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Tuesday’s Torch 532

Tuesday’s Torch 532

April 16, 2019

 

Revelation 3:20 states “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and ​​​open​ the door, I will ​​​come​ in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

 

A lot of times in life we will seek the Lord, sometimes very enthusiastically, wanting to know and follow his will for us. And as soon as he gives us the direction that will be best for us, we snatch the control back.  Consider that in the context of the scripture just referenced. Here we are willing to hear the Savior, he appears at the door, knocks and we open the door. Upon seeing his smiling face, his arms held out, seeing the marks in his hands where he paid the cost of our sins, shortcomings and even pains, can you imagine then slamming the door in his face?

 

Or last week we discussed taking his yoke upon us and that when we do that He will ease our burden and also lead us down the right path. Do we take his yoke upon us, he lifts our burden and then as he starts leading us a direction we don’t want to go, we say “Nevermind Jesus, that’s not what I want to do. Give me back my burden and let me continue in my path, I don’t need your guidance”

 

There is so much danger in this. I’ve done it many times in my own life. Go to church, receive inspiration and be determined to change, to finally live righteously and then just as quickly switch it up when temptation comes calling. Our ability to withstand temptation is directly related to our steadfastness in keeping the commandments. As we do what is right, we can withstand temptations and resist sin far more easily.  Keeping the commandments is also the way that we are even worthy to hear the voice of the Lord.

 

So often in the past I would find myself pleading with God and wondering why I’m not getting an answer, why is He not responding to my pleas or why is he not helping me only to realize exactly why: I wasn’t living worthily. Something was standing in the way of my being able to feel the spirit or receive the answer I was seeking. It wasn’t that he wasn’t hearing the prayer or even that he wasn’t answering it, I just could not receive the answer while not living the commandments.

 

We all have agency that allows us to choose for ourselves what we will do.  I am still trying to more fully trust in the following that I have learned, our agency is best used by turning it over to God. When we try to control everything by ourselves, we are extremely limited in what we can accomplish. Our options are limited. When we decide to align our will with Gods will, when we decide to keep his commandments as fully as possible, to live his Gospel as completely as possible, our agency is magnified. The things that God can do are not limited by our mortal limitations.  That’s why the scripture says that with God, All things are possible.  He doesn’t just say “All things are possible”, he says that with Him, all things are possible.  Because again, he is not limited.

 

There is a picture on the wall at my church of Christ knocking on a door. My kids have now learned the following when they see that picture. I ask “what is this picture”, they say “Jesus knocking on the door. I ask them what do you say and they excitedly answer “Come in Jesus”.  Let us all strive to answer “”Come in Jesus”.  Right now.  I messed up so many things in my life by thinking something along the lines of “I’m just doing this wrong thing for now and I’ll repent later and live the Gospel completely later.” In essence telling Jesus to go away and come back later and I would welcome him in.  Don’t do that. Trust me. Do not do that!

 

Because the door he was knocking on then may have been what you thought was the door to a happy home.  The next time he knocks may just be after everything has been turned upside down due to the consequences of those actions while planning to do the right thing later.

 

I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. A lot of big decisions to make. My messages haven’t been nearly as happy and as sweet or nice as those delivered by Tim. I am going to strive to bring more happiness and hope to these devotionals. But while my buddy Tim could stand as a shining example of how to live and what to do. By contrast my experience stands in many cases as a warning of what not to do. And that is why I share what I share. So that if any of you are on a path that will lead you to somewhere you don’t want to go, maybe I can somehow help you not do that. So to anyone reading or listening to these words. Open the door now. Tell Jesus to come into your life now. Don’t be like I used to be. Don’t say that you’ll make everything right later. If you do, you might as well be slamming the door in the Saviors face. The way I did so many times. Don’t do that. Please don’t do that. In the name of Jesus Christ who stands at the door and knocks, 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

 

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Tuesday’s Torch 531

Tuesday’s Torch 531

April 9, 2019

 

Many of us are tired. We’ve been traveling around with a weight on our shoulders. Maybe a pain in our hearts. Carrying grief that is hard to bear. Perhaps something really eating and gnawing at us. Something we wish we could do but see no way to accomplish it.  Is that a fair guess?  I know for me it isn’t a stretch at all to say that life is hard and I want things to improve and change but it’s so challenging and difficult.  How do I continue when I just want to crawl inside a hole and come out when difficulty is past?

