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Series: Luis Palau | The Normal Christian Life

If you are new to the Christian life, you may be trying to figure out just what it is all about. Luis Palau has been walking this road for over seventy years, and this week on “Reaching your World,” he answers the question, “What is the normal Christian Life?”

Blessed are the Peacemakers Friday, September 13, 2019

A Christian couple met a Russian general at a peace conference. Knowing he was an unbeliever, they invited him to their home. “General,” the wife addressed him after lunch, “you must be a child of God.” “Absolutely not,” he replied. “I’m an atheist.” “But General, do you know what Jesus said? He said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.’ Aren’t you involved in the peace conference?” “Of course I am,” he replied.
 “Then you must be a child of God.” Suddenly tears came to the general’s eyes. “Why are you weeping?” the woman asked. He said, “When I was a little boy, my mother always used to quote that verse.” “General, do you know God?” “No, but I want to know Him.” Moments later, the woman led the general to the Lord.

The exalted Lord Jesus Christ is impacting lives all over the world, often in unexpected ways. Christ is with the Father, praying for us. Among other things, He is praying that you and I make an impact on those around us. Are you?

Let Jesus use you in unexpected places, and in unexpected ways, to reach your world.          

This is Andrew Palau.

What's the Normal Christian Life? - 4 Thursday, September 12, 2019

How I wish every Christian lived in the reality of Ephesians 3:19, which tells us to be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

When that happens, what’s “normal” in the Christian life? After we are filled by God Himself, we start growing toward maturity. Second, we become active in our local church. Third, we hunger for holiness. Fourth, we love God’s Word. Fifth, we pray with intensity. Sixth, we serve others. But that’s not all.

Seventh, we have a heart for the world. After we are filled by God Himself, we develop a passion for lost people around us. We’re concerned about those who don’t know Jesus Christ yet and aren’t part of His Body, the Church. If we lack the compassion of Jesus Christ, we know nothing of God’s fullness yet.

The potential of what Christ wants to do in and through you and me for His glory is amazing. By His power, we can make an incredible difference in other people’s lives. The results may seem extraordinary. But that’s what the normal Christian life is all about.

Stop being abnormal. Instead, ask the Lord to fill you and make you bold, courageous, growing, healthy, robust and vibrant.

This is Luis Palau.

What's the Normal Christian Life? - 3 Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I wish every Christian would memorize Ephesians 3:19, which exhorts us to be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” When that happens, what’s “normal” in the Christian life?  First, growth toward maturity. Second, loyalty to the church. Third, hunger for holiness. Fourth, love for God’s Word.

And fifth, intensity in prayer. When God fills us, we get on our knees. We intercede for the needs of others and ask God to work in our own heart. We experience agony in prayer. The Holy Spirit “intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” [Romans 8:26]. Because there’s no unconfessed sin and we’re praying for God’s will to be done, we see marvelous answers to our prayers.

Sixth, service toward others. After we’re renewed, we take on the attitude of Christ, who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” [Mark 10:45]. We’re “eager to serve” [1 Peter 5:2], looking out not only for our own interests, “but also to the interests of others” [Philippians 2:4]. A servant obviously does the disagreeable chores, and is sometimes treated spitefully. But if we’re faithful to the Lord, He promises to reward us handsomely.

What about you? Why wait? Ask God to fill you today!

This is Luis Palau.

What's the Normal Christian Life? - 2 Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I wish every Christian obeyed Ephesians 3:19, which commands us to be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” When that happens, what’s “normal” in the Christian life?  First, growth toward maturity. Second, loyalty to the church. 

Third, hunger for holiness. When God’s Holy Spirit fills us, we develop a sensitivity to and hatred of sin. None of us is perfect. We all stumble. We’re embarrassed to have to confess the same sin to the Lord again. But holiness becomes the hallmark of our lives. Holiness is God’s life seen through Christians like you and me.

Fourth, love for God’s Word. When God renews us, we develop a passion for Scripture. God speaks through Holy Scripture. We don’t understand it all. No one does. But we love the Bible and can’t get enough time in it. Because God indwells us, we want to hear what He has to say to us today. We long to know what He thinks about every area of life, from family problems to world missions. So we saturate ourselves with God’s Word. We read it, study it, memorize it, meditate on it, obey it. As we obey it, we experience His hand of blessing. And we can pass it on to people in our world.

What about you? Now is the time to ask God to fill you!

This is Luis Palau.

What's the Normal Christian Life? - 1 Monday, September 9, 2019

Many Christians feel flat. “Where’s the touch of God on my life?” they wonder. “Why don’t I feel His presence within me? To be fully engaged spiritually means to be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God,” we read in Ephesians 3:19. In other words, it means to be totally filled with God Himself.

When that happens, what’s “normal” in the Christian life? First, growth toward maturity. When God fills us, everything changes. It doesn’t happen all at once. Initially, we might not even notice some of the changes. That’s because maturity is a lifelong process. We’re still aware of weaknesses. We still face trials and hardships. But as we look back, we’ll notice areas of growth. Our spiritual muscles grow stronger and stronger.

Second, loyalty to the church. When God fills and renews us, we make a commitment to our local church. We speak well of it. Even though it has faults, we love it and defend it. We discover and begin to exercise our spiritual gifts “for the common good” [1 Corinthians 12:7]. We generously support our church and meet the needs of brothers and sisters in Christ who could use our help and encouragement.

Do you want a vibrant, growing, and robust faith? I hope so! Ask God to fill every fiber of your being day after day.

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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