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Series: Luis Palau | Searching for God

Luis has encouragement for anyone who has reached a point in their life where they have turned their back on God.  If you want to know how to restore your relationship with God, listen this week to “Reaching your World with Luis Palau.”

The Goodness of God Friday, October 12, 2018

In Psalm 145 David calls us to take the time to look back on our lives and reflect on the goodness of our God. We are encouraged to praise God for His greatness, His compassion, and His faithfulness, and to thank God for His many gifts throughout our lives. In the words of an old hymn, we are urged to, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.” When I take time to do this – stop and really dwell on all the amazing things I have to be grateful for, I’m overwhelmed. I’m sure you would be too. 
 

Of course, it’s possible that you don’t feel like praising God.. Perhaps you feel like the person who said to me, “There is absolutely nothing that I could possibly be thankful for.” Perhaps life came at you in ways you never anticipated.

If that’s how you feel, read Psalm 145 again. Look back on the past year, and trace the hand of God who provides you with everything you need. In spite of everything that happens in our lives, God never leaves us. Most important, He gave us the greatest gift imaginable, the gift of His only Son, the Lord Jesus.
That is the key. As Paul states in Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Be assured today that the giving God is always with you.

This is Andrew Palau.

Believe the Bible and Love God Today Thursday, October 11, 2018

Our words don’t always convey what we really mean.

If someone tells me he doesn’t believe the Bible—in fact he distrusts it and doesn’t want to read it anymore—it sounds like he hates God’s Word. That may be the case. More often, however, what he may be saying—even if he doesn’t realize it—is that he’s rejecting the distorted, false images of the Bible that he’s been exposed to because of a harsh, angry, domineering parent.

If a graduate student tells me she doesn’t love God anymore —in fact she hates God and doesn’t want anything to do with Him—it sounds like she hates the God of the Bible. That may be the case. More often, however, what she may be saying—even if she doesn’t have the wisdom to realize it yet—is that she’s actually rejecting the ugly, even repulsive images of God she’s been exposed to in some university class.

Whether it’s “beauty,” “sexuality,” “holiness,” “justice,” or anything else God has created, Satan always repackages what’s intrinsically good and makes it repulsive. The same is true with “faith,” “belief,” “trust,” and other closely related terms.

No matter what the world, the flesh, and the devil whisper [Ephesians 2:2-3a], the fact is that believing the Bible and loving God are more relevant than ever. Don’t wait! Get back to the Bible, God’s inspired Word.

This is Luis Palau.

By the End, even Sartre Believed in God Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Although he’s considered one of the greatest twentieth century philosophers, I believe Jean-Paul Sartre committed two of this past century’s most prevalent errors of thinking.

First, Sartre confused his feelings with reality. You see this all the time. A man wakes up one morning, rolls over, looks at his wife, and realizes he doesn’t have any feelings for her anymore. This lack of feelings of love shocks him so much he decides it must be the truth. So he acts accordingly, forgetting that love is more than a momentary feeling. In reality, to love is a decision we make over and over, as we see in 1 Corinthians 13 in the Bible, “Love is patient, love is kind…love never ceases to be.”

Second, Sartre confused an event with fate. When he cursed God as a boy, he felt he had sealed his destiny. There was no looking back, no recognition that he could choose otherwise, and return to God in repentance.

Shortly before his death, however, Sartre relented. The National Review quoted him saying: “I do not feel that I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, a being whom only a Creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God.”

Like Sartre, we all need to embrace faith in our God, our Creator. Don’t put it off another day. Give Him your life today.

This is Luis Palau.

Ask God to Make Himself Real to You Tuesday, October 9, 2018

God wants us to know that even when it’s humanly impossible to see or feel Him, He is always there with us. Sometimes that’s hard to believe. But no matter how deeply we bury grief in our souls, it doesn’t go away.

I don’t know your particular life story. Yet I find that many people wish, in their heart of hearts, that they could believe that God hasn’t abandoned or rejected them, after all. God says repeatedly: “Never will I leave you, never will I abandon you.” “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Maybe you’ve consciously cursed God. Maybe you’ve only rejected the church. Maybe you’ve simply lacked the confidence to say, “God, if you’re real, please make yourself real to me.” If we learn anything from the book of Psalms, it’s that God isn’t afraid of our emotions, struggles, and questions. The one mistake we dare not make, Philip Yancey reminds us, is to confuse God (who is good) with life (which is hard).

God feels what we feel—and is taking the most radical steps possible to redeem the present situation. Those radical steps include Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and more to come. There is always hope.

Ask God to make Himself real in your life again – and He will.               

This is Luis Palau.  

Invite God back into your Life Monday, October 8, 2018

Do I want God back? This is the central question, isn’t it, for those who feel God has walked out of their lives. In dark times—after the death of a close friend or loved one, a horrible accident, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other human tragedies—God can seem infinitely far away. Yet no matter how deeply we bury grief in our souls, it doesn’t go away. In the end, God wants us to discover He’s still there with us. Even when we were the ones who did the leaving in the first place.

It’s startling to realize the implications of God’s unconditional love, mercy, and grace. Like the prodigal son’s father in Luke 15, God isn’t disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with.

Maybe you have been taught that it’s impossible to come back to God. You may have felt God wouldn’t take you back anyway. But it’s not too late. God’s holy word, the holy Bible promises: “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and He will forgive our sins and purify us from all impurity.”

The course of your life could change today based on a single decision you’ll make, either to consciously lock God out or open the door of your heart and invite him to come back in. Why wait another day? Say yes to Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

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