 

Well. This is where the goodness of the Gospel comes in. The blessing of the scriptures can truly help.  The words of Christ as recorded in the Bible state the following:

 

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

Who of us is heavy laden?  Obviously I can’t hear your answer but I feel like many if not most of us fit that description. Are you tired, frustrated, hurting?  Turn to Jesus Christ.

 

First off let’s get a proper image of exactly what a yoke is. When you wish to have a couple animals pull a plow or a cart. The yoke is a wooden crosspiece that you place over the neck of two animals so that they can pull as a team, to share the load one with another.  So needless to say if you wish to be yoked to another, who better than the Savior?

 

So as He is saying to take his yoke, he is basically saying “join me and I’ll make this task easier for you, I’ll help you! I will work along side you.”   The amazing thing is that he has already borne all of our difficulties through the Atonement. So as we take his yoke upon us, the hardest part of the work is being and has been done by him. Let him ease the burden.

 

Another important thing here is that He invites us to learn of him. That He is meek and lowly in heart.  Be humble. Be meek. Learn about the Savior. Emulate him.  This is true strength. As we strive to align our path with Christ, we will find that those things once considered impossible, aren’t just possible, but often times are downright a certainty.  What can stand in your way when yoked with Jesus Christ?

 

Are you exhausted? Is your soul weary? Mine is. I’m not ashamed to say that I am straight up worn out. I’ve been struggling. I’ve been suffering anguish down to my core?  Would I like a little rest for my soul? Oh wow that sounds nice. So that promise we are given that as we yoke ourselves to the Savior and become more like him, we can receive rest for our souls, what a promise!!  Sounds mighty nice.  Doesn’t it?

 

It’s time for action brothers and sisters. Let us all strive to emulate the Savior. Let us all embrace the offer he extends to us. If we are willing to yoke ourselves to the Savior he is willing to carry the weight for us. But when you’re yoked together with one so strong, you will go where he wants you to go.

 

So as we are deciding what to do: If you wish to receive help, you would emphatically express to the Lord your willingness to join with him and you will say to the Lord, “I’ll go where you want me to go!”

 

Choose the right. Do what is right. Even if it seems hard. God knows it’s hard. God knows it is impossible to do on our own. That’s why he sent his Son!  We must turn to him. It is the only way for true and everlasting happiness. Anything we try to do on our own or in our own way will fall short, it will fail. But with the help of the Son of God, not only can we do it, but we will do it.

 

Right there in his scriptures is the promise.  Don’t take my word for it?  Don’t trust in me, I’m just sharing his message. Jesus Christ is the one who saves, the only one who saves us. It is in him that we must place our trust. He will pull us through whatever we find ourselves caught up in and weighed down by.

 

God is great. The Savior is real. As we rely on him, our burdens will be lifted, our pains will be eased, and the mountains that seem to be standing in the way, they will be moved.  They will crumble to the sea. And that is the truth. And I share that truth in the sacred name of our Lord and Savior 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

 
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Posted by on 04/09/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 530

Tuesday’s Torch 530

April 2, 2019​

I would like to venture into the Old Testament tonight.  I’ve been talking a lot recently about God being able to do all things.  That nothing is impossible with God.  I would like to discuss the following situation where the prophet Elijah went up against the prophets of the idol Baal.  In 1 Kings Chapter 18 Elijah is contending with the people and here is the story straight from the King James Bible. I had considered paraphrasing but I think it best to quote it.  ​

“.. if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.​

22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.​

23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:​

24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.​

25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.​

26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.​

27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.​

28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.​

29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.​

30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.​

31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:​

32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.​

33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.​

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.​

35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.​

36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.​

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.​

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.​

39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.”​

This is a very powerful story, a very powerful example of what God can do.  Now i’d like to use this story to describe what He can do for us personally.  In this story, Elijah prepares the sacrifice to be burnt, and then proceeds to dump barrel after barrel of water onto it.  Drenching it so much as to make it seem practically impossible to burn the sacrifice, but God does it.  Sometimes we have put ourselves into situations where we don’t think God can reach us.  Sometimes we feel like we are too far gone, that we ourselves are drowning, that there is no way that God can save us.  Or even if we feel like he can save us, we think that he won’t.  Because after all, sometimes the situation is of our own creation.  ​

