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Series: Luis Palau | When Life's Storms Hit

Luis Palau knows a lot about the storms of life, having experienced many of them.  This week on “Reaching your World,” Luis shares some of the wisdom he has gained over the years, and the resources he has learned to draw on.

Why we shouldn't Worry Friday, March 15, 2019

There’s always something to worry about, isn’t there? There’s always something that seems to be stressing you out. It’s a common reality of our broken world but let me remind you that God doesn’t want us to worry at all. Can you imagine?

Jesus says in the book of Matthew: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Isn’t that marvelous? Nothing is too much for Jesus to carry. That big stress you’re carrying today - Jesus wants you to completely let it go. It’s in His hands. It’s taken care of.

The Bible addresses this topic throughout the Old and New Testaments. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus says. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’”

There are many passages on this topic. Be encouraged and comforted. As you let go of your anxiety and experience God’s peace, you will be able to reach out to people around you who are still fearful and worried. Share the biblical promises I just mentioned, and encourage them to focus on God’s strength. He’s got this. He’s taking care of you.

This is Andrew Palau.

When Life's Storms Hit, be Ready Thursday, March 14, 2019

Do you have a rock-solid foundation for the day the storms of life hit you and your family?

Maybe you’ve reached the point of feeling as though your foundation is little more than sinking sand. You’ve been the best mother you know how to be, but your teenager is spiteful and rebellious. You’ve carefully managed your resources, but you’re facing financial disaster. You knew your husband seemed distant lately, but you never dreamed he was having an affair.

No amount of information about alcoholism, no amount of knowledge about drug abuse, no amount of personal or family counseling can provide an adequate foundation when the storms hit. Only if you have built your house on Jesus Christ, our Everlasting Rock, will you be able to stand.

So, pray to Jesus. Right now, repeat this prayer after me: “Lord, I need You. / Thank You for dying on the cross / to pay the penalty for my sins. / Thank You for coming into my heart. / Thank you for giving me the peace and strength I need / to face the storms of life. Amen.”

Did you pray that prayer with me? If so, congratulations! Keep listening to this station and growing in your faith.

This is Luis Palau.

When Life's Storms Hit, then What? Wednesday, March 13, 2019

No one in this life is exempt from struggles, heartaches and difficulties. Do you have a rock-solid foundation for the day the storms of life hit you and your family?
 Jesus Christ, the Son of God, faced the worst heartache and agony imaginable. He was sinless. Still, Jesus was beaten, spit upon, scourged and ultimately crucified—to take on Himself the punishment sinful mankind deserved.

The Bible says, “[Jesus] personally carried the load of our sins in His own body when He died on the cross, so that we can be finished with sin and live a good life from now on. For his wounds have healed ours!” [1 Peter 2:24].

Because Jesus Christ died for us and rose again, He is the only trustworthy foundation on which we can build our lives. Other foundations shift, tremble or crumble altogether. Tragedy hits and your friends suddenly disappear; you’re ill and no one visits you; your heart is breaking and on one knows how to comfort you.

But Jesus is an everlasting Rock. He will not fail you or forsake you. When you trust in Him, He will keep you from being blown over by life’s inevitable storms. Come to the Rock today. Pray and commit your life to Him.

This is Luis Palau.

When Life's Storm Hit my Wife Tuesday, March 12, 2019

For a moment we sat in stunned silence, trying to block out the doctor’s words. “The tumor is malignant and radical surgery must be performed immediately. We can’t delay.” Surgery was scheduled for the following Monday. Pat, my wife, had cancer.

When we arrived home, I headed for the basement to sit in my office. Somehow I had to come to grips with this terrible news. A hundred emotions welled up inside me and I started to cry. This was the sort of thing that happened to other people. But not to my wife. Not Pat.

My thoughts were suddenly interrupted by the strains of a familiar old hymn. Where was it coming from? My four boys were all at school. No one was in the house except Pat and me. Slowly it dawned on me—Pat herself was playing the piano and singing, “How Firm a Foundation.” While the bottom seemed to be falling out of our lives, my wife found strength and security in the firm foundation of her relationship with Jesus Christ.  During my wife’s ordeal with cancer, God’s perfect peace filled her heart constantly and helped her to stand strong.

When needed, God will give you the power and strength to stand when the rains and floods come. Put your trust fully in the Lord today.  

This is Luis Palau.

When Life's Storms Hit my Mother Monday, March 11, 2019

The storms of life beat heavily against my mother when she was widowed at the age of 34. Although she rejoiced that my dad was in heaven, she struggled alone facing the rains of adversity and the floods of financial reversal. Even as a child, though, I was deeply impressed by my mother’s steadfast trust in God. No matter how fiercely the storm winds blew, she knew His ways were perfect and that He would not let her down.

Consider what Jesus Christ said about the importance of building your life on the right foundation: “All who listen to my instructions and follow them are wise, like a man who builds his house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents, and the floods rise and the storm winds beat against his house, it won’t collapse, for it is built on rock. But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on sand. For when the rains and floods come, and storm winds beat against his house, it will fall with a mighty crash” [Matthew 7:24-27].

When my mother was widowed and left to raise six children all by herself, she discovered anew that God was her abiding strength. When the storms of life hit, trust God to give you the power and strength to stand.  His grace is sufficient for you.            

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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