Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 23rd May 2022.
(Romans 5:1-5).
The hope we read about in Scripture is not some vague, wishy-washy pie-in-the-sky optimism. Instead, biblical hope is a strong and confident expectation that what God has promised in His Word He will accomplish. Tribulation is often the catalyst that produces real perseverance, then character, and finally, hope (Romans 5:3-4).
With the change of influences about to take place in our land Christians may well expect to face some very tough times as Christian beliefs will come under severe challenge.
So just remember this tried and tested truth that many have found true: “Faith thrives when there is no hope but God.”
(See Rom 8:24-25).
Then give thought to this SLM:-
“Christ, the Rock, is our sure hope.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 25th May 2022.
(Hebrews 11:23-31).
Sometimes the real implications of our choices are hard to anticipate. And we sometimes think only in the moment.
According to Hebrews 11:24-26, Moses looked ahead and made a choice based on possible consequences. Read those verses again, reflectively.
Moses’ choice wasn’t easy, but its rightness was clear because he knew that the troubles he faced for godly living would be made bearable by his coming reward. As we look ahead, are we willing to bear
“disgrace for the sake of Christ”—the tough times that come with being associated with Jesus—in exchange for the promised reward of pleasing God? Ponder this SLM:-
“If we depend on Christ for everything, we can endure anything”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 27th May 2022.
(Genesis 5:24)
(Hebrews 11:5).
In Genesis 5:18-25 we learn that Enoch lived 365 years and that he “walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away”. We don’t know much else about Enoch other than he walked with God.
Obviously, that means, he came to love what God loves and hate what God hates. More interesting, though, the Lord was pleased with Enoch (Hebrews 11:5). One day, He must have said something like: “Enoch we’ve come a long way together. Why don’t you just come on home and stay with Me?” The ancient writer simply reports in Gen 5:24: “Then he was no more, because God took him away”.
The Lord still looks for those who will walk with Him. What a privilege for us! The One who is the Creator of the cosmos, the Ruler of heaven, and the Redeemer of mankind seeks our friendship. Are we seeking His?
Consider then this SLM:-
“The closer you walk with God, the less room for anything to come between”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 16th May 2022.
(Psalm 55:1-8).
Like the psalm writer David, when we’re facing pressure, grief, mistreatment, or hardship, we might wish we could sprout wings and fly away. But Jesus offers a better way. Rather than fleeing our struggles, He invites us to flee to Him. He said in Matt 11:28-29, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest…learn from me…and you will find rest for your souls.”
Rather than wishing we could fly away and escape life’s problems we can bring them to Him. Escape cannot give us rest, but Jesus can.
Ponder this SLM:-
“God gives us the strength to face our problems, not to flee from them”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 18th May 2022.
(Psalm 8:1-9).
As Christians, we are privileged to know the Creator of the vast universe. So when we study a tiny wildflower or marvel at the vastness of the Milky Way, we are reminded of the One who made all of it. In a deeply personal expression of praise, the Psalmist wrote, “O Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth” (Psalm 8:1).
How much more wonderful the marvels of this world appear when we know the One who made them all!
One poet expressed it this way.
“The wonder of creation speaks/ To everyone in different ways,/ But only those who know the Lord/ Can for His handiwork give praise”.
So ponder this SLM:-
“All creation points to the almighty Creator”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 20th May 2021.
(Philippians 2:25-30).
Epaphroditus was a spiritual brother in Christ, a faithful worker who shared ministry efforts, a brave soldier of the faith, and the carrier of the inspired letter to the church at Philippi. He modelled brotherhood, a work ethic, spiritual endurance, and real service. Certainly he had a well-deserved reputation that showed he lived by faith in Jesus Christ.
Even more important than our name are the Christian qualities that are seen in our life: dependability, care, encouragement, and wisdom. What words would you like others to use to describe you? So give thought to this SLM:-
“If we take care of our character, our reputation will take care of itself!”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 9th May 2022.
