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Tuesday’s Torch 564

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 564

December 3, 2019

 

Today I’d like to discuss a method of avoiding temptation.  This method requires preparation and study so a lot of people don’t really use it.  But it is such a great method that even the Savior himself used it.

 

Jesus had been fasting for many days and he was very hungry and probably running extremely low on energy when we read the following in Luke 4:3-8.

 

“3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

 

Following those verses there are a couple other temptations that he responds to in the same fashion.  His response was to quote scriptures.  He knew the scriptures.  He used what had previously been written as his response.  He did this very much to show us how to resist temptation.  As we read and seriously study the scriptures, we will know ahead of time the ways to resist temptation.  We will both recognize the temptations as being contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we will know the proper response to stay true to the knowledge that we do have.

 

Satan attempted to use his own distorted logic to get the Savior to falter.  Satan and many others will try to entice us to do many things that will steer us off the path of righteousness, and if we don’t know any better, or if we rely only on our judgment or the words or judgment of others we can falter.  But as we have built up a knowledge of the scriptures and as we turn to study of the scriptures then we will not be fooled.

 

Trust me when I say this:  acting in a manner contrary to the scriptures doesn’t pay.  As we study the scriptures to seek help with the choices we need to make, we will be strengthened so that we can’t be led astray by false logic, or rationalizations or justifications.  And if you look back and see yourself having fallen victim to any of these things due to having let your guard down: make the changes necessary to reverse course and to get back on track.  The scriptures will help you do that.

 

Remember, even Christ himself used the scriptures to contend with Satan.  Why would we think that we could make the right decisions when faced with various temptations just by thinking about it or even prayer?  Prayer and pondering are indeed valuable parts of a wonderful equation, but without the answers contained in the scriptures, we will be led astray.   So follow the perfect example of the Savior, and do as He did.  Study and seek the correct answers and do it now.  If you learn that you have made mistakes, do what is in your power to fix them. And learn even more so that next time Satan or anyone tries to convince you that doing the wrong thing is ever right, or that the end justifies the means; not only can you resist the temptation, but you will know exactly why and have the scriptural ammunition to fight back.

 

I’ve made many decisions in my life while meaning well and having good intentions, some that I thought a long time about; but void of the influence of the gospel contained in the word of God, and without knowing or seeking out those truths, they were the wrong choices.  God does not ever and will not lead us down paths that require us to go against the Gospel and against what we are taught in the scriptures.

 

So I challenge each of you and myself as well.  Evaluate what choices you have made and are making, and decide if you’d have made the same choices if you were quoting scriptures to respond to the circumstances and options placed before you?  Said another way, would the scriptures have supported you?

 

I will say this without reservation or hesitation, if a decision requires you to go against the gospel, it is the wrong decision and will not lead you down the path of righteousness.  No matter how pure your intentions or how strongly you rationalize or justify it.  The right things will be backed up by scriptural evidence and gospel truth.  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 12/04/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 563

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 563

November 26th, 2019

 

Thanksgiving in a couple days has been on my mind so there are a couple different scriptures I’d like to share.  First from Psalms 147:3

 

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”

 

What a tremendous blessing that part right there is.  I know that He will in fact do that if we let him, he is truly The master healer!

 

Continuing on in the scriptures,

 

“He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.”

 

Such amazing reasons to “sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving.”  There are so many others too.  Quite simply stated in James 1:17 is this truth:

 

“Every ​​​good​ ​​​gift​ and every perfect ​​​gift​ is from above, and ​​​cometh​ down from the ​​​Father​ of lights, with whom is no ​​​variableness​, neither shadow of turning.”

 

Brothers and sisters, it is my prayer that we all have time over the next couple of days to truly reflect on all the amazing blessings in our lives. I’d like to share some of mine right now.

 

I have the two most amazing children that bring my life so much joy.  I am blessed to be their father.  And how wonderful it is to know that my Father in heaven has entrusted them to me.  I’m grateful and thankful to their mother.  Without the years she spent by my side, I would not be who I am today and I wouldn’t have the two biggest blessings in my life, my children.

 

I’m thankful for all of my family, friends and loved ones, both the ones still with me and those who have passed to the next stage of their journey.  I could drop some names in here but I strive to make sure they all know how important they are to me.  Suffice it to say that I have a great family, and some really excellent friends.

 

Many will never know exactly how much they mean to me and the impact they’ve made.  At my lowest points, there were so many ready and willing to lift me back up.

