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Tuesday’s Torch 519

Tuesday’s Torch 519

January 15, 2019

 

Caught up in the midst of a great storm while traveling by boat and while fearing for their very lives, the disciples awakened Jesus saying, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”

 

Sometimes we find ourselves caught up in situations that would make us question why is this allowed to happen. How can we be saved or fixed or survive? Does the Lord care?  Yes, He cares. As we struggle with fears and feelings the Lord is ready to step in and calm the storms that are raging. When we feel that there is no hope and nothing we can do to save ourselves, He can do it. Sometimes we have to be patient and as stated in Psalm 27:15, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

 

A quick reminder that we just have to ask for that help. At another instance with stormy seas , the savior was seen walking on water towards the ship. He beckoned for Peter to come out and meet him. Shortly after beginning to walk across the water, Peter began to fear that He couldn’t do it, that walking upon the water was impossible and that he was scared of what might happen were he to sink. As his faith left him and the fear took over He began to sink. It is at that moment that he cried out for the Lord to save him, which He did.

 

This shows that we should have faith that we can do all things through Christ. Surely if Peter can walk on water, an act that would appear to defy all laws of physics, through faith in the Lord, how much easier would it be for the Lord to help you or me overcome our issues? Whatever they may be.

 

I testify that God lives, that He loves us and that He is our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the savior of the world. I testify that the Atonement is real and infinite in nature. The power of the Atonement is strong enough to accomplish the “impossible”. May we all accept of that divine gift more completely is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

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: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and 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 01/15/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 518

Tuesday’s Torch 518

January 8, 2019

 

An angel of the Lord visited two couples and shared some miraculous news that would very much appear to be impossible. I would like to discuss their responses.

 

First we shall discuss the reaction of Mary upon being told she would give birth despite being a virgin and that the child would be the Son of God. What great faith it took to respond with “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”

 

This news of pregnancy would surely be hard for her to explain to Joseph whom she was scheduled to wed. The scriptures state that upon this news, Joseph who was clearly a great man, was trying to figure out how to respond to the news to help protect this woman he no doubt loved from the scorn and shame she would have been met with when an angel appeared to him in a dream and let him know what was to happen and that he should wed his bride to be. Upon waking, we are told that he did exactly as instructed. Wow, yet another great example.

 

I would like to contrast these with the response of the priest Zacharias, who was to become the father of John the Baptist. He and his wife Elisabeth were advanced in age and they had no children as his wife was barren. An angel appeared to him with the good news that they would have a son named John and afterwards this is the description given In Luke 1:18-20:

 

“And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. “

 

Due to his lack of belief He was struck dumb and was unable to speak until after the child was born and given the name of John. I tend to think Zacharias May have been a lot like others who were struck dumb in the scriptures. Probably a man who was very well spoken and quite possibly a little high on himself similar to Saul of Tarsus?  And while the Bible does state that he was a righteous man, I can imagine He probably liked to talk a little too much and shut up less than he should’ve?  Much like someone I know pretty well.

 

As anyone who knows me can attest to, that person is myself. As I write this Torch from my own perspective I can’t help but think I behave sort of like this at times, many of us do. Even when God tells me to trust in Him for blessings I still can’t seem to get out of His way as though I have to bring them about myself. Too used to being able to talk my way into or out of anything with logic or reason using whatever way with words I’ve been blessed or cursed with.

 

The only reason God hasn’t struck me dumb is that I’m already doing a good enough job of that myself. But as I was preparing for this message I have been hit so strongly by the spirit that I am refocusing yet again on trusting in the Lord and not in myself. I’ve never had these verses hit me the way they did this morning when I cried straight through the entire first chapter of Luke.

 

I pray that you read it. Pray first and ask that you be able to be touched by these words the way that I was. Have faith. Be believing in much the fashion of Mary and Joseph. Cast aside the apparent pride or unbelief shown by Zacharias in that moment. And trust the words that the angel Gabriel spoke unto Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

 

I not only believe that with every fiber of my being but if I have a battle cry, that very well may be it. “With God, Nothing shall be impossible.”  The things we can do for ourselves are so extremely limited. But as we turn things over to our Heavenly Father, the possibilities are far more grand than we can ever imagine. Let Him work miracles in your lives. He can change your heart. He can change you. He can heal you. He can heal us all and fix whatever is broken. He can help us to achieve the “impossible”. I mean, He is the same God that caused each of these biblical miracles to take place. And I know this is true. And I share these words maybe not as humbly as I should, but I share them as humbly as I can at this point in time in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 
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Tuesday’s Torch 517

Tuesday’s Torch 517

January 1, 2019

 

Happy New Year! I got a suggestion from someone that I love very much on what to discuss for this week’s lesson. If we turn to James 1:5-6 we may read:

 

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. “

 

This scripture is very straightforward about seeking answers through prayer. God wants us to pray and He wants to answer our prayers. I would like to look at a couple examples from the scriptures of ways to increase the effectiveness of our prayers.

 

The primary way that we can help to ensure answers to our prayers is found in 1 John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” So many blessings are available through us by obedience. Obedience allows us the clarity to receive answers to our prayers as we are able to have the Holy Ghost as our constant companion.

 

I have at different times in my life poured out prayer after prayer. The times in my life that I have had the most clear promptings have been during the times I was working extremely hard to do the right thing. Throughout the past year as I have worked to put my addictions and character weaknesses in the past, I have received more and more insight.

 

I feel I should just lightly touch upon a couple things during the remainder of this message. Some people take no thought save it is to ask God without thinking things out in our own minds. It can be an extremely rich blessing to ponder and give serious thought to the things we intend to pray for. Also, upon receiving answer to our prayer, it is a very good practice to write down those inspirations we receive. This not only helps us to remember more clearly but also sends a message to our Heavenly Father that we appreciate and value the guidance received.

 

The last mention I will make is that of seeking after righteousness. As we pray for the righteous desires of our hearts we will increase our opportunities for help. If we find ourselves seeking after unrighteousness we will quickly feel the heavens close and the spirit will be withdrawn. Proverbs 11 states: “The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”

 

In closing, we are to pray with unwavering faith. We are to be obedient, thoughtful and seek after righteousness as we turn to God. He will bless us abundantly as we turn our hearts and lives over to him. God can bless us in ways we do not think possible if we will give him that opportunity. I testify that with God, All things are possible. Might I clarify, all righteousness is possible thanks to the infinite power of the Atonement.

 

God stands with his arms outstretched to us. We are never too far gone. We are never beyond the saving power of the Atonement. Not as individuals, not as couples, not as families. If you can’t see a way back, don’t fear, God can lead you back from destruction. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he (or she) that seeketh findeth; and to him (or her) that knocketh it shall be opened.”

 

I pray for all of the blessings we stand in need of to be poured out upon us. That the impossible blessings become possible, that our can’t may become can. That our weaknesses may become strengths. This I leave with you in the scared name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

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: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and 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 01/01/2019 in Torches