Maybe we can’t feel the same fire we once felt, maybe our testimonies have weakened due to pain, sadness, heartbreak, loss, or just letting the world get to us.  Maybe we have our own idols that have taken a place above God in our lives?  Many of us may fall prey to the idols of popular opinion, or listen to the words of some celebrity or political figure, others may simply feel like we know better than God what is best for us?  Really, whatever it is they place above God and righteousness can be an idol.​

But I testify to you tonight that God can still reach you.  God can still do what needs to be done.  So even if you’ve dumped a proverbial 12 barrels of water on yourself, even if you’ve isolated yourself, even if you’ve gotten yourself caught up in any manner of unrighteousness.  Call out to God and he can light a fire in your heart right this moment.  He can burn through whatever nonsense may be causing you grief at this moment. ​

He can shine a light that no amount of darkness can blot out.  I’m just going to put this out there.  Nothing can stand against our God. If you need help, get help.  If you feel lost, you can be found.  If you feel hopeless, you can regain that hope.  If you feel broken beyond repair, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can heal you, and fix you.  He is the one to turn to if you need saving.  God is real.  God loves you!  God loves me!  He sent his Son for us!  ​

Accept that gift.  Allow this power into your life.  The same God who sent fire from heaven to show that He was God, will send a fire into your heart!  ​

Do you wish to get back to some previous level of belief?  Have you never had a testimony of Jesus Christ and wish to receive one?  Are you on a road that is leading you farther away from the Savior?  Have you let sadness and loss bring you down?  Pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ and ask for his help.  He will not turn you away.  He will send his power to be with you.  He will lift you up. Of this I so testify 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

 
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Tuesday’s Torch 529

Tuesday’s Torch 529

March 26, 2019​

My family is extremely important to me.  My children give me so much happiness and joy.  They are truly the greatest blessing their mother and I could have ever been given by our Father in Heaven.  I wish to give them the very best of everything.  The times that I am with them are the times that I feel the most alive.  When I am forced by circumstances to not be able to be with them, it  pains me greatly.  ​

Tonight I was blessed to have a family night with my children.  We opened with a prayer, had a few fun activities, watched a powerful Gospel message and discussed it, sang a childrens hymn and closed with a beautiful prayer delivered by my sweet little girl.  It was wonderful!  ​

Which leads me into what I would like to discuss that I feel is of significant importance in this day and age.  Family Prayer. I will quote words from The Cornerstones of a Happy Home which I recently read which states, “I know of no other practice that will have so salutary an effect upon your lives as will the practice of kneeling together in prayer.  The very words, Our Father in Heaven, have a tremendous effect.  You cannot speak them with sincerity and with recognition without having some feeling of accountability to God.  The storms that seem to afflict every marriage become of small consequence while kneeling before the Lord and addressing him as a suppliant son and daughter.  ​

“Your daily conversations with him will bring peace into your hearts and a joy into your lives that can come from no other source.  Your companionship will sweeten through the years. Your love will strengthen.  Your appreciation one for another will grow.”​

“Your children will be blessed with a sense of security that comes of living in a home where dwells the Spirit of God.”​

I would also like to share this scripture that I feel has special significance for families who seek the Lord together.  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”​

This verse shows us that as we come together righteously in the name of Jesus Christ,  we will be in the presence of the Lord.  In today’s day and age, with the world trying to destroy our marriages and families, with many of us joining the attack from within, how much of a blessing and benefit would it be for us to spend time each day joining together and praying in the name of Jesus Christ and thereby welcoming him into our homes and our families? Especially in times of trouble?  In the words of a Casting Crowns song, “If we’ve ever needed you, Lord it’s now, Lord it’s now!”  ​

I would like to express this feeling to each of you who hear these words.  Do not wait.  Do not waste one more moment.  Get on that straight and narrow path!  Pray to God the Eternal Father in the name of his Son Jesus Christ for the help you need for yourselves, and for your families. ​

In the words of a hymn that I love, “Oh, how praying rests the weary! Prayer will change the night to day. So, when life gets dark and dreary, Don’t forget to pray.”​

May God bless each of you. May God bless your children.  May God bless your marriages and families.  This is my hope, my prayer, and the reason for my message this night, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, the one who makes all things possible, 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

 
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Tuesday’s Torch 528

 

Tuesday’s Torch 528

March 19, 2019

 

Today was a very difficult day for me. Some good parts but other extremely challenging parts. I’ve had lots of regrets about mistakes of the past. Sadness over the consequences for me and others. Things I wish I had known how to fix sooner.  What I wouldn’t give to be able to go back and make some changes. But time travel is not really a thing that we do.

