Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 7th June 2021.
(Psalm 33:13-22)
It is clear from from the words of the Psalmist that God views all mankind and especially those who fear Him. He sees with His heart of love as He considers who we are and what we do. We are never out of God’s sight, and He keeps a close eye on everyone whose hope is in Him.
For all who know the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ, it’s encouraging to realize that every day we’re a part of His amazing view. So ponder this SLM.
“Keep your eyes on God; He never takes His eyes off you”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 9th June 2021.
(Psalm 19:7-14)
I would have to say that the Bible has helped to shape my life. That’s why I enjoy sharing God’s Word with others. There are many ways to pass along God’s truth to people hungering for encouragement and help. My own personal goal is to enable others to experience the great benefit I’ve found in knowing Christ and being guided by His Word. Reflect on verse 7 again.
The Word of God,which guards our hearts and guides our steps, is worth sharing with others. So ponder this SLM. “The Bible: Know it in your head, stow it in your heart, show it in your life, sow it in the world.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 11th June 2021.
(Eccles 2:1-11).
The desire for pleasure isn’t wrong. Reflect on 1Timothy 6:17. But ultimate pleasure is not found in the short-lived thrills our world offers, but rather in long-term joy from a deepening intimacy with our Lord. King Solomon learned this the hard way. “He refused his heart no pleasure” (v10). But after his pleasure seeking spree he concluded “all was meaningless a chasing after the wind” (v11). It’s no wonder he warned “He who loves pleasure will become poor” in (Proverbs 21:17).
What we are really looking for is satisfied only in a fulfilling growing relationship with Jesus. Pursue Him and taste His delights. So ponder this SLM.
“Are we living for our own pleasure or living to please our heavenly Father?”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 31st May 2021.
(Psalm 92).
Psalm 92 tells us,that no matter how old we are, we can have a fresh and fruitful life. Men and women who have been “planted” in the rich soil of God’s vineyard will continue to “bear fruit” and “stay fresh and green”. See John 15:5 as well.
Muscles may ache and joints hurt, and life may slow down a bit. But inwardly we can be “renewed day by day” (2Cor 4:16). No matter how old we get, we can still be young at heart— but with the benefit of a well-lived lifetime of knowledge and wisdom. So ponder this SLM.
” Faithfulness is God’s requirement; fruitfulness is His reward.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 2nd June 2021.
(Col 1:3-18).
In Colossians 1, Paul wrote to people who had come to know Jesus Christ and whose lives showed evidence of their faith. He used a powerful word picture to describe what God had done for them all. Read verses 13-14 once again slowly.
In Christ, we have been rescued! He has taken us from danger to safety, from one power and destiny to another, from death to life.
It’s worthwhile pondering all that being rescued means to us, as we thank God for His grace and power. Consider then, this SLM.
“Those who’ve been rescued from sin are best able to help in the rescue of others”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 4th June 2021.
(Phil 3:8-16)
In life, it’s very important to focus on what matters most. In Philippians 3, Paul describes how that relates to the Christian. Rather than being distracted by lesser things, He wanted us to focus on what mattered most. See vv.13-14.
“One thing I do”.
In a world full of distractions, it’s vital for the child of God to stay focused, and there is no better point of focus in the universe than Jesus Christ himself. So ponder this SLM.
“We live most effectively for Christ when we keep our eyes on Him.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 24th May 2021.
(Psalm 13).
Sometimes it is hard to really know whether to label life’s circumstances as good or bad.
At times, it’s hard to see how God is working. His mysteries don’t always reveal their secrets to us, and our journey is often redirected by uncontrollable detours. But perhaps God is showing us a better route.
To make sure we benefit from what may seem bad, we must recognize and trust in God’s “unfailing love” recorded in v.5. In the end, we’ll be able to say “I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me” (v6). So here is a SLM to start this week.
“We may not be able to control events, but we can control our attitude toward them”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 26th May 2021.
(2 Tim 2:1-7).
