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Tuesdays Torch week 313

Tuesday’s Torch

12/30/14

By: Tim Sader

Psalm 50:23

Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.

Last week we learned about fasting, why we fast, how long we fast and how it brings breakthrough into our lives. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to a blessed New Year. Many ministries encourage people to give year end offerings and some people do this to get tax breaks. Giving tithes and offerings is important; it pays for the ministry needs and to do the work of the Lord. Tithes are the ten percent given to the ministry we most are affiliated with. Offerings are what we give above and beyond our tithes to sow into other ministries and to show our appreciation for their work. The Israelites had offerings for many reasons and offered up different valuables for certain occasions. They had grain, drink and burnt offerings for Sabbaths, New Moon, feasts and appointed festivals. Old Testament Jews gave fellowship, thank, holy and sin offerings to make atonement for Israel and do service in the house of God (Nehemiah 10:33). We give thank offerings to honor God and the blameless He shows His salvation to. Thank offerings therefore must make us blameless to the Lord. Another offering given many times in Israel were freewill offerings so anyone who wanted to could give for a specific need in Israel (Exodus 35:29). One offering the people gave for the building of the tabernacle included giving precious metals, gem stones, animal skins, scarlet threads, animals for sacrifices, acacia wood, olive oil and fine spices for anointing and fragrant incense (Exodus 25:2-7). Most offerings today are freewill offerings of money, time, assets or other valuables that often benefit missionaries, speakers or other ministries. We are to give offerings as our heart prompts us to give to the Lord and His workers.

These freewill offerings are many times thank offerings to honor God; to be blameless and receive our salvation. Old school burnt offerings were no longer pleasing to God when Israel became corrupt and worshiped other gods. When Jesus came He came to refine men’s hearts like silver and gold to make us clean like priests. Then we can be men and women of God who bring offerings to Him in righteousness and they will be acceptable to Him as they were when God first asked for offerings (Malachi 3:3-4). Why would we rob God? Yet we do it anyways. We rob Him when we don’t give our tithes and offerings as we are prompted to give them. Robbing God brings the curse on people and nations who will not give them. We are to pay our full tithe to the Lord and there will be food in our house. God tells us to test Him in our giving and see if He will not open the floodgates of heaven and give us such a blessing that we cannot contain it. He will prevent pests from destroying our crops and our fruit will not fall from the tree before it’s fully ripe (Malachi 3:8-11). Jesus one day sat across from the place offerings were put and watched the crowds putting money in the temple treasury. The rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow threw in two copper coins only worth a couple cents. Jesus told His disciples that the poor widow put more money into the treasury than anyone else. They gave a small percentage of their wealth; out of her poverty, the widow gave all she had to live off of (Mark 12:41-44). God loves a cheerful giver not because we feel obligated to give (2 Corinthians 9:7). The widow gave all she had I wonder if we did this with our offerings how blessed our lives might be.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com The Daily Spark and Scripture Pictures are further spreading the message of Christ. We have accepted the opportunity for Tuesday’s Torch to be in Redeemed the Magazine for prisoners. The founder and author of Tuesdays Torch Tim Sader, has spoken in church and has several speaking engagements lined up for the future. 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. Recently we partnered with leisurelane.wordpress.com please check it out and send them some love. Any ministries or blogs that would like to partner with Tuesdays Torch please let us know. We pray the Lord will touch every reader. 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 a little more about what He did and what He is still doing. The best thing God has ever done was send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will meet the Lord. If anyone wants to make Jesus Christ their Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will pray together. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website, by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 12/30/2014 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 312

Tuesday’s Torch

12/23/14

By: Tim Sader

Matthew 6:16

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Last week we learned about the gift of Holy Spirit and the way He leads our lives with the power of God inside us. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will lead us into doing a fast to get a breakthrough for an issue in our lives. I have done many fasts through the years for different reasons and have seen more prayers answered during fasts than without. I’ve seen friends figure a mysterious illness, people let out of jail, leaders of countries established, a new van, a relationship ended and a new one sustained. Many of these I prayed for before I fasted but during my fasting suddenly the answers just happened. When fasting we shouldn’t grudgingly do it by being gloomy to get attention by doing this we have received all the reward we will get. When we fast we should take care of ourselves and go about our day like we would if we weren’t so others don’t know we’re fasting. Only when the Father sees us doing this in secret can He reward us according to His will (Matthew 6:16-18). God does not want us to fast just because that is the thing to do; rather He wants it to be for an appropriate reason. We fast to loose the chains of injustice, break every yoke and set free those who are oppressed in some way. Our works should be good when we fast; we should feed and clothe the poor and not turn away our family’s needs. Then the light inside us will break forth like the dawn, healing will come quick, our righteousness will appear and the Lord will have our back. We will call on the Lord and He will answer when we call on Him to be our help; He will answer here I am (Isaiah 58:6-9). If we have a certain need that is according to Gods will there is no better way to get it then by fasting and asking God for it.