 

With that said, let us move into the scriptures. In the New Testament,  Paul discusses having a weakness of the flesh that he asked God to remove from him. The response is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

 

I have said far too much far too many times about my issues in the past. I’ve expressed fear that those who know of my weaknesses and mistakes will see me as a hypocrite and thus shrug off any advice that I might give. To disregard what I share because, well, it is coming from me.  To any who are of that mindset, my apologies, but I’m pleasantly surprised that you’re even reading and/or watching this devotional.

 

But as we read in those words spoken to Paul, God’s grace is sufficient for us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. As He works to turn our weaknesses into strengths he is able to show forth his miraculous healing powers. Truly all things are possible.

 

My friend Tim Sader had some tremendous physical challenges. Typing the torch each week had him using an onscreen keyboard and highlighting and clicking each individual key using the computer mouse. Yet anyone who read the torches that he wrote can attest to several things: what a great man, what wonderful words, what an inspiration, and how we all miss him so much.

 

I’m trying my best to reach out and share positive messages. I’m trying to use the weaknesses and challenges I have overcome and the ones I am still working on as evidence that anything is possible.  It would be amazing to be able to jump on here every Tuesday and with a smile on my face declare how everything has turned to Gold in my life. How all is well and maybe even hop up out of my wheelchair and jump up and down for joy.

 

But as I used to sing in a silly song I taught to my kids that lists the other members of my family as being able to jump but not daddy, I’m not gonna do any literal jumping. However, despite the fact that I’m still waiting for some blessings that may never come I do celebrate and my soul jumps for joy that God has provided a way for my weaknesses to be made strengths. That one of these days he can manifest his power to others through me. And that he can do the same through you.

 

Whatever your weakness, limitation, disability, addiction or just anything that you have to work through God can show his strengths through you as you acknowledge your weaknesses, fight through them, overcome them and let your light shine!

 

We don’t have to give in to our temptations and weaknesses. We can win!Help is available and God will be with us every step of the way. The Atonement is real! The price for our mistakes has been paid. The pain that we feel from them, that pain has already been felt by the Savior. So as you, or me, or any of us feel like nobody truly understands what it is like to be us, there is One who does know. Jesus Christ is our Savior. He is who makes it possible for us to overcome anything that is holding us back!  All things are possible due to his sacrifice on our behalf.

 

Accept the gift he has given. Repent. Turn to him. Turn your sins over to him. Turn your weaknesses over to him. All your limitations, addictions and burdens, give them all to the one who freely offers to take them for you, who already has. I don’t speak as one who has been able to fully do this. I beat myself up every single day over things I wish I could go back and change. I hope it doesn’t make me a hypocrite. That it just makes me the same as everyone else that is trying their best to make it through.

 

Join me in renewing that effort to let Christ’s atonement work in our lives. God bless each of you. I leave my prayers that you will be guided and directed to do those things that God would have you do. Be strong in the Gospel! Make righteous decisions so that you may glorify your Father in Heaven. Put him first. 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

 

 
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Tuesday’s Torch 527

Tuesday’s Torch 527

March 12, 2019​

Years ago I was making a decision to be baptized. The Holy Ghost confirmed to me that it was the right thing to do. I was being attacked on all sides while making this decision because Satan didn’t want me to make that righteous choice to follow the Savior.  I was baptized and not once have I regretted it. ​

When I was prompted to move over 2,000 miles away from home to attend college, I decided to act on it. At one of the last possible moments another school opportunity that I had been waiting on to open up, did. However, I knew that while it was a good option, it was simply the adversary trying to tempt me away from doing the thing I knew was right. ​

I chose to move away from home and attend school. Instead of the certificate I would have earned at the program in my home state, I received a Bachelors. On top of that I received so many blessings by being able to learn and grow. Satan did not want that. ​

I don’t tell these stories to pat myself on the back. I tell these to point out times that I have actually made righteous decisions that have worked out well for me. ​

There are many other times in my life that righteous promptings have worked out. Some as simple as acting on the impulse to offer to help someone out. Some of the promptings did not come directly to me but instead were given to me by inspired leaders. Acting on some of that guidance brought me the greatest blessings in my life.  God is righteous. God is good. As we seek to live a Godly life we will be blessed!​