 

I’m thankful for my home and food to eat, and electricity and clean water.  My income, the ability to support my family.  So many blessings I could list.

 

And ultimately, where all of my blessings come from, I am thankful to my Heavenly Father, and to my Savior Jesus Christ.  I am thankful for the gift of the Holy Ghost.  I am so grateful for the scriptures and for having the gospel in my life.  In closing I ask each of you, What are you thankful for?   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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Posted by on 11/26/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 562

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 562

November 19, 2019

 

I would like to start this message by quoting a Casting Crowns song, some of the words of “Voice of Truth” are as follows:

 

“Oh what I would do to have

The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant

With just a sling and a stone

Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors

Shaking in their armor

Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand”

 

The obvious reference of course to young David standing before the giant Goliath.  It was a phenomenal moment of faith and trusting in God.  But I would like to focus on a very important aspect of this battle: the preparation of David for this moment.  This isn’t a young man that just randomly decided one day that he would trust God to help him win this battle and went out there hoping God would help him.

 

David was prepared.  David had developed the habit of trusting in God.  David had already defended his flocks as a shepherd. In 1 Samuel 17 David describes having killed both a lion and a bear.  And he had this to say of his upcoming battle with Goliath:

 

“The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.”

 

After this the king armed David with the strongest armor they had and with a sword.  David said no.  He couldn’t fight with all that because he hadn’t prepared with  all of that. He wasn’t familiar with it and couldn’t do what he knew he was capable of and what the Lord had prepared him for.  So yes, he went out with five smooth stones from the creek bed and his sling.  And with the Lord on his side he killed the giant to protect his people, and to honor his God. He was prepared, and he had already shown his devotion to trust in the Lord many times before this fight.

 

Back into the song was this description: “But the giant’s calling out my name

And he laughs at me

Reminding me of all the times

I’ve tried before and failed

The giant keeps on telling me

Time and time again. “Boy you’ll never win!”

“You’ll never win!”

 

You know at this point I definitely can say I’ve felt that mocking.  Because I have failed, as all of us have.  Some of us more spectacularly than others. But is it a lack of faith?  Is it a lack of Gods ability to help us win battles?  No.   I lost many a battle because unlike young David I wasn’t prepared, and I was improperly protected.    The tools I had at my disposal were insufficient for the battles I lost, or I just wasn’t accustomed to them the way I could have been.  But never again brothers and sisters.   You nor I ever have to let that mocking of the adversary bring us down.

 

Let us all have faith, and let us all work at developing all of the Christlike attributes that will help us be ready for our next battle.  That way when the adversary tries to point out our past failures we can point out that we know God is with us.  We can point to the lions and bears in our lives that we have already slain.  We can fall back on and rely on the weapons that we have developed to fight any of our weaknesses or temptations.

 

We can and will win as we prepare in the Lords way.  Seek out whatever help you need to defeat your own personal demons.  So that when you face the Goliath in your life next, you will know that you can and absolutely must rise up and win.  Prepare for it now. Don’t wait.  And when that time comes, we will be ready.  And as it states in Romans 8:37, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

 

Our Father in Heaven loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to this world for each of us.  To be our savior and to make all things possible to each of us.  And as we read the scriptures and pray and ponder, we can listen to that voice of truth.  The voice of a kind and wise and loving Heavenly Father,  and we can “choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.”   In the sacred 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 11/19/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 561

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 561

November 12, 2019

 

In the torch and in several aspects of my life for the last couple of years I have talked a lot about the promises of God and being able to overcome whatever we are faced with.  That all things are possible.

 

I have chosen to share a passage of scripture that I know to be true and that is a huge source of how I know help is available and how I know that mistakes and weaknesses from the past can be overcome to the point of knowing they are gone.

 

These are words shared by Peter who at this point in time was  contemplating his own mortality.  And at a time when he was thinking of what he could share and what message he would like to leave, these are the words and the topic he wished to call to remembrance:

 

The words of Peter 1:1-10 are as follows:

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 

These words very much show step by step how we are to receive the promised blessings of God and what is needed to have our calling and election made sure. You’ll notice that faith is merely the first of those steps and the qualities we are to build and develop within ourselves.  Faith without works truly is dead.  For if we truly have faith, our actions will be reflective of that.

