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Tuesday’s Torch 523

Tuesday’s Torch 523

February 12, 2019

 

I have a brief twofold message I would like to share tonight.  Firstly I would like to mention that as we struggle in this life we need to remember that God wants to help us. He hears our prayers, he knows of our struggles and he will help us rise to meet our challenges.  Yet sometimes patience is required. It’s a running joke that I have heard is that you should never pray for patience because you’ll be given situations to help you work on it as opposed to just a magic wand cure for impatience.

 

One thing this applies to is our attempts to overcome weaknesses. The scriptures tell us that our weaknesses can become strengths. But that is not instantaneous. As we put in the hard work and effort that we can do ourselves to overcome whatever it is, we know that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

 

Now I don’t take this verse to be speaking in a physical sense. I fully believe that these wings like eagles and running and not growing weary apply to the spiritual sense. The great man that passed this Torch to me was one who embodied spiritually running without growing weary and I pray that each of us can carry forward to glorify God with our lives the way that he did.

 

Secondly I would like to read these words of Paul from Timothy Chapter 1:12-16:

 

“12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

 

The story of Paul gives me hope. It gives me Joy. And Like Paul I am so thankful that no matter how far off track we may have gone, no matter what we have done in the past, God will never give up on us.  Paul says that his experience is to be a pattern for us!  I pray that we can all apply this message to our lives. Work hard but also wait upon the Lord. Believe. And our efforts combined with His blessings and grace will allow us to make weak things become strong unto us!  I testify that Christ is the Savior. I testify that God loves us and will help us as we seek Him! I share this message 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

 

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Tuesday’s Torch 522

Tuesday’s Torch 522

February 5, 2019​

Last week I spoke about victory and I felt really good about the message and I got a lot of really positive feedback.  It has been a good week in a lot of ways, in other ways it has been a challenging week.  Every week I have typically written the torch in a specific manner:  I’ll wake up in the morning of the torch after having pondered during the week what i would like to discuss.  And then on Tuesday morning to midday I usually spend a little time searching the scriptures sometimes for just a key word or a phrase or I’ll think of a specific verse that i want to base it off of.  And then later in the night usually I get the chance to write down the thoughts.  And I’ll write it and practice reading through it a couple times and then record it for youtube to share with you guys.  After I record it I usually send the transcript to Sammy and she shares it and I post it to youtube and then share it on facebook. Well this week I’m having to do it different because I don’t feel like I can write it first this week. I’ve been trying to figure out how to share a message this week and what to share it on and I’ve come to the realization that I need to just share my testimony with you guys. ​

I know that God lives. I know that He loves us.  I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He is my Savior and He is your Savior.  As we strive to live a life that emulates him, as we try to live like the Savior lived, we will be blessed beyond our wildest imagination.​

I have made so many mistakes in my life. I do my best to make up for them.  Each of us, we’ve all made mistakes in our life that’s sometimes hard to get past.  And I was having a really rough time yesterday and I had to come to a realization that there was something that I can’t do.  However, my God can!  There are times where I am not enough, that I can’t do things on my own, that I cannot accomplish a righteous thing or a good thing;  Not by myself.  But with Christ all things are possible and I know that to be true.  ​

The mistakes we make, the sins we commit, the things we do wrong, the price for those was paid long ago, the Savior already paid the price for those.  So as we apply the Atonement in our lives, we are forgiven.  We don’t have to suffer for those things any longer.  We are forgiven, we can be healed and we can be saved.  Last week I spoke about Victory, and the Victory is faith, and I testify to you that I have faith: In my God. In my Savior.  ​

If you are in need, if you are struggling, I promise you that if you will turn to your Heavenly Father, if you will turn to the Savior Jesus Christ, you will receive the help that you need, the hope that you need, and your faith will not be in vain.  I know this.  And I pray that each of us, that each of you will know it as well.  I share this testimony 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

 
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Tuesday’s Torch 521

Tuesday’s Torch 521

January 29, 2019​

Tonight I want to talk about victory. I’ve spoken a lot about fighting through adversity. So I would like to look at what comes not only after that fight but what can be with us during as well. First I will ask, are we truly born of God? Are you?  We are all children of God, but in 1 John 5 we are told that “whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God”. So the first part of the victory is to believe that Christ is the Savior of the world. ​

And I’m not going to drag this message out so in verse 4 we are hit with this truth: ​

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”​

And again verse 5 reminds us by asking, ​

“Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”  Now that verse was written for everyone so I’m going to take a liberty and repeat it this way for many of those tuning in, “Who is she that overcometh the world, but she that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”​

Now let’s look at that. Victory as discussed in these verses is none other than Faith. It is our faith that is the victory. As we make it through our trials and adversity and we come out the other side still believing in Christ, still having faith that he can make all things possible in our lives. As we can still seek to serve God and do things that are pleasing to Him. That, is victory. ​

Now what is this faith? Faith is more than the belief that He is and the belief that He can. Faith is active!  The scriptures tell us in James Chapter two in a few different ways what is stated in verse 26 as “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” ​

