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Series: Luis Palau | Lives Powered by Christ

This week on “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau gives biblical encouragement for our daily lives. There is one, dynamic answer to all the things we face – the power of Jesus Christ in us.  We don’t have to do this alone.

Where can Wisdom be Found? Friday, March 1, 2019

Where does true wisdom come from? Some people feel wisdom is obtained by immersing yourself in religious activity. Others see wisdom as the unattainable picture of climbing the highest mountain seeking a white bearded guru. Or you’ve heard people described as “wiser than their years." But if we look for wisdom to come through our experiences or from the world around us, we will certainly wind up disillusioned. God’s Word tells us wisdom is available for all - and that it comes to us from God Himself. In the book of Job we read, “God understands the way to wisdom and he alone knows where it dwells.” Wisdom is not far away and only for a few wise old folks. It is for you! For anyone who trusts in the Lord. In James 3 we read, that ”…the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.“

The big picture then is this. If you want wisdom, you must understand that it comes from God alone, for His purpose. It’s all right there in the Word of Christ and this kind of wisdom is very fruitful, it brings what God calls abundant life. So as you desire to love people and reach your world, open up to wisdom God’s way.                    

This is Andrew Palau.

Balancing with Christ Thursday, February 28, 2019

When I was a boy, a high-wire act came to my town in Argentina. German performers stretched an enormous cable between two buildings over the plaza of the city where I lived. But the performers didn’t set up any safety nets. Starting from opposite ends, they walked across the high wire. The street was filled with a huge crowd below. Everyone thought they were going to fall to their deaths as they swayed back and forth, using long poles to keep their balance. In the end, they made it across the high wire.

Living under the control of Jesus is somewhat like that. There’s a tremendous amount of excitement. People may look at us and ask, “How will you possibly make it?” but they will see us keep our balance as we walk with Christ. Christ is the pole that keeps us in balance every step of the way. People will watch in awe, but we are happy to share our secret: it’s Christ in us.

Jesus says, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and praise your Father in heaven.” Like a high-wire act, like a light in the darkness, people won’t be able to look away from Christ in us. Before we know it, they will ask us how we do it. That will be our opportunity to share Christ’s love and light with them, and another step toward reaching our world for Christ. 

This is Luis Palau. 

Power over Temptation Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It’s one thing to start your day off right, but what about when we face temptation? Won’t that completely derail our ability to reach our world for Christ? Temptations are a fact of life. They’re everywhere. We need to remember that we cannot rely on our own strength, but rather depend on the strength of the living Lord Jesus within us. When we do this, we can sing the words of the Charles Wesley hymn: “He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free!” Sin will have no grip on us, like it says in Romans. Why? Because we’re not under the law, trying our best to live for God. Instead, in His grace, Christ’s resurrection power lives in us and helps us do His work on this earth.

When Christ’s power is at work within us on a daily basis, there’s no reason to struggle on in our own strength. Yes, we are called to work hard, but it isn’t what we do for Jesus, but what He does in us and through us. And yes, we are called to say no to temptation, but we can only do so with Jesus’ power in us. We cannot be holy unless Jesus makes us holy, and we can’t reach the world without Jesus’ power in us. We will fail Him, but Christ redeems us. And when we repent and rely on Christ’s power, our witness to those around us becomes even stronger. People will want to know the same hope, and they will be changed through the power of Christ’s redemption. 

This is Luis Palau.        
 

Starting with Thanksgiving Tuesday, February 26, 2019

In the early years of my ministry, I groaned about each new day. My morning prayers were more complaints than praise. “Lord, here comes another day. I don’t feel up to the tasks before me. Don’t let me fail you. Don’t let me dishonor you if an opportunity to witness comes up.” On and on I went, groaning and moaning, wailing and pleading with the Lord.

Then one day, Fred Renich, who helped direct our missionary internship program, challenged me and some of my young colleagues. He knew that most of us started out our day groaning. The content, tone and direction of our prayers were negative. He challenged us to pray instead with thanksgiving based on the promises and reality of God. He urged us to start each day saying, “Thank you, Lord Jesus. Here’s a new day. Yes, I’m weak, but you are strong. I don’t always know how to witness to others, but you’ll give me the right words. Thank you for living in me.” Starting out my day with the reminder that God our Father will never leave me or forsake me changed my entire perspective on my day.

Try it out and see what happens. Your entire outlook on your day will change. You will start seeing the people around you in a different way: not as people in need of fixing, but people in need of great love and joy in Christ. This new mindset will make all the difference in reaching your world for Christ. 

This is Luis Palau.
 

A Life of Joy Monday, February 25, 2019

No one can live the Christian life except Jesus Christ Himself. I’ll never forget the look on the face of an older missionary in Colombia when this truth dawned on him. I’d been asked to speak to a group of missionaries at a conference about Christ being our source of power to serve. Afterward, this old gentleman invited me to go for a walk. With tears streaming down his face, he told me, “Luis, I have been here on the mission field for more than 30 years. But my wife and I have never had real joy. Until today, I don’t think I have ever really known what it means to allow the risen Jesus to do the living in me.”

My heart went out to this brother, a genuine servant of the Lord but one who had so little joy in his life. This was the turning point for him. As followers of Christ, we all need to make this decision. Too many Christians believe that if they pray enough, read enough, and work hard enough, they’ll be victorious. The truth is, we cannot work or earn our victories through self-effort – we need to turn our lives fully over to the Lord. Then we will be “new creations; the old has gone, the new has come.” This will change the way we think, the way we feel about people, and the way we live and share the Good News.

We can only reach our world for Christ if we let Christ live through us. We will impact the world with the sheer joy and spiritual power we have through Christ.  

This is Luis Palau. 

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This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis opens our eyes so we can see God clearly in the everyday, often chaotic, parts of life. As you listen, you’ll be refreshed by the realization that Jesus is present every moment; He’s not only at church on Sunday.
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