jesus’ death on the cross. All we must do is believe and give our hearts to Him. You can tell Him your troubles and find rest in Him. Trust God our Father who is with us – always! Then thank the Lord daily for His sovereignty and providence.

This is Andrew Palau.

A Stronghold Thursday, October 7, 2021

When life seems uncertain, where do you run? Do you go to your friends and vent about your frustrations? Do you call your parents? Do you talk to your spouse? None of these things are bad, necessarily, but the most important thing to remember during times of trouble is to stay rooted in the Lord.
Psalm 9:9-10 says, “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

Have you made the Lord your stronghold? Do you trust in Him completely? Are you getting your worth and value from Him? Are you talking to Him and confessing to Him, as you would in any other relationship? These are very important questions to consider, because they will reveal where your stronghold actually is. In this world, we will have troubles, but when we are rooted in the Lord, we will have peace and strength here on earth, plus life in Heaven for eternity. Then share that peace and security with those people in your world who are looking for a stronghold to protect them.

This is Luis Palau.

A Proper View of Reality Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A woman named Sue confessed to dealing with a lot of anxiety. She said, “Honestly, the world seems to have gone mad. There’s violence on TV, corruption with world leaders, and tragedy that seems to be running rampant. How can I not be filled with fear and worry?”

Sue’s view of the world is accurate in some ways. The world is unsafe. Tragedy does happen. Sin is very real. But there’s something terribly wrong with Sue’s view of the world. It’s missing the most important piece – and that is the Jesus piece.

When we focus on the world for what it is – which is deeply flawed – it’s difficult to have any real hope. But when we realize that Jesus overcame the world, that He is completely sovereign, and that He is capable of bringing peace into even the most difficult situations, we can have hope and peace in our own hearts.

In John 16:33 in the Bible Jesus says, “I have said these things to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” This week, if you start to feel worried or fearful or anxious, reread this Bible verse. Then, pray! Ask God to remind you who He is and ask Him to surround you with His peace.

This is Luis Palau.

Courage against Goliath Tuesday, October 5, 2021

One of the most famous stories in the Bible is the story of David and Goliath. We first hear about David as a shepherd and the youngest of eight boys in 1 Samuel 16. He wasn’t exactly an intimidating person. Goliath, on the other hand, stood about 7 feet tall – close to 18 inches taller than the average man of that day.

Goliath challenged the Israelites to send a man to fight him, saying that if he was defeated, the Philistines would be servants to the Israelites. Eventually, David found himself having to fight Goliath to protect the Israelites. So here was David, this smaller-than-average guy – coming up against a larger-than-life bully. Goliath threatened David, but David stood strong and trusted in the Lord. Despite being under-qualified, smaller, and physically less powerful, David took down Goliath.

We will all face giants in our lives. And when we do, we have two choices. One is to run away in fear. The other is to trust God wholeheartedly and stand firm in our faith and convictions. Consider what the “Goliath” might be in your life. Then, make the conscious decision: “I will trust God when encountering that or any obstacle.” We know God is more powerful and more capable than even our strongest enemy.

This is Luis Palau.

Prayer Helps Anxiety Monday, October 4, 2021

Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America? In fact, 40 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by anxiety – roughly 18 percent of the nation’s population. Perhaps you can identify with this problem. Anxiety affects people in all walks of life, but prayer and trust in God can help us work through anxious situations.

Philippians 4:6-7 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.” In other words, when you pray and share your feelings with God, He will equip you with peace – even during tumultuous situations.

Who do you know who suffers from anxiety? Do they know Jesus? If not, get in touch soon, offer to pray with them. Then share the Good News with them, maybe even today. Coming into a relationship with the all-knowing and all-loving God can change their life for the better. God says so Himself.

This is Luis Palau.

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