Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 22nd November 2021.
(2 Tim 3:14-17).
Sadly, to many, the Scriptures are like an “undiscovered country”. They have never discovered the valuable treasures found in the eternal words of the Bible. The Bible is alive and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword, exposing the very innermost thoughts and desires of our lives (Heb 4:12). It is like a lamp to illuminate our path. See Psalm 119:105, and it has been given to equip us for God’s purposes as quoted so clearly in 2 Tim 3 :16-17.
Open the Bible and read it so you can find these treasures. It’s time, to discover!
It is indeed time!
So please ponder this SLM:-
“Rich treasures of God’s truth are just waiting to be discovered by you”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 24th November 2021.
(1Thess 5:12-18).
To be reminded to “pray continually” in verse 17 of our reading for today is helpful because on many occasions we tend to want to compartmentalize our lives. We pray only during church worship, small group Bible study, family devotions or in our personal quiet times. But what about during our workday? To pray on the job does not mean we have to fall to our knees with clasped hands and pray aloud. But it does mean that work decisions and relationships can be brought to God all through the day.
Wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, God wants to be a part of it. When prayer enters every aspect of our lives, who knows what God might do for His glory! So give thought to this SLM:-
“True prayer is a way of life, not an emergency detour!”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 26th November 2021.
(Phil 4:10-20).
The phrase “I have learned” tells me that Paul did not meet every situation with a smile. Learning to be content required practice. His life and testimony included ups and downs, that ranged from snake bites to soul saving, false accusations to founding churches. Yet he claimed that Jesus was the answer to soul level satisfaction. See v.13. Jesus had given him the spiritual muscle to endure lean times and to avoid the pitfalls of abundance.
If you find yourself angling for “more, more, more,” then remember that true contentment comes when you have “more” of Christ.
Reflect then, on this SLM:-
“True contentment is not dependent on anything in this world.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 15th November 2021.
(Psalm 119:97-104).
In Psalm 119, the psalmist shared his thoughts about the Word and his desire to search it and be taught by God. See v.97. Our reading for today shows some of the psalmist’s reasons for loving it: It gives him wisdom and also understanding, it restrains his feet from evil, and it is sweet. Therefore it’s his meditation “all day long.”
So let’s keep taking the time to read the Bible. The more we search the Word, the more we’ll grow in our love for it and it’s Author. So ponder this SLM:-
“The more you read the Bible, the more you’ll love it’s Author.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 17th November 2021.
(2 Cor 1:6-11).
When our journey in life seemingly becomes too much for us, and too tough to navigate, then 2 Cor 1:9 is a reminder to us that we don’t travel alone. We have the help of the One who showed us His power in the resurrection, and who will indeed demonstrate His power again when He raises believers of all generations to the fullness of eternal life.
We need to always remember that our strength and hope have to be in Christ alone. That’s a truth we all need as we travel the journey God has for us. So give this SLM some thought:-
“The storms of life remind us to take shelter in the loving arms of our Saviour.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 19th November 2021.
(1 John 2:3-11).
The Apostle John wrote his first letter to encourage those who believed not to just look like real Christians, but to prove they are genuine by how they live. The evidence that a person’s faith is real is not found in some mystical experience with God. The proof that people truly know and love God is found in submitting to His authority and to His Word. See verses 5 and 6.
If we claim that we have been really transformed by the gospel and that we intimately know and love God, we should validate it by our obedience to His Word. Reflect then on this SLM:-
“Obedience to God is an expression of our love for God”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 8th November 2021.
(Matt 6:1-6,16-18)
In Matthew 6, Jesus told His disciples to give, pray, and fast in order to please God, not to gain praise from men.
Something within us however makes us want to be seen and recognized for our good deeds. While there’s nothing wrong with being encouraged and appreciated, a desire for praise can undermine our service because it shifts the focus from others to ourselves. When there is no public “thank you”, we may feel slighted. But even when we serve God in secret, He sees it all (vv.4, 6, 18). So ponder this SLM:-
“It is better to earn recognition without getting it than to get recognition without earning it”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 10th November 2021.
(Acts 17:16-31).
Some idols that we see in today’s world are different than the ones in Paul’s day. Be it wealth, fame, or celebrities the stark truth is contemporary idols abound. As always, our spiritual enemy, Satan, seeks to lure us away from the Saviour to the false worship of idols. Christians are not immune, and thus we must guard our hearts against any self-righteous anger toward unbelievers who seem to worship everything but God.
