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Tuesday’s Torch 532

Tuesday’s Torch 532

April 16, 2019

 

Revelation 3:20 states “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and ​​​open​ the door, I will ​​​come​ in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

 

A lot of times in life we will seek the Lord, sometimes very enthusiastically, wanting to know and follow his will for us. And as soon as he gives us the direction that will be best for us, we snatch the control back.  Consider that in the context of the scripture just referenced. Here we are willing to hear the Savior, he appears at the door, knocks and we open the door. Upon seeing his smiling face, his arms held out, seeing the marks in his hands where he paid the cost of our sins, shortcomings and even pains, can you imagine then slamming the door in his face?

 

Or last week we discussed taking his yoke upon us and that when we do that He will ease our burden and also lead us down the right path. Do we take his yoke upon us, he lifts our burden and then as he starts leading us a direction we don’t want to go, we say “Nevermind Jesus, that’s not what I want to do. Give me back my burden and let me continue in my path, I don’t need your guidance”

 

There is so much danger in this. I’ve done it many times in my own life. Go to church, receive inspiration and be determined to change, to finally live righteously and then just as quickly switch it up when temptation comes calling. Our ability to withstand temptation is directly related to our steadfastness in keeping the commandments. As we do what is right, we can withstand temptations and resist sin far more easily.  Keeping the commandments is also the way that we are even worthy to hear the voice of the Lord.

 

So often in the past I would find myself pleading with God and wondering why I’m not getting an answer, why is He not responding to my pleas or why is he not helping me only to realize exactly why: I wasn’t living worthily. Something was standing in the way of my being able to feel the spirit or receive the answer I was seeking. It wasn’t that he wasn’t hearing the prayer or even that he wasn’t answering it, I just could not receive the answer while not living the commandments.

 

We all have agency that allows us to choose for ourselves what we will do.  I am still trying to more fully trust in the following that I have learned, our agency is best used by turning it over to God. When we try to control everything by ourselves, we are extremely limited in what we can accomplish. Our options are limited. When we decide to align our will with Gods will, when we decide to keep his commandments as fully as possible, to live his Gospel as completely as possible, our agency is magnified. The things that God can do are not limited by our mortal limitations.  That’s why the scripture says that with God, All things are possible.  He doesn’t just say “All things are possible”, he says that with Him, all things are possible.  Because again, he is not limited.

 

There is a picture on the wall at my church of Christ knocking on a door. My kids have now learned the following when they see that picture. I ask “what is this picture”, they say “Jesus knocking on the door. I ask them what do you say and they excitedly answer “Come in Jesus”.  Let us all strive to answer “”Come in Jesus”.  Right now.  I messed up so many things in my life by thinking something along the lines of “I’m just doing this wrong thing for now and I’ll repent later and live the Gospel completely later.” In essence telling Jesus to go away and come back later and I would welcome him in.  Don’t do that. Trust me. Do not do that!

 

Because the door he was knocking on then may have been what you thought was the door to a happy home.  The next time he knocks may just be after everything has been turned upside down due to the consequences of those actions while planning to do the right thing later.

 

I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. A lot of big decisions to make. My messages haven’t been nearly as happy and as sweet or nice as those delivered by Tim. I am going to strive to bring more happiness and hope to these devotionals. But while my buddy Tim could stand as a shining example of how to live and what to do. By contrast my experience stands in many cases as a warning of what not to do. And that is why I share what I share. So that if any of you are on a path that will lead you to somewhere you don’t want to go, maybe I can somehow help you not do that. So to anyone reading or listening to these words. Open the door now. Tell Jesus to come into your life now. Don’t be like I used to be. Don’t say that you’ll make everything right later. If you do, you might as well be slamming the door in the Saviors face. The way I did so many times. Don’t do that. Please don’t do that. In the name of Jesus Christ who stands at the door and knocks, 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 04/16/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 531

Tuesday’s Torch 531

April 9, 2019

 

Many of us are tired. We’ve been traveling around with a weight on our shoulders. Maybe a pain in our hearts. Carrying grief that is hard to bear. Perhaps something really eating and gnawing at us. Something we wish we could do but see no way to accomplish it.  Is that a fair guess?  I know for me it isn’t a stretch at all to say that life is hard and I want things to improve and change but it’s so challenging and difficult.  How do I continue when I just want to crawl inside a hole and come out when difficulty is past?

 

Well. This is where the goodness of the Gospel comes in. The blessing of the scriptures can truly help.  The words of Christ as recorded in the Bible state the following:

 

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

Who of us is heavy laden?  Obviously I can’t hear your answer but I feel like many if not most of us fit that description. Are you tired, frustrated, hurting?  Turn to Jesus Christ.

 

First off let’s get a proper image of exactly what a yoke is. When you wish to have a couple animals pull a plow or a cart. The yoke is a wooden crosspiece that you place over the neck of two animals so that they can pull as a team, to share the load one with another.  So needless to say if you wish to be yoked to another, who better than the Savior?

