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Tuesday’s Torch 575

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 575

February 18, 2020

 

 

Too often we doubt God. Now usually it isn’t that we don’t think he can do a thing, it’s that we know he can, or he could, but we think that he won’t for us. So we sometimes pray to just get by and just survive our trials.

 

Some of us may be praying to just pass a test or a class, to just do an ok job at work, to manage an addiction.  There are many ways where we are scared to ask God for the best because we think that there is some limitation. Usually a limitation of what we deserve, a limitation to what we mistakenly feel is our low worth.  But God can help us do so much more.

 

Now I’m not preaching a prosperity Gospel that says absolutely everything we do is gonna turn to gold.  But I am saying that if we trust God and give him the chance to fully bless our efforts, He will make all things possible!

 

I would like to use the following verses and this interaction with the Savior as an example.  In Luke 9:11-17:

 

“11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.

14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.

15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.

16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.

17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.”

 

Now, I want us to imagine this.  That’s a lot of people and a small amount of food to begin with.  And not only did God bless them, but even after all had eaten and were full, twelve baskets worth of food was left over!  God can exceed our basic needs.  He has extra.  He shows it and has proven it time and again.

 

So when you pray and you are working hard and striving for something. Don’t seek to just get by, to just survive. Don’t strive to pass that test, strive and pray to ace it!  Don’t just seek to make it through and do an ok job at work, seek to excel and impress your boss and get a raise or promotion.

 

Don’t merely seek to manage an addiction or personal weakness, seek and pray to eradicate it!  Overcome it, completely and absolutely.  Make that weakness become a thing of the past to be replaced with a strength!   I’ve seen it happen, it can happen because God isn’t just sitting there waiting to give us just enough to scrape by.  He is looking to help us succeed and excel!  But we have to trust Him.  We have to allow him to work with us and through us.

 

Now there will be times when we just make it through, when we might barely scrape by.  But I know that often, very often, we can end up with twelve baskets worth of extras.  We are given the help needed to win! Not just hobble to the finish line.

 

Now this is hard.  Especially as we struggle or we really want something and righteously seek it, it can be hard to work for and pray for something that may seem out of reach or impossible.  Just a couple days ago I received an increase in hope for a righteous blessing I have sought and prayed for with every fiber of my being.  I’m not gonna share what it is here, and it hasn’t happened yet.  And it may or may not.  But I know that God can pour out that blessing in abundance!  And it would be more than enough.  Did God know how much bread and fish it would have taken to feed the multitude just enough that they would all be full?  Yes, yes he did!  But He sent more!  Much much more!

 

And He can do the same for us.  As for me, I’m gonna make sure my baskets are ready. And I am going to keep working hard and do my part to make it happen!  And when that day comes and the blessing arrives! I will be ready and I pray that you will be too!

 

Our God is great! And He is a God of more than enough! Far more!  I know that from experience, from the battles and victories He has helped me win!  And there are more to come.  And I am not patting myself on the back.  Because I would fail on my own.  And If I seem to be bragging, I am bragging, I am bragging about my Father in Heaven, and I am bragging about my Savior Jesus Christ.  They make all things possible!  And that, my dear Brothers and Sisters, is the truth.  And I say these things in the name that is more than enough, even the name of our Lord and Savior 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 02/19/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 574

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 574

February 11, 2020

One of the songs sang to me as a child and one I sing to my own children goes like this:  “Jesus loves me. This I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong.  They are weak but He is strong.  Yes! Jesus loves me.  Yes! Jesus loves me! Yes! Jesus loves me. For the Bible tells me so.”

 

Those words I know are so very true.  When I was a small boy I was subject to several absolutely terrible recurring nightmares that would cause me to scream out at night.  And I can remember my momma singing those words to me to comfort me and help me get back to sleep.  Now is my turn to use it to help my own children get to sleep.  I am ever so grateful that they aren’t subject to the sorts of nightmares I had, and I pray that they never have to deal with that.

