By: Tim Sader
You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. (2 Samuel 22:29)
During the time while the Lord was showing me a plan for the Christian Healthcare Commission I had a feeling that I needed to use the word inside of me to reach people with the scriptures. At the time I was reading a weekly message sent to my email every Friday. The messages were full of truth in reference to the word but sometimes they would share opinions about other people and ministries that were very judgmental. It doesn’t thrill me when people oppose the word, have their own agenda or only share what feels good but who’s worthy enough to cast the first stone. This email study I was reading was attacking men of God whose ministries have greatly impacted millions of lives. Seeing this made me angry because I feel if a message is in agreement with scripture than it is ok. All ministries who share the love of Jesus speak truth and we should all be on the same team. The bible never tells us to tear down one another but to build eachother up in every way we can. For a few more months I continued reading and more often than not a holy anger would rise up inside of me until I told the Lord I was done with it. That is when I felt the voice inside me say, “If you think you could do better why not do it yourself.” This was not what I expected or wanted to hear. I had no desire to write an ongoing bible study and didn’t know I could so like most men I tried to ignore the calling. However there was no running; those words stayed with me and soon I felt obligated to share what I had learned after reading the whole bible twice the previous year. I didn’t know if I could do better than what I read on Fridays but I made it my business to never speak against another ministry and to keep my focus on revealing scripture to others. Finally after accepting the call in my heart Tuesdays Torch had its beginning and to my amazement it has grown and is still going strong almost nine years later.
Tuesdays Torch is a combination of stories, revelations, dreams, topics and series that capture the scriptures in a way where readers can understand their meaning and apply them to their lives. When someone reads the Torch I want the light of God’s word to illuminate them in such a way where the darkness completely fades away. The Lord is a lamp; He turns our darkness into light. The word of the Lord will be a guiding light to our feet showing us the way we should go (Ps. 119:105). The path of sinners is dark and unsure because they have no light to guide them. But the path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining brighter until the full light of day has been achieved (Pr. 4:18). We have not been called by the Lord so we can be dark and dull. He wants us to arise and shine because a great light has come into the world and His glory has risen upon us (Is. 60:1). The light of Christ showed us the proper way to live our lives so that they will shine like He shines. In Him was life that was the light of all mankind. His light shines into the darkness but it cannot be overcome by it (Jn. 1:4-5). In His presence the sun will no longer light our day, nor will the moon shine in the night. The Lord will be our everlasting light and God will be our glory. The sun will no longer set and the moon will wane no more because the Lord will be our light and our days of sorrow will end (Is. 60:19-20). No one lights a lamp and hides it in a container under the bed; they put it on a stand so that everyone can benefit from the light (Lk. 8:16). My light had been lit after getting the word in my heart and it was set ablaze when I experienced someone miss use it. When my torch was lit I could not hide it any longer it had to be shared with everyone who has come near to its light.
To find our call or spiritual gifts sometimes it takes us finding the opposite of what it looks like so that the righteous anger will call us to action. Another way our fire maybe lit is by us drawing near to the sorce of light and being filled so much that the light can no longer be contained. It may take a combination of the two like it was for me. First we must be filled with something to share with the world and then answer the call to action when we are prompted to do so. The first reaction will likely be to run from it; this can be a sign that it truly is something the Lord is asking us to do.
Lord I pray that the light inside of us will grow brighter and brighter as we grow closer to you. If we see issues in a ministry or leader help us not to judge or bad mouth them. Instead, help us to answer the call to do it better if we think we can so that the light in us will change the lives of others. Help us not to condemn others but to pray for them instead that they may see the error in it and take the proper steps to fix it. Instead of worrying what everyone else is doing help us to do what you have for us to do. Illuminate our path Lord so that the darkness will not trip us up and so we can see like you see. In Jesus name, Amen.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , 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