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Series: Luis Palau | Grief, Despair, and Peace

Many people in our world suffer from grief and despair. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis talks about the healing peace of Jesus Christ.

Our Rock and Refuge Friday, September 6, 2019

A few years ago, on my sons’ first day of school, I had each of them pick up a rock. The idea was for them to have something solid, a physical token of God’s presence on this day of new things. The first thing they told me when they got home that afternoon was, “Dad, look, I still have the rock in my pocket!” It encouraged them. Throughout the day, they had a tangible way of reminding themselves that God is their foundation.

Psalm 94:22 calls the Lord our fortress and our rock. This imagery is powerful, especially when we face times of uncertainty. The ground can shift beneath us, but through it all, our God is a fortress – sturdy, unchanging, and strong. It’s these times when we need to remind ourselves to take refuge in Him.

Consider setting up a tangible, daily reminder that God is your foundation. Maybe set a timer to remind you to take a minute to pray or post a Bible verse that encourages you somewhere you’ll see it often. Listen to praise music on your commute, and turn it into worship time. When we make God a constant part of our daily lives, His love shines through us.

This is Andrew Palau.

Peace in the Storm Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Apostle Paul wrote in the Bible that “nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God.” Even the most severe pressures and the most overwhelming struggles cannot separate us from the tenderness and compassion of our Heavenly Father. When we feel that our world is falling apart, we can and must rest in God’s power. Paul is not saying that we won’t face disappointment, suffering, or conflict. But He is saying that no Christian needs to ever feel despair. Why? Because we worship the “God of all comfort”—the God who is sufficient for every pressure in life.

A missionary said, “Peace is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it." The God of all comfort can provide that capability in the midst of any crisis in your life or mine.

This “peace in the midst of the storm” is something that nonbelievers don’t experience because they don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They don’t have the Holy Spirit indwelling and strengthening them. That is why it’s such a powerful witness when you and I point people to the Savior of the world. He offers a living hope, healing, and forgiveness. He is a great Savior. And, he is our indwelling Lord. Share this great news with someone who is going through a storm today.

This is Luis Palau.

Rejoicing in Trials Wednesday, September 4, 2019

How do you respond to trials? Do you become angry or bitter at God? Do you ask, “why me?" What do others see when they watch you work through difficult situations? In life, we will all experience trials. There is simply no way to avoid them because we live in a fallen world. And sometimes, we must accept that the reason for our trials will not be revealed to us until we get to Heaven. But I believe part of why we experience grief is so that we can comfort those around us who may be experiencing a struggle similar to ours.

As believers in Jesus, we can take heart in knowing that God is the greatest source of comfort through all of our difficult situations. Paul says in the book of Romans that we are to “rejoice in our sufferings,” because we know suffering produces perseverance. Perseverance produces character, and character produces hope.  So if you are struggling today with something heavy in your life—whether it has to do with financial, relationship, work, or health problems—take heart in knowing that this suffering is not in vain. Lean on the Lord, then, look for people to encourage with His comforting truth.

This is Luis Palau.

Dealing with the Tough Stuff Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Are you hurting inside? Do you feel like giving up? When crisis, heartache, or stressful situations arise, one of the worst mistakes you can make is to pretend that nothing is wrong. To find relief from our problems, we must first acknowledge them and the inner turmoil they are causing. Only then, can we embrace the “father of mercies and God of all comfort," Jesus Christ. 

Another mistake people make when experiencing a tough time is to make impulsive, un-prayed for, panicky, sudden moves. Ephesians 6:13-14 says, “..take up the whole armor of God…stand firm! Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” So stand firm in your faith, and lean on the indwelling Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember that each time we face a crisis, people are watching for our reactions and wondering how we will respond. They want to see if being a follower of Jesus really makes a difference when life gets tough. So, acknowledge the reality of your pain, but take rest in the power of the Holy Spirit, and in God’s peace—which surpasses all understanding. People will notice how you behave in difficult circumstances, and your reliance on God could open doors for conversations about Jesus.

This is Luis Palau.

Our Pain Solution Monday, September 2, 2019

Years ago, a well-known clinical psychologist committed suicide, and the news story reported that he had left a note saying he felt “tired, alone, and suddenly very old.” Sadly, this sort of thing seems to happen more and more these days. Suicides are increasing at an alarming rate. Too many people feel lost, empty, and alone. People feel overwhelmed by this world. Overpowered with the idea of “nothingness." People in this situation either take their own lives, or they seek escape through drugs, alcohol, or other distractions.

Why do some people fall into this sort of despair? There are many self-help books out there, promising that they have the key to happiness. But the true solution to despair is not found in any worldly piece of advice. Rather, it’s found in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says to His disciples, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” As followers of the Lord, you and I have a responsibility and privilege to be faithful messengers of God’s truth and light to those in our lives. Who can you talk to today about the healing power of Jesus Christ? Who in your life needs to fill their void with the person and message of our Savior? Think about it. And pray about it, won’t you?

This is Luis Palau.

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This Weeks Offer

Biblical Peace In Turbulent Times

Biblical Peace in Turbulent Times

Luis has given a message titled “Biblical Peace in Turbulent Times” in which he takes us to God’s Word to find strength and help in difficult days.  We would like to send you a free CD copy.

For your FREE copy give us a call at 1-800-ASK-LUIS.

Reaching Your World: Next Week

Meditation

On “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau begins the week with sympathy for the lonely, who were especially vulnerable during the time of quarantine. He then takes a thoughtful look at the practice of meditation.  Meditating on the words and ways of God can be of great spiritual value.

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