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Tuesday’s Torch 534

April 30 2019

 

How can God use me? Who will listen to me? Can I really teach about Jesus after the mistakes I have made?  These are just some of the questions a lot of us ask ourselves.  Many of us believe and know the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ but can’t fully embrace it, can’t be the example they need to be. Feel like certainly they will fall short or be seen as a hypocrite or a fake? Or worse yet, feel as though they will be viewed a fool for their beliefs.

Living righteously is hard. It is difficult. Even with the promise of eternal happiness it can be difficult because we aren’t promised that everything will be great right now. The purpose of agency and free will would be defeated if everyone who did right was instantly rewarded. If every good deed was met with immediate celebration or glory.  Surely people would always choose right if that were the case.

So we do good for many reasons. We live righteously for a lot of different causes. The spectrum can run from a very righteous desire to express our love to God, some may just want to make it to heaven, others to be an example to their children, some because it is all they know, others still may live the Gospel because they have ran out of options and they see nowhere else to go and are down to their last effort to make sense of it all.

Whatever the reasoning, no matter where on the spectrum you are, God loves you. God wants you. God has a purpose for you. You are his child. He sent his Son to both live and die for you.  That is the truth. And I would forever regret not expressing that I know it is true beyond any doubt.

Now many of us will eventually or ultimately decide to stop holding back, to turn our will over to God and stop questioning and/or trying to do everything our own way.  And then we won’t hesitate or worry about what someone will think or wether they will judge us because our concern will be doing what is right because it is right and that’s just how it will be.

But I’m gonna read some powerful words that kinda give a description of the ride you are in for if you choose this path. Back in the day I used to enjoy those choose your own adventure books.  See if this description is something you’re ready to venture forth into. Or for those already in this path, is this how it feels to you?

2nd Corinthians 6:1-10 states:

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Now, I’m not trying to tell anyone I’m there, I’m not even gonna venture a guess as to where exactly I am on the spectrum. But I do know that from the experiences in my life where I chose the right things versus the times I have chosen the wrong things. It feels much better to do the right thing. Hope is much better than doubt. Working to be better is far more rewarding than just doing whatever.

As I read through those words I was hit with exactly how all encompassing deciding to live our lives for God actually is.  How it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, but that there are pitfalls and thorns along the way. But even at times when you will feel like “why me?”, and when it will appear to others that you have nothing, you will have everything. Because you will be where you need to be. And you will be storing up for yourself treasures in heaven where  “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Brothers and Sisters, it is my prayer, my most heartfelt prayer that we will all more fully commit to give our lives over to God. That we will all be able to follow the teachings of the Savior more completely. That we can be who we need to be for ourselves, for our families, for our friends, and for all that we cross paths with. That we may let our lights shine more brightly.  So that we may glorify our God in Heaven. And so that we may all receive true and everlasting happiness. And I share this message in 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

 

April 30 2019

 

How can God use me? Who will listen to me? Can I really teach about Jesus after the mistakes I have made?  These are just some of the questions a lot of us ask ourselves.  Many of us believe and know the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ but can’t fully embrace it, can’t be the example they need to be. Feel like certainly they will fall short or be seen as a hypocrite or a fake? Or worse yet, feel as though they will be viewed a fool for their beliefs.

Living righteously is hard. It is difficult. Even with the promise of eternal happiness it can be difficult because we aren’t promised that everything will be great right now. The purpose of agency and free will would be defeated if everyone who did right was instantly rewarded. If every good deed was met with immediate celebration or glory.  Surely people would always choose right if that were the case.

So we do good for many reasons. We live righteously for a lot of different causes. The spectrum can run from a very righteous desire to express our love to God, some may just want to make it to heaven, others to be an example to their children, some because it is all they know, others still may live the Gospel because they have ran out of options and they see nowhere else to go and are down to their last effort to make sense of it all.

Whatever the reasoning, no matter where on the spectrum you are, God loves you. God wants you. God has a purpose for you. You are his child. He sent his Son to both live and die for you.  That is the truth. And I would forever regret not expressing that I know it is true beyond any doubt.

Now many of us will eventually or ultimately decide to stop holding back, to turn our will over to God and stop questioning and/or trying to do everything our own way.  And then we won’t hesitate or worry about what someone will think or wether they will judge us because our concern will be doing what is right because it is right and that’s just how it will be.

But I’m gonna read some powerful words that kinda give a description of the ride you are in for if you choose this path. Back in the day I used to enjoy those choose your own adventure books.  See if this description is something you’re ready to venture forth into. Or for those already in this path, is this how it feels to you?

2nd Corinthians 6:1-10 states:

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Now, I’m not trying to tell anyone I’m there, I’m not even gonna venture a guess as to where exactly I am on the spectrum. But I do know that from the experiences in my life where I chose the right things versus the times I have chosen the wrong things. It feels much better to do the right thing. Hope is much better than doubt. Working to be better is far more rewarding than just doing whatever.

As I read through those words I was hit with exactly how all encompassing deciding to live our lives for God actually is.  How it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, but that there are pitfalls and thorns along the way. But even at times when you will feel like “why me?”, and when it will appear to others that you have nothing, you will have everything. Because you will be where you need to be. And you will be storing up for yourself treasures in heaven where  “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Brothers and Sisters, it is my prayer, my most heartfelt prayer that we will all more fully commit to give our lives over to God. That we will all be able to follow the teachings of the Savior more completely. That we can be who we need to be for ourselves, for our families, for our friends, and for all that we cross paths with. That we may let our lights shine more brightly.  So that we may glorify our God in Heaven. And so that we may all receive true and everlasting happiness. And I share this message in 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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