RSS

Tuesday’s Torch 552

 

Tuesday’s Torch 552

September 10, 2019

 

Hey!  I’m back with another Tuesday’s Torch.  Due to the hurricane last week there was a slight interruption but we are back up and running so to speak. Tonight I’m gonna share a message from the Old Testament, one of my favorites because almost nobody even realizes it is there, but it teaches a good lesson and to be perfectly honest, it’s impossible to read without smiling and almost breaking into laughter.

 

Ok, the scene:  Balak is afraid of the Israelites and so he asks Balaam to go and curse them so that they won’t cause problems for him.  God tells Balaam not to do it, because they are blessed.   So he refuses to go along with the unrighteous plan.   Balak then sends even more respected princes to meet with Balaam and they offer him riches and honor and all sorts of things if he will go with them and do what they want instead of keeping the commandments of God.  So let’s join the story, we will start in Numbers 22 verse 22 onwards:

 

21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

22 And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the Lord stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.

23 And the ass saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

24 But the angel of the Lord stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.

25 And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again.

26 And the angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.

27 And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

28 And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.

30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.

31 Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

32 And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:

33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the Lord, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.”

 

After this he actually went on to go against Balak and do what God told him to do, which was to bless the Israelites rather than curse them.

 

Some things stand out.  Balaam was willing to say no when the first request was made, because he knew it was contrary to the commandment of God. Yet as the perceived reward of riches and honor were increased, suddenly he started being a little more willing to follow an unrighteous path.

 

I know I’ve followed some really stupid paths in my life in search of rewards that at the time seemed to be desirable but looking back were just temptations that led me farther away from God and farther from where I should have gone.  But the blessing of the Gospel provides us a way to correct our mistakes and change our course when we go down a wrong path.

 

And now the part of the story I’m looking at is that, umm, the ass was the voice of reason.  And since donkeys don’t have the reputation of being wise animals, it’s not a stretch to say that the dumb ass was the voice of reason.  And if that dumb ass could be the one to see the angel of the Lord, and see that the path they were following was not the right one; and if that dumb ass could turn from the unrighteous path, then we all have hope. And for that I am so personally grateful.

 

Now brothers and sisters, I hope you enjoyed this torch.  I hope you got something from it.  And one other thing from this story that I find so crazy.  This dude was so determined to follow the wrong path when his ass began talking that he actually argued with it!   Didn’t freak out and go running away or falling down in shock, he didn’t fall down until he saw the angel.  He just got mad and started arguing with a talking donkey!  Really?    Look.  If God sends you a voice of warning that comes in the form of a talking, dumb ass, pay attention and listen, don’t argue.  Like for example, the torches that I’ve written since I took over for Tim.  Same type of thing basically.  Alright.  Y’all have a blessed week and always make sure you’re staying on a righteous path.  Righteous paths are the ones that don’t require going against the commandments of God.  Trust me on that.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 09/10/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 551

 

Tuesday’s Torch 551

August 27, 2019

 

So we’ve all seen movies or television shows where someone gives themselves a pep talk in the mirror.  Most of us have probably done this either out loud or at least silently.  I know I have.  It can be a great thing but it can also be hard to keep the same level of focus and determination that we have at that moment throughout the day and week when we aren’t all hyped up and looking ourself in the mirror.  So we forget maybe not who we are, but we forget who it is we are trying to be.  I’m going to share a few verses now and touch on an experience I had this week and what I learned from it.

 

James 1:22-26:

 

“22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.“

 

These verses express basically that we don’t need to simply talk about all the great things we want to do or that we believe, we have to do those things. By living them we will find ourselves remembering who we want to be because we will be that person at all times.

 

This week I slipped up and made what I thought was an innocent “that’s what she said” type of joke while trying to be funny. It’s the kind of thing I’ve always tended to laugh at on shows like the Office and whenever I hear the type of comment made. I’m not proud of it and it is something I’ve strived really hard to remove from my sense of humor.

 

But on this one occasion I didn’t, I made the stupid remark, the person didn’t immediately see what my joke was referencing so I laughingly explained “oh, because you said this….”.  It was just so stupid.

 

They instantly took offense and demanded I not speak that way and so I apologized and gave a weak excuse about what a rough day I had and that I was just trying to be funny.  And said that’s not the type of person I am. That was pretty much the end of that conversation and a big status got posted that without naming my name was about me and what a terrible horrible person I apparently am because of a comment.