 

On top of the faith, through diligence we are to add virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity (which has been described as the pure love of Christ).  As we diligently seek and attain these Christlike attributes surely we will reach that point where we are promised that we will not fall!

 

I love the comparison it makes between those who develop these attributes as opposed to those who lack them which includes those who start out with faith yet fail to act in order to develop the other qualities and characteristics.  Those who have these in abundance are promised to never be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.   We will know the Savior and be able to bear witness of Him and share that knowledge with others.  On the flip side, those who do not develop these things remain blind, they have difficulty seeing or planning ahead, they forget the very sins that faith was to have purged causing them to fall back into them, throwing away all the blessings they stood to gain by continuing in the way.

 

Brothers and Sisters, may we all look at these words of the Apostle Peter and receive them as the inspired counsel that they were intended to be.  That we may use these words that were so important that he shared them when contemplating thoughts of his own death which he had already been shown was approaching.  He wanted all of those who received these words both then and now to know this path and this plan whereby we would not fall and would have our calling and election made sure.

 

I pray that we all find additional ways to make this progress a priority in our lives.  Let us all do this and we will never fall!  Jesus Christ has paid the price for all of our sins, and shortcomings and pains and sufferings.  He will help us as we strive to develop each of these Christlike attributes:  faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity. I know these things to be true and I share that knowledge with you in the sacred 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 11/12/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 560

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 560

November 5, 2019

 

Things have been quite difficult for me for a while now.  I’m dealing with something that I never would have expected I’d be faced with.  I’ve been shaken to my core. My faith has been tried and tested like never before.  I’m not going into details on that trial right now for a lot of reasons. Anyways, Tonight while preparing for the torch I decided to seek a little help for what I’m going through and I figure it may just help others at the same time.

 

That search ultimately led to Psalm 112.  I’ll read it now:

 

Psalms 112:1-8.

 

“Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid.”

 

I love this verse.  It speaks of delighting in the commandments. It speaks of how to secure blessings for your children.  That hits home for me as I’ve been so concerned with trying to give my children the best, and it’s a nice reminder that by keeping the commandments and being upright is one such way to do that.

 

I’m not gonna lie, at different points in my life I’ve been caught up in darkness.  I’m so blessed that the Lord provides each of us a way to escape into the light. As we strive to be upright, the verses tell us that we will receive light amidst the darkness.

 

I pray that we all may receive an extra outpouring of light as we navigate through any darknesses or trials we may be facing.

 

Now. For me the last part I shared in those verses meant a lot to me and shared a lesson that I feel I need to learn more fully.  The scripture states: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid.”

 

So as we receive bad or troubling news, or simply news of happenings that make us sad or otherwise upset. If we are righteous, we will not be afraid of it.  We will trust that the Lord is still with us and will see us through.

 

Brothers and sisters.  I pray for each of you as well as myself that we may have our hearts fixed upon righteousness and forever trust in the Lord. So that we be not afraid when difficult trials confront us.  May we overcome.  In the name of Jesus Christ who still today makes all things possible, 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 11/06/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 559

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 559

October 29, 2019

 

Today I’m going to talk about receiving strength from God.  In the life there are many things to be done. Some hard, some easy.  Some that seem downright impossible.   The scriptures say that with God and through faith that all things are possible.  But what about our own personal limitations, can He and will He help us with those?  I would like to rattle off some verses one after another..

 

Psalm 29:11

 

The ​​Lord​​ will give ​​​strength​ unto his people;

 

Isaiah 40:29, 31

 

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 

But 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.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9

 

And he said unto me, My ​​​grace​ is sufficient for thee: for my ​​​strength​ ​​is made perfect in ​​​weakness​.

 

Psalm 18:2

 

The ​​Lord​​ ​is​ my ​​​rock​, and my ​​​fortress​, and my deliverer; my God, my ​​​strength​, in whom I will ​​​trust​; “

 

So all of these verses speak about receiving strength from God.  We can do those things that to us would be impossible.  In fact, John 15:5 says that without Him, we “can do nothing.”

 

There is an amazing truth I want to point out. No matter your limitations, as humans we are weak and frail and fragile.  But our God is not.  So what if we on our own cannot do something?  God doesn’t have those limitations and He can and does help people do things they couldn’t do alone.  Daniel survived that Lions den. His friends came out unscathed from that fiery furnace?  Could they do that by themselves?  No.  No way.  They could not do it.  It was impossible for them.  But not for God.  And you’ll notice something about that story of the fiery furnace, God could have simply put out the fire.  But he didn’t. They were in that fire, but he brought them through it.  Because he isn’t limited in what he can do for us because of our limitations on what we can do for ourselves.

