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Tuesdays Torch week 351

Tuesday’s Torch

09/29/15

By: Tim Sader 

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (Revelation 3:15) 

Last week we talked about the good things that God has done and is willing to do because of His great love for us. The more we seek Him the more of His goodness we will experience in our lives and the better He will make us. Our deeds, they are either good or bad and they make us hot or cold in our following the Lord. However it is not good for us to be somewhere in between hot and cold. It would be better for us to be either one or the other instead of being on the fence. The Lord seeks that we would love Him with our whole heart; anything less is offensive. We can’t tell someone I love you but only when I want to or only when it’s convenient for me. If I told my wife I love you right now except when I don’t want to she would be majorly hurt and it would damage our relationship. When we love it must be without restrictions and we cannot waiver in our steadfast love or it isn’t true. Those who have loved but were not loved in the same way by the other person understand the pain the Lord feels when we waiver between loving Him or not. Everyone who hasn’t been loved back would tell us that it’d be best to either be loved or never know that person. The pain of almost being loved is far worse than never being loved by another. If we are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold; He will spit us out of His mouth so it’d almost be better to reject Him all together (Revelation 3:16). If He has our heart we will give it all to Him and hold nothing back that would keep us cold toward Him.

To the people of Israel when Moses was on the mountain the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire (Exodus 24:17). To them it looked like God was a fire; that is the hottest thing they knew about. This means it seemed as if God was so hot that His glory consumed the mountain. The Lord our God is a consuming fire, He is a jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:24). God wants to be all consuming in our lives and wants for us to be sold out for Him. Anything else and He will be jealous; He longs that we would give Him our very best. So if God is hot everything that is in opposition to His will is cold and in-between is unacceptable to Him. In the end times many will turn away from the faith, they will betray and hate eachother. In those times many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold but if we stand firm until the end we will be saved (Matthew 24:10-13). Wickedness increasing is the reason many will grow cold. It doesn’t specifically say the wickedness of others so this may be their own participation in wickedness made their love of God grow cold. To avoid this happening we must watch our ways and keep our tongue from sin: we need to muzzle our mouth when in the presence of the wicked. We should remain silent, not even speaking what is good. As our anguish inside increases our heart will burn for the Lord. We must meditate and let the fire burn; then we can speak with our tongue (Psalm 39:1-3). The main point here is to think about everything we do and say around others; put everything through our God filter and meditate on His word before we speak. Also when we speak about it we maybe should just speak to Him about it. The Lord declares, “is not my word like fire and like a hammer that breaks a rock into pieces (Jeremiah 23:29)?” Relief will come to us who are troubled. It will happen when Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels (2 Thessalonians 1:7). We are hot or cold in our relationship with God. Being hot means we give Him everything we are and stand firm even when wickedness seems easier to endure.

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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Tuesdays Torch week 350

Tuesday’s Torch

09/22/15

By: Tim Sader 

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10) 

Last week we talked about the harvest we produce in our lives based on the seeds we plant in it. The more God seeds we grow the more of Him we will be and our harvest will be abundant. God enjoys when He does good things for us. In the natural harvest is a good thing because it produces food for mankind. God has done many good things for me through the years though I’ve had constant challenges because of muscle disease. In a way some of the good things that have happened to have been available because of my weaknesses. When I was in middle school I took my family on two big trips. The first trip we took was to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with my aunt. I was selected to represent the state of Minnesota where Northwest Airlines had their main hub for an art contest to have my picture put on the outside of a plane with participants from around the world. They flew us to anywhere in the USA since we didn’t get to fly to the winners retreat since it was in Minnesota. The second trip we took was to Australia for nine days after I wrote to Make-A-Wish and they granted my wish. Those were some of the first of the best good things the Lord has done for me. Other good things are breathing, shelter, spouses, children, grandchildren, being healthy, having wealth, friendships, learning, sunshine, technology, pets and clean laundry. In nature things don’t always go as planned; animals die when there is drought, famine or no food for them. However this is not so for those of us who seek the Lord; we will lack no good thing when we diligently seek Him. Good things may come for unexpected reasons but even in our setbacks we can find the favor of God.

