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Series: Luis Palau | Renewed Lives

God does not want us to live in mediocrity but in victory.  On "Reaching your World" this week, Luis Palau encourages us with messages about renewal.

Your Happy Heart can Bring Healing Friday, October 26, 2018

In the Old Testament, Nehemiah mourned for days after discovering that his people had so dishonored the Lord, his city was destroyed. Nehemiah was a trusted assistant to the King, and therefore around him day after day, year after year. And in all that time, Nehemiah stated that he had not been sad in the King’s presence before. And the king actually took notice, since he knew it to be strange for Nehemiah, a man of such positive outlook, to be down. So the King questioned him about his grief.

Here’s what catches my attention.  He had never been sad in the King’s presence before?  Can you imagine having such a reputation for joy and balance and peace that if you were sad just once, your boss would say, “Whoaaaa, what’s wrong with you, it’s like you’re sad or upset, what’s up with that?!”  Sadly, I am sure that’s not my reputation.  But what if it was?  Imagine the potential! Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good, bringing healing, like a medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Where’s my heart?  What’s my reputation?

Nehemiah was used to bring healing to a nation, but the open doors to it began with a reputation of a consistently good attitude. Let’s ask God for help to change our attitudes to be like Nehemiah, and then we know we will be better equipped to reach our world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Renewed Transparence Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Christian life should be one that is both transparent and holy, but how can we be transparent when we’re such sinners? We can look to Paul as a model. He called himself the worst of sinners. That wasn’t hyperbole; that was based on objective fact. Paul had ransacked the church and committed the most violent crimes before his conversion. But Paul also rejoiced in God’s complete forgiveness and actively pursued holiness. He could say, “Not that I have … already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Lack of perfection didn’t stop Paul from living as transparently as possible. He probably failed thousands of times in both big and small ways throughout his life. Yet he always pressed on, living in God’s forgiveness and mercy. That’s how the honored servants of God, flawed as they were, were able to do such amazing things in Christ and for Christ. They constantly strove for holiness and transparency with God and those around them.

Being holy and transparent means we don’t have anything to hide from our heavenly Father or anyone else. We are open books, filled with the loving words and mercy of Christ. We aren’t perfect, but we have nothing to hide. All we have are stories of grace, goodness, and renewal. What a strong witness our stories and our transparency can be.         

This is Luis Palau. 

Renewed Victory Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Renewal in Christ leads to a life that is victorious. As a word, “victorious” implies there has been a foe, and that foe has been beaten, vanquished, conquered. As Christians in the world, we will always be engaged in spiritual battles against forces that try to keep us from living holy lives. But if we follow Christ, we will be victorious.

Some of these foes are obvious, like situations where someone makes fun of us for believing in Christ, or we choose to tell a lie. Other foes are sneakier, like the false messages of the world and the temptations of the flesh. 1 John 2 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” While some have taken this to mean completely separate ourselves from the world, I interpret this as a warning and an opportunity. We have to live in the world. But we also know we will be victorious over it, because Jesus himself said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

So, instead of hiding ourselves away, we need to demonstrate what a victorious life looks like to those around us who are battered and controlled by worldly desires. We can show them a new way of living, one marked by victory over the things that try to keep us from a renewed life with Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Renewed Triumph Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Renewal is what we need in the church today. Only through the fire of God’s renewal will we change the world for Christ. But what does this renewed life look like? How will it make a difference in our neighborhoods and communities?

Well, first of all, renewal is triumphant and joyful. We don’t use the word “triumphant” much anymore, unless we’re celebrating a victory on the sports field. The word brings to mind someone on top of a podium, a medal around their neck, crowing at the top of their lungs, and raising their fists in joy. They are triumphant!

We all have different temperaments. Some of us are optimistic, others more pessimistic. Some are outgoing, others introverted. Some cheer loudly when they win, others just smile to themselves. But Scripture teaches us that all Christians – whatever their temperament – can be triumphant, Spirit-filled, joyful. As Paul says, “Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” Whether we express our triumph loudly or quietly, our triumph in Christ should permeate the air around us. Others won’t be able to ignore the joy emanating from us like a perfume. They’ll wonder how they too can be filled with the triumph of Christ. We must be ready to tell them.

This is Luis Palau.

The Fires of Renewal Monday, October 22, 2018

Do you remember how you felt when you first became a Christian? I could hardly sleep that night. I was so excited about committing my life to Jesus. I knew it was the most important decision I would ever make. The first days of my Christian life were like the spectacular bonfires we built at summer camp — flames shooting toward the sky. But gradually, the fire in my soul died down. Underneath the ashes of my façade were a few live coals, but from the outside, I appeared cold. The fire wasn’t out, but it was pretty low.

After going through a spiritual crisis, I finally began to experience God’s renewal in my life. Gradually, kindling and fresh logs were added, as I spent time in the Bible and the church. The sparks were fanned as I learned about Christ, and soon the flames returned. Like the prophet Jeremiah, God’s name became a burning fire in my bones; I just had to share His love with those around me.

Renewal is the greatest need in the church today, and only God can bring it. When we’re renewed, our love for God is rekindled. The Word becomes alive, and we gain a vision for evangelism, a burden for the lost. Can you imagine how the world would change if our churches were filled with the fire and the heat of God’s renewal? Let that be our goal: spreading the warmth and passion of God’s love to everyone around us.

This is Luis Palau. 

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