Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 27th June 2022.
(Philippians 4:1-9).
For whatever reason some Christians get their names up in “lights”. But I am sure there are thousands of other believers who fill an important niche in the work of the Lord, even though they may go their entire lives without being noticed by the people of their generation. But like those unnamed believers Paul just called “the rest of my fellow workers,” their “names are in the book of life”(v.3), and the Lord will reward their service (Col 3:23-24).
You may be caring for a person with a disability, helping to distribute food to the needy, or teaching a small class of people without anybody noticing. You are an unheralded champion, except in the sight of God! So ponder this SLM:-
“No service for Christ is ever really insignificant”.
…..Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 29th June 2022.
(Matthew 6:19-24).
In today’s reading, Jesus cautioned His hearers about living for riches and urged them instead to lay up their treasures in heaven. Then He illustrated His warning by referring to “the lamp of the body”, the eye (v.22). If our focus is on spiritual things, we will be full of light. But if we live for earthly riches, we will become filled with a dark light, which He described as great darkness.
Money can brighten our lives to some degree, but it cannot heal broken hearts, remove guilt, or bring inner peace. It is too dim to satisfy our deepest spiritual longings.
Only Christ can illumine the soul with the light of salvation. Let’s live to please Him. Any lesser light will leave us in darkness. So ponder this SLM:-
“Some people have plenty to live on but nothing to live for.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 1st July 2022.
(2 Cor 10:3-6).
Viruses enter our computers when we open what we think are innocent emails.
Sin resembles a computer virus. Satan wants to destroy Christians by infecting their minds. But the apostle Paul urged the believers at Corinth to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (v.5).
Just as we let a virus into our computers, we also let darkness into our lives when we open ourselves unthinkingly to the godless messages that permeate our culture. We let down our guard and hardly notice the sin that infects our minds.
But by confessing our sin, reading God’s Word, and praying, we build a firewall, or barrier, to safeguard our minds. With the help of the Spirit, we’ll keep our minds from becoming unwitting hosts for unwanted guests. So ponder this SLM:-
“Guard your thoughts as you would your wallet”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 20th June 2022.
(Joshua 24:14-25).
Joshua knew that a meaningful life must have a clear purpose. “Choose!” he urged his followers (v.15). If you’re not going to live for God, then decide against Him. If you are going to live for God, then let your life reflect that decision. But whatever you do, decide! Joshua made it clear that he and his family had made their choice to serve the Lord (v.15). For him, life was not an amusement park, but an arena where the important decisions had to be made.
So what about you? If you don’t choose to trust Christ and serve Him, all you will have to show for the living of your days will be a loud fizzle. So ponder this SLM:-
“If you decide not to choose, then you’ve already made the wrong choice”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 22nd June 2022.
(Psalm 106:1-15).
Many people pray to God in a time of crisis but forget Him when it is passed.
Psalm 106 contains a serious warning against dismissing God from our lives, (as if that were possible). Israel had a tendency to take the Lord’s mercies for granted, and God called that rebellion (v.7). They ended up with malnourished souls because they chose to ignore Him (v.13-15). What a lesson for us!
Anticipate great things from God, but don’t expect Him to come to your beck and call. Instead, be at His beck and call, eager to fulfill His will.
Let’s ask God to be with us through life’s dark passageways. But instead of simply dismissing Him when our special needs are met, let’s cling to Him as if our lives truly depended on it. They do!…So consider this SLM:-
“Do you pray for what you want, or for what God wants?”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 24th June 2022
(Romans 12:1-8).
Two siblings can grow up in the same home. They may look similar yet be gifted in different ways. For instance, one may be a violinist and the other a bricklayer. But here’s the reality:
If you want to build a house, don’t look for a violinist. And if you need someone to play the violin in an orchestra, don’t hire a bricklayer. No two of us are exactly alike, and no one ever possesses every gift. In that way, houses get built and music gets played.
In the church, God has gifted us in very different ways, too. Our responsibility is to exercise the spiritual gifts that He has given us. When we do, we build each other up in the faith, and there is harmony in the body of Christ. So ponder this SLM:-
“There are no unimportant members in the body of Christ”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 13th June 2022.
