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Tuesday’s Torch 525

Tuesday’s Torch 525

February 26, 2019

 

Today I would like to share a poem that I stumbled across. I did not write it and the only name I have for the author is Tyler. So my thanks go out to him for this weeks message.  As someone recovering from addiction and from the devastating consequences of sin and bad decisions, these words pierce my heart.  For context I will set the scene. Picture if you will the tree of life full of wonderful fruit. And leading to this tree is an iron rod, a handrail if you will. For our purposes today we will liken this rod to righteous living, keeping the commandments, living the gospel.

The rod of iron passes through a dark mist and past a deep river and a great and spacious building full of people. This represents the darkness of sin and the carnal nature of the world trying to stop those who seek God. Trying to get them to disappear and be lost in the darkness or to ultimately join them in worldly living. I’ll try to make it through this poem without getting too choked up. I have read it a few times and I haven’t made it through with dry eyes yet. ​

Turning into the Light​

From far away I saw the Tree​

And grasped the iron rod,​

And pressing forward through the mist,​

The narrow path I trod.​

But faltering along the path,​

I slowed and dropped my gaze.​

From shining Tree I turned and saw​

A building through the haze.​

It towered high above the ground,​

And people fine and proud​

From ev’ry doorway beckoned me​

To come and join the crowd.​

But though the scene was glamorous,​

It filled my heart with dread.​

I turned away and fixed my view​

On path and Tree ahead.​

Yet ever as my feet moved on,​

My thoughts dwelt on the crowd,​

Which mocked my struggle down below​

In voices harsh and loud.​

The mist pressed close around me now;​

I felt its tender strands​

That pulled so softly at my feet,​

So gently at my hands.​

One strand sang sweetly in my ear,​

A soothing melody:​

“Why walk this path so long and hard?​

Come with us and be free!”​

Relaxing grip upon the rod​

And view upon the Tree,​

I checked my pace and glanced around,​

Intrigued by what I’d see.​

The fog obscured the distant scene​

That I could not resist.​

I soon had left the pathway and​

Was walking in the mist.​

The threads of shadow pulled me on.​

The night grew dark and cold—​

My only warmth from thick’ning cords​

That now took greater hold.​

Then streaming from the distant Tree,​

A beam of light did shine,​

And I perceived these gentle cords​

Were chains of dark design.​

At once my bonds were loosened and​

Gave way before the light.​

But fearing now to lose their touch,​

I turned into the night.​

I stumbled down my unseen path,​

Uncertain and confused.​

O’er rocks and pits I fell until​

My hands and knees were bruised.​

The cords that led so gently once​

Now pulled a frantic pace,​

And tripping down one final slope,​

I fell upon my face.​

Then glancing up, my eyes beheld​

A river dark and deep,​

And kneeling on that sandy shore,​

I soon began to weep.​

I shuddered at my bitter fate:​

Afraid and lost, alone.​

Why had I wandered from the path​

And left the truth I’d known?​

I stood once more on weary feet​

And summoned all my will,​

Determined to retrace my steps​

Back up the treach’rous hill.​

But though I tried to climb the bank,​

The cords would give no slack,​

And whipping at my arms and legs,​

They roughly pulled me back.​

Then wrapping ‘round my chest and waist​

And tightening their hold,​

They dragged me down the sandy bank​

Into the water cold.​

These chains, not soft but sharp and hard,​

Cut short my desperate scream,​

And laughing in my ears they pulled​

Me ‘neath the murky stream.​

Oh what an end for one so blessed,​

Whose fate had seemed so fair!​

I fell through icy darkness as​

Regret turned to despair.​

But as I sank into the depths,​

My mind caught on the Tree,​

And straightway from my heart I cried,​

“Dear Savior, rescue me!”​

Then suddenly a light appeared​

Above me on the sand,​

And Jesus, kneeling on the shore,​

Reached down and took my hand.​

And as He made to raise me up,​

My heart was filled with peace,​

But still the heavy chains would not​

Their rightful prize release.​

I wondered then, “What could He do?”​

I knew the law’s demand.​

But reaching down, He grasped a chain​

With His almighty hand.​

The razor edges cut Him, but​

The chain broke with a crack​

And lashing out in fury left​

A gash upon His back.​

He reached again and broke once more​

A heavy chain of sin.​

It too recoiled, biting deep​

Into His precious skin.​

And each strong cord that He undid​

Sprang back with all its might​

And threw upon that Guiltless One​

A vicious blow of spite.​

When I could bear no more I cried,​

“I don’t deserve such grace!​

