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God never makes empty promises. You can trust Him. On "Reaching your World with Luis Palau" we are reminded of some of those wonderful promises.
Where does true wisdom come from? Some people feel wisdom is obtained by immersing yourself in religious activity. Others see wisdom as the unattainable picture of climbing the highest mountain seeking a white bearded guru. Or you’ve heard people described as “wiser than their years." But if we look for wisdom to come through our experiences or from the world around us, we will certainly wind up disillusioned. God’s Word tells us wisdom is available for all - and that it comes to us from God himself. In the book of Job we read, “God understands the way to wisdom and he alone knows where it dwells.” Wisdom is not far away and only for a few wise old folks. It is for you! For anyone who trusts in the Lord. In James 3 we read, that ”…the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.“
The big picture then is this: if you want wisdom, you must understand that it comes from God alone, for His purpose. It’s all right there in the Word of Christ and this kind of wisdom is very fruitful, it brings what God calls abundant life. So as you desire to love people and reach your world, open up to wisdom God’s way. This is Andrew Palau.
When my wife, Pat, had cancer, it wasn’t what I would have planned. When our son, Andrew and his wife, Wendy, suffered multiple miscarriages, it wasn’t what they had hoped for. When my Dad died when he was still a young man of 34, I wasn’t planning on that… Life often doesn’t go according to our plans. But it is in those times that I cling to the promises of God and the character of God more than ever.
In St. Paul’s letter to the Romans chapter 8 we read, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Sometimes we will see how God worked things out for our good in this life. Other times I don’t believe we will fully understand the suffering and loss in this life until the life to come.
As an older man now, I have the benefit of perspective. I can look back and see why certain things turned out the way they did. I see how God has been working everything together for good. Some things that didn’t make sense 20 years ago make more sense now. Other things still don’t make perfect sense to me. But I know that when I meet Jesus face to face all my unresolved questions will be answered. Do you have this comfort and encouragement in the struggles of your life? Then you must share it with others! There are so many lonely and confused people. This is Luis Palau.
I’ve met many people during my years of ministry who struggle with crippling guilt. Their biggest hindrance in coming to Christ is their shame over past and current sins and struggles. They think God could never forgive them. They believe He wouldn’t want anything to do with them. But I thank God that nothing could be further from the truth. God wants to give those burdened souls salvation as a gift. No one can get closer to God in their own power- God has come close to us in Jesus Christ. We cannot earn our way to God. We simply have to receive and believe, with a repentant heart.
The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” God promises to forgive all those who come to Him. He promises eternal life to those who believe in His Son.
If you or someone you know are struggling with guilt, talk to God today. He wants to set you free – Christ will set you free by forgiving you. You will truly be free - not because of anything you have done, but because it is a gift from a good and loving God based on the crucifixion of Christ on His cross. Now that really is Good News, isn’t it? So pass it on.
This is Luis Palau
When is the last time you moved to a new place? Or even just traveled somewhere you’ve never been before? Back in the good old days, we used good old-fashioned maps to find our way. Today we get the fancy GPS on our smart phones.
It can be quite unsettling to be completely turned around in an unfamiliar place. I remember my friend, Fred Conklin. He was driving us to a very important meeting in a home, with a high official of the state of California. The GPS said “turn right,” but the road was closed for repairs. We had to go around a mountain and back and it took 15 minutes. We were late for our appointment. We never forgot that. But God’s GPS never needs to recalculate. God’s GPS is always correct.
And isn’t this true of life in general? We need God to sort out our life’s direction. We need His wisdom, eternal perspective, and sovereignty. We need His plan. And thank goodness He has one! When we feel confused and turned around we can trust the promises of God’s Word that He knows exactly where we are headed. He will “direct your paths,” the book of Proverbs, chapter 3 says.
Do you have a friend who is wandering through life and seems lost? Share with them the biblical Good News Gospel and they may get back on track with God through Jesus Christ today.
This is Luis Palau.
If God doesn’t promise something in His Word, we shouldn’t be disappointed when He doesn’t do that very thing. He doesn’t promise to make you rich, or handsome, or famous. Many faithful Christians have been poor, lonesome, and unknown. Does this mean God failed them? No! Jesus never promised to make this life perfect. In fact, He said we would have trials and tribulation. But Jesus does promise to remain with us through it all. St. Paul tells us in Romans, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” One glorious promise of Scripture is that no difficulty of this life can separate us from the love of God.
If God didn’t tell us He would do something in the Bible, then we shouldn’t be disappointed when He doesn’t. But there are many things He does promise and we can cling to His promises through the ups and downs of life.
In order to better reach your world, I think it is essential that you know a good number of the promises of God. Study them, memorize them, and share them with others. They have great power. This is Luis Palau.