 

For a couple days I’ve thought how the person completely overreacted and how it was just a joke and I didn’t mean any offense by it and trying to excuse myself. But after some more thought and then this verse I found.  I messed up.  I didn’t bridle my tongue in that moment and I will try harder moving forward.  It’s not up to me to decide if someone overreacted to something I said when it shouldn’t have been said to begin with.  I have to hold myself to a higher standard.  And dare I say we all should.

 

What good is my religion and my faith if I don’t live it?  What good will preaching and sharing these messages accomplish if I even once in a while I chuckle out some stupid innuendo joke?  That verse says it is in vain if we don’t control what we say.  So moving forward, I’ll forgive myself for my mistake as we all are supposed to do when we repent and try to do better, but I will take the lesson with me. It’s not always the best thing to go out and announce the things we do that are wrong, but in this instance I felt that it deserved shedding some light on due to the lesson it can teach.  The lesson that it taught me.

 

I’m not perfect, never claimed to be.  But I do know that God lives, that our Savior lives, and I will forever strive to become more like him.  This week and that momentary lack of self restraint to not make a stupid comment has helped to highlight exactly how far I have left to go. But I’m going to continue on the righteous path anyway, please stay on the path with me or join me if you’ve found yourself straying the course.  Maybe we can help each other make it in one piece!  Let us be more than hearers and speakers of the word, let us be doers!  That is my hope and my prayer, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 08/27/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 550

Tuesday’s Torch 550

August 20, 2019

 

There is a kids song that most of us know, about the wise man and the foolish man. It talks of building on a rock vs sand.  A lot of people kind of view this song as being one about the difference between believing in Christ vs not believing in Christ.  But if we look at the verses that song is based on we will realize that is not the case at all.  Let us read in Luke 6:46-49:

 

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”

 

So in these verses we realize that both the wise man and the foolish man believed in the Lord to some degree, sought out and heard the instructions given, yet the wise man did the right thing and actually applied the principles in his life. Thereby building upon the rock.

 

There is so much quickness to accept wrongdoing because “nobody is perfect” or many who wrongly feel like simply believing in the Savior is all it takes. The foolish man in this story though, was one who probably gave the impression of being a believer, but who was not actually living those beliefs.

 

The verses that we turned to show that If we want to stand strong against the storms of life we have to not just know that God lives and loves us. We can’t just know that Jesus Christ paid for our sins. We need to follow his teachings. All of them, to the best of our ability!  Otherwise, whatever we build will simply be washed away when the storms of life come calling.

 

So please, brothers and sisters, let us all build off the foundation of living righteously!  Following the teachings of the Savior.  And if you’ve got anything going on that you know isn’t right, fix it or the ruin of your house will be great.  Trust me.  Rebuilding after making that mistake is so much harder than not making the mistake to begin with.  God will help you either way though as we strive to keep the commandments and make righteous gospel-centered decisions.

 

While this home-building story doesn’t go the next step of saying this, I will point out. Nowhere does it say that this foolish man can’t change his ways. Nowhere does it say he can’t rebuild the house that crumbled by following the proper method of building on a sure foundation of rock by actually doing what the Lord commands. The wise and foolish man in this story can absolutely be the exact same person at a different point in time.

 

No matter where you may be or what you may be doing, it is never too late to do the right thing and start digging deep and building a solid foundation.  The sooner the better.  Trust me on that.  And I leave this with you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 08/20/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 548

Tuesday’s Torch 548

August 6, 2019

 

I wrote a Torch with some warnings and other things in it but I’ve changed my mind on what to share.  This will probably be the shortest message ever.  I’ve been on vacation with my wonderful children and my parents the past few days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Tonight I would simply like to express that God loves us, and He is so great to us.  He sent his Son for us!

God wants to bless us, and all he asks in return is that we strive to live righteously!  Even in the midst of trials and hardships he stands ready to help us and make sure that we have blessings along the way to keep us going.

As we turn to him, all of our righteous desires enter the realm of possibility.  Will they all come true? Probably not. But as we do what is right, they are possible.  And we will have enough.  So count your blessings, strive to do what is right, seek after righteousness and God will provide for you.

My family is a tremendous blessing to me. My children prove to me that God is there and He loves me and that the decisions I made that helped lead me down the path to be their father were the right ones. I thank God every day for them and for all the wonderful memories I’ve made with my family and friends and pray for each of us to have more experiences that teach us that all things are possible and help us more completely feel the love of God and our Savior more abundantly. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 08/06/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 547

Tuesday’s Torch 547

July 30, 2019

 

Good, better or best?  Seems like a no brainer, right?  A lot of us are at different places on this journey of life and in our Christianity.  We all have our own set of circumstances and challenges.  But I understand that to an extent, doing a weekly devotional like this is often times what is considered “Preaching to the choir!”.   Lets face it.  There are certain people who will read this type of thing or search it out and watch it on YouTube.