Now of course comes the shift in this message. The warning.  I’ve been blessed beyond belief when I have chosen to live righteously. But there have also been so many times that I have went that other direction. Times when even though I knew what would be the right thing to do, I still chose the other path. Many times thinking that it would be ok, it wasn’t that bad, or that I would simply repent later and everything would be ok. I made bad decision after bad decision and cost myself many of my greatest blessings. ​

In fact, I will say here and now with complete confidence that I have not one time ever been blessed by a single sin I have committed. They have all, every one came back to haunt me. Sure, at the time it can seem ok, sometimes you might even think it is joy or happiness. Yet Galatians 6:7-8 states that we are to: ​

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” ​

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”​

In these verses it clearly points to the lesson that I foolishly, stubbornly and painfully had to learn for myself. Maybe I could have saved myself a lot of pain had I taken this verse to heart years ago. But I didn’t. But there’s always today and there is always tomorrow. For me, for you, for our families. ​

Be righteous. Be good. Serve the Lord and do things that are pleasing to God. I promise you that is what will bring true and everlasting happiness. Don’t be like old stupid Bobby. Don’t think that you can just do whatever you feel like and it will work out. Don’t think that you can do things that you know are wrong and still be blessed. Don’t think that just because you’re a pretty good person, that people like and sometimes love you, that people think highly of you that you can get away with not trying to do better. ​

For whatever we sow, that is what we will reap. So what is it we really wanna get out of this garden of life? Cause if you plant righteousness, you’ll get true happiness and joy in return. But if you plant sin or unrighteousness?  Brothers and Sisters, you do not want that harvest. Trust me. You do not want that harvest. Because it is misery and woe. ​

But I want to end on a positive note. It’s not too late. No matter what you have done, no matter what you are doing right now or what you’ve got planned to do. Turn to God. Turn to the Savior Jesus Christ. Let him have control. If you have to shout “Jesus take the wheel” or put “He Reigns” also known as Our God is an Awesome God on repeat to remind yourself, do it. Turn to prayer. Turn to the scriptures. Turn to repentance. Turn to God, who is your Father in Heaven, and who loves you. He will help you. He will bless you. And when that roll is called up yonder, you’ll be there. We will be there. 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

 
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Posted by on 03/12/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 526

Tuesday’s Torch 526

March 5, 2019​

I have had a lot of struggles over the past year. I’ve had some significant down moments. I have struggled at times to understand why certain things have happened the way they have, what my purpose is and how I could make the righteous desires of my heart a reality. I’m still seeking some of this information. But as I try to figure this out I need to remember the source of truth. Proverbs 3:5-8 says to:​

“5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.​

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.​

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.​

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”​

In those verses we see that it is God who will guide our paths and direct us. And we know that God will only direct us in righteousness. How do we obtain that direction, by standing in holy places and seeking it through earnest prayer, pondering and scripture study. None of these sources are enough by themselves. God gives to those who both ask and listen for the answers but also to those who seek the answers in his words, the scriptures. ​

I have leaned on my own understanding many times. Other times I have pridefully pitted my will in opposition to the Lords will which has led me to make plenty of mistakes and believe me, there are times I feel like a hypocrite but I would be dodging my responsibility to avoid topics just because I have at times been guilty of them myself. ​

This portion of scripture tells us not to think too highly of ourselves but to fear the Lord and depart from evil. I think of this version of fear as the fear you’d have of a righteous Father here on earth. Where a child is so longing for praise and would never want to do anything to disappoint him.  He sees us and knows our actions and we want to make him happy. We will be rewarded greatly. ​

So exactly what is our benefit and what is our reward from following this counsel to turn from evil and put our trust in the Lord by following his teachings completely? We will receive health to our naval and marrow to our bones. We will be strengthened to be able to withstand all the challenges life throws at us and then ultimately the end result is eternal life, the greatest of blessings. We should never allow ourselves to lose sight of eternity. We don’t even need a bracelet to remind us of what Jesus would do if we make righteous decisions that you’d be proud to stand before your Heavenly Father and make.  ​

There are some aspects of that verse that have special meaning to me that I won’t fully go into but they really caused this group of verses to stand out to me.  Some of you will pick those out and others won’t, but my hope is that it gives you reason to read through them and ponder on anything that stands out to you.​

It is my prayer that as we seek answers to the questions we have, as we seek guidance on how we are to live and what decisions we are to make. May we seek righteousness, may we avoid evil, may we be granted the gift of discernment to know right from wrong. Always and forever. 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

 

 
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Posted by on 03/05/2019 in Torches