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Series: Luis Palau | Our Eternal Security

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis shares with us some of the biblical truths that have come to mean so much to him as he goes through cancer treatment. 

Triple Assurance Friday, July 26, 2019

I love what Jesus says in John 10:28. In that verse, Jesus offers a triple promise to all who follow Him. He goes on record saying:  “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hands." Let’s look more closely at this triple promise.

First, Jesus says, “I give them eternal life.” What a gift from the Lord. In fact, eternal life is Jesus Christ Himself. First John 5:11-12 says, “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has eternal life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Second, Jesus promises, “they shall never perish.” We never need to fear losing the life that God gives us. Why? Because Jesus Christ laid down His life on the cross. What did He die for? “Christ died for us” [Romans 5:8] and “Christ died for our sins” [1 Corinthians 15:3]. The result? “The blood of Jesus, His (God’s) Son, purifies us from all sin” [1 John 1:7]. Therefore, for the Christian there is no fear of eternity, though the process of dying can be disagreeable.

Third, Jesus promises that “no one can snatch them out of My hand.” Satan opposes us, and may plant seeds of doubt, but Jesus gives us the triply sure promise that if we belong to Him, we are His forever.  

This is Andrew Palau.

God's Wonderful Gifts Thursday, July 25, 2019

I’m so thankful for the untold numbers of cards and letters that I’ve received from all over the world. Here is a list that someone shared with me. It says: “The most destructive habit is…worry. The greatest joy is…giving. The most satisfying work is…helping others. The greatest shot in the arm is…
encouragement. The greatest problem to overcome is…fear. The most effective sleeping pill is…peace of mind. The most powerful force in life is…love. The worst thing to be without is…hope. The greatest asset is…faith. The most worthless emotion is self-pity. The most beautiful attire is…a smile. The most prized possession is…integrity. The most contagious spirit is… enthusiasm."

We may smile, but this savvy list offers us both insights and wisdom. For one, I thank the Lord so much for giving me the gifts of faith, hope, and love. First Corinthians 13:13 [NLT] says, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

As well, I thank the Lord so much for giving me the gifts of integrity, enthusiasm, and peace of mind. They’re important all life-long. And now I pray that you too receive and enjoy each of these wonderful gifts of God.

This is Luis Palau.

Two Wishes Wednesday, July 24, 2019

With the doctor’s latest diagnosis, I’ve had to accept the reality that the Lord might take me home to heaven soon. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to hear from relatives and friends around the world.

My sister Martha sent a beautiful card to me. In it, she offered two wishes. Her first wish for me is peace when I worry. Her second wish is comfort when I hurt. I have to tell you, both of Martha’s wishes for me have come true.
 First, when I’m tempted to worry, I remember Philippians 4:6-7 [NLT], which says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." The simple act of praying, with thanksgiving, replaces worry with God’s marvelous peace.

Second, when I hurt, I remember 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 [NIV], which says that, “the God of all comfort…comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." May these words also bring comfort to you today, my friend, wherever you are.

This is Luis Palau.

"Be at Peace" Tuesday, July 23, 2019

I’m so thankful for the hundreds of cards and letters that I’ve received from all over the world. Here is a prayer that someone shared with me. It says: “Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow: the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or he will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings."

That prayer is aptly titled “Be at Peace” and reminds me of the wonderful words of our Lord Jesus Christ during the Last Supper. He told His disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many mansions; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Those words of Jesus are found in the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verses 1-3. [NIV]

What about you? Is your heart at peace with God? Hearing my oncologist say I may not have long to live was sobering, but not frightening. I can honestly say I fully trust the promises of Jesus and can’t wait to see Him soon.

This is Luis Palau.

God's Love Holds us Tightly Monday, July 22, 2019

With the doctor’s latest diagnosis that my stage 4 lung cancer tumors are growing again, I’ve had to accept the reality that the Lord might take me home soon.

I’m so thankful for the untold numbers of cards and letters that I’ve received from all over the world. Here is an anonymous prayer that someone shared with me. It says: “I asked for health that I might do great things: I was given infirmity that I might do better things. / I asked for riches that I might be happy: I was given poverty that I might be wise. / I asked for power that I might have the praise of men: I was given weakness that I might feel the need for God. / I asked for all things that I might enjoy life: I was given life that I might enjoy all things. / I got nothing that I asked for but everything that I hoped for almost despite myself: my unspoken prayers were answered. / I am among all people most richly blessed."

What a great prayer. It reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses, Romans 8:39. I memorized it as a boy. It says nothing “in all creation, will [ever] be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [NIV]

No matter what, God’s love will hold you and me tightly, forever. That’s very good news, indeed.

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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