 

This week is a happy week for some and a very difficult one for others.  As everyone reflects on love and relationships there are many who are blessed to have plenty of that in their lives and others who are struggling with the absence of that for many different reasons.

 

While this brief message will not make any feelings of loneliness or sadness go away, perhaps a little perspective can go a long ways to helping.  You are loved.  Each and every one of you.  By many people that maybe you don’t even know love you.  And you are infinitely loved by your Father in Heaven and by your Savior Jesus Christ.  Read the scriptures, the scriptures tell you so far more completely than I ever could.

 

Any who are suffering can clearly look up or recite to themselves John 3:16.  And read about the mortal ministry of the Savior.  If you’re struggling to feel loved, please know that you are so loved, that God sent his son to live a perfect life and die for you.  And Jesus Christ was willing and did in very deed do that for you, because of how much he loves you!  And make no mistake, while it was an infinite atonement and makes it possible for all to be saved, it was done for each and every one of us on a singular level as well.  You were and are worth the price!

 

I will be having my fair share of difficulties these next few days, not to be depressing or anything, just being real.  But I will hold on to that shining beacon of hope that comes by way of my testimony in and of my Savior Jesus Christ, and of my loving Heavenly Father.  I will be forever grateful for all of my loved ones, all of my family and friends.

 

Truly as we reflect and try to count our blessings, we can feel happiness and joy even in the midst of anything that we may be going through that causes us pain.  Truly we may be weak in so many ways, but never forget that we are not alone and we can borrow the strength that we need from the Savior who stands at the ready to lend us that strength that we may lack by ourselves.

 

My prayer is that we may remember Him and we may all be healthy, happy and safe. And that we may all focus on things of eternal perspective and be uplifted and inspired to greatness throughout this next week. 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 02/12/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 573

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 573

February 4, 2020

 

From the time I started doing this devotional, I have shared a lot.  In many cases maybe I have overshared.  As I’ve dealt with a lot of difficult challenges I have very often poured thoughts and ideas and inspiration and guidance I received that was applicable to my specific needs in the hopes that they may also help each of you.  Maybe they have and maybe they haven’t, it’s not for me to judge but I hope the messages have been received in love as I intended.

 

This week will be a bit more of the same perhaps.  As I have been working through each of my weaknesses to try and get rid of them one at a time, one of the biggest ones and hardest ones so far to work through has been anxiety.  I used to think that the amount I worried and overthought everything was normal.  And then when I became a father and that worry went into overdrive and found another level, again I thought it was typical.  It’s apparently not. I mean I overthink so much. It is ridiculous. I’m sure of those who are tuning in, maybe there are others who deal with this issue as well.  If so, please know that I understand, and you are definitely not alone in the fight.

 

Now as I have been seeking help in multiple ways to take care of this issue I also turned to the following set of scriptures to try and get even more help.

 

From Luke 12:24-32:

 

24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

 

So in light of those verses I will be attempting to spend less time worrying.  But first off, I don’t feel like these verses are telling us to not be prepared.  It is saying not to worry incessantly or doubt everything and especially not to spend massive amounts of our energy and attention focused on things we can’t change.  The Savior used height as an example.  What good would it be to spend tons of time worrying and stressing over how tall or short you are?  We all probably have our own things we spend time overthinking.  Sometimes they may be trivial but sometimes they can be really big and important things, things that are valid causes of concern or sources of pain.

 

The main thing to remember is to have faith.  As we seek to serve the Lord and to live righteously, the things that need to be resolved in this life will be resolved in this life, and the things that aren’t will be taken care of when that time comes in the hereafter.

 

Here’s the tough part though.  That is so much easier said than done.  Especially if you have some things going on that make it harder to relax.  But I know that the efforts we each make to better ourselves and to work through all of our problems, and especially the efforts we make to be righteous are worth it!  May we all focus on those things that really matter and that we have control over.