(2 Tim 4:13-18).
As we age we tend to have difficulty with our memories.
Paul was in prison awaiting execution when he wrote to Timothy: “Bring…my scrolls, especially the parchments”(2 Tim 4:13). He knew the importance of keeping his mind filled with God’s truth. All of us need to do that every day of our lives.
But Paul’s confidence wasn’t in his books. It was in God, who would lovingly care for him and preserve him for His heavenly kingdom (v.18). That’s true for all of us, even if we can no longer read or remember. So think on this SLM-:
“Memory may fail, but never ever God’s promises.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 15th June 2022.
(2 Cor 4:16-18).
When the apostle Paul encouraged the church at Corinth, he wrote a litany of his own very real trials and tribulations. To gain perspective, he shifted his focus to the eternal. “Our light and momentary troubles,” He said, “are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” See verse 17.
In some ways, our perspective is more important than our experiences. Paul continued: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen” (v.18). Our sufferings will diminish in importance when compared to the glory that awaits us. So give thought to this SLM:-
“The supreme need in every hour of difficulty is a vision of God.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 17th June 2022.
(Psalm 121& Psalm 4:8).
As Christians, we may confidently commit both the night and the day to our ever-faithful God. He is fully aware of our fears in the dark as well as our frustrations in the light. We can be assured of His constant care.
Perhaps you face lonely hours because of illness or loss. The shadows of night make the anxiety of your situation seem greater than ever. Doubts arise and fears flood your soul, robbing you of your needed rest.
Trust the heavenly Father, and you will be able to say with the Psalmist: “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord make me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8). Remember, God is always awake.
Consider then this SLM:-
“If you have trouble getting to sleep, try resting in the Lord.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 6th June 2022.
(Acts 17:22-34).
When visiting the city of Athens the apostle Paul saw an altar with the inscription: “To An Unknown God”. Paul knew the God of whom the men of Athens knew nothing and and presented Him as the “Lord of heaven and earth”. See vv.23-24. But he didn’t stop there. He also called for repentance, for the world would someday be judged with justice by Jesus Christ.
We don’t need to go through life searching for an unknown god, for the One true God has already revealed Himself to us through His Son. The moment we turn from our sin and accept Jesus as our personal Saviour, we come to know the Creator Himself.
Do you know Him, or is He still unknown to you? Give thought then to this SLM:-
“In creation, God shows us His hand; in redemption, He shows us His heart”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 8th June 2022.
(Psalm 90:1-12).
The Psalmist said that if we want to gain a heart of wisdom, we need to start numbering our days, whatever our age. See v.12. The best way to number them is to make sure that our life is patterned each day after the example of Jesus. Only then can we anticipate that our life will not be lived in vain.
I have a friend who, when he leaves this world will be fondly remembered by the words: HE PRAYED.
Of the thousands of verbs in our language, by which one are you likely to be remembered? He served. She cared. He supported. She praised. What if dishonouring verbs are linked with you because of thoughtlessness or selfishness? He cheated. She complained. It’s not too late to repent and trade those descriptions in for Christ honouring ones. Then trust God to build them into your character. That’s the best way to number your days! So ponder this SLM:-
“Living for the Lord leaves a lasting legacy”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 10th June 2022.
(Romans 12:9-21).
In ancient Israel, the priests were instructed not to let the fire on the altar go out. See Lev 6:9, 12-13). This required a lot of work, not the least of which was collecting firewood in a land not known for its dense forests.
Some scholars see the fire on the altar as a symbol for the flame of our devotion for the Lord. Spiritual passion is not something to be treated lightly or taken for granted. It will grow cold if we fail to keep it supplied with fuel.
The apostle Paul addressed the subject of spiritual fervour in his letter to the Romans (Rom 12:1-2, 11). To keep the fire of our devotion burning strong, we must continue the hard work of stocking our fuel supply with hope, patience, steadfast prayer, generosity, hospitality, and humility (vv.11-16). Consider this SLM:-
“Our love for Jesus is the key to spiritual passion”.
….Pastor Ross.