It is not fair that you should bleed​

And suffer in my place!”​

With no response, He carried on.​

The final chain fell slack.​

He lifted me—from bonds set free!—​

And placed me on His back.​

I clung to Him as one new-born,​

His blood mixed with my tears.​

Somehow His love had conquered sin​

And quieted my fears.​

And though I hoped He’d bring me to​

The Tree with no delay,​

Instead He set me on the path​

Where first my feet did stray—​

Then very gently placed my hand​

Back on the iron rod​

And for a while walked with me,​

The pathway home to God.​

“Remember,” He in parting said,​

“My love and sacrifice,​

But don’t forget, though great the cost,​

That you are worth the price.”​

So through the mists I struggle on,​

A slow, unsteady pace,​

Relying every step upon​

His mercy, love, and grace.​

And someday when I’ve reached the Tree,​

I’ll fall down at the feet​

Of Him who drank the bitter cup​

And made this fruit so sweet.​

In closing. We are never too far gone for the Savior to reach down and lift us back up out of the darkness and despair that sin always leads to. I have spent almost all of my adult life caught in darkness deeper than anyone could imagine. Poor decisions combined with addictions and personal weaknesses left me trapped in darkness with no idea how to escape. ​

That way is Jesus Christ. Though I am far from where I need to be, by the grace of God I’m at least back on the path. To those of you who haven’t strayed, hallelujah, keep going! For those who like me fell off track, come back. Join me. We can get through this! Turn towards the light! Turn towards Jesus! You are worth it!    We all are. The price has already been paid. Accept the gift that only He can give! In His name, the sacred 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 02/26/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 524

Tuesday’s Torch 524

February 19, 2019​

I would like to discuss something that each of us must face during this mortal journey that we call life. Tribulation. Now I don’t just want to discuss tribulation so that I can say the word tribulation a lot of times. Even though tribulation affects us so often in our lives that tribulation could be mentioned and tribulation could be spoken frequently. The term tribulation is often times mentioned in connection with the word trials. ​

When things get tough in life and we are going through our own challenges and struggles. How can we continue. How do we make it? I need to know as much as you. I’m having a terrible time of dealing with mine, but the following verses might help us all. First of all, what do we do? Deuteronomy 4:30-31 says that;​

“When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;​

(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.)”​

So plucked directly out of that verse we are told to turn to God, and be obedient unto his voice. While typing this, autocorrect thinks that we should turn to Godzilla but as fun as that might be, it won’t really help us overcome tribulation. Hey, there’s that word again. ​

It is worth mentioning that in order to be obedient to his word we must hear his word. Many people think that if they merely pray, they can receive all the answers they need. But I would like to point out that is just one method of seeking answers. It would be like a dancer only knowing one dance move? There’s only so many times you can bust out the cabbage patch before people get tired of it. Well, pretty much once, but as I was saying. Seeking the voice of the Lord only through prayer prevents us from the guidance we can learn by serious study of the scriptures, by pondering, by seeking the guidance of inspired leaders. And when we receive righteous guidance, act on it. If it is not righteous it is not of God. ​

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 states:​

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. ​

Who comforteth us in all our ​​​tribulation​, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the ​​​comfort​ wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”​

One of the amazing blessings that come to us as we overcome our tribulations and weaknesses is the ability to then help others. In this way we can provide the type of comfort that God provides to us. ​

We have now briefly discussed tribulation, seeking guidance, comfort, cheesy dance moves, helping others and a few other things. What makes this all possible? Why do I mention these things this week? Why do I mention them on a week that has been a very difficult struggle for me? I was worried that I would have a hard time writing this week. But according to the Savior, here is why we need these words: ​

John 16:33 says​

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have ​​​peace​. In the ​​​world​ ye shall have ​​​tribulation​: but be of good ​​​cheer​; I have ​​​overcome​ the world.”​

