Jesus is the Answer

by Sarah Nelson

The past few weeks have been ones in which our family has experienced intense pressures.   After putting on our “brave Christian faces” in for awhile, we reached the point where we needed to drop masks and ask God, and some treasured Christian brothers and sisters, to meet us in our struggle.   As soon as things would appear to be better, boom – yet another trying situation raised it’s head.  I admit that the temptation to let discouragement grow into defeat, even at the present, is running high.  What’s keeping me from giving up hope and clinging to what and Who I know to be true?  Jesus!

I so appreciate that each of the few friends we shared our struggle with pointed us not to the latest Christian self-help book, but to the One who truly holds all the answers, even those we cannot see in this lifetime, Jesus!  Words of encouragement were sent from God’s living and loving Word to our hearts and soul.

This next week I’m filling in for our regular pianist/organist at church.  This noon I took a break and went over to our beautiful church sanctuary to select some songs for Sunday’s prelude.  An old favorite of mine quickly became one of the selections.  What was it?  “Jesus Is the Answer”!  The words of this song continue on to say: “for the world today.  Above him there is NO other, Jesus is the Way!”   I’m still humming that tune in my head while I’m typing these words.  It’s a simple and profound truth rolled into one.  Jesus IS the answer!  He is the answer for whatever situation we are facing today.  Best of all, He is the answer for our greatest need – salvation.

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:11-14  (ESV)

Rejoice, sisters!  Our redemption is sealed in the One who never fails, never leaves, and never forsakes us!

Praying for Your Pastor – Day 21

Pray that your pastor will not give in to discouragement, but will deal with inevitable
criticism and conflict by committing himself into the hands of God, who judges righteously.

While being reviled, Jesus did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.  1 Peter 2:23

Taken from Revive Our Hearts

Praying for Your Pastor-Day 6

Pray that God will protect your pastor from discouragement and bitterness when
he faces inevitable criticism. Pray that he will trust in the wisdom of
the Word of God to answer his critics, and commit himself into the hands of God, who
judges righteously.

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.  Heb 12:15

So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.  Psalm 119:42

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.  Col 4:6

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.  Prov 4:23

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,  WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;  and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.  1 Peter 2:21-23

Taken from Revive Our Hearts