 

He gives us of his strength.  Even when we are weak, especially when we are weak.  As quoted earlier he states that His strength is made perfect in our weakness!

 

So for those struggling with something that’s too much to handle.  God can help you handle it.  He can and will strengthen you.  For those who want to give up and call it quits, don’t! Allow God to give you the strength you need.  I know for a fact that He has helped me do so many things that I couldn’t do alone.  I was and I am too weak.  But my God is not.  And I’ll forever testify that He lives, He loves us and He will give us the strength we lack.  All things are possible.  And that is what I leave with you, and I testify that it is true, In the sacred name of our 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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Posted by on 10/29/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 558

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 558

October 22, 2019​

A couple weeks back we discussed light.  And I’ve found myself back to that subject a bit tonight.  So here we go.  The Casting Crowns song “Slow Fade” starts out as follows:​

“Be careful little eyes what you see. It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings.  Be careful little feet where you go, for it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow.”​

These are powerful words to me, especially as a father.  Before I discuss this song, I’ll refer to the scripture that to me goes along with it, well, obviously its kind of the other way around but this is the order I’ve chosen to go with.  Bear with me.  ​

“The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.”  -Luke Chapter 11:34-16​

These verses of scripture as well as the words of this song which happens to be one of my favorite songs ever, hit on a very important theme.  We should be careful where we set our sights.  The world is full of so many temptations and so many things that are thrown into our faces.  Images that corrupt and desensitize, media and arguments made that are designed to confuse and mislead those who access them.  Be guarded.  Be careful.  Ask yourself if there is anything uplifting or good about anything you view.  ​

The things we see and choose to let occupy our minds will lead us down a pathway to destruction if we do not heed the counsel to make sure that the light which is in us is not darkness.  This very clearly means that it’s possible to be lost in the dark while thinking you’re full of light. And when you’re not walking in the light, how can you lead?  If you’re wandering in the dark, any who are following you will also be led astray.  The term “the blind leading the blind” definitely is accurate at that point.​

So for all of those attempting to lead others, especially those who are leading children, whether they are your own, or someone else’s in a different capacity, make sure you’re walking in righteousness, because you are being followed.  Where are you leading?  ​

There is a very clear process.  Satan doesn’t just replace our light with darkness in an instant.  I mean, he will if he can, but it’s a gradual process in many and most cases.  Like if you put a frog in boiling water he will jump out.  However, if you put a frog in cold water and then gradually increase the temperature, that frog will often stay there until he boils to death.  Near the end of the song it says the following: ​

“The journey from your mind to your hands is shorter than you’re thinking.  Be careful if you think you stand.  You just might be sinking.  It’s a slow fade, when black and white have turned to gray.  Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid, when you give yourself away.  People never crumble in a day.  Daddies never crumble in a day.  Families never crumble in a day.”​

So definitely, “Be careful little, (and big) eyes what you see.”  Let your eye be single to the glory of God.  Do that which is right.  Seek out those things that are righteous.  Don’t spend time considering things that are wrong.  Or you’ll find your light slowly dimming, you’ll become filled with darkness, and the sad thing is, you won’t even know it.  ​

And then when you’ve finally realized what happened, its a hard fight back.  But when you fight the good fight and are once again filled with light, you’ll know the difference.  And you’ll never want to walk in that darkness again.​

Take my word for it brothers and sisters.  If you’ve walked in darkness, there is a way out.  Jesus Christ is that light.  If you are already fully walking in the light, congratulations, please continue.  If you’re not sure, well, pray and ponder, read and search the scriptures, analyze every aspect of your life and make sure all is in proper order.  ​

Are you bringing forth good fruit?  I for one, want my children and all those who for whatever reason are following me at all:  I want them to have more light, not darkness.  I want to lead towards God and towards the Savior and towards righteousness, and I believe deep down that is what all of us want.  Am I saying that I’m perfect or that I’ve got it all figured out?  No.  But what light I do have, I pray that I can shine it, and that it may grow.  I hope and pray that for each of us.  No matter where you may be, seek more light, let it fill you, and then shine forth that light.  ​

May God bless each of you.  I share these verses, thoughts and impressions with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.  ​

-Bobby Stewart

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