So I’m going to gear this message tonight towards those who are striving to live righteously and doing a pretty decent job of things.  I’m not saying any of us are perfect or that we can let down our guard, it’s quite the opposite.

Let’s take a look at the adversary. Satans primary goal and purpose is to lead us away from God, to lead us away from Christ and to lead us as far as possible away from anything good, better or best.  He has a lot of really wicked ways and devices with which to ensnare us?  The world is full of enticing things.  Plenty of evil things.  But what happens when you can’t be reached with the evils of the world? Does he give up?  Oh no. Never.

He moves to the next battle he hopes to win.  If he sees us on the path to what is best, he will try his hardest to pull us down a step or two.  We may see something as a good thing, but when there is something better or when the best is available, Satan does not want us to strive for that.  He convinces us that we need to settle. That we need to just accept that what would be best is no longer an option. That we have already messed up too badly or made too many mistakes. And then he can convince us that good is good enough. And then maybe shift us down to being accepting of average, that’s the “everyone is doing it” mentality.  As followers of Christ we are not to be average. We are not to give less than our best efforts nor are we to strive for less than the best and most righteous desires!

But Satan keeps attacking and gradually we are willing to accept less and less, we become complacent and rather than seek out and strive for best, we accept anywhere from ok or good, and sometimes when all is said and done we are stuck somewhere far different than our righteous goals would have led us.

Some may ask me, so isn’t good, well good? And I say yes, it is.  But let’s put it into a comparison. Let’s say you really enjoy listening to Christian music?  You do it everyday. That’s an amazing thing to do.  But when it’s a time that you’ve set aside to study the scriptures, is listening to that music still good? Yeah. But wouldn’t it be better to go ahead and crack open those scriptures and read the word of God directly?  And what if you’re reading your scriptures and someone asks what you’re doing?  You could respond, “just reading” and abruptly get back to it.  Is reading the scriptures still good, and still better at that point in time than simply listening to uplifting music? Yeah. But would taking the time to discuss what you are reading, why you are reading it and sharing what the gospel of Jesus Christ means to you be best? Absolutely!

Satan would love for us to stay caught in the good of listening, or the better of reading, than for us to get to the level of discussing and teaching and spreading the message of love and hope offered by a knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Good, better and best situations can cover so many aspects of our life. People can lose sight of seeking best when they accept less as good enough.  Or the most they can hope for? Or sometimes we can get caught up in the lie that we deserve less because of past mistakes or current challenges.  Get your life right and strive for the best.  Don’t let Satan tell you that you’re not good enough or that you’re not worth it. We have discussed in prior weeks that you are worth it and that you are good enough!  For best. Not just good. Not just slightly better, but absolutely best!  That requires effort and dedication and obedience to the laws and commandments of God.  And when we start living like that, that is what Satan is scared of.  He will stop at nothing to prevent us from getting to that point. So he will either put stumbling blocks in our path or just lull us to sleep as we focus on all these good things and give up on the better and best.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Satan is out here giving good things.  I’m simply saying he will cause us to lose sight of the things of eternal importance over things that are of significantly less rewarding.

It is my challenge for each of us, myself included that we seek righteousness. Psalms 4:5 says “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” As we strive to righteously seek out and obtain what is truly best and of eternal value, we will be blessed. And remember that straight is the gate and narrow the way.  Always choose what is right. Trust God and live righteously! I share this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 07/30/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 546

Tuesday’s Torch 546

July 23, 2019

 

I would like to tell a story from my life real quick. Back in 1994 I was attending summer camp with my a bunch of friends, one of which was Tim Sader. Our brothers were also there but I’m pretty sure they were in a separate cabin. Anyways. I had this little cassette Walkman at the time and I had headphones for it but also a really small set of speakers that would plug into it.  So I showed up at summer camp with this cassette player and a grand total of one cassette that I listened to over and over that entire week of camp and probably the entire summer.  Counting Crows album “August and Everything After”.

I drove Tim and everyone else crazy listening to that thing.  And obviously I had every single word memorized. For years we looked back and always joked about that cassette and how much I listened to it.  Yesterday I actually had it on my mind and so I tracked down the songs online and listened to it, and wouldn’t you know it, I still knew every single word, the timing and tempo, every song from the very beginning notes.

