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Tuesdays Torch week 355

Tuesday’s Torch

10/27/15

By: Tim Sader 

Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done. (Micah 3:4) 

Last week we learned that being too busy is the enemy of spiritual growth and causes many believers to backslide. To fight against hurry we need to learn how to say; no, I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down. How often do we pray and seek God for things and feel that He has no answer for us? For the most part when He is not answering the problem is not with Him but with us in some way. Maybe, like last week we say a quick prayer and get to busy to listen for Him to answer. I heard a nun speak on the topic of prayers not being answered and she said it’s not that the prayer hasn’t been answered but that the answer is no or not right now. God does not always answer prayers the way we think He should that is why we must ask and wait for an answer until we are sure it is God’s solution and not our own. Sometimes when I am busy with things my wife will ask a question and sometimes I do not answer. I don’t recommend doing this all the time and I’m trying to change so this don’t continue happening. I’m not saying God doesn’t answer because He is too busy but there maybe things that need to happen before we can receive His answer. It is also possible that because of our wickedness and evil desires that we are blocking up the line of communication. We are talking to God but we are breaking up, all He can hear is static and we cannot find a clear signal. Sin makes static in our communication with God; we cry out to Him but we are sending mixed signals that He can’t quite understand.

After Israel became a nation they grew tired of the judges and wanted a king like other nations. Samuel the prophet told the people that a king would greatly complicate their lives. A king would take a tenth of their flocks, and they would become his slaves. When they chose their king, God warns that a day will come when they will cry for relief but He would not answer them (1 Samuel 8:17-18). The people of Israel like many of us thought they knew what they needed from God when really it’s our own way that we are looking for. God says choose but that way will be difficult and it might be good but My way is best and when it all falls apart I will not even listen to the cries. Israel chose their king and one day Saul asked God if they should pursue the Philistines and have a victory. God did not answer him on that day. Since there was no answer Saul called the leaders of the armies so they could find out what sin had been committed that day (1 Samuel 14:37-38). Saul knew if God is not responding then we have done something to stop communication and he intended to clear it up. In Christ clearing things up has been made easier but quite possibly if there’s no answer from God we need to clear things up with Him. God does not answer because of evil pride. He knows not to listen to empty pleas and pays no attention them. If they act like God is not there how much less will He listen? Yet their case has been made but they must wait for Him (Job 35:12-14)! Those who hate knowledge and do not fear the Lord, they call on God but He will not answer. Since they would not accept advice or rebuke they will eat and be filled by the fruit of their schemes. Waywardness of the simple and the complacency of fools will be their down fall but whoever listens to the Lord will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm (Proverbs 1:28-33). Those who forsake Him are destine for destruction because He called and there was no answer. The servants of God will eat, drink and rejoice but they will go hungry, be thirsty and put to shame (Isaiah 65:11-13). There are many reasons God gives no answer when we call to Him but the only way to receive the answer is fellowship with Him and through the forgiveness we find 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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Posted by on 10/27/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 354

Tuesday’s Torch

10/20/15

By: Tim Sader 

Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. (Psalm 39:6) 

Last week we talked about being backsliders and learned we all have the potential to move backwards in our faith. If we are nearer to God now than we were yesterday we are moving forward just like we should be. One reason people backslide is because we are too busy doing so many other things that we don’t have time for God. Usually we are not doing things that seem so wrong, we just live our lives and our faith is put on the back burner. In a discipleship training course at Ashley Ridge Church in Summerville, SC we were doing a study from a book called, The Life You Always Wanted. In that book author John Ortberg tells us that his mentor told him that hurry is the biggest enemy of spiritual growth. Reading the bible, praying, going to church, serving and loving others takes time. When we get too busy with any number of tasks we don’t have time to spend with the Lord. If we do not intentionally make time to settle down and get with the Lord we will be carried away from Him before we realize what happened. In the early 1990’s I remember the band Alabama had a song called, I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why). I was in middle school and I loved this song; I heard this song with my friend David on the radio 50 or so times in one summer. The chorus lyrics are; I’m in a hurry to get things done, Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun, All I really gotta do is live and die, But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why. At thirteen my life was hurried enough already that this song had a deep meaning to me. Mom and dad went early to work, my help came and I hurried to make the bus, at school we hurried from class to class, we hurried to have dinner and do homework so we could watch TV before bed. We rushed about in vain to possibly save a few minutes in our day.

The world is in a hurry to do everything and to do it all faster. We cannot live this way, rushing to do what is evil and to shed innocent blood (Proverbs 1:15-16). I don’t so much think of the obvios evils when I ponder this; I think that the rushing itself helps bring us make evil choices. Doing what is right can also be a distraction if it is not what God has planned for us. When Jesus visits Martha and Mary, Martha does nothing wrong but instead of being rushed by customs all Jesus expected was for her to sit and hang out with Him like her sister Mary (Luke 10:38-42). This is not to place more restrictions on us but so we will do whatever will help us serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible (1 Corinthians 7:35). If the enemy spiritual growth is hurry then the enemy of hurry is the word “No” and as Christians we don’t know how to say it enough. We do not have to be guilted to serve on five church commities, help all our friends always and volunteer with three charities while working, raising kids and having a wife. The grace of God teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives (Titus 2:11-12). Sometimes saying no to things is the will of God so we can manage life and what He already called us to do. We do not have to worry about what people might think; our yes should be yes and our no mean no anything else is from the evil one (Matthew 5:37). In home group on Sunday we are studying Discovering God’s Will by Andy Stanley. In part seven we learn that while Nehemiah is rebuilding the wall Sanballat sends a message to meet up with him. Four times Nehemiah responds, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down (Nehemiah 6:3).” He says no, I am doing the will of God and I will not be made too busy so it isn’t completed. We must free ourselves from being too busy and learn to make time for God so we can know His will for our lives and do it without rushing to do everything that keeps us from 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 10/20/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 353

