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Series: Luis Palau | How to Find Adventure

Luis Palau considers that he has lived a very exciting life.  He says that the greatest adventure of all is taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone he can reach.  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week you will hear about how you, too, can find adventure in life. 

God is With You Friday, August 31, 2018

Recently, my team and I had a very fruitful time of outreach in a nation in Africa.  We saw thousands of people give their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ.  They turned from darkness to light, and are now being discipled in their new faith.  But that outcome was certainly not guaranteed.  For the past year or so we prepared for these events, and were met with obstacle after obstacle.  Logistics, equipment, local apathy, customs hold-ups…you name it, we faced it.  If we had been facing all that alone, in our own strength, we would have failed early on.  BUT – God was with us, and we had great success.  You know the old saying - “You and God are a majority.”  God will always work out His will and His purpose, no matter what obstacles are in the way.

I don’t know what goal or project is in front of you as you strive to reach your world for Jesus Christ.  But you are not on your own.  God is with you!  1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”  When you received Jesus as your Savior, He became part of you.  He will never leave you.  His power and presence are yours always, in whatever circumstances you find yourself.  Isn’t that encouraging?  Doesn’t that give you confidence?
We saw God do wonderful things in Africa; you can see Him do the same wherever you are serving Him.

This is Andrew Palau.

Building our Reserves Thursday, August 30, 2018

Paul often uses the metaphor of running a race to describe the Christian life. I don’t know if you’ve ever run a long race, but usually, you don’t go out one day and just run a marathon. You have to work up to the length of the marathon, little by little. The other thing is that you don’t run 26 miles every day. My friends who run marathons talk about long runs and short runs. Some days they’ll run 13 miles, some days they’ll run 7. They have to mix it up so that they train their bodies to run and finish the long 26 miles that is the marathon.

Don’t misunderstand me! I’m not suggesting that we take days off from the Christian marathon and stop doing good! What I’m saying is that we need to take care of ourselves and our souls. As an evangelist who has spent my whole adult life preaching the gospel, I need to be sure to take time to pray and listen to God. Jesus Himself went out to the desert, away from the crowds, to pray. We need to train ourselves: with regular prayer, reading of God’s word, and time in His Church, in order to go out and spread the Good News Gospel. As 2 Corinthians says, “We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” We make sure we pay attention to our own Christian training even while we invite others to run with us. Running together toward Christ is the best way to run.       

This is Luis Palau.

Managing Fear Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sometimes the excitement of an adventure turns in an instant to fear. In moments of fear, our bodies act similarly to when we are excited – our blood starts rushing, our hearts start racing, and our endorphins kick in. For many years I traveled to dangerous parts of the world. In 1984, I walked off a stage in South America, praising God for the thousands of people who had just committed their lives to Christ. Then I was given a note from the Shining Path, the infamous terrorist network. They told me to leave the country within 24 hours, or they would kill me like a dog. I took the note to the police, and their faces turned pale as they told me it was not a hoax.  It was a real threat. Let me tell you, I felt some fear! But we had a mission scheduled in the capital city, and we couldn’t leave that nation just because we were afraid.

So we went ahead with the festival, taking all of the precautions we could. I was at peace with God, and knew He would watch over me until my time came, so all I had to do was manage my own fear. For, as Psalm 27 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?” I knew the Lord was my protector, and I trusted he was guiding my adventure. That kind of bravery only comes from God! When we manage our fear and trust in the Lord, we are capable of reaching our world for Christ. Try it yourself.            

  This is Luis Palau.

Letting Go Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The apostle Paul lived an incredibly exciting, adventurous, dangerous existence, and his life also qualified as the most fulfilling life possible. That’s why we still feel the impact of his work some two thousand years later. The apostle Paul never knew a dull day, because his aim was to introduce as many people as possible to Jesus Christ. He also faced considerable danger. He was in prison, beaten, and shipwrecked. He was chased by bandits, his own people, the government. He faced hunger, thirst, and fatigue. But he never stopped introducing people to Jesus.

Adventures often come at a cost, like stepping out of our comfort zone and becoming a friend with someone who may stress us out.  The love of Christ should compel us to let go of the comfortable and take a risk for Jesus because people’s eternal destiny depends on it.

We are all called to give up our comforts for the gospel. As Paul says, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” We sacrifice so that we and others may gain Christ. It might be hard to let go, but the tradeoff has eternal ramifications. It can bring people in our world to Jesus. Think of it!                      

This is Luis Palau.

Embracing Risk Monday, August 27, 2018

The Travel Channel ran a program called “101 Things You Should Do to Have a Full Life.” The show listed trips that would get your blood pumping – literally! When we’re excited, our nervous system tells our adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline into our bloodstreams, which causes our hearts to beat more rapidly, our blood pressure to rise, our breathing to accelerate, and more blood to flow to our brains and skin. We also get a big dose of endorphins, which produces feelings of ecstasy or pleasure. Some people come to crave these intense feelings, so they do all sorts of extreme things. Other people get enough endorphins from just riding a bike down a big hill.

Whether you crave excitement or are happy to just watch it on TV, God calls His followers to a life of adventure. That doesn’t mean He wants you to take up bungee jumping or parachuting. But it does mean He expects you to step out in obedient faith and share His Good News. Regardless of the risks, you and I need to see ourselves as deliverers of Good News. Peter says in Acts, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” So, does that get your adrenaline pumping? Let’s be ready for this one great adventure God has called us to – that is reaching our world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  

This is Luis Palau.

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Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.

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