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Tuesday’s Torch 515

Tuesday’s Torch 515

December 18, 2018

 

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.​

Christmas does mean a bit more. I’ve not been super into the Christmas spirit this year. Family issues, financial concerns, stresses and strains have left me quite shaken. I have postponed decorating while hoping and praying for blessings it seems might not come. Waiting for last minute shopping after next payday has sapped some of the excitement. ​

Things very much aren’t how I had pictured they should be and so it’s been hard to feel like hanging ornaments on a tree. For weeks now I’ve been talking about hope and blessings and turning to God for help. Sometimes the help is strength to endure. I do not say that to suggest ever giving up or that miracles are not on their way. I know that all things are possible and that God loves us and knows what we need.​

The greatest gift we have ever been given is the Savior Jesus Christ. Our celebration of his birth now has so much craziness attached to it that it is easy to lose sight of that greatest blessing we were given. Jesus Christ was born in a manger, lived a perfect life, took our sins upon himself in the Garden of Gethsemane and gave his life for us on the cross at Calvary. ​

That gift allows us to repent of our sins. It allows us to make mistake after mistake, commit sin after sin, and still be welcomed back onto the Gospel path when we recognize our sometimes horrific errors and seek help in making necessary changes. ​

How eternally grateful we should all be for the gift of the Atonement. The best gift we can give this year is our best selves. We can do all in our power to be better. To allow the Atonement to work in our lives. To break free from the chains that bind us to previous mistakes, ours or someone else’s. We should all know that it is never too late to do the right thing. It is never too late to forgive ourselves or others, to forsake our sins, to do the right thing even when it is hard. Or even when doing the wrong thing seems to offer such promise or reward. ​

In years past, minor pains and stresses would have led me down a dark path seeking relief and an escape. I thank my Father in Heaven that he is changing me into something better than ever. Sometimes my words may come across as bragging on myself or taking credit for every positive change I have made. But believe me, that credit belongs to my Savior who makes it all possible. I speak of overcoming my challenges not as a way to shout “look how awesome I am “, but to say, “look how terrible I was, and look at how great my God is to save me anyway!” And I testify, that if He can save me, as He has and continues to do, He can truly save anyone or anything we entrust to him. In closing, as we turn to God, as we live righteously despite our trials we may take comfort in this verse: “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” -Psalm 55:22​

May God bless and strengthen you. May He heal and comfort you. May He inspire and guide you. And may you feel of His love for you more abundantly, 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 514

Tuesday’s Torch 514

December 11, 2018

 

Christmas is fast approaching. While there is a great excitement and plenty of joy to be found, there is also a lot of stress, anxiety, and headaches. I’m going to focus this message on a great example of God’s love for us. Years ago in a time where passions were high, stress was elevated, political turmoil, religious uncertainty, God proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that He cares for us and will provide that which we need. Of course, I speak of His Son. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

He sent Him to us in the most humble of circumstances, to a lovely young woman named Mary with a righteous man named Joseph being willing to help raise the Son of God.

 

Christ was born in a manger for there was no room at any of the inns. We have all heard the story of how the King of Kings was born, and how he grew in wisdom and knowledge throughout his youth and into adulthood. He lived a perfect life to be the ultimate lamb without blemish, to take upon himself our sins and all the heartache and pains caused by them, and to give his life willingly to pay that price that we could not pay for ourselves.

 

God can provide for us the blessings that we sometimes don’t even know that we need. As we live righteously no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we prove to God that we are willing to allow His will to control our lives. So often blessings are tied to our obedience. Plenty have experienced the blessings that come from paying a tithe, or seeing that holding firm to keeping the commandments have blessed lives considerably.

 

So as we look at the upcoming Christmas holiday, remember to stay true to who you are. If you find yourself in a difficult place, God can get you through it. If you have no hope or faith, turn to Christ. He will not turn you away even if all you can do is want to believe. That is enough to begin to develop a relationship with the Savior. He is the greatest gift this world has ever and will ever receive.