When Jesus laid hands on a boy possessed by an evil spirit He lifted him up by the hand and instantly he was healed. The disciples couldn’t figure out why when they tried healing the boy they couldn’t cast the spirit out of him. Jesus told them the kind of spirit it was could only come out by prayer and fasting (Mark 9:27-29). Some situations need extra convincing to be resolved; this extra is gained by fasting. We proclaim a fast to humble ourselves before God and ask for a safe journey for us, our children and all our possessions (Ezra 8:21). When we return to God after being away from Him we should dedicate our heart to Him; with fasting, weeping and mourning. How we fast is completely between us and God. Some fasts are just for an appointed day or length of days, a part of a day or un-appointed length of time. When King Saul died the men who took care of him and his son’s burial fasted for seven days to morn their tragic deaths (1 Samuel 31:13). In a vision Daniel saw a great war so he mourned and fasted for three weeks. He ate no choice foods, meat or wine and used no lotion until the end of three weeks (Daniel 10:2-3). Daniel fasted twenty-one days to see breakthrough but on his fast he gave up what was most important not all eating. Jesus fasted from food and maybe drinking for forty days because afterward He was hungry (Matthew 4:2). While worshipping and fasting the Holy Spirit set Barnabas and Saul apart to do some work. Afterward they placed hands on them and sent them out (Acts 13:2-3). Paul and Barnabas appointed elders through prayer and fasting before committing them to the Lord (Acts 14:23). When we need a breakthrough, are troubled in spirit, committing someone or us to the Lord fasting is the way to get the best results.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com The Daily Spark and Scripture Pictures are further spreading the message of Christ. We have accepted the opportunity for Tuesday’s Torch to be in Redeemed the Magazine for prisoners. The founder and author of Tuesdays Torch Tim Sader, has spoken in church and has several speaking engagements lined up for the future. 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. Recently we partnered with leisurelane.wordpress.com please check it out and send them some love. Any ministries or blogs that would like to partner with Tuesdays Torch please let us know. We pray the Lord will touch every reader. 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 a little more about what He did and what He is still doing. The best thing God has ever done was send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will meet the Lord. If anyone wants to make Jesus Christ their Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will pray together. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website, by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 week 311

Tuesday’s Torch

12/16/14

By: Tim Sader

Acts 2:38

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Last week we learned about the importance of baptism and what it means to us who receive Christ for the forgiveness of sins. John baptized with water but when Jesus came and forgave sin’s we are now able to receive the baptism of fire and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). We are instructed to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus to be forgiven first. Soon after or sometimes right before baptism we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Notice the Spirit is a gift that Jesus gave to us when He returned to the Father so we wouldn’t be left here on our own without Him. A father doesn’t give his children a poisonous creature when they ask for a snack. If we who are evil know how to give good things to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father give us the gift of the Holy Spirit when we ask Him to (Luke 11:11-13)? If we love God we will keep His commands, Jesus said He will ask the Father to send us an advocate to help us and be with us forever. The world cannot accept the Spirit of truth because they don’t know Him and can’t see Him; but we know Him because He is with us and in us. He won’t leave us as orphans but will come to us and abide with us (John 14:15-18). The advocate the Father sent when Jesus asked is the Holy Spirit; He teaches us in all things and reminds us of everything we learned from Jesus and the word of God (John 14:26). When the Father sends the Spirit of truth our Advocate He will testify of Christ and we will testify to because He has been there from the beginning (John 15:26-27). The gift of the Holy Spirit is our constant companion who teaches us and leads us down the path of truth.

The Holy Spirit makes us kind of super humans; we have God given super power to complete His will for our lives. When the Holy Spirit comes we receive power so we can be witnesses of God to every corner of the globe (Acts 1:8). When we are unfairly judged and brought before high authorities we don’t have to worry about what to say. The Holy Spirit will show us at the right time what we should say (Luke 12:11-12). Evidence of us receiving the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit enables us to do so (Acts 2:4). The Spirit can be transferred to us when a man or woman of God lays hands on us (Acts 8:17). The hope we have in God does not put us to shame because the love of God is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5). God testified to our salvation by performing signs, wonders, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His will (Hebrews 2:4). Our bodies are temples of Holy Spirit; we received Him from God and He is inside of us. We are not our own anymore, we have a helper so we can act according to Gods will (1 Corinthians 6:19). We should build ourselves up in our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit and keeping ourselves in God’s love as we wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life (Jude 1:20-21). The Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to as the comforter because with Him we are never alone and if we are devoted to His ways we will always be doing what is right. When we receive this wonderful gift we have God sized power that can change the world. There are many gifts that come from the Holy Spirit so we are equipped to do Gods will in our life.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com The Daily Spark and Scripture Pictures are further spreading the message of Christ. We have accepted the opportunity for Tuesday’s Torch to be in Redeemed the Magazine for prisoners. The founder and author of Tuesdays Torch Tim Sader, has spoken in church and has several speaking engagements lined up for the future. 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. Recently we partnered with leisurelane.wordpress.com please check it out and send them some love. Any ministries or blogs that would like to partner with Tuesdays Torch please let us know. We pray the Lord will touch every reader. 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 a little more about what He did and what He is still doing. The best thing God has ever done was send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will meet the Lord. If anyone wants to make Jesus Christ their Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will pray together. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website, by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 12/16/2014 in Torches