I can’t help but imagine that maybe had those song lyrics not been up there, maybe something more beneficial could have stayed with me all those years.

That got me thinking even farther, knowing the Torch was coming up today. Before I share a short scripture, I don’t want anyone to think I’m saying we shouldn’t listen to awesome music like that album which is still one of my favorites of all time!  Just bear with me.

The things that are really important and enjoyable we invest time in. I spent hours upon hours listening to that cassette which is how I learned every single part of it.  I enjoyed it. And that knowledge is still there for me to dip back into whenever I hear one of those songs starting up.

How amazing would it be if all of us could remember our favorite scriptures and gospel stories with such exactness?  Where if we just caught the first couple words of it could recite the remainder?

So again, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with loving your favorite album, unless it’s a boy band or something. Haha. I’m just playing. But seriously. Listen. I’m just saying that as we learn to treasure the scriptures with that same excitement and that same eagerness, we will be able to recall the Gospel principles that we learn from them more readily.   I’m working on it myself. I’d love to be able to recite more scriptures exactly rather than paraphrase them. I’d love to be able to hear someone mention a verse or a bible story and go “Oh yeah, that’s in such and such chapter of this book.” It’s something to aspire to.

No matter where on the scale you are with regards to scriptural knowledge, there’s room for improvement. There’s room for more excitement and determination. I’m not saying to stop enjoying everything else and only read the scriptures. I’m just suggesting make the things of eternal consequence more of a priority and that we treasure them more, because “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” -Matthew 6:21.

So to everyone who is reading or listening to these words, let’s get to it. Let’s all strive to put more of the Gospel and more verses of scripture into our minds. Let us feast on those words in a similar fashion to how we jam out on our favorite music or binge watch our favorite shows. Let’s make our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ more of a central part of our lives and the lives of our families. Let’s make sure our hearts are set on the things that really and truly matter the most!  I share these thoughts with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 07/23/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 545

Tuesday’s Torch 545

July 16, 2019

 

So often we can get caught up in this feeling that once this thing or that thing happens, that we will be able to do something better or that things will be easier. For some challenges we feel like they will go away once we receive a sought after blessing.

 

Sometimes we think that once we get in a more stable financial situation it’ll be easier to be generous. Or that when we finally get a promotion at work or a new schedule that we can dedicate ourselves to Gospel living. There are so many options and ways that we can rationalize to ourselves that we will do a certain thing at a later time when it’ll be easier is crazy.

 

I’ve experienced first hand how thinking that challenges will go away once a certain goal is accomplished is crazy. There’s always another part to it that we often don’t see coming.

 

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have goals and hopes for ourselves or that we shouldn’t plan ahead for once things happen for us. But from a Christian standpoint, if we are to live the life of a faithful believer after something, we had best be living the life of a faithful believer before that sought after answered prayer.

 

Mark 10 gives us an example of how we are to seek the righteous desires of our heart as well as what to do once we receive that blessing. Blind Bartimaeus was sat alongside the path the Savior was walking and cried out so loudly and with such intensity that even the disciples were telling him to be quiet.  But this man knew and had faith that Christ was the one who could help him.  Christ then invited this man to come closer. In verses 51 and 52 of Mark 10 we read that:

 

“Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

 

Bartimaeus exhibited great faith in the Savior and it was after this showing of faith and belief that the Savior provided the miracle he sought. Would he have received it had he stayed silent? What if he had stayed home and only hoped to receive his sight?  Most likely not. So like him, we need to pray for the blessing we seek. And we need to act. To show God that we mean what we say. We’ve probably all prayed something like “If you give me what I want, I’ll do better, I’ll be better.  How many of us make the choice to do better and be better even without the blessing? How many of us hold to our commitment after receiving a blessing?

 

So what do we learn from this story? The ending states that Jesus told him “go thy way” yet after being healed, the man followed Jesus in the way. This man hadn’t been able to see, yet even with all of what he could have left to see, all the sights he had been missing out on, he followed the Savior.

 

The Savior has invited us to follow him. Having faith in Him and striving to follow Him in the way is what we should all be striving for.  Whether we are seeking a blessing or have already received it.  We should look to the Savior. We should follow Him and do those righteous things He would have us do. No matter what. No matter how hard or how easy things seem to be.  It is my prayer that we may all seek the righteous desires of our hearts with faith in the Savior and remember him as we are blessed according to the will of our Father in Heaven. And I leave these words with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 07/16/2019 in Torches