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Series: Luis Palau | God's Grand Design

On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis Palau wants to make us aware of God’s grand design. If we look, we can see God’s plan and will being worked out in our lives. And we can see how He brings people into our path, who need to know about Him. 

God Helps us Keep the Faith Friday, August 30, 2019

God wants to keep us safe, but that doesn’t mean you and I are never tempted to climb over His divine walls of protection. It also doesn’t mean we have to give in to temptation. The Bible promises, “God...will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” We read that in 1 Corinthians 10:13.

What’s more, we are not helpless victims of Satan’s whims. He can defeat us only if we let him. “We’re all vulnerable” isn’t true...if we’re staying in God’s Word, if we’re walking by the Spirit, if we’re obeying Jesus Christ. “If you do these things,” 2 Peter 1:10 says, “you will never fall.” What a wonderful promise!

God doesn’t want us to shipwreck our faith, shatter our home, or disgrace our church. Instead, He has given us His indwelling presence and designed the Christian life so that you and I will succeed. Let’s not go around frightened we’re going to fall away or fail. We don’t need to be afraid that the Devil is going to somehow destroy us. If we are walking and growing in Christ, the Bible says we will never fall. What a great promise, indeed!

This is Andrew Palau.

Courage and Humility Thursday, August 29, 2019

Being part of God’s grand design is a wonderful privilege. But it requires encountering differences, and so we need to have courage and humility. We can get so comfortable in our own spheres of church, work, and school, where we interact only with people who are similar to us. It’s comforting to be around familiarity, but when we reach out and communicate with those who need Christ, often we will be interacting with people who are different from us. They probably won’t agree with us. But that isn’t a cause for alarm. We shouldn’t spend time only with those we agree with; how else can we invite others into God’s kingdom and appreciate the diversity within it?

If we are to reach others for Christ, we need to practice listening actively and openly to the concerns, fears, angers, and experiences of people different from us. We need to bravely ask tough questions and be open to humbly hearing the replies. And we need to be ready to be vulnerable, to share our own experiences and the hope our faith in Jesus Christ brings us. We do not have to be afraid of these conversations, for as Jesus said, “Fear not! For I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). In Christ, there is no fear, only love. Our communication and connection should be marked by love and courage, as we are called to connect with those who are different from us and in need of God’s hope.                

This is Luis Palau. 

Listening Well Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Part of God’s grand design, of helping "the least of these" in Christ’s name, requires connecting to other people. This is something humans are getting less and less good at. The internet and social media are great for many things. We can video chat with people on the other side of the world; we can look up long-forgotten recipes; we can keep track of local news and global disasters. But when our connecting is reduced to a computer screen, we begin to forget how to communicate with other people, especially how to listen well.

Listening is an active process that requires interaction between two or more people. It requires focus and intention, asking clarifying questions, and paying attention to body language and tone of voice. These are all important when we connect with people, especially those who need hope and God’s love. As the book of James says, “Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19). I must say, that’s not how most people communicate over the internet. But we as believers are called to communicate with those around us in this way: with kindness, humility, and consideration. When we do this, people will notice we are different, that we pay attention and listen kindly. Good communication can draw people to Jesus Christ, if we only look up and start actively listening to those around us.        

This is Luis Palau. 

The Least of These Tuesday, August 27, 2019

We are part of a grand design, and we have a chance to be used by God to show the world His glory and goodness. What a powerful privilege! But we can get so caught up in our everyday lives, living from moment to moment, that sometimes we don’t recognize the important work all around us.

In the book of Matthew, Jesus talks about the final judgment when the Son of Man separates the righteous – that is, the repentant people who believe in Jesus - from the unrighteous. The righteous gain the kingdom of heaven when Jesus recalls how He was hungry, and they fed Him; He was thirsty, and they gave Him drink. They welcomed Him, clothed Him, and supported Him. The righteous asked, “When did we do this?” They don’t remember taking care of the King of Kings. Jesus answers, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.”

These faithful people lived in the grand design. They saw opportunities all around them to share the love of Christ. They gave their food, their drink, their clothes, all of their resources for those who did not have anything: the outcasts, the poor, the imprisoned. They did this because it was what Jesus wanted them to do. Little did they realize that Jesus was there, in the faces of the least of these. We are called to this work. Let us share Christ’s love in word and deed.  

This is Luis Palau.
 

A Grand Design Monday, August 26, 2019

A friend told me about a TV show called God Friended Me. It’s about a young man who is an atheist and gets contacted through social media by a profile that supposedly belongs to God. This profile connects him to people who need his help. Turns out, the young man needs their help too. The show is made to be entertaining rather than biblically accurate. However, one thing that the show does get right is showing there is a grand design. Everything happens for a reason. God puts us in places to help those around us in big and small ways, if we just pay attention.

Maybe we are meant to be on the same bus with someone who is being discriminated against, and who needs us to stick up for them. Or maybe we are meant to be at the grocery store when someone needs a hand with paying for their groceries. Or maybe we are on social media and see a post from someone who really needs prayer and encouragement. These are not coincidences; these are part of God’s grand design and opportunities for us to make His glory known.

The amazing thing is that God uses us, like Paul said,  “to proclaim to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God”(Ephesians 3:8-9). Our job is to make this mystery of Christ’s love and work known. That is the grand design. Always remember your part in it, and you will reach your world for Christ.

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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