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Tuesdays Torch week 330

Tuesday’s Torch

04/28/15

By: Tim Sader

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)

Last week we discussed liberty which is the state of being free. We can only find liberty in doing what the Holy Spirit reveals to us and not misusing our liberty to follow after our flesh. We find freedom in following Christ and putting his word to work in our lives so others won’t stumble because of our unrighteousness. We must learn to harken to the voice of the Lord. His word is life to our mortal flesh; it will restore us. The Lord tells us to, “Lay up my words in your heart and soul.” We should bind them as a symbol upon our hand and keep them in our mind. We must teach His word to our children in our everyday lives, when we travel, lie down or rise for the day. We are to write them upon our gates and the door posts of our houses so we are always reminded of His blessings in our lives (Deuteronomy 11:18-21). When we reject the words of God by not listening to them or not following after righteousness we turn ourselves over to what is evil. When evil comes even the fruit of our thoughts will come upon us (Jeremiah 6:19). This is why God tells us to keep, “my words” and to lay up His commandments deep inside of us (Proverbs 7:1). The word of God is quick, powerful and sharper then a two-edged sword able to pierce into the division between spirit, soul and body. It helps us to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). God is saying to us; “Listen to my word you were nothing until I spoke it and everything I speak is good. If my word is in your midst goodness, mercy and other godly virtues will show me off in your lives. Draw near to me and follow my words then you will be my sheep and you will graze in the best fields because I am good to those who recognize me and will hear my voice.”

Though heaven and earth may pass away; the word of God shall never pass away (Luke 21:33). In our verse today Christ tells the truth when He said, “whoever hears my word believes in Him who sent me and has eternal life. They will not be judged but have crossed from death to life.” When we believe that Christ is Gods Son we receive eternal life; we are not judged because Christ sacrificed Himself so we could be forgiven. We crossed over from death into eternal life in Christ. If we however shall be ashamed of Him and His word in this sinful generation; Christ also will be ashamed of us when He returns in the glory of His Father with the holy angels (Mark 8:38). One day Christ will return for us, when He does I pray He’s not ashamed of us so we can enjoy the glory with the Father and all the heavenly hosts. Jesus answers one of His disciples and told him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, we will come to him and make our dwelling inside of him (John 14:23).” Has Christ come to dwell in those of us reading this message or have we taken for granted the word of the Lord? If He has then he is with us but if not He’d like to come and live inside of us all. Jesus told the Jews who believed in Him to continue in His word and then they would be His disciples indeed. Then they would know the truth and it will make them free (John 8:31-32). When we continue in the word of God we are diligently following Christ and since we know he is the truth in Him we have been made free. If we abide in Christ, His words abide inside of us, then we shall ask for what we want and it will be done onto us (John 15:7). Christ says, remember my word it will not pass away; and if we believe His word we will live forever with Him in glory.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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 04/28/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 329

Tuesday’s Torch

04/21/15

By: Tim Sader

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

I’d like to say thanks to my friend Bobby for writing the torch last week while I was on my honeymoon. He wrote about blind Bartimaeus calling out to Jesus even when the crowd tried to shut him up. When Jesus healed him He told him to go thy way; Bartimaeus could have went and seen everything he couldn’t see but instead it says immediately he followed Jesus. Would we do the same if God granted us our desires? Christ told him to go his way because he had the right to choose for himself what to do. Christ would not have been mad at him if he didn’t immediately follow Him but after experiencing the power of God he used his liberty to follow Jesus. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and it is the state of being free. Christ granted us this freedom so we could choose to do what we want to do. Even though He loves us all; some of us will go our own way and do what we want to do. When we use our freedom to follow his instructions we will truly have liberty because we are doing what the Spirit would have us doing (Psalm 119:45). Where His Spirit is, is where true freedom can be found. Ten days ago I married the love of my life because she is the one I want to be with. I have the liberty to be a good or a not so good spouse as all married people get to do. Good spouses have a good marriage with fewer problems because they treat their significant other the way that they should. If we are angry, selfish or jealous all the time we will probably end up in the court room or in constant stress. Freedom isn’t always easy but done the right way we can enjoy its fruit.

We have been called to the liberty we find in Jesus Christ; not so we would use our freedom to satisfy the flesh but so that in love we’d serve each other. All the law is fulfilled in love so we should love our neighbor like we love ourselves (Galatians 5:13-14). We must stand strong in the liberty which Christ has given to us and not be entangled again in the bondage of sin (Galatians 5:1). If we only hear the word but don’t do it we are like a man who looks in a mirror and goes away and forgets what he looks like. If we look into the perfect law of liberty, continue in it and not forget what we hear but do the work are blessed indeed (James 1:23-25). It is the will of God that in doing good we put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. As free we should not use our liberty as a cloak for malicious behavior but to be servants of God (1 Peter 2:15-16). Liberty is a great thing but many times it is misused even by Christians who should know how to act. We must be careful not to let our freedom be a stumbling block to the weak (1 Corinthians 8:9). We cause others to stumble when we miss behave and do things that the weak might be lead astray to do. Sometimes now a day you can stand a Christian and non-Christian side by side and observe their lives and you will see no difference. When the world sees a Christian not acting like a Christian it is a bad witness to the Lord. Why would they want to change when they see no change? Sometimes we even use our beliefs as a stumbling block when we judge others and don’t offer them the freedom Christ offered us. It is the Holy Spirit who calls men to repent it is our job to live our life like we know Christ and to share His love by serving others. Christ is our example, He taught us righteous living with His life so we teach others with our doing good. Christ freed us all so we should offer freedom to others so they want to choose Him and because they see His benefit in us who used our liberty to choose Him.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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 04/21/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 328