Tuesday’s Torch

10/13/15

By: Tim Sader 

The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. (Proverbs 14:14) 

Last week we talked about Jesus being the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Only in Him through example and sacrifice can we learn to live and be made perfect in our righteousness. Before that we spoke on being hot and briefly on growing cold in our faith. If we are not hot for the Lord we are increasingly growing cold. This is a dangerous place for us to be in. It’s almost better to be fully cold if we are not hot because the lukewarm the Lord will spew from His mouth (Revelation 3:16). When Christians grow cold they are called backsliders because they are making reverse progress in their faith. For many years in my late teens and twenties I was lukewarm in my walk with God. Some of that time I was involved in church, youth groups and hosted a weekly bible study with my friends. On the weekends and anytime I could find a good reason to do so I would drink alcohol. I didn’t only drink a little either; I got chasing tail, smoking pot, cussing, mad at certain people, fighting drunk until I blacked out and couldn’t remember my exploits the next day. I was lukewarm and backsliding to say the least. After some bad things happened at a church I was attending the youth group fell apart. Then another church I went to shut down because of leadership conflicts. The last one I went to at that time all the youth grew up and there weren’t enough younger kids to keep it going. I experienced let down after let down until I didn’t care about church at all. I was going from being backslider to cold quickly and didn’t care much about stopping. In 2007 I took a trip to the hospital and that finally got my attention so I got things right with the Lord.

Before sending Jesus, God looked down from heaven on all mankind to see if anyone understood or seeks Him. Everyone had turned away, all of them were corrupt; there is no one who is good, not even one us (Psalm 53:2-3). All of us have the capability of turning away from the Lord; in the flesh we are not good and if we stay there or return there we are a backslider. The waywardness of simple people will kill them, a fools complacency destroys them; but if we listen to the Lord we will live in safety and be at ease, without fear (Proverbs 1:32-33). Being defiant toward the Lord by choosing not to seek Him will only hurt us in the long run. Backsliders will not easily find peace in their lives. The backslider will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs (Proverbs 14:14). Our own wickedness punishes us, backsliding brings rebuke on us. Let us consider how evil it is when we forsake the Lord our God and have no awe for Him (Jeremiah 2:19). Our backsliding hurts the Lord; it is purely evil for us to turn our backs on God like we have no respect for Him. We must return to the Lord and He will heal our backsliding. We must show Him the proper respect He deserves because He is God and we are not (Jeremiah 3:22). When we ask Him back into our lives we must believe and not doubt or we are like a wave in the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. If we waver how can we expect to receive anything from the Lord? That person is double-minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:6-8). We cannot turn toward the Lord and second guess it or we are not sliding in the right direction. If we draw near to God He will come near unto us. We must wash our hands and purify our hearts if we have been double-minded (James 4:8). God will be as near or as far from us as we will come near to Him. Let us be closer to the Lord today than we were yesterday so we won’t be backsliders and risk it all for nothing good at all.

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 10/13/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 352

Tuesday’s Torch

10/06/15

By: Tim Sader 

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For his joy he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 12:2) 

Last week we talked about being cold or hot in our walk with the Lord. He is a consuming fire; His word is hot enough to burn everything out of our lives that might make us grow cold. His word does something inside of us; it makes us want to be better people. When Jesus becomes Lord of our lives we are supposed to strive to be like Him. We don’t do this because He forces us to but because we love Him and trust that He knows what’s best for us. He is the pioneer; meaning He came here first and lived a righteous life to show us what it looks like. He carved out a pattern for us to recreate and repeat exponentially in the life of others. His pattern was perfect and by following Him we will be perfected more and more. The perfecter not only showed us righteous perfection He endured the cross so that even if we sin we could still be perfect in the eyes of God. He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He (Deuteronomy 32:4). We can trust in Him because His works are flawless; He is just and perfectly righteous so if we make Him our savior He will save us. We are instructed to be perfect like the Heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48) Only Jesus, our perfecter can help us do this then our job is to make changes in our lives to be more like Him.

We do this by doing life like He did it and allowing His perfection to perfect us. We can be assured His words are always true, He has perfect knowledge and He is with us (Job 36:4). There is nothing false about the Lord, His law is perfect and refreshing to the soul. All His statutes are trustworthy, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7). His law is not meant to be a burden but refreshing to the soul; they give wisdom to us to help in our perfecting. When our mind remains steadfast on Him we will be kept in perfect peace because we trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3). Being steadfast fast means we are doing our very best to completely rely on God to be everything we need. If we would fully do this we would better become perfect. Jesus tells us to go, sell all our possessions and give to the poor so we will have treasure in heaven. Then we can follow Him (Matthew 19:21). That is being steadfast; everything we own is nothing but filthy rags if it keeps us from diligently following the Lord. Giving to those who have very little brings us treasure that matters for all of eternity. Nothing should be greater than God in our lives and anything that is will greatly hinder the work of perfection in our lives. We cannot conform to the pattern of the world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then we will be able to test and approve what is the perfect pleasing will of God in our lives (Romans 12:2). To be perfected we cannot do things like the world does them anymore. We have to throw away our old thought patterns along with the possessions we have that keep us away from God. The perfecter can only perfect us to the extent that we allow perfection to come into our lives. This cannot be done without us being willing to work at it and do our small part so we can be in the perfect will of God; so we can be good and pleasing to Him. Only In Jesus do we find perfection in righteousness with God. Because He took our sins He can be our perfecter. He did most of it for us but we must be willing to strive for it also. Our focus must be the Lord and not on the things of this world that make us anything but perfect in the eyes of God.

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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