Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 8th August 2022.
(Ephesians 6:10-18)
Many folk can quote scripture but still not know much about the Bible.
While knowing the Bible reference is helpful, hiding God’s Word in our hearts is what is truly the most important (Psalm 119:11). Memorizing Scripture allows us to have it in mind so we can ward off Satan’s attacks (Eph 6:10-18). For instance, when the Devil tempted Jesus in the desert, Christ withstood him by quoting the Scriptures. See Matt 4:1-11. Likewise, when we are tempted to disobey God, we can recall what we’ve learned and choose to obey. We can share the teachings of the Word with others to encourage them to trust Him too.
No matter what time of day it is, we should always take the spiritual armor of the Word of God with us. So ponder this SLM:-
“No evil can penetrate the armor of God.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 10th August 2022.
(1 Peter 4:7-11)
(1 These 5:11).
When life gets a little frazzled we need to stay close to friends.
In his first epistle, Peter was writing to believers who needed one another because they were suffering for their faith. In a few short sentences in Chapter 4, Peter mentioned the need to receive and give “love, prayer, and hospitality” (vv.7-9). He also included the need for believers to use their spiritual gifts to minister to one another (v.10). In other passages, we’re encouraged to comfort each other with the comfort we’ve been given by God (2 Cor 1:3-4) and to build each other up in love (1 These 5:11).
Although Jesus is our best friend, when life gets difficult and we get frazzled, also staying close to our Christian friends will help us to get through. So consider this SLM:-
“Staying close to godly friends helps us stay close to God”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 12th August 2022.
(2 Tim 3:10-17).
We’ve all heard the words “recalculating” from our car GPS navigation device.
Second Timothy 3:16 describes the Bible as a spiritual navigation system for our journey through life. Read it slowly again. Doctrine tells us which road to travel; reproof tells us when we are off the road; correction tells us how to get back on; instruction in righteousness tells us how to stay on God’s road.
The mistakes and choices that detour us from the Lord are not to be taken lightly. But failure is seldom fatal, and few decisions are final. The moment we veer off on our own, the Holy Spirit is “recalculating” and urging us to return to the Father’s way.
If we’ve drifted off course, there’s no better time than right now to heed God’s voice and return to His road. So ponder this SLM:-
“To stay on course, trust the compass of God’s Word.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 1st August 2022.
(2 Cor 11:22-12:10)
Too often, in life we tend to run from challenges. Yet the people we love to read about in the Bible are impressive because they battled challenges. Consider Paul. With the confidence of God’s help, He faced troubles head-on and conquered them. Christ’s promise to Paul and to us is: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. See 2 Cor 12:9.
In the confidence of God’s care we can say to the next challenge: Bring it on! So ponder this SLM:-
“If God sends you on stony paths, He will provide you with strong shoes”.
….Pastor Ross
Shedding Light Moment 3rd August 2022
(Jeremiah 18:1-6).
It is amazing what a master craftsman can do with what others might view as useless.
That is how God works in our lives. He is the greatest Master Craftsman of all, taking the wasted pieces and broken shards of our lives and restoring them to worth and meaning. Jeremiah described this when he compared God’s work to that of a potter working clay. See verse 4.
No matter what messes we have made of our lives, God can remold us into vessels that are good in His eyes. As we confess any sin and submit ourselves in obedience to His Word, we allow the Master to do His redemptive work in our lives (2 Tim 2:21). That is the only way for the pieces of our brokenness to be made whole and good once again. So reflect on this SLM:-
“Broken things can become blessed things if you let God do the mending.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 5th August 2022.
(Acts 9:1-9) (Jeremiah 29:11).
Sometimes older buildings that are no longer viable find new life and purpose because someone sees potential in them. If that can happen with old buildings, why not people?
Think about these men in the Bible whose lives took unexpected turns. There was Jacob, who wrestled with the angel of the Lord (Gen 32); Moses, who talked to a burning bush (Ex 3); Paul, who was temporarily blinded (Acts 9). Their stories are different, but all had a change of purpose when their encounter with God sent them down a new path.
We too may experience times that change the course of our lives. But God reminds us of this: I loved you before you loved me. I want to give you hope for the future. Give all your worries to me because I care about you (1John 4:19; Jer 29:11; 1Peter 5:7; John 10:10).
As you cling to God’s promises, ask Him to reveal new direction and purpose for your life as you serve Him in your church. Then reflect on this SLM:-
“Keep your eyes on the Lord and you won’t lose sight of life’s purpose.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 25th July 2022.
(Romans 8:31-39).
The world in which we currently live seems to be but a heartbeat away from a major world conflict and there are still a great many dangers that scare us—and some of them are spiritual. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that our battles are “against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” These are mighty foes indeed, but God has given us His very own protective love. See Romans 8:35, 38-39 and the spiritual resources of His armour (Eph 6:13-17).
The result? While we face very powerful enemies that perhaps threaten our security, “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”(Rom 8:37).
In our heavenly Father, we have true security. So ponder this SLM:-
“Safety is not found in the absence of danger but in the presence of God.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 27th July 2022.
(Romans 14:13-19).
Where you live has a way of making certain demands on how you live.
It’s important to remember that God has placed us into “the kingdom of the Son”(Col 1:13). Living in His neighborhood means there are life- transforming behavior patterns that should clearly reflect our spiritual location. This is why Paul reminds us that God’s kingdom is not about arguing and bickering over earthly stuff but about “righteousness and peace and joy(v.17). Living by God’s right standards, living to be a peacemaker, and living to be a source of joy in all of our relationships are what kingdom life is all about. And when we live like this, our lives please God and bless others(v.18).
