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Series: Luis Palau | Assurance

As Luis nears the end of this life, he is absolutely sure that God will sustain him here, and then take him home to heaven to be with Him forever.  Do you have that kind of assurance?  This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis urges each one of us to consider it carefully. 

What is a Real Christian? Friday, June 21, 2019

My Dad loves the question, “What is a real Christian?” What a simple yet profound question. First, a Christian trusts Jesus Christ, believes Him, and relies on Him. Second, a Christian obeys the Lord. To open your heart to Jesus Christ is not just to believe in Him, but also to follow Him.

Some people have told me, “If I give my life to Christ, I’m afraid I won’t follow Him, that I’ll fail Him. I don’t want to be a hypocrite. I already see too many people like that.” But when you open your heart to Jesus Christ, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in you, giving you the power to obey and faithfully witness to His name [Acts 1:8].

When we sin, that doesn’t catch God off guard. He has provided a way for restoration. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Until we see the Lord face to face, we won’t be totally without sin. But Philippians 1:6 tells us that we can be confident “that He (God) who began a good work in you will carry it out to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Part of God’s good work in us is to accomplish good works through us [Ephesians 2:10]. As Christians, we can be sure that we are God’s workmanship, a new creation in Christ Jesus.              

This is Andrew Palau.

Making Sure of Heaven Thursday, June 20, 2019

Committing one’s life to Jesus Christ is the most important decision anyone can ever make. I grew up deeply respecting my parents and their faith, but for several years I resisted owning up to my sins and receiving Jesus Christ as my Savior.

One summer just before entering my teens, I attended a two-week Christian camp in the mountains of Argentina, where I grew up. My camp counselor’s name was Frank Chandler. One night Mr. Chandler and I talked about what it means to become a Christian. Turning in his Bible to Romans 10:9-10, Mr. Chandler read to me: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

We talked about what these verses teach and then Mr. Chandler encouraged me to commit my life to God. I prayed: “Lord Jesus, I believe You were raised from the dead. I confess You with my lips. Give me eternal life. I want to be Yours. Save me from hell. Amen.”

That night I could hardly sleep, I was so excited about committing my life to Jesus Christ. I knew I was saved. I had eternal life. I was a member of God’s family forever. Do you have that same assurance? If not, make sure today.

This is Luis Palau.

God has no Grandchildren Wednesday, June 19, 2019

C. S. Lewis said, “No man is ready to live life on earth until he is ready for life in heaven.” He’s right, of course. Committing one’s life to Jesus Christ is the most important decision anyone can ever make. Compared to eternal life, all other decisions aren’t that important when you think about it.

Contrary to popular myth, growing up in a Christian home doesn’t automatically make someone a Christian. God has no grandchildren. Each of us must come to personal faith in Jesus Christ, as I discovered while growing up.
Like many others, I grew up attending Sunday school and church. I knew many Christian songs and Bible stories. But I didn’t know Jesus Christ. Oh, if someone asked me, I could stand up and say a prayer or quote a few Scripture verses. But if something went wrong, I cut loose with a string of dirty words. Deep down, I knew that I wasn’t right with God.

At summer camp, when I was 12, my counselor reviewed Romans 10:9-10 and I finally made my decision. I prayed: “Lord Jesus, I believe You were raised from the dead. I confess You with my lips. Give me eternal life. I want to be Yours. Save me from hell. Amen.”

Are you ready for life in heaven? If so, great! If not, stop what you’re doing. Ask Jesus to save you without delay.

This is Luis Palau.

Believing is Receiving Tuesday, June 18, 2019

I’m so glad that, no matter what their past has been like, anyone can receive forgiveness of sins and assurance of eternal life. Decision is the key. We can’t wash our hands like Pilate did after Jesus was betrayed. We can’t say, “Well, I’ll think about it later.”

What must we do? John 1:12 says, “To all who received Him (Jesus Christ), to those who believed on His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” To receive Jesus you and I must make a decision. And the decision is actually quite simple. It’s like a speaker saying, “As a memento of our meeting tonight, I want to give you my Bible. It’s a leather Bible, it has my name on it and it has good notes inside. If you want it, come and get it.” If you want that gift, what do you have to do? Stand up, walk forward, accept it, say thanks, and it’s yours.

“The wages of sin is death,” we read in Romans 6:23, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That’s why it’s so important that by faith you say, “Thank you, Jesus. I receive You into my heart.” The moment you do that, your life changes forever. Don’t wait. Make your decision today.  It’s a free gift of God, but you must accept it.

This is Luis Palau.

Yes, God will Forgive You Monday, June 17, 2019

During an evangelistic meeting in a large metropolitan church, I noticed a young man sitting in a wheelchair. I later learned that he had leukemia. He looked thin, drawn, and pale–only in his early 30s, but physically on his way to eternity.

In his heart he had long ago turned against God, yet came that night with his Christian wife. To her surprise, this man listened intently to the message. It seemed evident that the Spirit of God was working in his heart. When I gave the invitation, he was the first one to come forward.

After the meeting this young man said to me, “You know, Palau, all my life I’ve been blasting God. When I contracted leukemia, I became even more blasphemous. But tonight I realized that despite my antagonism, God loves me. I want eternal life. Do you think God will forgive me despite the awful things I’ve said about Him?” I turned in my Bible to Hebrews 10:17 and gave him the promise from the Lord that, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." 

No matter what your past has been like, anyone can receive forgiveness of sins and assurance of eternal life. Decision is the key. If you haven’t done so yet, make your decision today.

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.