 

And all those things we stress and worry over needing, God knows we need those things.  He knows what we want as well. Let us offer up some and even all of our deepest concerns to our Father in Heaven.  After all, He has a much better chance of sorting through all of that than we do anyway.  So let us all practice more faith and hopefully worry a little less.  By all means, fix what you can fix and make changes that you need to make and can accomplish, get professional help as needed, but also trust God to help us.  He knows what we need and He will help.

 

Of this I testify, In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 

 
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Posted by on 02/04/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 572

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 572

January 28, 2020

 

 

Sometimes we can get caught up in worry and fear.  Afraid that no matter how hard we try, certain things will not happen.  When we are afraid that the end result of giving something our all could still be failure, we are often frozen in place and we guarantee that whatever our righteous goal may be, that it will remain unaccomplished.

 

In 2 Timothy 1:7-8 we are told the following:

 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.”

 

I have at many times expressed how I know that God can do anything.  That He can help us overcome any obstacle and bring us victory in the midst of what may seem to be insurmountable odds.  There’s a certain boldness to it and a certain fear of “but what if it doesn’t work out?”

 

It is my testimony that our God given abilities of power, and love, and our ability to reason, they are all able to be amplified many times over as we turn to God and as we turn to the Savior.  And as we do so, our fears will start to go away and be replaced by something so much greater, faith!

 

A lot of people hesitate to express their testimony of the Savior.  They fear being judged or mocked.  Some fear that because of past mistakes or current situations, that they will be deemed a hypocrite, or a fraud.  They fear what people will think of them or who it may cause to distance themselves if they know we have a testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

I know how crippling these fears and anxieties can be because I have felt all of these things at different times in my life. I still struggle with some of them even now, but let me unequivocally state right now that I know God lives and that His Son Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. And that he is my personal savior.  That he paid a price for me that I could not pay myself.  All things are truly possible through him.  I challenge each of us to not let fear stand in the way of our faith and our testimony.  Especially not fear of failure.  I’ve seen how that fear can destroy great opportunities, and can prevent desired blessings by deciding that a thing is unattainable and therefore giving up.  Brothers and Sisters, I pray we may all be a little stronger and a little wiser, and turn to God who will see us through our trials.  Of this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 

 
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Posted by on 01/29/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 571

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 571

January 21, 2020

 

Today I would just like to share a really brief message. I’ve been dealing with a lot lately and as anyone who follows me on social media can attest, I’ve been struggling a bit, especially with anxiety.  That causes me to want to know everything and be in control of circumstances that are beyond my control.  Trying to make sense of things, and trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing.  While thinking about tonight’s message I was brought to the following verses:

 

Romans 8:24-28

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

 

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

 

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

 

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

 

And further down in verse 31 is the following:

 

“If God be for us, who can be against us?”

 

Sometimes we each struggle with trying to see how things are going to work out.  We try to make sense of why things are the way they are.  We seek knowledge and want to know.  But what we need to do is have hope, and be patient.  Because if we see something, we don’t have to have hope or faith. So sometimes and maybe most times, there is going to be an unknown. So that we may show faith and hope for things to work out. The Bible says very directly in those words that all things will work together for our Good if we love God. And if we love God we will do good things and live as righteously as we can.

 

I also know the verses are true that sometimes we have no clue what it is we should be praying for?  I have my own ideas as to what the best outcome and the best things would be for me.  But God knows better than I do, so I have to have hope and place my trust in him.  And that’s what we all must do.

 

Let us all pray more fervently to even know what we should be asking for and seeking after.  Let us pray for the help that sometimes we don’t even know we need. To pray for guidance on situations and circumstances that we may even think we’ve got well under control.  He will help us.  This is the same Father in Heaven that sent his only begotten son in the flesh to live a perfect life, to take upon himself our sins, and to suffer and die for us so that we may have eternal life.  I’m pretty sure He will help us fight through the challenges and struggles we face in mortality.  And most definitely, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”  I say these things, ever so hopefully, 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 01/22/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 570

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 570

January 14, 2020

 

God has placed a lot of trust in us.  We are here on this earth and we are presented with all these choices. So many things are righteous ones and yet there often seems to be so many more unrighteousness ones.  It’s up to us to decide.