When we have faith, true faith, it is reflected in our actions. If you truly believe  that the Savior paid the price for each of our Sins so that we might be saved we will act like it. We will try our best to do what is right, to keep every commandment, to serve the Lord, to share the great news of the Gospel.  When we have true faith.  We fight the good fight and we Win! We win! Victory! Victory is ours! Our faith earns us the Victory, yea, our Faith is our victory. ​

Brothers and Sisters. God lives. He loves us. He sent His Son to live a perfect life to be a perfect example to us, and to ultimately lay down his life for us. So that we could be forgiven. He did that for me, He did that for you. And as for me, I will never forget what my forgiveness cost. I will never forget the Sacrifice made on my behalf. I will accept with open arms the gift of the Atonement and I will not look back. Victory. ​

Victory is ours because Faith is ours. As we live according to that faith, we live victoriously. That is how we overcome the world. That is how we overcome mistakes. That is how we will even overcome death. Because of the Savior all things are possible, and that is why I share this message in His name, even the name of Jesus the 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 01/29/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 520

Tuesday’s Torch 520

January 22, 2019​

Today I’m going to talk about something that affects us all at different times. I’ve experienced it, I’m sure you’ve experienced it, some of us are experiencing it right this very moment. It can be caused by many things. That feeling that I’m talking about is the one of heartbreak.  ​

A lot of people like to say words to lift our spirits like, “Hang in there”, “You’ll be fine”, Everything will be ok”. All of these are nice things and kind things to say. But I’m going to say the following. Use it. Use that heartbreak in a very distinctive way Use it to draw closer to God. ​

Psalm 34:17-19 describes just such a response to heart break. “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.​

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.​

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.“​

The verse states that the Lord is near as we are broken hearted. He knows how to comfort us because He has felt all of our pains! All of them. So let’s turn to the Savior to receive the comfort that only he can provide. He is the source of healing to whom we must turn.  Because not only are we told that He will draw near to us but Psalm 147:3 states that “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” ​

He can make you whole again even when you don’t see how that can ever happen. He can repair things that seem to be broken beyond saving. The Atonement is infinitely able to do the miraculous. Have faith and know that it’s ok if you don’t see How God is going to make the repairs. Hebrews 11:1 says that “faith​ is the ​​​substance​ of things ​​​hoped​ for, the ​​​evidence​ of things not seen.”  ​

You don’t have to see how he is going to heal you, or help you or save you. Or repair the damaged aspects of your life that you think are beyond repair. First believe that He can. And then use the full scope of faith and know that He will.  You are loved. Your Father in Heaven hears your prayers and wants to heal you from your pains and heartaches and there is no better time to turn to Him than when you feel like you’re at rock bottom. That’s where we each have to get sometime in order to repair and rebuild with our hearts turned towards the Savior. ​

I think it was very fitting that the Son of God was raised by a carpenter and taught accordingly for He is truly the one who can rebuild us from the ground up. He can heal you, and He will. I have experienced his healing powers in my own life. I testify of this truth 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 01/22/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 519

Tuesday’s Torch 519

January 15, 2019

 

Caught up in the midst of a great storm while traveling by boat and while fearing for their very lives, the disciples awakened Jesus saying, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”

 

Sometimes we find ourselves caught up in situations that would make us question why is this allowed to happen. How can we be saved or fixed or survive? Does the Lord care?  Yes, He cares. As we struggle with fears and feelings the Lord is ready to step in and calm the storms that are raging. When we feel that there is no hope and nothing we can do to save ourselves, He can do it. Sometimes we have to be patient and as stated in Psalm 27:15, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

 

A quick reminder that we just have to ask for that help. At another instance with stormy seas , the savior was seen walking on water towards the ship. He beckoned for Peter to come out and meet him. Shortly after beginning to walk across the water, Peter began to fear that He couldn’t do it, that walking upon the water was impossible and that he was scared of what might happen were he to sink. As his faith left him and the fear took over He began to sink. It is at that moment that he cried out for the Lord to save him, which He did.

 

This shows that we should have faith that we can do all things through Christ. Surely if Peter can walk on water, an act that would appear to defy all laws of physics, through faith in the Lord, how much easier would it be for the Lord to help you or me overcome our issues? Whatever they may be.

 

I testify that God lives, that He loves us and that He is our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the savior of the world. I testify that the Atonement is real and infinite in nature. The power of the Atonement is strong enough to accomplish the “impossible”. May we all accept of that divine gift more completely is my prayer, 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 518

Tuesday’s Torch 518

January 8, 2019

 

An angel of the Lord visited two couples and shared some miraculous news that would very much appear to be impossible. I would like to discuss their responses.