Paul urged Timothy not to let anything slow him down or distract him from the cause of his Lord and Master. Sadly,today, many believers allow themselves to become “overly” entangled with, hobbies, sports, TV, computer games etc, all of which can easily impede the purpose for which God created us: to share the good news of Christ, serve Him with our gifts, and bring glory to Him. If you are wanting to please God, then don’t let yourself get overly entangled with this world’s affairs (v.4).
If you genuinely desire to please the Lord Jesus you’ll want to stay untangled from the world. See 1John 2:17.
So ponder this SLM.
“Although we live in this world, we must declare our allegiance to heaven.”
Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 28th May 2021.
(Psalm 34:1-10).
When we read the words “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (v.8) we can be sure that God wants us to “savour” His presence. He allows us to gain intimate and satisfying knowledge of Him. And when we meditate on His Word, we will draw out a deeper understanding of who He is. See Ezekiel 3:1-3. As we taste His goodness and love, He will reveal the distinctive flavour of His creativity, holiness and faithfulness.
Our Father must look on with great enjoyment as we learn how to enjoy and savour Him. So ponder this SLM.
“Our greatest privilege is to enjoy God’s presence”.
Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 17th May 2021.
(Luke 18:9-14).
All of us can become trapped in a circle of comparing ourselves to other people.
But when we look at Jesus as our example of holy living and encounter His goodness firsthand, like the tax collector, our desperate need for God’s grace is magnified (v.13). As we experience the Lord’s loving compassion and forgiveness, we will be forever changed and empowered to expect and extend mercy, not condemnation, to others. So think on this SLM.
“When we realize the depth of our need for mercy, we can more readily offer mercy to others”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 19th May 2021.
(Psalm 139:1-12).
It’s comforting to know that God loves us with a deep familiarity. See v.4. So just imagine having a quiet talk with Jesus where you are telling Him the deepest matters of your heart. Just when you are struggling to get the words out, He gives you a knowing smile and expresses exactly what you couldn’t quite say. How good it is to know that we don’t have to get our words just right to talk to God! He loves us and knows us well enough to understand. So ponder this SLM.
“God looks past our words to our hearts”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 21st May 2021.
(Psalm 63:1-8).
Sometimes in our devotional reading we treat God’s Word like an express buffet. We wolf it down as fast as we can and wonder why we haven’t learned very much. Like physical food, our spiritual food needs chewing.
David’s desire was right when he wrote in Psalm 119:15, “I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. That’s the way to treat God’s Word—to take time to mull it over”.
Let’s not come to the Bible as if we were going to an express buffet. Only as we meditate on it, will we get the most value for our spiritual well-being.
So ponder this SLM.
“Reading the Bible without reflecting is like eating without chewing.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 10th May 2021.
(Luke 5:1-11).
Simon Peter’s obedience is remarkable. His willingness to trust Jesus was rewarded. Not only did he catch a large number of fish, He gained a much deeper understanding of who Jesus is. He moved from calling Jesus “Master” in v.5 to calling Him “Lord” in v.8.
Perhaps God is calling you to “let down your nets again”. May we reply to the Lord as Simon did: “Because You say so I will”. So ponder this SLM.
“Our obedience to God will guide us through the unknown and draw us closer to Him”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 12th May 2021.
(Matthew 6:1-6)
Underlying the teaching of Jesus in Matt 6:1-6, I believe, is His desire for us to live with an unrelenting, selfless devotion to Him. The Bible calls us to good deeds and holy living, but these are to be acts of worship and obedience (v.4-6), not orchestrated acts of self glorification (v.2). The Apostle Paul endorses this whole-life faithfulness when he pleads with us to make our bodies “a living sacrifice” in Romans 12:1.
May our private and public lives speak of such wholehearted devotion and commitment to the Lord. So ponder this SLM.
“The more we serve Christ,the less we will serve self”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 14th May 2021.
(Col 4:2-6).
Paul urged the followers of Jesus in Colosse to “be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (v.5-6).
As those who have freely received God’s grace, it is our privilege and calling to demonstrate it in every situation of life–win or lose.
So ponder this SLM.
“Gracious words are always the right words”.
…Pastor Ross.