 

Agency, the freedom we are given by God to do as we please is an amazingly powerful thing and it’s scary at the same time.  As we each go through different experiences in life we start to learn and to grow, we start to know how things work and what the consequences or end results will be if we make certain choices.

 

And as we get used to that we have to realize that God already knows the outcomes to any of the decisions we can make.  He sees them, knows about them, we can receive inspiration but ultimately the decisions are left up to us to choose for ourselves.  We often rely on our own experiences to decide what to do.

 

I learned a lesson recently when getting my children in the bed.  It’s one I should have learned sooner and thought that I had learned and fixed it in myself but hadn’t yet.  See, I like to be in control of things if possible.  I mean most everyone wants things to go how they want them to go right?  For me, especially if I think I know something, of if I have learned something by experience then I try to make decisions for my loved ones because I think that i know something is a bad idea or “won’t work”.

 

But they don’t know for themselves if it will or not, and if I take away the ability to choose, it robs them of opportunity to learn what I think I’ve already learned or it robs me of the ability to learn that I was wrong and maybe there’s a better way.  I will share an example regarding children as well as one that applies to marriage.

 

A couple different times over the past few months my daughter has gotten ahold of one of those thick cloths for cleaning or polishing a car.  The really thick plushy ones.  She would be laying it on her pillow and preparing to sleep on it, so what did do?  I said “take that off the pillow it’ll be too hot and you’ll wake up sweating”.  She would protest but ultimately did as I said because I’m daddy right?  I know best, right?  Haha.  I wish.

 

Then the last time I looked over and saw she had laid it on the pillow, just as I was about to make her remove it, I stopped and thought.  How will she ever know if sleeping on this thick furry cloth is a good idea or not if I keep her from trying? And it was a harmless enough thing.  I mean, so she wakes up because it’s hot to sleep on it, if that happens, lesson learned.  If she sleeps comfortably all night long then I learn the lesson.

 

A very interesting thing happened.  Just as I was about to tell her to move it I said, you can sleep with it on your pillow if you want to, it’s up to you.  A moment later she moved it and said “no I don’t want to”.  See she remembered what I told her would happen and I guess she believed me.  So she still doesn’t know for a fact if she would sleep good on it but she is trusting me.

 

So I share this because there are different gospel lessons to learn by it.  One, God gives us agency so that we can learn and grow.  We can learn things for ourselves and not just take his word for it, but we do so at the risk of uncomfortable consequences sometimes.  But it’s part of how I we learn.

 

Second, he gives us commandments and certain rules to follow because he absolutely does know what consequences or difficulties await us if we choose certain things and often times He will warn us in different ways. Sometimes bad things just happen, but other times they happen as we’ve put ourselves down a path we shouldn’t have been on.  So we can choose to take his word for it, and keep the commandments or rules.  In a similar way to my daughter choosing to trust me.

 

Third we must put these things together and realize that if God doesn’t force us to do the right thing, or force us to do the things He knows would be best for us, why should we force our hand always just because we think we know something.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place to allow your kids to learn.  When true safety issues or real danger is involved, by all means, step in and keep your kid safe, but we need to allow others  and ourselves the chance to learn.

 

And maybe I shouldn’t but I’m gonna share a previous mistake I made in life so maybe someone else won’t make the same one and to show that even as stubborn as I am, I’ve been able to learn from my mistakes at least a little.  So a few times in the past, I tried to make a daily schedule and I packed it with the things I felt needed to be done every day, I got them down with exactness.  And then I failed miserably at keeping them.  Just couldn’t do it.  And it was probably more to do with me and the way I am than anything about the schedule or checklist.