 

May God bless each of you that receives these words. I pray that you can feel of the love descending from Heaven the way that I can. I would not be here if not for the truthfulness of the Gospel which I profess and preach. I know that God lives and loves us. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that He lived, died and came back from the grave for each and every one of us individually and as a whole. I know this as clearly as I know my own name. And I share these words in the name of Him we celebrate, 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 513

Tuesday’s Torch 513

December 4, 2018​

Bobby Stewart​

Last week we discussed how difficult this time of year can be for some people but that nothing can separate us from the Love of God.  Next week we will begin discussing a Christmas theme. However this week, I am going to discuss fear.  I am a fan of Christian music and one of my favorite songs right now is by Zach Williams and is called “Fear is a Liar”.  If you’ve never heard it, It’s worth a listen; and if you have heard it, it’s worth listening to again. ​

In the song there are many lyrics that describe what fear tells us regarding who we are, our worth and our potential. In the song, you could interchange the word fear for Satan. ​

If you hear any of the following speaking into your mind you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that these are not being spoken by our loving God and they are not coming from you.  These lies Satan tells us can sound like:  “You’re not good enough.” “You’re not strong enough!” “You’re not worthy.” “You’re not loved.” “You’re not beautiful.” “You’ll never be enough.” ​

Or maybe the words sound more like “You are dirty.” “You should be ashamed.” “you should run away” or that you’re beyond the grace of God.  That it’s too late for you or for the righteous desires of your heart.  ​

When we are afraid to try, to hope, to fight for that righteous desire because we don’t think it is achievable, that it’s gone.  It’s not.  It never will be.  ​

When those fears try to bring you down into the depths of despair, turn to Psalms 46:1-3:  ​

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” -End quote  Later in that chapter God tells us to “Be still” and know that He is God. He will help us overcome fear. ​

In the words to the song I mentioned earlier the results of listening to what fear is telling you is that it will “take your breath”, “stop you in your steps” “rob your rest” and “steal your happiness”.  Do you feel any of these things?  Sometimes I do. I think we all do from time to time. So what do we do? ​

The song advises that we cast our fear into the fire, because fear, He is a liar.  Satan is the father of all lies.  Let us all stop listening to the lies He tells us.  If your happiness has been stolen, if you feel as though you can’t breath, if you are scared that you are not strong enough or can’t do something, that is not from your Father in Heaven or His Son Jesus Christ.  Turn to God who will strengthen you and help you see your worth.  He will comfort you and help you see the truth.  May we all find the renewed strength required to make it through our struggles and rise to the occasion.  Take back your happiness.  Refuse to fall victim to thinking that anything is impossible.  I testify from personal experience that nothing is impossible when we believe and turn to the Savior for help.  Because He has helped me overcome things that I never dreamed possible, and He will help you.  And that is what I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.​

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 Week 512

Tuesday’s Torch 512

November 27, 2018

Bobby Stewart

This week I want to share a very brief torch message. With Thanksgiving just passing and Christmas rapidly approaching there are many blessings surrounding us. There is so much love.

I want us to remember though, that not all have an easy time during this season. Depression runs rampant, suicide rates are the highest right around Christmas time. People struggle to count their blessings. People fail to see their own worth. I’m going to tell everyone that reads these words or watches this video and hears these words: You are loved. You are a very special Son or Daughter of a Loving God. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, he took upon himself all of your sins, weaknesses, mistakes, pains and suffering and He paid for them all with His life. His death and resurrection completed the miracle that is the Atonement. This price was paid because you are worth it. Yes. You.

I’m going to share these words regarding Gods love which is given to us all freely. In Romans 8:35-39, Paul states:

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword. As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

As we have been reflecting on all of those things we are thankful for, I hope we have also felt the love our Father in Heaven has for us. I hope we have felt the love our Savior has for us. I pray as Christmas approaches that we don’t lose sight of our blessings. That even if we are struggling that we are able to stay positive, stay hopeful, and know that also in the words of Paul from earlier in the same chapter, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Ponder that.