 

First we shall discuss the reaction of Mary upon being told she would give birth despite being a virgin and that the child would be the Son of God. What great faith it took to respond with “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”

 

This news of pregnancy would surely be hard for her to explain to Joseph whom she was scheduled to wed. The scriptures state that upon this news, Joseph who was clearly a great man, was trying to figure out how to respond to the news to help protect this woman he no doubt loved from the scorn and shame she would have been met with when an angel appeared to him in a dream and let him know what was to happen and that he should wed his bride to be. Upon waking, we are told that he did exactly as instructed. Wow, yet another great example.

 

I would like to contrast these with the response of the priest Zacharias, who was to become the father of John the Baptist. He and his wife Elisabeth were advanced in age and they had no children as his wife was barren. An angel appeared to him with the good news that they would have a son named John and afterwards this is the description given In Luke 1:18-20:

 

“And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. “

 

Due to his lack of belief He was struck dumb and was unable to speak until after the child was born and given the name of John. I tend to think Zacharias May have been a lot like others who were struck dumb in the scriptures. Probably a man who was very well spoken and quite possibly a little high on himself similar to Saul of Tarsus?  And while the Bible does state that he was a righteous man, I can imagine He probably liked to talk a little too much and shut up less than he should’ve?  Much like someone I know pretty well.

 

As anyone who knows me can attest to, that person is myself. As I write this Torch from my own perspective I can’t help but think I behave sort of like this at times, many of us do. Even when God tells me to trust in Him for blessings I still can’t seem to get out of His way as though I have to bring them about myself. Too used to being able to talk my way into or out of anything with logic or reason using whatever way with words I’ve been blessed or cursed with.

 

The only reason God hasn’t struck me dumb is that I’m already doing a good enough job of that myself. But as I was preparing for this message I have been hit so strongly by the spirit that I am refocusing yet again on trusting in the Lord and not in myself. I’ve never had these verses hit me the way they did this morning when I cried straight through the entire first chapter of Luke.

 

I pray that you read it. Pray first and ask that you be able to be touched by these words the way that I was. Have faith. Be believing in much the fashion of Mary and Joseph. Cast aside the apparent pride or unbelief shown by Zacharias in that moment. And trust the words that the angel Gabriel spoke unto Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

 

I not only believe that with every fiber of my being but if I have a battle cry, that very well may be it. “With God, Nothing shall be impossible.”  The things we can do for ourselves are so extremely limited. But as we turn things over to our Heavenly Father, the possibilities are far more grand than we can ever imagine. Let Him work miracles in your lives. He can change your heart. He can change you. He can heal you. He can heal us all and fix whatever is broken. He can help us to achieve the “impossible”. I mean, He is the same God that caused each of these biblical miracles to take place. And I know this is true. And I share these words maybe not as humbly as I should, but I share them as humbly as I can at this point in time in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 
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Posted by on 01/09/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 517

Tuesday’s Torch 517

January 1, 2019

 

Happy New Year! I got a suggestion from someone that I love very much on what to discuss for this week’s lesson. If we turn to James 1:5-6 we may read:

 

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. “

 

This scripture is very straightforward about seeking answers through prayer. God wants us to pray and He wants to answer our prayers. I would like to look at a couple examples from the scriptures of ways to increase the effectiveness of our prayers.

 

The primary way that we can help to ensure answers to our prayers is found in 1 John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” So many blessings are available through us by obedience. Obedience allows us the clarity to receive answers to our prayers as we are able to have the Holy Ghost as our constant companion.

 

I have at different times in my life poured out prayer after prayer. The times in my life that I have had the most clear promptings have been during the times I was working extremely hard to do the right thing. Throughout the past year as I have worked to put my addictions and character weaknesses in the past, I have received more and more insight.

 

I feel I should just lightly touch upon a couple things during the remainder of this message. Some people take no thought save it is to ask God without thinking things out in our own minds. It can be an extremely rich blessing to ponder and give serious thought to the things we intend to pray for. Also, upon receiving answer to our prayer, it is a very good practice to write down those inspirations we receive. This not only helps us to remember more clearly but also sends a message to our Heavenly Father that we appreciate and value the guidance received.

 

The last mention I will make is that of seeking after righteousness. As we pray for the righteous desires of our hearts we will increase our opportunities for help. If we find ourselves seeking after unrighteousness we will quickly feel the heavens close and the spirit will be withdrawn. Proverbs 11 states: “The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”

 

In closing, we are to pray with unwavering faith. We are to be obedient, thoughtful and seek after righteousness as we turn to God. He will bless us abundantly as we turn our hearts and lives over to him. God can bless us in ways we do not think possible if we will give him that opportunity. I testify that with God, All things are possible. Might I clarify, all righteousness is possible thanks to the infinite power of the Atonement.

 

God stands with his arms outstretched to us. We are never too far gone. We are never beyond the saving power of the Atonement. Not as individuals, not as couples, not as families. If you can’t see a way back, don’t fear, God can lead you back from destruction. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he (or she) that seeketh findeth; and to him (or her) that knocketh it shall be opened.”

 

I pray for all of the blessings we stand in need of to be poured out upon us. That the impossible blessings become possible, that our can’t may become can. That our weaknesses may become strengths. This I leave with you in the scared 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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