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Series: Luis Palau | How to Live Well

I think we would all agree that we would like to live well.  This week on “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau talks about just that – from a biblical perspective. 

God's Calling is better than Your Plan Friday, February 22, 2019

I still vividly remember standing up to give my student council speech in high school. To put it simply, I was not a strong public speaker. I sweated, shook, and stumbled my way through my prompt cards and when it was over, I promised myself that I would NEVER put myself in that position again. 
But of course, God had other plans. Today, I travel the world and speak to large crowds and individuals every day. Yet I resisted God’s call for me to become an evangelist for many years.  

It’s funny to look back and compare today with my high-school-self. Are you amazed at the role God has you in, too? Or, maybe you’re making your own blueprint for your future hoping it all works out. 

Throughout the Bible, we see over and over again that God looks for ways to use unexpected and unqualified people. God has a big plan for you and you can know with confidence: your calling and where God wants to use you is far more fulfilling and exciting than the plans you’re making for yourself. After all, Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to give us abundant life. Surrendering to God’s call to you is the best thing you can do with your life.    

This is Andrew Palau

Salvation is Forever Thursday, February 21, 2019

Jesus often talked with His disciples about the evils still around us today. His list of evils isn’t exhaustive, of course. Jesus could have just as easily added other sins that He and Moses and Isaiah and Peter and Paul warned against.
The reality is all of the Ten Commandments have been broken by all people in all cultures for all times. Where do these sins come from? Jesus clearly says: They come from inside our hearts.

A thousand years earlier, in the book of Proverbs, Solomon warned us to “Guard your heart.” If you don’t guard your heart, evil things will come out. This applies to every sphere of life, and certainly proved true in Solomon’s own experience.

Jesus’ half-brother, James, says that anytime we choose our will over against God’s revealed will in one specific area, we’re actually breaking the whole law of God.

Yes, sin is a temporal reality. Thank God that salvation in Jesus Christ is the eternal solution. I never get tired of John 3:16, which says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Believe in Jesus Christ. Receive Him and His love in your heart today, and you will have eternal life. 

This is Luis Palau.

Stay away from Modern-day Pharisees Wednesday, February 20, 2019

We miss God’s heart and presence in our lives if we choose to live by rules of our own making. No wonder Jesus repeatedly said the most important rules are the ones God gives. Sadly, that point was lost on the strictest religious leaders of His day. The Pharisees were out of touch with reality and adamant in their denial of Jesus’ person, power, and authority.

The Pharisees had the audacity to demand that Jesus obey their rules. In response, Jesus insisted He was the one who gave the Ten Commandments and inspired the rest of the Old Testament.  To believe Jesus is to believe He is the one who calls the shots—certainly not the Pharisees. No wonder Jesus told his disciples to stay away from Pharisees. Matthew 15:14 says, “Leave them. They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man both will fall into a pit.” This God-given command applies to us, as well. Jesus wants us to stay away from anyone who pretends to speak for God and yet openly and directly opposes what He says.

Therefore, I urge you to go back to God’s Word to re-read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and teachings. Discover God’s heart anew. Feel His presence. Fall in love with the Savior. And then share His love with others and reach your world. 

This is Luis Palau.

Rules for Successful Living Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Many people today act as if the rules for successful living are somehow bad. Of course, they’re often good. Let’s take sports. With clearly defined rules reinforced by the coaches and referees, players can have a lot of fun. Without rules, however, the game quickly turns ugly. It’s anything but entertaining, enjoyable, or fun. And it can become very dangerous.

The same is true in every sphere of life—sports, education, music, family, church, employment, transportation, technology, spiritual life—you name it. The rules of successful living are important. As 1 John 2:17 says, “The world and its desires pass away, but the person who does the will of God lives forever.”

Of course, to maintain a higher ideal we sometimes need to break certain rules, which happens every time an ambulance turns on its siren and goes through a red light. We see this in Jesus’ own life and ministry. He kept the Ten Commandments perfectly and yet rejected man-made rules that hurt God’s people.

No wonder Jesus said the Greatest Commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind—and to love others as ourselves [Mark 12:28-34]. Let’s do just that today.

This is Luis Palau.

Face the Problem of "Little" Sins Monday, February 18, 2019

Most of us don’t wake up in the morning and say, “I think I’m going to rebel against God and screw up my life today.” No, we much more often choose to sin by small degrees.

How prone we are to think, “Well, I am forgiven after all, and I’m not quite strong enough to obey all of God’s commands.” Little sins eventually betray a serious defect deep in our heart. By “little,” of course, I mean little in our eyes, not in God’s eyes. Sin is sin. That I’m quite glad not to murder anyone today is no great virtue when I’m just as apt to ignore God’s presence in my life.

When we look back at all the little sins we’ve committed along the way in the past few weeks, there may be cause to worry: What’s wrong with us? Or, perhaps better put, Why are we so self-inclined and so God-averse? Why are we so apt to choose our will, our way, our timing...instead of choosing God’s will, God’s way, God’s timing?

Face it: We all have a sin problem. The Good News Gospel, however, offers the most amazing remedy in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ [1 Corinthians 15:3-6]. This is the greatest message the world could ever hear. Let’s embrace it, thank God for it, proclaim it and thus reach our world with the glorious Good News of Jesus Christ.  

This is Luis Palau.

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This Weeks Offer



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."

Reaching Your World: Next Week

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.