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Tuesday’s Torch 589

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 589

May 26, 2020

 

 

Tonight I asked my kids what I should talk about in the  torch and they both pretty quickly came up with the topic of “Love”.  They are truly wonderful kids and such a great blessing from God for which I am eternally grateful.  So I pondered the suggestion a little bit and decided to share the following verses. Mark 12:30-31.

 

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

 

These verses cover the two great commandments.  I think that the order they are given is very important.  First and foremost we are to love the Lord our God. As we strive to keep this commandment and as we love God, it will make keeping the second of these great commandments even easier.

 

We are told elsewhere in the New Testament that if we love the Lord we will feed his sheep.  His sheep and our neighbors are absolutely one and the same.  We are also told that if we love him we will keep his commandments.

 

Its hard to love everyone.  I’m still working on that as I’m sure we all are.  The love of God is so incomprehensible to us because as we live and go through trials we will undoubtedly deal with those who treat us in ways that don’t quite line up with love. In these times perhaps we should reflect back on how much we love the Lord and remember him.  As we think about the sacrifice he made for us, yes even for whoever it was that has seemingly or absolutely has done us wrong, maybe it will make keeping this second commandment even a tiny bit easier.  Every little bit helps, right?

 

Brothers and sisters, it is my hope that we can all grow closer to God and learn to love him more fully.  I pray that we may love one another with more fullness as well.  It’s not always easy.  But the things that are right are quite often the hardest things to do.  But choosing the right and keeping the commandments is always and forever going to be best.  And I share this message 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 05/26/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 588

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 588

May 19, 2020

 

 

Things have been crazy for a while now.  And not just here but all over the world.  Even people who have always considered themselves to be calm people have been anything but.  Some who have considered themselves prepared for hard times quickly discovered they weren’t.  People made mad dash scrambled to buy up anything and everything they thought they’d urgently need during a pandemic.  Especially it seems toilet paper and paper towels.

 

Through all of this there are others who did remain comparably calm.  Most of those few are individuals and families that were actually prepared.  Those with food storages, those with savings and everything set up to fall back on in tight times.  Now I don’t bring this up to throw off on those who may have been caught off guard and who found themselves less than prepared or who have fallen on hard times.  I bring this up to shift into our short but important message for tonight.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:2-8 states the following:

 

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”

 

This is one of many references in the scriptures that speak of the time when the Savior shall return.  I’m not sharing this as a “The end is near!” message written on a cardboard sign, but just to call attention to the fact that spiritually we should all be preparing and studying so that we don’t have to try and make a mad dash journey seeking whatever our personal equivalent of spiritual toilet paper is when any hard times come that challenge us spiritually.

 

And that isn’t just a second coming situation.  We are hit with trials and difficulties out of the blue so often.  I know I’ve personally been blindsided at times.  Had I been in a stronger and better place spiritually some of those situations would have never happened and those that still would have would’ve been easier to survive.

 

So brothers and sisters, let us all work on ourselves spiritually, let us all learn and grow.  Let us do this so that we will be prepared spiritually for whatever spiritual challenges we are faced with.  Whatever spiritual murder hornets if you will, may be sent our way by the adversary.  Let us turn to our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ to help us be prepared.  Let us study the words found in the scriptures.  Let us be prepared and let us have that Hope of salvation referenced in the verses we read tonight.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

 

 

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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 05/19/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 587

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 587

May 12, 2020

When thinking of what to share tonight I came across some great verses to share. Recently I had decided to rethink the way that I was praying.  I realized that I had been seeking blessings that I wanted and for things to work out as I thought would be best.  On several occasions since then I’ve focused prayers on specific people and their needs and it has a profoundly different impact when I do.

 

Obviously I don’t mention that to brag as I still tend to offer up many that are focused on myself.  Not that it’s a bad thing to pray for the things you need and even simply want.  But anywho.  I’m getting a little sidetracked with disclaimers.  The verses I would like to share come from a great intercessory prayer that Christ offered on our behalf.

 

John 17:13-17 states:

 

“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

 

Contained in these few verses are a couple huge details, huge blessings that Christ wishes for us.  There at the beginning he expresses for us to share in his joy!  And we can share in the joy that through his infinite atonement we are all eternally blessed.

 

He points out that absolute truth that ofttimes the more dedicated we are to living the truths of the Gospel the more we seem to be hated in the world at large.  Keeping the commandments and following the Savior are viewed as uncool, unpopular, unnecessary, outdated or downright treated as foolishness. But we know better.  And if not, we should know better.

