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This week on “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau talks about the “more factor.” He points out that God wants more for you and from you. He can do more through you if you allow Him to. The messages this week are full of both encouragement and challenge.

Hope after Sinning (2) Friday, December 3, 2021

My sins eventually betray a serious defect deep in my heart.

When we look back at all the sins we’ve committed along the way the past few weeks or months, we may have reason to worry.

Sometimes you may feel, in your heart of hearts: “What’s wrong with me?” Or, perhaps better put, “Why am I so self-inclined and so God-averse? Why am I so apt to choose my will, my way, my timing...instead of choosing God’s will, God’s way, God’s timing? Why am I apt to commit various assorted little sins?”

By “little,” of course, I mean little in our eyes, not in God’s eyes. Sin is sin. That I am quite glad not to murder or start a sexual affair today is no great virtue when I’m just as apt to ignore God’s presence in my life.

So, here’s my prayer for both of us. It’s found in 1 Thessalonians 3:13. The prayer is this:  “May [the Lord] strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”

What a wonderful prayer of blessing! Again, you’ll find it in 1 Thessalonians 3:13. Read it on your own and pray it back to the Lord. Then thank Him for giving you such a great hope.

This is Andrew Palau.

There is More than This Thursday, December 2, 2021

Have you ever wondered if there is life after death? I once met a businessman named Ben who seemed to have it all. He had a fancy New York City apartment, a beautiful wife and children, and a lot of financial security. One day, however, Ben’s colleague passed away unexpectedly, and this caused Ben to consider some important questions. He had never been religious, but Ben began to wonder if this is all there is, or if there is life after death.

As followers of Christ, we know that there is, indeed, life after death for everyone who has a relationship with Jesus and who has received Him as their Savior. What Ben came to realize was that none of his earthly possessions could help him in the grand scheme of things; no amount of money or earthly status can get a person into Heaven.

Ultimately, Ben came to know and receive Jesus Christ into his heart – but there are still many people living like Ben today. People are consumed with earthly status and security, but these things mean nothing when you keep eternity in mind. The Apostle Paul said it best in Philippians 3:8 – “Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” There is more to life than titles or status. Jesus is the One we need.

This is Luis Palau.

God is Able to do More Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Do you remember hearing the biblical accounts of Jesus’ miracles when you were in Sunday School? He healed the blind and the sick. He brought the dead back to life. He turned water into wine. Yes, as Christians we know that God is powerful. But sometimes I wonder: do we really believe in God’s power in our own lives today?

Do you trust that God is powerful to change your entire world? Do you really, truly, deeply believe that God is capable of changing someone around you? Sometimes, I think we forget that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.” The God who created the earth is an advocate for you, and for everyone else here on earth. He wants to change your life by calling you into a relationship with Him. The question is: will you let Him?

It’s tempting to try to fit God into a box, or pray to Him only on Sundays, and forget that God is capable of working in every area of our lives, every day of the week. How can you allow God’s power to do more in your life? What can you entrust Him with? How can you let Him take over in your life? Remember the promise in Isaiah: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Is. 41:10)

This is Luis Palau.

God Want More from You Tuesday, November 30, 2021

God is not performance-driven. That means He won’t love you any more or any less based on how you do. You can’t earn extra love by doing more. And you can’t lose God’s love by making mistakes. God’s love is a free gift, so it can’t be earned or lost. But God does care about what we do – and we know this because God gave us a great assignment in the Great Commission.

In Matthew 28: 19, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Are you tracking with me? This is it! This is what God wants from you. His main concern is not your performance at work or how you measure up by earthly standards. Rather, God cares about more people hearing His Good News in Jesus Christ. And He wants your help to do it.

What a privilege it is to work with God to build His kingdom. What might happen if you live for more than just success here on earth? Let all of your actions give glory to God. Look for ways to share His Good News with people in your life.

This is Luis Palau.

God Wants More for Your Life Monday, November 29, 2021

Do you believe God has something more in store for your life? There was a time in my life when I wanted to become a banker. It was a secure profession in my home country of Argentina. And I figured I’d be able to support my family in that profession. But then the Lord changed my heart, and I felt called into evangelism. Now let me tell you, there’s nothing wrong with being a banker. We need good bankers and lawyers and businesspeople. But God had something different in store for my life and it was more than I could even imagine. And yet – it was scary! Sharing the Gospel throughout the world wasn’t a “conventional” career by any means. I could have chosen to ignore God’s calling out of fear. But I chose to follow God, because I trusted Him. And boy am I glad I did!

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:30 that God is able to do “far more than what we could ask or even think, according to His power at work within us.” Looking back at my life, I can tell you this is the truth.

I believe God has something ‘more’ in store for you – just as He did for me. So wherever you are today, will you consider how God wants to use you to reach your world, right where you are? Then, be courageous and trust Him.

This is Luis Palau.

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