We must also be drawn by Christ’s love to reach out to those who don’t know Him. Then, like the believers at Thessalonica, they may turn “to God from idols to serve the living and true God”. See 1 Thess 1:9 and ponder this SLM:-
“An idol is really anything that takes God’s rightful place.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 12th November 2021.
(Romans 8:35-39).
The old hymn “You’ll Never Walk Alone” reminds me that the child of God never needs to fear any abandonment. Even if people turn on us, friends forsake us, or circumstances separate us from loved ones, we are never alone. God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. See Hebrews 13:5. This is not just a nice tune or clever lyrics offering an empty sentiment. It is the promise of God himself to those who are the objects of His love. He is there — and He isn’t going away.
With Christ, you will never walk alone. So ponder this SLM:-
“God’s presence with us is one of His greatest presents to us”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 1st November 2021.
I love the words of Jesus in vv.29-31 about the sparrows. Spoken as He sent the twelve disciples out to teach,heal and bear witness of Him to “the lost sheep in Israel”as stated in v.6, He told them not to be afraid in the face of hate and persecution. See verses 22-26.
When threatening circumstances press us, causing us to lose hope, we can find real encouragement in the words of this song: “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free. For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” We are under His wonderful care. So ponder this SLM:-
“When you put your cares in God’s hands, He puts His peace in your heart.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 3rd November 2021.
(Matt 11:25-30)
So often we carry the load of fear, worry, and anxiety through life’s many challenges, instead of just relaxing and resting in the Lord, (v.28).
We put down our burdens when we bring them to the Lord in prayer. The apostle Peter says, “Cast all your anxiety on (Jesus) because he cares for you”. See 1 Peter 5:7. Because He cares for us, we can rest and relax as we learn to trust Him. Instead of always carrying the burdens that weigh us down and weary us, we can give them to the Lord and let Him carry them.
Think then on this SLM:-
“Prayer is the place where our burdens change shoulders”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 5th November 2021.
(Matt 20:20-28).
Someone has said that true greatness is shown by real humility, not pride. This was indeed powerfully taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ. See vv.26-28.
When our God himself walked on earth as a man, He washed feet, welcomed children and willingly gave His life to deliver us from the self-centred tyranny of sin. His example gives credence to His command.
The greatest Man ever showed humility we can all learn from. So give thought to this SLM:-
“We can do great things for the Lord if we are willing to do little things for others”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 25th October 2021.
( Matt 7:21-27).
The foundation of buildings is really important in the earthquake-prone regions of the world to minimize damage in a quake.
Jesus told His followers that a stable foundation is critical in the building of lives. See vv.24-25. The foundation of Jesus Christ is what will give us the stability our hearts and lives need now and into the future.
By allowing the Lord’s wisdom to guide us in our relationships, decisions, and priorities, we find that He provides the most trustworthy foundation any life could be built upon. So ponder this SLM:-
“Jesus is the best foundation upon which to build a solid life.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 27th October 2021.
(John 15:13-15)
Friendship on a human level is wonderful, but what about friendship with God? It’s just an incredible blessing to have the Creator and Sustainer of the universe as a friend. Although worshiped by countless heavenly hosts, He takes great joy in His relationship with us.
So my friends, let me encourage you not to neglect the privilege of simply walking with God, the greatest of all friends. Today with gratitude and awe, let’s determine to spend time with Him in prayer and in reading His Word.
Remember that Jesus called His followers “friends”(v.15). What an honour that we can enjoy that kind of friendship with our Saviour! So ponder this SLM:-
“When you spend time with God, you invest in a forever friendship”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 29th October 2021.
(Luke 4:14-21).
Early on in His ministry, Jesus went to a synagogue in the town of Nazareth, stood up in front of the crowd, and read from the scroll of Isaiah. See vv.18-19. Then He sat down and declared, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”(v.21). Centuries earlier, the prophet Isaiah had proclaimed these words in Isaiah 61:1-2. Now Jesus announced that He was the fulfillment of that promise.
Notice who Jesus came to rescue… the poor, captive,
brokenhearted, blind, and the oppressed. He came for people dehumanized by sin and suffering, by brokenness and sorrow. He came for us! So ponder this SLM:-
“No matter how impersonal the world may seem, Jesus loves each of us as if we were His only child”.
….Pastor Ross.