Sounds like the kind of neighborhood anyone would love to live in! So ponder this SLM:-
“If you’re part of the kingdom of God, it will make a difference in how you live”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 29th July 2022.
(Luke 10:38-42).
Do you happen to be caught up in the frenzy of a busy life?
If so, then pause and consider Jesus’s words to Martha in verses 41-42. Please take the time to re-read and reflect on them slowly.
Notice Jesus’s gentle words. He didn’t rebuke Martha for wanting to be a good host but rather He reminded her about her priorities. Martha had allowed what she considered to be necessary to get out of proportion. And, in the process, she was so busy doing good that she didn’t take time to sit at Jesus’s feet.
In our drive to be productive for the Lord, let’s remember the one thing worth being concerned about–enjoying time with our Saviour. So please reflect on this SLM:-
“Whether a Martha (or a Mark), Jesus longs for our fellowship even more than we long for His”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 18th July 2022.
(1John 4:7-21).
In 1John 4 the word love occurs 27 times, and God’s love through Christ is cited as the source of our love for God and for others. Reflect on verses 10, 16, and 19.
God’s love is not a slowly dripping tap or a well we must dig for ourselves. It is a rushing stream that flows from His heart into ours. Whatever our family background or experiences in life– whether we feel well loved by others or not–we can know love. We can draw from the Lord’s inexhaustible source to know His loving care for us, and we can pass it on to others.
In Christ our Saviour we are well loved. So reflect on this SLM:-
“Nothing is more powerful than God’s love.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 20th July 2022
(Luke 12:22-34).
When our children were young, my wife Cheryl and I enjoyed our family vacations at Huskisson at beautiful Jervis Bay. Sometimes we would spend hours creating impressive sand castles but it was only a matter of time until the tide would wash away all our hard work.
We often make the same mistake in life, spending lots of time and energy building our own little “castles” of stuff and basking in our accomplishments only to find that what may have seemed worthwhile in the end may just prove to be worthless.
In Luke 12, Jesus said “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (v.34). In other words, the way we spend our time and resources says a lot about our eternal perspective. As the old hymn goes, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last”. So what will you do today that will last for eternity? We would all do well to think on this SLM:-
“God wants you to spend your time and treasure building His kingdom, not your own”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 22nd July 2022.
(Exodus 31:1-5)
(Ephesians 2:10)
The secret to any final product is the craftsman’s touch. God also values the craftsman’s touch. When the tabernacle was built, He chose a craftsman by the name of Bezalel and said of him: “I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship”.
Today God dwells in the hearts of all those who believe. Yet the call to craftsmanship has not ended. Now each individual believer is God’s own “workmanship”(Eph 2:10). The Master Craftsman is the Holy Spirit, who chips away at flaws in our lives to make each of us like Jesus(Rom 8:29-29). And as we yield to His workmanship, we will find that the secret to the final product is the Craftsman’s touch. So ponder this SLM:-
“The Father gave us the Spirit to make us like His Son”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 11th July 2022.
(Psalm 56).
Avoiding unpleasant circumstances is not as easy as one thinks. Life’s realities cannot be avoided. We may try to run and hide, but struggles and trials have a way of dogging our footsteps and in the end they catch up with us.
Instead, we should face up to our problems. The psalm writer David did this when beset by false friends and persistent foes. He didn’t try to minimize his danger; instead, he acknowledged the storm that was raging around him and looked to the Lord. He wrote, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid”(v.4).
Let’s then follow David’s example. Facing up to life’s difficulties may at times be a very frightening experience. But when we trust God and draw close to Him, we’ll experience real deliverance. So give thought to this SLM:-
“When troubles call on you, call on God”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 13th July 2022.
(Romans 12:9-21).
When the apostle Paul gave instructions about how to truly exercise our gifts as members of the body of Christ, he affirmed the value of supporting roles in vv.3-8. He began by saying that we should have a realistic opinion of ourselves (v.3), and in verse 10 he concluded with a call to genuine, unselfish love. Or, as J.B Phillips rendered it, “a willingness to let the other man have the credit.”
Our gifts and abilities come to us from God’s grace and are to be used, by faith, in love and service for Christ—not for our own personal recognition(vv.3,6).
May God grant us the ability to embrace with enthusiasm the supporting roles to which He calls us. The ultimate goal is His glory and not our own. Consider then this SLM:-
“The Church works best when we see ourselves as participants, not as spectators”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 15th July 2022.
(Luke 15:11-24).
Whenever anyone decides to run his or her own life ignoring godly guidance and chooses to ignore the instruction of God’s Word, invariably it results in a pig’s dinner.
It always shocks me when someone who professes to know Jesus chooses a life that rejects God’s clear teaching. Whether the choices include sexual sin, addictive substances, a lack of ambition, or something else, any action that leaves God out risks ending badly.
If we ignore clear biblical morals and neglect our own relationship with God, we can expect trouble. Luke tells us that the wayward son turned things around after he came to his senses(v.17). Keep your senses about you. Live for God by the guidance of His Word— unless, of course, you have a hankering for the pods. So please ponder this SLM:-
“If sin were not deceitful, it wouldn’t seem delightful”.
…Pastor Ross.