 

So then later in life I was blessed to be married.  And my wife at the time tried a couple different times to make us a schedule that had all the important things that we absolutely should have been doing every day listed. It was exact and precise and I’ll say this, had we followed them, our family would have been strengthened in so many ways. But what did I do?  I said it wouldn’t work. That I had tried that in the past and it didn’t work.  I thought I knew best and made a decision based on my experiences and didn’t take into account that this time may have been the time it worked.  I didn’t even try.  Not even for a day.  She put forth the effort to try something that could have been great for us, and I didn’t try it because I thought I knew something.  That I knew how it would turn out simply because I had failed before.  So I couldn’t learn if it would have worked or not and neither could she.  Either way, had we tried, we both would have known and would have the experience of it working or of it not working. I will forever regret that but I will never forget the lesson I’ve learned from it.

 

We are all given this great blessing from God to make our own choices and to learn and grow from them.  I ask each of us to look at ourselves, look at our circumstances and our situations and think of what lessons we have learned or can learn.  What improvements can we make on how we interact with our loved ones.  Do we allow them the opportunity to learn things we think we already know.  Do we allow them the opportunity to prove us wrong and allow ourselves the ability to discover how wrong we may be?

 

If God who knows everything doesn’t use His power and His ability to make us do everything His way, should we expect everything to go our way? Should we expect everyone to accept our opinions as facts and go along with them?  The answer is no.  And that’s ok.  We should strive to me more like Christ and more like our Father in Heaven.  We should strive to be more Christlike in thoughts, words and in deeds.  And if this seems like a big challenge or you’re going through some tremendous struggles right now, remember this promise from Isaiah 41:13

“I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”  Let us accept that help.  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 01/15/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 569

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 569

January 7, 2020

 

First off, I have had some wonderful times recently.  Just got done celebrating both of my kids birthdays and Christmas, New Years, so don’t think for a second I don’t acknowledge or appreciate my blessings, because I do.

 

But there are still times when I feel low because I don’t feel like my situation is at all like what I expected or feel like it should be.  I’m sure I still have a lot to learn while experiencing all that I’m going to have to experience. So be it.

 

But I have been led to share the following verses from 1 Samuel 2:8-10:

 

“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.

He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

 

In these verses it clearly expresses that the Lord is capable of lifting us from our lowest to the highest. He does that for us.  And here is another truth in those verses, are we lifted up by being strong?  No.  I’ve had people tell me that I must be strong to deal with things I’m dealing with.  No.  I’m not.  And I’m not going to be, not on my own.  My strength can only be found in my weakness.  My weakness causes me to turn to the Savior and access His strength.

 

In those verses it says “for by strength shall no man prevail.” For a long time now I’ve been told things that basically amount to I need to be a man about things or “man up”.  That I am strong enough to deal with these things.  That I should be “over it” by now.  And I know in this message I keep saying me me me and I I I a lot.  But I know that all of us feel these very same things so often but I can’t speak from your experience, I can’t feel from your pain, i can’t cry from your heartbreak.

 

But there is one who can.  The savior Jesus Christ speaks from your experience, he feels, He feels from your pain, He cries from your heartbreak!   He felt your pain and anguish for you,  and for me he felt mine.  Because He knew, that our strength would not be enough on its own.  So he lends us his.  And as we accept that help, we can be lifted up, and whether it be now or at that day of resurrection, it will be glorious, and it will be amazing.

 

But the verses also express that we are to be saints, it warns of what happens to the wicked, so this ain’t a message of do whatever and God will bless us with everything.  It’s not even a message that if we do good or are righteous that he will bless us with everything we want here and now, it is a message that as we strive to live righteously, he will make up the difference and we will be uplifted, exalted and inherit a throne of Glory. That is the ultimate blessing brothers and sisters.  That is what will for once and for all lift up the heartbroken and the downtrodden.

 

May we all receive comfort and happiness from that promise.  May we all strive to do right.  May we allow our weaknesses to cause us to turn to the Savior who will help us overcome them to never be held down again.  Let us follow him!  That is my hope and prayer in his name, even 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 01/08/2020 in Torches