I solemnly testify that God lives and that He loves us. That Jesus Christ is the Savior and that He lived a perfect life and laid down that perfect life for us because He loves us all that much. I know that He rose again on the third day, that the Atonement can work miracles in our lives, and that the promise of happiness and eternal life is before us. God bless each of you. Stay strong and know that you are loved. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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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 11/28/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch Week 511

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Tuesday’s Torch 511

November 20, 2018

Bobby Stewart

 

Last week we discussed seeking answers and help through prayer. This week I would like to discuss just a little bit the grace and mercy found through Jesus the Christ. Namely, His promises to comfort us and redeem us. There are many of us who are mourning. We mourn over the loss of loved ones, broken and damaged relationships, regret over past mistakes, health concerns and many other things.

 

There are many sources for healing and to make necessary changes. The greatest of these blessings is to know that we have help available through our Heavenly Father and that thanks to the Atonement, we can turn to the Savior for healing and comfort, because He has felt our pain and knows our grief.

 

In the Sermon on the Mount the Savior states that, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” How do we receive that blessing? Is it truly offered to us all? Yes! It absolutely is.

 

How do we seek this comfort? The following verses tell us, “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 that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

 

We ask for the help that we need. We seek the answers through prayer, study, pondering and by living our best lives so that the spirit can be our constant companion to help us through the trials of life.

 

We also get help through professional means when we need it. There are many sources available to help us. It is no secret that I’ve been receiving help with addiction recovery. I have received help through secular sources such as books and workbooks and therapy. I have also received lots of spiritual guidance. This is where we truly learn that we are fighting a battle against a very real adversary but that we are not alone, that we have supernatural help available as well. And no, Sam and Dean aren’t gonna come swooping in to help us get rid of some monster from mythology that plagues our town. Sorry to disappoint.

 

The secular sources have helped me identify what was going wrong and the inner workings of the brain. However, the hope that comes from repentance and forgiveness and that things done in the past don’t have to control me in the future? Much of that hope comes by way of the Atonement. That hope is available to all who believe.

 

Now, changing direction, For those dealing with mourning due to loss of loved ones, pain of loneliness. We also know that thanks to the Atonement we will see our loved ones again. That for every unfairness of this life when our loved ones are taken away “too soon” we have a promise of eternal life. And though this life can be so full of sadness especially due to death. This lifetime is but a brief moment when compared to the blessings waiting in eternity.

 

That isn’t to say we just have to suffer through life until the hereafter when we can be with them again. Joy is still possible throughout this journey of life.

 

So what do we do to receive this? How do we deal with all of the mourning and the loss and the mistakes of our past. We can look to these verses from Titus chapter 2:

 

“11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,”

 

Joy comes from knowing that we are redeemed. We do all that we can to live a righteous life, and His grace makes up the difference. Not only can we do better than we have done in the past, but we truly can overcome it all. We can receive the help we need.  Healing is possible. We can be comforted. We can look forward to a brightness of Hope because Christ has truly overcome the world. And He did it for each of us.

 

My prayer is that we turn to Him for the help that no other source can provide, for the hope that rests in Him alone. Seek him, ask of him, knock and allow him to open the door to the bounteous blessings that He stands waiting to provide. I also pray that we all are able to acknowledge the blessings that we do already have and be thankful for them during this holiday season!

 

I will close with the verse I started with, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” I know this is true. And I leave this message with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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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Tuesdays Torch 510

Tuesday’s Torch 510

November 13, 2018

Bobby Stewart

 

Brothers and Sisters, I’d like to discuss a couple things that I hope will make a profound impact on us all: finding a way to feel of the Saviors love and guidance more abundantly, and seeking answers and help through prayer.