When God brought Israel into the promise land they inherited large flourishing cities and all kinds of good things they had no part in making. They were told though not to forget the Lord who brought them out of Egypt (Deuteronomy 6:10-12). Israel got a lot of good things from God but were told, “Don’t forget me.” How often will God do good things for us and when something goes wrong we forget Him in the situation? God is a sun and a shield; He gives us favor and honor; no good thing will He withhold from those whose walk is blameless (Psalm 84:11). When our actions reflect His nature we will enjoy the good things in life. He fills the hungry and satisfies the thirsty with good things (Psalm 107:9). This may be why we are told to hunger and thirst for righteousness. Apart from the Lord we have no good thing (Psalm 16:2). Trouble pursues the sinner but the righteous are rewarded with good things (Proverbs 13:21). What we put in us, be it negative or positive that is what our lives will produce. A good person brings good things out of the good stored up in their heart, and evil people bring evil things out of the evil stored up in them (Matthew 12:35). When Christ became high priest of the good things we find in Him; He went through a greater and a more perfect tabernacle not made by man’s hands out of what was created. He did not enter by the blood of calves and goats; but entered the Most Holy Place once and for all by His own blood which grants us eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:11-12). Jesus is the best good thing we could ever ask for. I pray this message will be effective in deepening our understanding of every good thing we share in Christ and for His sake (Philemon 1:6). Good things that we do and good things that are done to us originate by the same source. God invented all good things so when good happens it happens because of 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 09/22/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 349

Tuesday’s Torch

09/15/15

By: Tim Sader

 

The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. (Psalm 85:12)

 

Last week we learned about the gifts that God gives to all of us especially when we remain in Him. Not all Gods gifts are spiritual sometimes He blesses us when we ask Him to because He loves us and wants to bless us with good things. Today is the final day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Today we celebrate God creating mankind thus emphasizing the special relationship between God and humanity: our dependence upon God as our creator and sustainer, and God’s dependence upon us as the ones who make His presence known and felt in His world. The main way to observe this day is by sounding the shofar which is a cry for resentence because it is also the anniversary of the first sin. People pray on this day for a year full of life, health and prosperity (Chabad.com). This is the end of one year and the beginning of another on the Jewish calendar so it is a time of reflecting on the past and looking forward to the coming year. On the Julian calendar the end of the year is still a few months away but regardless of what day it is on the calendar harvest time is fast approaching. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease (Genesis 8:22). Harvest time is a continual process that happens in the earth; when we plant seeds in spring if we raised them right we will have a time to harvest them. The Lord gives to us what is good and the land will yield it’s harvest. Even if we only planted weeds there is still a harvest time but what God gives is good. What did we plant this past year that we will soon reap a harvest from?

In Bible times there was a saying, “It’s still four months until harvest” but Jesus said look at the fields; they are ripe for harvest. The one who reaps receives a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life so the sower and reaper may be glad together (John 4:35-36). He says this for us, right? Yes, it was written for us because whoever plows and threshes should have the hope of being able to share in the harvest (1 Corinthians 9:10). The harvest is not meant to be taken on our own; there are many workers needed in harvesting the fields of life. When we win souls for the Lord we get to celebrate with the new believer and we will share in eternal life with them. Some workers plow the soil and some workers thresh the ripe ones when they are ready for the harvest. All of us get to share the fruit of eternal life together. The Lord supplies seed to the sower and bread for us to eat so why wouldn’t He supply and increase our seed to enlarge the harvest of our righteousness. We will be enriched in every way so that we can be generous on every occasion, and our generosity will result in thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:10-11). So let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). The good we do is our acts of righteousness; when we do good we reap a good harvest from the Lord. When we don’t do good we may need correction and sometimes the Lord has to find ways to discipline us to bring us back to Him. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11). Discipline from the Lord is not always easy to endure but once we learn what is being taught by Him it produces righteousness and peace for us. Peacemakers who sow in peace will reap a harvest of righteousness (James 3:18). The good attributes that we add into our life for the right reasons will produce a harvest of righteousness in us. The seeds we plant in life determine the harvest we will produce. Godly seeds will help God grow up in us and as He grows we will be given more seed to grow so we can have an abundant harvest.

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 09/15/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 348

Tuesday’s Torch

09/08/15

By: Tim Sader 

I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. (1 Corinthians 7:7) 

Last week we learned that God is there for us and there are many benefits we receive when we fill ourselves up with Him. If He was willing to give us His son then He can do all things for us. God gives gifts to us when we make Jesus our savior and some get one gift while others get another gift from Him. While preparing for this message I got to thinking about the gifts of God in my life. There are obviously some spiritual gifts or I could not be inspired to write this study every week. It’s all Him folks; He gets all the credit. I am not only talking about gifts of the Spirit though there are gifts we get just because He loves us and wants us to feel useful and complete. In Proverbs we read that when a man finds a wife he finds a good thing and receives favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22). In April I found my good thing and she is a great gift from the Lord. With her I feel more favor from the Lord then any time previously. We got engaged, planned a wedding, fixed up a house, had a wedding, traveled to each other for three months, sold the house, found a new house, moved into storage, had temporary housing and finally moved in together. We accomplished all that in about eight months and me or my wife cannot drive, pack boxes or move them on our own. It took a small army and a few miracles to accomplish but all of it happened with very little opposition. When God gives us wealth, possessions, the ability to enjoy our life and to be happy in our toil; it is a gift from God (Ecclesiastes 5:19). Whatever it is we get that seems like it is too good to be true is quite possibly a gift from God.