 

So as He is saying to take his yoke, he is basically saying “join me and I’ll make this task easier for you, I’ll help you! I will work along side you.”   The amazing thing is that he has already borne all of our difficulties through the Atonement. So as we take his yoke upon us, the hardest part of the work is being and has been done by him. Let him ease the burden.

 

Another important thing here is that He invites us to learn of him. That He is meek and lowly in heart.  Be humble. Be meek. Learn about the Savior. Emulate him.  This is true strength. As we strive to align our path with Christ, we will find that those things once considered impossible, aren’t just possible, but often times are downright a certainty.  What can stand in your way when yoked with Jesus Christ?

 

Are you exhausted? Is your soul weary? Mine is. I’m not ashamed to say that I am straight up worn out. I’ve been struggling. I’ve been suffering anguish down to my core?  Would I like a little rest for my soul? Oh wow that sounds nice. So that promise we are given that as we yoke ourselves to the Savior and become more like him, we can receive rest for our souls, what a promise!!  Sounds mighty nice.  Doesn’t it?

 

It’s time for action brothers and sisters. Let us all strive to emulate the Savior. Let us all embrace the offer he extends to us. If we are willing to yoke ourselves to the Savior he is willing to carry the weight for us. But when you’re yoked together with one so strong, you will go where he wants you to go.

 

So as we are deciding what to do: If you wish to receive help, you would emphatically express to the Lord your willingness to join with him and you will say to the Lord, “I’ll go where you want me to go!”

 

Choose the right. Do what is right. Even if it seems hard. God knows it’s hard. God knows it is impossible to do on our own. That’s why he sent his Son!  We must turn to him. It is the only way for true and everlasting happiness. Anything we try to do on our own or in our own way will fall short, it will fail. But with the help of the Son of God, not only can we do it, but we will do it.

 

Right there in his scriptures is the promise.  Don’t take my word for it?  Don’t trust in me, I’m just sharing his message. Jesus Christ is the one who saves, the only one who saves us. It is in him that we must place our trust. He will pull us through whatever we find ourselves caught up in and weighed down by.

 

God is great. The Savior is real. As we rely on him, our burdens will be lifted, our pains will be eased, and the mountains that seem to be standing in the way, they will be moved.  They will crumble to the sea. And that is the truth. And I share that truth in the sacred name of our Lord and Savior 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 04/09/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 530

Tuesday’s Torch 530

April 2, 2019​

I would like to venture into the Old Testament tonight.  I’ve been talking a lot recently about God being able to do all things.  That nothing is impossible with God.  I would like to discuss the following situation where the prophet Elijah went up against the prophets of the idol Baal.  In 1 Kings Chapter 18 Elijah is contending with the people and here is the story straight from the King James Bible. I had considered paraphrasing but I think it best to quote it.  ​

“.. if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.​

22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.​

23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:​

24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.​

25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.​

26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.​

27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.​

28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.​

29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.​

30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.​

31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:​

32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.​

33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.​

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.​

35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.​

36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.​

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.​

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.​

39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.”​

This is a very powerful story, a very powerful example of what God can do.  Now i’d like to use this story to describe what He can do for us personally.  In this story, Elijah prepares the sacrifice to be burnt, and then proceeds to dump barrel after barrel of water onto it.  Drenching it so much as to make it seem practically impossible to burn the sacrifice, but God does it.  Sometimes we have put ourselves into situations where we don’t think God can reach us.  Sometimes we feel like we are too far gone, that we ourselves are drowning, that there is no way that God can save us.  Or even if we feel like he can save us, we think that he won’t.  Because after all, sometimes the situation is of our own creation.  ​

Maybe we can’t feel the same fire we once felt, maybe our testimonies have weakened due to pain, sadness, heartbreak, loss, or just letting the world get to us.  Maybe we have our own idols that have taken a place above God in our lives?  Many of us may fall prey to the idols of popular opinion, or listen to the words of some celebrity or political figure, others may simply feel like we know better than God what is best for us?  Really, whatever it is they place above God and righteousness can be an idol.​

But I testify to you tonight that God can still reach you.  God can still do what needs to be done.  So even if you’ve dumped a proverbial 12 barrels of water on yourself, even if you’ve isolated yourself, even if you’ve gotten yourself caught up in any manner of unrighteousness.  Call out to God and he can light a fire in your heart right this moment.  He can burn through whatever nonsense may be causing you grief at this moment. ​

He can shine a light that no amount of darkness can blot out.  I’m just going to put this out there.  Nothing can stand against our God. If you need help, get help.  If you feel lost, you can be found.  If you feel hopeless, you can regain that hope.  If you feel broken beyond repair, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can heal you, and fix you.  He is the one to turn to if you need saving.  God is real.  God loves you!  God loves me!  He sent his Son for us!  ​

Accept that gift.  Allow this power into your life.  The same God who sent fire from heaven to show that He was God, will send a fire into your heart!  ​

Do you wish to get back to some previous level of belief?  Have you never had a testimony of Jesus Christ and wish to receive one?  Are you on a road that is leading you farther away from the Savior?  Have you let sadness and loss bring you down?  Pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ and ask for his help.  He will not turn you away.  He will send his power to be with you.  He will lift you up. Of this I so testify 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 04/02/2019 in Torches