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Series: Luis Palau | The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

Sharing the Good News can be nerve-wracking. But we need to be ready to share when the opportunity arises. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” learn what questions you can use to start a conversation. Luis has some helpful guidance for you.

Be an Encourager Friday, March 8, 2019

Take a minute and look around you. Look closely at the faces of people and you will see in some eyes a desperate longing for understanding and a deep need for a few words of encouragement. If nothing else, just a quick word, a pat on the back, or a smile can make the greatest difference in their day.
Listen to these words from Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down but a good word makes it glad.” Let’s be quick to offer that good word to the lonely, hurting people we meet.

William Barclay once said, “One of the highest human duties is the duty of encouragement . . . It is easy to laugh at man’s ideals. It is easy to pour cold water on enthusiasm. It is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.”

How true this is! Be an encourager today and see the effect you can have on your world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Why are we Called to Share? Thursday, March 7, 2019

“Why do you speak to all these people about God?” a young boy asked me once at an evangelistic festival. “Because I love God,” was my reply. It sounds too simple, but it’s the truth. We are all called to share the Good News with others. And above all, that’s the sign that we truly do love others:  sharing God’s Good News about His Son, as Romans, chapter 1 tells us.

I have a question for you today. When you feel a tug on your heart to reach out to someone, why do you act? What prompts you to speak and to share? Is it love?

Jesus reminds us about love in the Gospel of Matthew. He says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” He then says that the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

This is why we share. We are compelled by God’s love. That’s one reason; perhaps the main reason that motivates us who are true believers in Jesus Christ.

This week I hope you will deeply feel God’s love for you, yourself. I pray you grow in your own relationship with Him. And I pray you will share this love with others. It’s too great a secret to keep to ourselves.

This is Luis Palau.

Is this the Time or the Place? Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Speaking up about Jesus Christ is sometimes hard to do. We have all felt uneasiness or fear when an opportunity arises. Sometimes out of the blue, you may think, “Is this a good time? Right here, right now?”

I heard a story once about a woman who went to see her doctor. She had just completed cancer treatment. Her doctor excitedly told her she was cancer free. She took that moment to praise God. Then she spoke about God’s goodness and salvation through Christ. The doctor was touched and accepted Jesus right there, in the office.

Seize the moment, my friend. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians that “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” So if you sense that the door is open, and that the person is ready, you should ask very simply, “Are you ready to open your heart to Jesus Christ right now, and surrender to Him?” And if they say, “Yes!” lead them in a prayer and God may bring them into His Kingdom, right in your presence.

The timing may not be exactly as you imagined it. The opportunity might be with someone you didn’t expect, in a place you wouldn’t have guessed. But it is what God provided for you. The time to reach your world is right now.

This is Luis Palau.

What do I Say? Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Have you ever been tongue-tied? You want to say something and you know it’s the right moment. However, when you open your mouth to speak, the words just don’t come.

Sharing the Good News can be nerve-wracking. You may not know what to say and then decide to just not say anything. I have a tip for you. Just begin. Start by sharing a story from your own experience. Maybe ask a leading question. Give your mind time to catch up to what your heart wants to say.

Romans, in the Bible, reminds us “The Word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart…” One of the simplest passages you can share with someone is Romans 10:9. It says “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This message is simple and clear. Start with that verse. Who knows where it may take you. That Bible verse – Romans 10:9 – led me to the assurance of eternal life, and I’ve never looked back.

Be encouraged my friend. Even when the words are hard to come by, God is using you to speak out for Him. So be bold and use God’s Word as a tool to reach your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Whom can I Reach? Monday, March 4, 2019

I met a young woman named Susan once who seemed quite puzzled. We had just heard a message given about The Great Commission. You know the verse“...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Well, Susan said that she grew up in a Christian home. All her friends already knew about God. Whom could she share The Good News with? My response was this: anyone and everyone.

You see, someone may know about God, but still need encouragement. They may even have a relationship with Jesus, but still need you to share. I told Susan that God can and will use her to bless others. She just needed to pray God would bring the right people into her life and then be willing to speak.

Have you ever asked that question? – Whom can I reach with The Good News? This week I challenge you to first make a list. That’s what I have done in my Bible for years. Write down all the different people you see in a day. Include your boss, the barista at the coffee shop, the grocery store clerk. Second, pray for each person on your list. I do that also. Pray for opportunities to speak to them about Christ. God will help you to reach your world one day at a time.

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."

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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.