 

So let’s discuss a couple things. First we shall go over a specific way to ensure that we can be blessed with the presence of the Lord. In Matthew 18:20 Christ states that “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” This is a very wonderful and tremendous promise. As we join together as family, friends and loved ones to discuss the Savior or to pray and study together, We will be keeping him close by our sides.

 

We could all stand to feel of His love more abundantly.  So let’s all try our best to make our homes Christ-centered homes and the comfort, peace, love and blessings of the Lord will be a constant source of strength and protection for us.

 

We all have questions that we feel we should ask or help that we should seek. Many of us are sometimes scared that either we will not be given an answer, that it will be different than the answer we want or hope for, or that the help we request will not be granted.

 

If you are seeking an answer to a prayer, remember these words from James 1:5-6, “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.” Know that as you exercise true faith, the answers will be made available to you. Some answers may be given to you in the soft whispers of the Spirit while other promptings may come to us as we dedicate ourselves to righteous endeavors.

 

As for seeking help. If you need strength or comfort or assistance when things seem too hard or difficult on your own, we may seek help. Proverbs 10:24 tells us that “the desire of the righteous shall be granted.” As we seek after righteousness we will be blessed. What a wonderful promise that is.

 

Some of the most amazing moments of my life have been the ones where I knew that the Savior was guiding and directing me. Those times when I knew that I was actually doing what I was supposed to and being blessed. It is my fervent prayer that those moments become more and more frequent for myself and each of us. My greatest blessings such as my marvelous family have all been from God and I am so thankful for them.

 

I pray that this week we may all find opportunities to gather together in the name of Jesus Christ. Fellowship one with another. As we invite the Spirit more abundantly into our lives we will find a tremendous strength and power to help us through our mortal journey. And as we  ask for help from our Father in Heaven; the blessings will be felt in our families, marriages, friendships, churches and communities! I pray that blessing for us all, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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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 509

Tuesday’s Torch 509

November 6, 2018

Bobby Stewart (in honor of Tim Sader)

 

Tim was a best friend to me. He devoted himself to this Torch and now it has been passed to me. I have been spending a lot of time pondering this and thinking about how to proceed. My anxiety as well as the adversary keep trying to tell me that I can’t do it, that nobody wants to hear what I have to talk about, that you don’t know me, or that you DO know me and simply see my efforts as those of a hypocrite trying to make myself appear to be something I’m not.

 

So to counter that I want to take a little time to introduce myself, as even people who have known me for a long time seem to not fully know who I am anymore.

 

Similar to my friend Tim, I have a form of muscular dystrophy. His form of the disease is the harsh form known as Duchenne which is what caused him to run the gauntlet as I tend to describe it. Duchenne is very aggressive and takes away physical abilities at a rapid pace. Tim fought that disease admirably.

 

The form I have is Becker. It is sort of the kid brother version of Duchenne, it does the same exact thing but has a slower progression. Barring a possible cure being discovered and if I live long enough, I’ll go through the same progression that Tim did, I’m already on that path. I pray to handle it with half as much grace and poise as Tim did. Tim kinda kept it to himself a lot of the time because he wasn’t a downer, I’m gonna be honest with you: it’s terrible to lose ability after ability and to never fully be able to find a new normal before whatever goes away next. It is beyond difficult to deal with physical pain as a result of doing normal everyday activities, and even worse when a task that should be so freaking easy requires help. I’ve got a jar of pickles in the fridge that’ll stay there until someone can open those dang things for me, sheesh!

 

Let’s just say that if you want to know what it’s like, next time you decide to roll over in the bed to sleep facing a different direction or decide to flip your pillow over to the cool side. What if that were difficult? What if you required another person to do it for you. I only bring it up for perspective. Please know that I don’t say any of this to get pity, I feel this information is needed to know where the words I will be sharing are coming from. To even further know where Tim’s words were coming from. We all have struggles, but we don’t have to let them define us. Tim didn’t and I hope none of us will as well.

