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Series: Luis Palau | Our Creator God

Here in Oregon, we are glad to leave winter behind and get out to enjoy the natural beauty around us. This week on “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau talks about our awesome God, who created all these wonders. How can we respond to Him, and then tell others about Him?

Who is King of your Life? Friday, June 7, 2019

Most of the time, we aren’t privy to what’s going on in the spiritual realm. Yet let’s never forget: We are engaged in a war on a much larger scale than we can imagine.

After recruiting His first disciples, Jesus takes them to the synagogue in the city of Capernaum, where that unseen war becomes visible for a brief moment. When a demon-possessed man tries to tell Jesus what to do, He immediately rebukes the evil spirit and tells him what to do. To everyone’s astonishment, the demon has to obey what Jesus says.

The reality is, everyone has to obey Jesus. Some may shake and scream. Some may try to tell Jesus what to do. But in the end, everyone has to obey Him. The question isn’t, “Is Jesus the Lord of all?” The question is, “Have you acknowledged that fact in your own life?”

One day everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will have to bow the knee and proclaim that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:9-11] How much better to gladly acknowledge His place in the universe, and in your own life, here and now. I remember the time when I did not want to do what God would have me do and I rejected Him. But ever since that time that I acknowledged Him as the Lord of my life, everything has been transformed.  And it is for your own good.  I you would do it today.    

This is Andrew Palau. 

Eating with Others Thursday, June 6, 2019

Do you like going to fancy dinners, banquets, and feasts? Jesus did! He enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and whet their appetite for the Kingdom of God. The Gospel accounts make it clear that Jesus loved to have others—friends, disciples, new converts, even religious leaders who opposed His ministry—throw parties for Him.

When Jesus invited Matthew to become one of His disciples, Matthew must have been shocked. [Matthew 9:9-13] Yet immediately he gave up his lucrative tax-collecting business and held a huge banquet that evening. The banquet wasn’t in Matthew’s honor—a “retirement” party of sorts. Instead, Matthew somehow knew Jesus wanted to meet his friends. So he invited them over to his home.

The word about Matthew’s party got out to that city’s religious elite, who condemned Jesus. Jesus used their harsh criticisms, however, as an opportunity to demonstrate His love and compassion for the “scum” of the earth.

Like Matthew, you have work associates, friends, neighbors, and relatives who don’t know the Lord yet. Some may be rather shady characters even. But the Lord loves them and wants you to eat with them and find a way to introduce them to the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Embracing the Golden Rule Anew Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Many people know the Golden Rule, and know that Jesus said it, but many aren’t quite sure how to live it out.

Four centuries ago the Golden Rule sounded like this: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” [Matthew 7:12 KJV] 

One of the contemporary English Bibles does a great job of expressing the Golden Rule this way: “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.” [MSG]  Of course, Jesus isn’t talking about paying for an extra coffee drink at Starbucks. That’s nice, but not nice enough. Remember, Jesus is talking about the Kingdom. If you are a citizen of God’s kingdom, what is the most loving thing you can do for others?

The most loving thing you can do is to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ. After all, in the past someone shared the Gospel with you. Now would be a great time to pay it forward in love to people in your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Opportunities to be Awe-inspired Tuesday, June 4, 2019

When is the last time you felt awe-inspired by the sheer beauty of a sunset? By the magnitude and majesty of the night sky? By the ocean’s relentless lapping waves? By the immense grandeur of the Grand Canyon or Rockies or Mississippi or Great Lakes or Appalachians?

Those awe-inspired feelings of transcendence can provoke a number of mixed emotions. Those emotions can include exhilaration, thankfulness, and worship. Ironically, they also can include fear, and insignificance.

Still, almost every man, woman and young person longs to experience moments of transcendence, when we’re awe-inspired. We often will fly, drive, and walk long distances in search of them. After such moments, where does your heart turn? King David shows the way. In Psalm 8:3-4 [MSG], he tells the Lord:  “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”

Creation magnifies the Lord’s fame. Yet so do we. By our words and actions, let’s be sure to magnify God’s fame today.

This is Luis Palau.

The Wonders of Nature and Salvation Monday, June 3, 2019

Who doesn’t enjoy wandering through the woods, looking out over the desert, walking along an ocean shore, or standing on a prominent hill just before sunset? God’s handiwork shines everywhere you see the beauty of nature. What we see now, however, is damaged by the ravages of thousands of years of sin.

Imagine what Adam must have experienced when he first viewed creation fresh from the Creator’s hand. Every tree Adam climbed, every lion cub he stroked, every rock he skipped on the Tigris River must have radiated something of God’s glory. But no plant, animal, or jewel compared with the wonder of Adam caring for the Garden, conversing with the Lord God, and listening to his wife’s first songs.

The wonders of nature have immense worth because God created them. But the human race holds an incredible place of honor within the universe. [Psalm 8] Why? Because you and I are made in the image of God.

Of course, sin has ravaged more than nature. The human race has been infected with this fatal disease. Thankfully, through Jesus Christ you can receive forgiveness of sins and the sure hope of new, eternal life. Have you received God’s most marvelous gift? If not, pray and do so today.

This is Luis Palau.

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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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