(Matthew 6:1-6).
Underlying Jesus’ teaching in vv.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 real worship and obedience (vv.4-6), not orchestrated acts for our 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 moments speak of our devotion and our wholehearted commitment to you, Lord. Give thought then to this SLM:-
“The more we serve Christ, the less we will serve self”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 11th May 2022.
(Romans 12:9-16).
In Romans 12:15, the apostle Paul challenged us to look outside our own experiences to the need of others. He said, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep”.
If we rejoice only in our own victories, we miss the wonder of celebrating the power of the Lord, who desires to accomplish His purposes in and through others as well. If we mourn only our own losses, we lose the great opportunity to “be there” for those who are hurting by showing them compassion.
Life is filled with the extremes of joy and sorrow, victory and defeat. But we have been given the privilege of entering into those moments in people’s lives to see the grace of God at work. Don’t miss it!… Reflect then on this SLM:-
“Looking to the needs of others honours Christ.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 13th May 2022.
(Hebrews 11:17-32)
Hebrews 11 has in it what could be termed as “Second Chance Champions”–those who failed yet came back strong for the Lord.
Abraham, often willful and impatient in waiting for the son God had promised, demonstrated amazing faith in offering up Isaac in v.17. Jacob, the schemer who stole his brother’s birthright and blessing, became a man of faith who blessed his children and worshipped God (v.21). Moses spent forty years in Midian before leading God’s people out of Egypt (vv.24-28).
Our past mistakes do not necessarily exclude us from again serving God. His best for us is that we turn away from our sin, learn from our failures and begin anew to follow Christ. That’s the way to be a “Second Chance Champion”. So reflect on this SLM:-
“Champions of faith are people who have learned from their failures”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 2nd May 2022.
(Psalm 37:3-11)
(Romans 8:28).
God has specific purposes and plans for us, and His timing is always perfect.
We see that timing in the life of these Bible characters: Abraham’s servant prayed for a wife for Isaac. God answered his prayer by bringing the young women to him ( Gen 24). Joseph was sold as a slave, falsely accused, and was thrown into prison. But eventually God used him to preserve many people’s lives during a famine. See Gen 45:5-8; 50:20. And we marvel at Esther’s courage as Mordecai reminded her, “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
Are you presently disappointed in the pace of God’s plans? “Trust in the Lord”. See Psalm 37:3. God will open doors when the timing is perfect. So ponder this SLM:-
“God’s timing is perfect– every time!”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 4th May 2022.
(Ephesians 6:10-20).
(Matthew 24:44).
Being prepared is important in so much of life.
Likewise, the Bible tells us we must prepare ourselves spiritually as well. We do that by putting on spiritual armour to protect ourselves from spiritual attack; Ephesians 6:10-20; by preparing our minds for holy living; 1Peter 1:13; by making sure we’re always prepared to answer questions about the reason for the hope we possess; 1Peter 3:15; and by ensuring that we are ready for the promised return of Jesus (Matt 24:44).
How well prepared are you for what lies ahead? Unsure? Ask the Lord for His help and guidance. Then ponder this SLM:-
“Spiritual victory comes only to those who are prepared for battle.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 6th May 2022.
(1 Cor 6:12-20).
For those of us who have accepted Jesus as Saviour, there was a day when He took up residence in our heart. As Paul put it, our body is “the temple of the Holy Spirit” (v.19), a reality that indeed has huge ramifications. His residence in our life is intended to transform us to live in a way that brings glory to Him. Our relationships, the way we serve our employer, how we use our money, how we treat our enemies, and everything else in our lives should reflect the wonderful reality that royalty lives within.
Has anything changed since the Lord Jesus came into your heart? Does your world notice, or do they think He was just passing through?
Ponder then this SLM:-
“If Jesus has taken up residence in us, the world should notice a lasting change”.
…Pastor Ross.