 

Physical limitations have actually impacted my life far less than other issues I’ve dealt with. My primary difficulty is that I am recovering from addiction that in many ways has ruined my life. Terrible choices that I’ve made throughout my life helped to rob me of some of my free agency with these neuropathways in my mind being hardwired to isolate myself from those I love and care about and to delve farther and farther into addict behavior. I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I’m sorry to those who were hurt by my choices. And to anyone who may have any form of addiction, please get help. A true addiction will often take more than will power alone to fix. Get help. There are programs and professionals who can help. And God will bless you as you try to retake control of your life.

 

My life isn’t all doom and gloom though.  I saved the good news to brighten this message back up. I have a wonderful family that I love very much. While my situation is complicated in a lot of ways that I’m not gonna get into, I have two amazing children, a sweet little girl and a great little dude that I spend as much quality time with as possible, and they have the absolute best mother that loves them to no end. I could not have picked a better one for them. They are amazing. I’ll always do all that I can for them no matter what.

 

But let me get back to the reason you are here. Motivation and bible study, I’m sorry for taking that winding road to basically say I will not be preaching at y’all from a place of superiority or thinking I’m in any way better than you. In fact, many of the topics I will be covering are things I myself will need to hear. I hope they can be of help to all of us.

 

So let’s find comfort in the scriptures. For anyone in a similar situation as me who  has lived a life full of regrets, anyone who has made mistake after mistake or has been caught up in their chosen sin or addiction, whatever it may be, let’s view the story of Paul.

 

Before his conversion from Saul of Tarsus to become Paul the Apostle in the Bible he describes his treatment of the early Christians this way in Acts 22: “And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.” Later in the chapter he states this example: “Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:

And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.”

 

Yet despite the fact that he had persecuted even unto death the early followers, the Lord still turned him into a stalwart champion for the Gospel. The letters he wrote and the words he preached make up a tremendous portion of the New Testament. If this type of miracle was possible then with this type of transformation then it is possible now for us!

 

How do we do it? First off we repent. The scriptures clearly point out that repentance is acknowledging our faults and asking forgiveness. And then we embrace the power of the Atonement and do better. We stop making those mistakes and we keep striving knowing that because of the Savior we are forgiven. Those past sins are wiped away.

 

What things can we do to help stay on this straight and narrow path now that we have entered it? There are many examples in the New Testament where Christ gives direction for this. I will highlight a couple. First is his response in  Matthew 22 to this question.

 

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

 

And if we love the Lord what do we do? He tells us that if we love Him we will keep his commandments. And if we love Him we will feed his sheep.

 

Do we think our sins have made it impossible for us to do that? Consider the line spoken after the sinner was brought before the Savior to which we all know the line “let He who is without sin cast the first stone.” The accusers all left. Christ asks the woman, “where are thine accusers, hath no man condemned thee?” And upon her pointing out no, Christ says then neither does He condemn her.

 

But he’s not done. He doesn’t stop there, He gives her the counsel to “Go, and sin no more.” Therein lies how we are to fully repent, the Lord does not condemn us because of our past mistakes but He does expect us to leave them behind. Get whatever help you need for anything holding you back from being your best self, from being righteous and pure. And if we aren’t to throw stones at others for their sins, then why should so many of us pull stones down upon our own heads? Never again should we beat ourselves down or limit our potential because we messed up in the past!

 

Rise up. Be who God put you on this earth to be. Live the Gospel, believe in Jesus Christ, believe in yourself. He believes in you. Let’s all make this week better than the last. Let’s all take comfort in knowing that Jesus Christ long ago paid the price so that we can be forgiven completely by our Father in Heaven. So don’t hold those sins over your own head. Forgive yourself so you can be free to live a righteous life. So you can be free to hope again. So you can be free to live. Eternal life starts now. This very moment. I leave this with you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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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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