 

But you see he says that we are hated because like him we are not of the world.  The difference between being in the world and of the world is a big thing.  We can’t take ourselves out of the world, and in these verses the Savior doesn’t ask that we be removed, but that we be protected from evil.  That is a blessing he wants for us and we do our part to help that blessing be a part of our lives by living righteously so that we may be led by the spirit more fully.

 

The final blessing in this portion I have shared is that we be sanctified.  The Merriam Webster dictionary lists the first two definitions of sanctify as 1) to set apart to a sacred purpose and 2) to free from sin.

 

Both of these are very special blessings.  By stating in these verses that we are not of the world in the same way that Jesus himself was not of the world he is making it known that more is expected of us.  We can rise to meet that expectation and how do we do that?  By seeking truth.  The Lord in this wonderful prayer for us points to the word of God as the truth.  And those truths are what sanctify us.

 

I really love that second definition of the word sanctify:  to free from sin.  I am eternally grateful for that blessing as I have needed that saving grace so often in my life and I know and testify that we can repent and be forgiven for our sins and shortcomings and not only will the Savior free us from our sins and weaknesses, but he will help us to turn our weaknesses into strengths.

 

Study the word.  Study the truth.  Be in the world but brothers and sisters do not be of the world.  We are called to be more.  Rise up to the call and become more like the Savior.  That is true joy and happiness.  Of these things I so testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

 

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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 586

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 586

May 5, 2020

Strength.  I’ve been contemplating true strength.  What it is and how to achieve it.  Some of us can fight against our physical limitations and boundaries and build on it.  Others can’t.  Some take their pride and self confidence in direct relation to physical strength.  Many idolize their favorite athletes and fighters based on this strength, and skill and ability.  But true strength, the strength we should seek, where and what is that? Let’s read a couple verses.  2 Corinthians 10:2-5 states:

 

“But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

 

Many times in my life my anger and temper has gotten the best of me and I’ve wished to take matters into my own hands.  In some of these cases I think my physical circumstances have been a blessing in disguise to keep me out of trouble and to keep me from going down a pathway that wouldn’t lead anywhere remotely close to a path of righteousness.

 

These verses highlight how in order to be righteous, while we are in the flesh, our battles and as we “go to war” so to speak, we do that in the spirit. We do that through the power of God and through our Savior Jesus Christ.  We bring all of our thoughts and impulses under control and align them with the will of God.  That is true strength and what we should all be seeking.

 

And those we look up to?  Those we wish to be more like?  How do we grade ourselves?  Verse 7 asks and answers the following:

 

“Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.”

 

Outward appearances can easily hide the truth.  Some we view as strong may be weak and some who are weak may be strong.  We are told that our weaknesses may be made strengths.  I believe it is in this way.  That by our choices and by our goals and the aspirations of our hearts, we become strong through Christ.

 

Let us all make sure those we look to as our examples of strength are examples of strength through Christ.  That is the true and lasting strength.  That is the strength and power that once built upon, will grow and stand forever.

 

So let me challenge each of us, if your own personal war begins today, are you prepared to go to war?  How can you more fully build spiritual strength?  If it were physical, those who could would build muscle, or train in different weaponry, or different forms of martial arts.  But this spiritual warfare will depend on our willingness to follow the Savior, and keep his commandments, and study his words and emulate him.  So that we may have an outpouring of true spiritual power that our Father promises to us as we seek to do his will!

 

May we all find and build true strength. May we all study the scriptures, and pray and learn the ways to grow in the Gospel.  May we all be more like the Savior.  In whose name I share this message, even 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 585

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 585

April 28, 2020

 

There are some things that I have repeated many times since I have been doing these messages.  Probably more times than anything else has been that with God all things are possible.  While lots of messages have dealt with overcoming difficulties in life I have tried to share messages of help and hope.

 

We have discussed how our God is a God of more than enough and that the Savior has paid for not only our sins and transgressions but that he felt our pains as well so that He knows how to help us and understands what we are going through at all times, because he felt them himself.