Every good and perfect Gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, He does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17). Every good thing we receive, we have because God blessed us with it. His nature is to do good because He loves us and does not change His mind like us. Still, even we who are evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more our Father in heaven will give good gifts when we ask for them (Matthew 7:11)! God is ready and willing to give good gifts to us; the only stipulation He gives us is that we ask for it. Now keep in mind He cannot give us what is not His will to give. He will not do anything that comes close to being evil to ourselves or others. But what is good and perfect comes from Him. There are many gifts that come from God and all of them are distributed by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4). The greatest gift God gave us none of us deserve; the wages of sin is death but the gift from God is eternal life in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins (Romans 6:23). Every one of us must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to be forgiven and receive the second greatest gift from God, the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). The Spirit distributes the gifts of God but it also is in us so we can use and receive those gifts. Wealth, possessions, joy, hard work and a wife are all great gifts from the Lord when we seek Him in receiving them. Children are also a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is our reward (Psalm 127:3). The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Those who hear and are thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life (Revelation 22:17). Life is among the greatest of gifts we get from God and in Jesus life is extended to an eternity. We all have gifts from God that benefit us greatly; we may not always recognize them as such but if we will open our eyes to them, they cannot be missed.

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 09/08/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 347

Tuesday’s Torch

09/01/15

By: Tim Sader 

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126:3) 

Last week we learned that we can be refreshed by seeking the Lord; and when we restore others while they are down we will be refreshed and filled with joy. We should be for each other like God is there for all of us when we reach out to Him. When something is for us it is ours and for the most part it is something we needed or want to have. When we go to a restaurant and order food it is for us. We ordered the food for us to enjoy and to fill our belly with. It is a benefit to us because it gives us energy and is nourishment to sustain us. We are not forced to eat though and when we do eat we get to choose whether to eat junk or what will benefit us the most. Just like food God is there for us and we can choose to fill our spirit with Him or be filled up with the other junk that we can find in this world. If we don’t choose to be filled by Him, the Lord still is there for us and there are many great benefits when we acknowledge Him. The Lord has done great things for us all so we can be full of joy. Even if He stopped at creating the world to provide for everything we need to have a life and sustain us; He already did great things for us. That alone is enough to bring us great joy but He didn’t stop. His benefits are too numerous to count but His goodness is for us and we can benefit from it or avoid Him and fail. The Lord has many plans for us and has done great wonders. None can compare with Him; His deeds would be too many for us to declare (Psalm 40:5). Today we will learn some of His benefits for us.

May the favor of the Lord rest upon us and establish the works of our hands (Psalm 90:17). God put man in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it; working is His plan so He will establish what we will work for. Our work that is not His plan will even come to being but it doesn’t mean it was His job for us to do. We are all Gods handiwork but in Christ Jesus we are called to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). God has a plan He prepared for us and it is best accomplished when Jesus becomes Lord in our lives. Through Jesus, God demonstrates His own love for us because while we were still sinners His only Son died for us (Romans 5:8). God made Jesus who had never sinned become sin for us, so in Him we could be made the righteous of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). God loved us so He gave His perfect son up for us; He became sin for us so we could be made right with God. If we will acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, God is in us and we are in Him. We know and rely on the love He has for us because He is love. Whoever lives in love is in God and He is in them also (1 John 4:15-16). What can we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He didn’t even spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all; how will He not also, with Him, gracefully give us all things (Romans 8:31-32). God has so many benefits for us since He wants to give us all things. These things don’t always come when we think they should and might not be what we were thinking but gracefully He gives it to us. There is still plenty of work to be done on the walls that will be around His people. But when we hear the trumpets sound we must join together there because our God will fight for us (Nehemiah 4:20). God establishes the work we do but that doesn’t mean trouble will not come but united together in Him the fight has been won for us. What God does for us is beyond words because it cannot all be listed but Romans 8 says it well; If God gave us His Son then surely He can give us all things. Everything is for us but not everything is in His plan but whatever we need to fulfill it is ours in Christ.

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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