Tuesday’s Torch

4/14/2015

Guest Author: Bobby Stewart

The Lord truly does answer prayers. When we seek his help, we can be sure that he indeed hears us and answers. Mark 10:46 paints the picture of blind Bartimaeus sitting on the highway side begging. Upon hearing that Jesus was approaching, he began to call out for the Lord to have mercy on him. Shouting out in hopes of being heard above the noise of the crowd. Many tried to silence him and tell him to be quiet. How often does the cunning adversary try to tell us that calling out in prayer is useless and pointless? The world joins forces with him to convince us to not call out far too often. But we must persist. Ultimately, the Master heard the calls of Bartimaeus and asked that he be brought before him. In verse 51 a very important question was then asked of Bartimaeus, a question I feel he asks of each of us: “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” He asks to receive his sight. What would I ask? What would you ask? A healing request? A career? Spouse? Help with an addiction? More time with a loved one?

We must realize that the Lord wishes to bless us. Sometimes we are granted the righteous desires of our hearts in this life, others will receive those desires in the hereafter. We must continue to seek the Lord. For those who receive their biggest wishes in this life, what does this story from the Gospel of Mark tell us to do? Let us rejoin the story of Bartimaeus. Upon requesting his sight back, Jesus says to him in verse 52: “Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole”. Just like that: Healed. Prayer answered. I pay special attention to the fact that Christ says “go THY way”, he says he can go where he wants to go, the next few words show the character of Bartimaeus. “Immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” Note, it doesn’t say he ran off to go see all the things he couldn’t see, or live it up with his newfound sight. He follows Jesus. If granted the grandest desires of our heart, would we do likewise? Would we follow Christ even when he says “go thy way”? Would our way be wherever Jesus leads us? It is my hope and prayer that you continue to call out to God in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, and that you receive the righteous desires of your heart. That when that day comes, like Bartimaeus you will continue to follow Jesus in the way! I share this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

(Note: It has been an honor to bring this week’s message to you, thank you to Tim Sader for trusting me and allowing me to share this with you all while he had very important matters to tend to. Congratulations again Tim!)

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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 04/15/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 327

Tuesday’s Torch

04/07/15

By: Tim Sader 

Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love. (Song of Songs 2:4) 

Last week we learned about the true fountain of youth that is Jesus Christ. If we believe in Him and commit our lives to Him the fountain of life is inside of us to carry living water everywhere we go. When we think of Jesus we often associate Him with His coming to earth as a man but Jesus existed far before that. He has been since creation and long before that. Jesus makes appearances as far back as Genesis and communicates throughout Old Testament scripture with His people. Jesus is really what it’s all about; if we think of it the entire bible is the redemption story. Jesus is the chosen one and we all are the people He has wants to save from the hand of an evil enemy. He is leading us to the banquet hall where we will be forever united with Him. The banner we are under is His love, an unconditional love that we cannot comprehend. The closest we can come to understanding His love is when we feel the strongest will to love. Man gets to give and receive love like this for a few events in life. I believe that when a man has children is the number one time when we can begin to understand how God loves us. The other moment in life when we get to express our highest level of love is on our wedding day. As my wedding this weekend is rapidly approaching, I must admit the love for my future wife is growing more and more. I want to provide for all her needs and protect her from anything that’d cause her pain. I want her to place me as a seal over her heart; love is stronger than death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like a blazing fire and a mighty flame (Song of Songs 8:6). This is also how Jesus wants to love us; like the groom loves his bride it is the banner He has over us.

Now we will see Jesus in Genesis showing His love to the root of His people. The Lord appeared to Abram and said He was giving the land of someday Israel to him and his offspring. Abram built an altar there to the Lord who appeared to him (Genesis 12:7). How can Abram have seen God if no man can see God and live? The answer is simple he didn’t see God the Father, he seen and spoke to Jesus His Son. When Sarah’s handmaid Hagar was forced to leave with her son Ishmael she was crying near a well of water because of her situation. At the well the Lord appeared to her and Hagar named the Lord, “You are the God who sees me.” She said, “I have now seen the one who sees me (Genesis 16:13).” The one who seen her is the only one who could meet her face to face, the Jesus in Genesis. The Lord appeared to Isaac and told him not to go down to Egypt but to live in the land He would show to him (Genesis 26:2). Jesus was leading Isaac to the Promised Land. Late one night the Lord appeared to him again and said, “I am the God of Abraham. Do not be afraid, I am with you; I will bless you and increase your number of descendants for the sake of Abraham my servant (Genesis 26:24).” Jesus loved Abraham so much and He showed this by being faithful to bless the descendants Abraham. God promised Israel that He would be with them and watch over them wherever they went and bring them back to their land. He will not leave them until He does everything He promised them (Genesis 28:15). He is with whoever will get with Him and we will see Him do His promises for us to. The Jesus in Genesis is the same as the one who rebuilt the temple in three days, not with stone but in our hearts. He is the one who will appear in all His Glory (Psalm 102:16). Jesus is leading us to the banquet hall so forever we can be under His banner of love and He will seal us in His heart as we become His beautiful bride.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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 04/07/2015 in Torches