 

Tonight’s message is a short one.  I’ve had people ask me how I can continue to have hope despite all of my challenges and circumstances.  In this world I can point to my wonderful children and other family members that are a tremendous blessing.  From a spiritual side of things, knowing that we have a loving Father in Heaven and that his Son is our Savior is amazing.  Where is the source of the knowledge that brings me such hope?  The scriptures are a large part of that.  Romans 15:4 says:

 

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

 

Hope is what we are to have as we patiently learn and study the scriptures.  I love the wording contained in that verse that says “comfort of the scriptures “. It’s a very simple promise that we will be comforted if we turn to the scriptures, we could all use more comfort, I know I can.  Sometimes as I’ve prepared these devotionals I feel a bit selfish, because I feel like preparing and sharing them is helping me far more than it could possibly be helping you.

 

So I would like to issue a prayerful challenge and request.  I’m sure many of you are already studying and reading as much as, if not more than me, if so keep it up!  Keep receiving all the hope that you’re gaining.  For those who aren’t reading and seeking these things out for yourselves in the scriptures, give it a shot.  Don’t just read, but really feast on the scriptures.  If you do, you’ll understand why I and so many others preach so often about hope and how all things are truly possible with God and through Christ.  You will come to realize more fully that our God is a God of more than enough.  I personally know that is true and I share this message humbly 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 584

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 584

April 21, 2020

 

For Today’s message, I opened the scriptures to Philippians 3.  To be quite honest, I opened my scriptures app, went to the New Testament, scrolled down and clicked Philippians and at random (to me) clicked on chapter 3 and scrolled down a bit and stopped.  It was my hope that I would be led to a verse to speak on, and I found one.

 

This past week I have been trying to focus on looking forward instead of backwards.  It can be far too easy to look back on mistakes of the past and beat ourselves up, or to look back on blessings of the past that we no longer have and live in regrets or longing for days gone by.  I’ve even been listening to a song called “Ain’t Looking back,” so imagine my surprise to read the following on my randomly selected verse.  Philippians 3:13-14

 

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

 

In this chapter, Paul has been speaking of his sacrifices for the Lord and this is clear direction that we are to set our sights forward and not backwards to receive our reward in serving God.

 

To all who read or hear the words of this Torch, May we all press toward the mark.  Or in other words may we all seek righteousness and seek God moving forwards!  No matter what happened in the past, positive or negative, we can decide now this very day to focus more intently on serving God and looking to the future.

 

As we do this?  What is promised to us?  Let’s read the last two verses of that chapter and Paul will answer for us:  Verses 20 and 21 state:

 

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

 

What a glorious promise!  And yet another marvelous expression that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes all things possible!  For some obvious reasons and others known only to few, I love the promise of physical blessings after the challenges faced in this life.  Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t to simply do the right things in order to receive blessings, we do that out of love for our Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ.  But how wonderful and loving it is that they have provided a way for us to receive those blessings!  A gift that we on our own would never qualify for.  Yet given to us as we do all that we can do, and the Savior has stepped in to make up the difference.

 

So I take this opportunity to increase my efforts to focus on doing the right things now and into the future.  To stop looking backwards in order to look forward to all that God still has in store for me. To look at what He still has ahead for my family.  And I invite each of you to join me in this new or increased determination and focus.  Let us seek to do right and let us seek the Lord.  We will be blessed for our efforts by a God who makes all things possible.  And I share this message in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

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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 583

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 583

April 14, 2020

 

There will be moments in life where we are faced with trials and realize that we need to make some changes in either ourselves or simply in our focus or goals.  Many times it may feel that some sort of rebirth may be in order.  We will read the following verses that are from the Savior teaching Nicodemus in John 3:3-6:

 

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

 

This speaks truly to a spiritual conversion and of baptism but I think it’s interesting to also look into verse 7 and 8 as well:

 

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

 

I feel like these verses are a very wonderful description that shows the spiritual power that is available to us as we more fully are born and grow in the spirit.  Sometimes when we are struggling and trying to find our way, we have an opportunity to turn our pains into spiritual growing pains.  As we do that, we will turn our trials that could be stumbling blocks into stepping stones along our path to victory!

 

With everything going on in the world and in our personal lives, I believe that a little more spiritual self reflection is in order. May we find ways to grow in light and truth.  May we be nourished by the good word of God as found in the holy scriptures!  And may we become spiritual giants who are ready to overcome the world and all the worldly concerns that can weigh us down and bring us into the pit of despair.  We know that our God is a God of more than enough and he will help us become all that we need to be to be victorious and be our best selves!  I am very thankful for another opportunity to share a message with each of you, and I do so 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 04/14/2020 in Torches