To echo messages from weeks past. Jesus Christ makes all things possible. His sacrifice on our behalf makes it possible to overcome trials, tribulations, challenges, struggles and pains. It can free us from addiction, guilt, shame, sin and the spiritual death that accompanies it. Turn to the Savior in love, in reverence, in patience, in meekness and in faith. I leave this with you 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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Tuesday’s Torch 523

Tuesday’s Torch 523

February 12, 2019

 

I have a brief twofold message I would like to share tonight.  Firstly I would like to mention that as we struggle in this life we need to remember that God wants to help us. He hears our prayers, he knows of our struggles and he will help us rise to meet our challenges.  Yet sometimes patience is required. It’s a running joke that I have heard is that you should never pray for patience because you’ll be given situations to help you work on it as opposed to just a magic wand cure for impatience.

 

One thing this applies to is our attempts to overcome weaknesses. The scriptures tell us that our weaknesses can become strengths. But that is not instantaneous. As we put in the hard work and effort that we can do ourselves to overcome whatever it is, we know that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

 

Now I don’t take this verse to be speaking in a physical sense. I fully believe that these wings like eagles and running and not growing weary apply to the spiritual sense. The great man that passed this Torch to me was one who embodied spiritually running without growing weary and I pray that each of us can carry forward to glorify God with our lives the way that he did.

 

Secondly I would like to read these words of Paul from Timothy Chapter 1:12-16:

 

“12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

 

The story of Paul gives me hope. It gives me Joy. And Like Paul I am so thankful that no matter how far off track we may have gone, no matter what we have done in the past, God will never give up on us.  Paul says that his experience is to be a pattern for us!  I pray that we can all apply this message to our lives. Work hard but also wait upon the Lord. Believe. And our efforts combined with His blessings and grace will allow us to make weak things become strong unto us!  I testify that Christ is the Savior. I testify that God loves us and will help us as we seek Him! I share this message with you 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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Tuesday’s Torch 522

Tuesday’s Torch 522

February 5, 2019​

Last week I spoke about victory and I felt really good about the message and I got a lot of really positive feedback.  It has been a good week in a lot of ways, in other ways it has been a challenging week.  Every week I have typically written the torch in a specific manner:  I’ll wake up in the morning of the torch after having pondered during the week what i would like to discuss.  And then on Tuesday morning to midday I usually spend a little time searching the scriptures sometimes for just a key word or a phrase or I’ll think of a specific verse that i want to base it off of.  And then later in the night usually I get the chance to write down the thoughts.  And I’ll write it and practice reading through it a couple times and then record it for youtube to share with you guys.  After I record it I usually send the transcript to Sammy and she shares it and I post it to youtube and then share it on facebook. Well this week I’m having to do it different because I don’t feel like I can write it first this week. I’ve been trying to figure out how to share a message this week and what to share it on and I’ve come to the realization that I need to just share my testimony with you guys. ​

I know that God lives. I know that He loves us.  I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He is my Savior and He is your Savior.  As we strive to live a life that emulates him, as we try to live like the Savior lived, we will be blessed beyond our wildest imagination.​

I have made so many mistakes in my life. I do my best to make up for them.  Each of us, we’ve all made mistakes in our life that’s sometimes hard to get past.  And I was having a really rough time yesterday and I had to come to a realization that there was something that I can’t do.  However, my God can!  There are times where I am not enough, that I can’t do things on my own, that I cannot accomplish a righteous thing or a good thing;  Not by myself.  But with Christ all things are possible and I know that to be true.  ​

The mistakes we make, the sins we commit, the things we do wrong, the price for those was paid long ago, the Savior already paid the price for those.  So as we apply the Atonement in our lives, we are forgiven.  We don’t have to suffer for those things any longer.  We are forgiven, we can be healed and we can be saved.  Last week I spoke about Victory, and the Victory is faith, and I testify to you that I have faith: In my God. In my Savior.  ​

If you are in need, if you are struggling, I promise you that if you will turn to your Heavenly Father, if you will turn to the Savior Jesus Christ, you will receive the help that you need, the hope that you need, and your faith will not be in vain.  I know this.  And I pray that each of us, that each of you will know it as well.  I share this testimony with you 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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